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Old 12-22-2010, 03:29 PM   #11
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If that is the case there is a good chance that book will be a little too remidial for him. That book pretty much teaches you how to use the camera in a manual mode. It is possible that he still uses manaul but most people that have one of the mid-upper level cameras will know what they are doing.

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Old 12-22-2010, 03:29 PM   #12
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This is what I would recommend http://www.amazon.com/Light-Science-Introduction-Photographic-Lighting/dp/0240802756

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Old 12-22-2010, 04:01 PM   #13
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If you are looking for a great general phtography book that isn't camera or even digital/film specific then this is the book you are looking for.
+1 on Understanding Exposure.

Peterson's "Learning to see creatively" is a good book as well.
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You would be amazed at the number of "photographers" that never take a camera out of "full auto".
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:17 PM   #15
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You would be amazed at the number of "photographers" that never take a camera out of "full auto".
Ha. You know not with whom you speak.

Trust me. He is not even surprised. Amazed would imply that it concerns him.
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:24 PM   #16
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Despite taking photography classes in college, I would be one of those people. I just can't make myself learn the ins and outs of digital cameras.

Thanks again everyone, you're actually starting to make this difficult with all of the good suggestions.

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Old 12-22-2010, 04:32 PM   #17
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Despite taking photography classes in college, I would be one of those people. I just can't make myself learn the ins and outs of digital cameras.

Thanks again everyone, you're actually starting to make this difficult with all of the good suggestions.
The best way to learn photography and a camera, as I am told, is to take a camera with you just about everywhere you go and each day play with on setting only, then compose photo's of anything that catches your eye but do your best to compose then in such a way that the setting chosen emphasizes the shot.

Once the camera settings/options are learned then you move into more fo the gear. A specific lens. A specific aperture or focal length. a specific filter, etc....

This is the beauty of digital. No film to develope means once the shot is taken you don;t have any expense lost if it's bad and removal is a click away.

The problem, is finding the time and maintaining an interest. Then the struggle is deepend when the interest is heightened and you realise how expensive it can get to expand on your kitted camera set.

Or so I am told.
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If you are looking for a great general phtography book that isn't camera or even digital/film specific then this is the book you are looking for.

I definitely second this book. It is a very good basic book that every photographer should read.
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If that is the case there is a good chance that book will be a little too remidial for him. That book pretty much teaches you how to use the camera in a manual mode. It is possible that he still uses manaul but most people that have one of the mid-upper level cameras will know what they are doing.
On the other hand if he recently upgraded from a Cybershot to a full-dSLR it's the exact perfect book for him. I endorse it.

Rick, another idea if you wanted go to away from the book is a gift certificate to his local camera shop. Digital photography has vastly lowered the marginal cost per picture but there are still enough consumables (lens cleaners and the like), semi-consumables (UV filters for example) and accessories/toys (don't even get me started) that photography makes homebrewing look like a cheap hobby.
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You would be amazed at the number of "photographers" that never take a camera out of "full auto".
Oh trust me I know. Most will usually just buy a cheaper dslr though. As long as it is one of the "big fancy cameras" they have no idea the difference and go for an entry level. D200 is a mid to upper range model, at least when it was new. Don't get me wrong some people will go out and drop 5k on a body and have no clue what they are doing, but that is rare.
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