Beginner's Guide to Photography


Bernie’s Better Beginner’s Guide to Photography for Computer Geeks Who Want to be Digital Artists.
This is the guide I wish someone had written for me when I started 3 months ago. It’s much shorter than photography books that cover the same topics because it’s a computer geek’s guide. I skip right over the basics of using a camera because you can guess your way through the basics or even read your camera manual (wimp!). I skip any advice about composition or artistic technique because there are better guides that cover those (though I might give it a shot next month). I use terms without defining them because I assume you can use Wikipedia if you need more detail.

For further reading covering field technique and composition I unreservedly recommend John Shaw’s Nature Photography Field Guide. Also, the National Geographic field guides are said (by my sister) to be good.

If you want to be a digital artist then you’ll need to be so comfortable using your camera that the exposure controls are second nature to you, so you can focus yourself on composing the scene that you want. This guide tries to get you to that point as quickly as possible. Some otherwise excellent photography guides take ages walking through the basics of exposure before gradually eking out the advanced details. This will never do: you’re a geek and can be dropped in at the deep end.

Guide to Photography for Computer Geeks Who Want to be Digital Artists

More photography links:

How Symmetry and Antisymmetry Impact Your Photos

Learning to See – how to create a composition that qualifies as art

Depth of Field Revisited, by Harold M. Merklinger