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It's been recommended to me by several people in this forum that before I invest much money in a bunch of expensive lens for my Canon XTI, that I should first take some photography classes. The problem with that is that I haven't yet been able to find any local ones that work with my schedule. Can anyone suggest some good books to get that would help me get started in photography. I have a very limited knowledge of photography, but am interested in learning how to use things such as aperture and shutter speed to get the results I desire. Also, anyone have any opinions on how long it takes to get beyond a very basic level of picture taking to one that requires more than just putting the camera in an automatic mode and clicking pictures? I've discovered that the more I discover, the more frustrated I get because I'm not "getting it" quicker. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated...

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Try PC Photo Digital SLR handbook by Rob Sheppard. It is published by Lark books ISBN: 978-1-57990-602-3Rob was the past editor of Outdoor Photography - now editor at large.It is a basic manual that will walk you through using your camera..

Art.

'There is no limit to what a man can do so long as he does not care who gets the credit.'-Philip Hyde (1922-2006)http://www.artguertin-photography.com..

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Please consider the book by Bryan Peterson called "Understanding Exposure.".

This is one of the diffinative books on the subject..

Http://www.ppsop.net/unex.aspx.

This is a class taught by Bryan Peterson. Check out the sample videos.Cheers, Craig..

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Guidenet wrote:.

Please consider the book by Bryan Peterson called "UnderstandingExposure.".

This is one of the diffinative books on the subject..

Understanding Exposure is excellent and I highly recommend it as well. However, it is kind of a beginner/intermediate level though. If you start the book and find it too advanced try the shortcourses link I gave you then go back to the Peterson book...

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Kellyngene wrote:I.

Desire. Also, anyone have any opinions on how long it takes to getbeyond a very basic level of picture taking to one that requires morethan just putting the camera in an automatic mode and clickingpictures? I've discovered that the more I discover, the morefrustrated I get because I'm not "getting it" quicker. Any and allsuggestions are greatly appreciated..

I'd say that by the time you read thru (and understand) the shortcourses link and Understanding Exposure you will be beyond the auto mode and into aperture, shutter, manual mode..

If there are things in Peterson's book you don't understand you may have to do some internet searches or ask questions here. Depending on how fast your read and how much time you have to dedicate to studying this info, I'd say you could get thru this material in 4-8 weeks..

You also need to get comfortable with the learning curve and be patient with yourself. Try to enjoy learning...

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Another good book for Rebel owners who are just beginning is "The Complete Guide to Canon's Digital Rebels" by Gary Friedman. You can purchase the digital version of it and read it on your computer. It includes basics of photography while explaining how to get the most out of your camera..

Jerryhttp://jchoate.zenfolio.com/..

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Kellyngene wrote:.

I should first take some photography classes. The problemwith that is that I haven't yet been able to find any local ones thatwork with my schedule..

Personally I recommend videos over classes and books, because not only does it show you the process rather than being text on a page, but you can watch it over and over again until you understand it. $30 for a good video is worth a lot more than $60 for a book or a class..

You can get videos at larger camera shops, or check out the public library..

Once you get the basics down, when it's time for you to buy a camera you may be able to find a manual on video for your exact camera (or the previous model) that shows you how to use the controls on your camera (again a lot better than trying to read a 200 page manual, although you may want to read the manual after to learn more about the advanced features)...

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