Best Photography Books For SLR Cameras

Photos I Have Taken With My SLR Camera

This was the first book I bought in the series.
This was the first book I bought in the series.
A photo I recently took at a school performance of their student choir.
A photo I recently took at a school performance of their student choir. | Source
A photo of an actress in NYC
A photo of an actress in NYC | Source
I enjoy taking portraits of musicians with their instruments.
I enjoy taking portraits of musicians with their instruments. | Source
A very regal cat photo!
A very regal cat photo! | Source
Still playing with photographing motion.  Photographing dancers is a beautiful way to practice!
Still playing with photographing motion. Photographing dancers is a beautiful way to practice! | Source

How To With an SLR

I recently purchased an SLR Camera with enough bells and whistles on it to keep me busy for years.  I'm still figuring out settings and how to trust myself in "Manual" mode.

I've looked at many books to learn how to use my camera, which is a Nikon SLR D3000, and found that the series, "Camera Bag Companions" is the most efficient way to learn how to use all Nikon D-SLR cameras.

For ALL Digital SLR Cameras

These little books are filled with condensed, easy to read and follow directions.

The one I purchased was, "Nikon D-SLR Shooting Modes", which will help me with quick references for what I need to set the camera to. There are 2 major menus on my particular camera that seem to open up into hundreds of options. Because I'm new to the world of SLR cameras, this will help me get my sea-legs, so to speak.

Some of the topics covered are:

Mode Dials
Altering the shutter (they have images of sugar being poured over strawberries and how to adjust the speed to alter the focal point of your image)
freezing motion - (I tend to just get a 'blur' on motion pictures.) They show you how to get a dynamic still image
Aperture Depth of Field - this alters the photo so you can be specific with your focal point - especially helpful with still life images.

It also shows how to take fast images, slow images and play with lighting.  It takes practice, but I'm finding my image results are getting better and better.

The pocket-sized (or Camera Bag-sized) books also include pictures of results of different settings. So, if you're like me and need the picture to show you what will happen, rather than conceptualizing text, this is an easy guide.

Also, I suppose I should mention with holidays around the corner, these little books make amazing stocking stuffers (and are the right size for that too!).

Good luck shooting!

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