Need help with the basics

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mattrgee, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. mattrgee macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    I received a Nikon D40 last Christmas but since then I've yet to realise its full potential. The dial has barely left 'Auto' :(

    I'm keen to understand the underlying principles but can't find suitable literature to guide me. I read a number of photography related magazines, but in all honesty I don't understand the technical details. What is aperture, what effect does it have? F whats? etc etc.

    Can anyone recommend a book or DVD that shows these principles in use? I suppose a workshop would be ideal but I just don't know think I have the time at the moment.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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  3. luminosity macrumors 65816

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    Read Understanding Exposure, by Bryan Peterson.
     
  4. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Thom Hogan makes an eBook for the D40, and he does enough camera-specific stuff to probably make it worth your while. I think it's close to when he gets back from his annual sabbatical too, so you should be able to get it soon. www.bythom.com
     
  5. mattrgee thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys,

    I'm going to check all these out now.

    I've also found a local photography course that starts in September, it's 10 weeks at only £50 which is pretty good I think. Hopefully some self study and some classroom teaching should get me up to speed.

    Thanks.
     
  6. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely take advantage of the photography course, it will help you out immensely!
     
  7. ManhattanPrjct macrumors 6502

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    Peterson has upgraded this book this year into a "field guide" which is a little more manageable to carry around called "Understanding Photography."
     

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