It’s no surprise that my clients LOVE good photography, and a fair number of them take lots of pictures themselves. I’m sure that there will be some who get a brand new DSLR camera for the holidays! And I KNOW that some already have a good camera but haven’t taken it off “auto” yet. If you are looking for a great way to get started into learning the art of photography, I highly recommend this book – “Understanding Exposure” by Bryan Peterson.
It is a very, very good introduction to the basic photographic triangle of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture and how they relate to proper exposure…the absolute foundation that you have to understand to proceed. It also discusses composition, DOF, and lighting. It’s written in easy-to-understand language and has lots of photo examples. This is the book that will get you excited about learning to shoot in Manual and making the decisions about your image yourself instead of relying on the camera to do it for you. Buy this for a friend or loved one as a gift, and pick one up for yourself too! You can find it at any bookstore or online!