reference books for a beginner

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gitb New Member • Posts: 3
reference books for a beginner

I'm a novice and just got my 5D yesterday. Just left the digital point-and-shoot world. Interested in getting a reference book so that I can move past the AUTO setting on my new camera. Very interested in the Friedman book. Any comments on this book or suggestions on other books? Thanks in advance!

Mojo151 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,993
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gitb,

Friedman's book is very comprehensive on the 7D and 5D. It is well worth it. Plus it is in understandable language.

gitb wrote:

I'm a novice and just got my 5D yesterday. Just left the digital
point-and-shoot world. Interested in getting a reference book so
that I can move past the AUTO setting on my new camera. Very
interested in the Friedman book. Any comments on this book or
suggestions on other books? Thanks in advance!

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RacingManiac Contributing Member • Posts: 689
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The 5D/7D book by Friedman is a really good intro to what the camera is capable of. Its an easy read and the examples are helpful. There are some typos(lol), but overall its a good complementary material for the camera...

RichV Veteran Member • Posts: 6,182
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If you want to get out of "auto mode," a nice book is Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure" (there's an updated edition that includes digital photography); he does a nice job of explaining things, the book has great color pictures w/explanations, and he's got "homework" suggestions. Best of luck!

Rich

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Videoguy Senior Member • Posts: 2,671
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I have the Friedman book. I only read the first few chaptors or so, but I stopped reading because I didnt think I was getting enough out of it. Maybe it was a little too basic for me. But in all fairness, I haven't read the whole thing yet, so maybe there are still some golden nuggets to be found. I would recommend it at any rate to a beginner - only about $20.

RacingManiac wrote:

The 5D/7D book by Friedman is a really good intro to what the
camera is capable of. Its an easy read and the examples are
helpful. There are some typos(lol), but overall its a good
complementary material for the camera...

jprny Regular Member • Posts: 182
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Big thumbs up for Friedman's book. It covers the basics in a thorough but not boring way and has lots of specific 5D/7D info. Despite being relatively knowledgeable and reading the manual cover to cover, I learned quite a few things from his book.

I think someone coming from the point and shoot world will find his discussions of settings he uses for various situations very valuable.
-jpr

Gary Friedman Regular Member • Posts: 361
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Videoguy wrote:

I have the Friedman book. I only read the first few chaptors or
so, but I stopped reading because I didnt think I was getting
enough out of it. [...] But in
all fairness, I haven't read the whole thing yet, so maybe there
are still some golden nuggets to be found.

Try starting at Chapter 5, and your compalint may go away. The book was designed to start assuming you knew nothing, and then graduate to more advanced topics.

-Gary Friedman
http://www.FriedmanArchives.com

Gecko85 Forum Member • Posts: 65
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Yeah, what Gary said (and he should know!)

I bought the e-book earlier this week, and just finished chapter 5. Great info! Can't wait to keep digging...

Nice job, Gary.

mtritt Contributing Member • Posts: 697
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Outside of learning how to use the camera itself, try Try Dennis Curtin's Short Courses at

http://www.shortcourses.com/

for the in's and out's of photography in general.

Also, here is an excellent book on composition:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=pO0AQfJAWo&isbn=0817454276&itm=1

Craig Davis Regular Member • Posts: 219
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Not to mention it being specifically for the 5D/7D.

It's a good read. I still haven't finished it yet finding it quite informative.

Jacqueaux Senior Member • Posts: 1,073
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I found the SHORT COURSES mentioned above to be VERY helpful when I first got my 7D.

gnet158 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,195
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Try looking at

The Basic Book of Photography II edition
by Tom & Michelle Grimm

Very good book, basic rules and helpful hints. No lesson but still covers all the basics.

Good luck!

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JusGene Veteran Member • Posts: 4,258
F. and the Manual, and a trip to bookstore & library...

you gotta learn your DSLR, but knowing other aspects (better) will help you use it better - you'll be stretching more.

In the meantime, use it as a P&S (on steroids) and exam the settings the 5D makes for you vs. the results.

Good Luck
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JusGene Veteran Member • Posts: 4,258
...and...

like the advice of others, which somewhat implies that the more you know, the better you can use the camera. Explore this site further (Glossary> Exposure) and luminous-landscape. That's just for starters.
--
Gene
In the 7D Gang!
I live in Minoltaville, just outside the world
'The more you know, the more you don't know' -Me (8/14/1987)

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