Friday, December 04, 2009

dec. 4: book.

The question today is: What book - fiction or non - touched you?

That's easy.

It is a book that I cannot recommend to everyone.

Not that it is not a good book, because it is. It just is not suitable for everyone.

It is, however, a book that has helped this year in awakening a passion in me that I did not even know I had.

It is my Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide.

Now, I realize that reading that sentence above may have been a letdown for many of you, especially if you were expecting something profound and life-changing like...I don't know...War and Peace or something.

But this book has been profound for me, because since I got it in...December or January (?...maybe later) I have been on a mission to learn my way around my camera. Admittedly, I started that mission rather late (like, September) although I had already taken hundreds upon hundreds of photos with it. I stayed in three settings though, and I wasn't trying many of the things that I am now trying. Reading through this book (slowly) has fueled the flame of a passion for photography that I am so grateful to have discovered, a passion upon which I have begun to reflect often (like here and here.)

It isn't suitable for everyone, because not everyone owns a DSLR camera, or a Nikon DSLR, and not everyone needs a guide to walk them through their camera. For those that are like me, however, and do need that and do own a Nikon DSLR, I heartily recommend this book.

1 comment:

E'l Roy said...

Hi, I arrived here via Twitter (I follow @CameraBag). I was compelled to comment because the D40 was *my* return to truly exploring photography. If you haven't already picked them up (or been recommended them), I'd highly recommend "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson, and "The Digital Photography Book" by Scott Kelby.

btw, I am @ebilflindas and @iPhonetographer on Twitter.

Happy Holidays!