Sweetlake 5:47am, 19 December 2007
The guy I'm flying with this month has a 20D with a very nice IS zoom lens. We went for a photo walk tonight and it became very apparent he needs some tutelage on its use. Is there a good web site that could walk him through the basics and help build his skills? I showed him what I could but it'd be nice for him to work on his own at his own pace. He is a Texan. I found myself drooling over and coveting his camera.

We also stopped by Idaho Camera and fondled lots of hardware. Shana will be very pleased with the 40D (not to be confused with the D40). Its the bomb. I left without buying anything but thinking about that fast 16-50 f2.8 lens. Or a 40D. (They had a package in the store for $1599 that had a case, extra battery, 18-55(or so) IS lens and a 1 gig card.) Or a K10 and the new lens. But I digress, any help for Kurt from TX?
edgeways 11 years ago
You talking Canon?
In anyway honestly the best way he is going to learn is buy taking photos, making mistakes and trying again. Knowing the fundamentals about what the different functions mean, the effects and differences between f-stop, shutter speed and "film speed", how to compose a shot, how to be fearless in trying different things, is the only real knowledge he can't just read out of the manual (which will tell him how to set some of those things)and even there if he shoots in RAW mode and has decent software it'll get him out of jams.

There is no better classroom then experience.

I use a Canon D20 and have been for several years, still learning, expect I always will be no matter what camera I have.
Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 11 years ago
I agree with Edge. I would suggest he read the manual, Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure" and Scott Kelby's "The Digital Photography Book" it doesn't sound like it, bt it is geared toward Digital SLR's and is a cook book for various shots and techniques.

Oh Yeah and shoot, shoot, shoot
Trailprints Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Trailprints (admin) 11 years ago
Here, here.
With the exception of button placement, menu, ect., all the cameras more or less do the same things, and luckily the buttons, setting s, ect you press, are pretty universal between most of the cameras (even film vs. digital).

The canon instructions are actually pretty good at walking you through the operation of most of the main features, and showing you how to make the most of them. It is hailed as one of the most comprehensive owners manuals written for a camera..

Practice however is second to none. In my beginner days(all of 5 years ago), i took a photo learner book, and basically walked through different exercises with the book and my camera.. booked helped, but actually doing it myself, and seeing the results were what did it for me.

here are a couple fo links i found for basic learning guide stuff:

the second one is a book link, but looks pretty decent.

good luck!
Sweetlake 11 years ago
I was thinking along the lines of assignment based course on line. As I said, he's a texan. He's 58 and a little inhibited at shooting a bunch of pictures. He needs a course to follow - you know how they like to 'stay the course'. Thanks for the help.

Edge, I'm not a married to any particular brand. I like my K100D but it's nowhere near the machine the 40D is.
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