So You’ve Bought A Digital SLR: What Next?

Photography Books I’ve Learnt A Lot From

Although the above websites and guides can really help, and are always being updated with regular and free content, there are times when you just can’t beat one of those old-fashioned paper and ink jobs. Yep, I’m talking books! Sitting down with a good photography book, sometimes with my camera next to me, at other times with just a nice cup of coffee, really is a great way to start learning the fundamentals of photography. They’re also there for you to dip in and out of whenever you want, and you can get your photography fix even when you have no internet connection (shudder the thought!).

I’ve done some photography book reviews on the site, but the 2 books I really recommend you getting are:

The Digital Photography Book, by Scott Kelby (available from Amazon US and UK). If you were to buy only one photography book your whole life, this is the one you should get. I did a full review of it here, but needless to say that this book really has it all – from how to shoot people like a pro, how to shoot landscape like a pro, and even how to shoot weddings like (yep, you guessed it…!) a pro.


It’s written in a really down-to-earth way, and is full of practical tips that you can apply to everyday shooting situations. I learnt loads from this book – read my full review of it to see some sample photos I took, using the knowledge gained from the book.

Understanding Exposure, by Bryan Peterson (available from Amazon US and UK). This is another book that I’ve done a full review of, and one that I think should be read by anyone wanting to improve their photography. The basis of this book is learning about the real root of what we photographers ‘do’: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO – three elements under our control that result in how the photo turns out.

It’s the real crux of photography; once you have a grasp of it, you’ll find everything else so much easier – it really is that important. And I know it has the danger of sounding a bit dry, but the book is written in such a practical and lively way, full of fantastic examples, that I know you’ll be picking up the knowledge, and this understanding exposure within an hour of dipping into this great book. Buy it; you won’t regret it!

On to part 3: Longer lenses and lowlight photography —>

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  1. Wonderful post. I’m thinking of getting a new DSLR next week and I am thinking between Canon 500d and Nikon D5000. I’ll definitely follow your tips when I get my first DSLR camera.

  2. Dimitri /

    Thank you so much for your site and your great posts!
    I’ve had a film SLR before and it broke and now I’m going forth into the digital age. I’m very interested in learning all the basics and more with my new camera and this site has been and will continue to be invaluable to me. Thank you again!

  3. Hi Dimitri. Thanks very much for your kind words about the site, I’m really glad you’re finding it useful!


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