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I have a Nikon D90 with a 18-55mm lens and a 55-200mm f/4-5.6G lens.

What I am looking for is a website that can help me learn about how to best use my camera, something like "Hello, I see you are trying to take a portrait of someone with Mountains in the background. You should use this lens, an f-stop around this number, a fast/slow shutter speed, a low/high iso"

It would also be helpful to see pictures with one setting changed, like here is the same picture with a different f-stop, here is the best f-stop, here is the best f-stop with a different iso.

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Good gracious, you want a Clippy??? ;) –  rfusca Jul 22 '11 at 13:11
Hahaha, that would be hilarious, yet probably very helpful. There are tons of websites around that will give you some ideas of how to shoot in various scenarios. I recommend browsing for a shot that you like, and then looking at the EXIF data that Flickr includes to see what settings the photographer used. It should help give you a head start. –  Jon Jul 22 '11 at 13:11
@Jon - Or he could ask here ;) –  rfusca Jul 22 '11 at 13:16
Haha, yeah when you are still a beginner a clippy is useful. When you know what you are doing you want that crap out of the way. –  Tom H. Jul 22 '11 at 13:30
Don't the entry-level Nikon cameras actually have a "help" feature like this? –  mattdm Jul 22 '11 at 13:30

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Scott Kelby has many recipes in his Digital Photography books showing a photo and recipe, how to shoot such photo. I like the books as the tutorials are written in common language and really practical.

@rfusca: haha, you posted almost the same answer before I finished mine. :-)

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Yup, looks like I beat ya by a minute ;). –  rfusca Jul 22 '11 at 13:41

While it's not a website, the closest thing is probably Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Volumes. They take a scene or something you want to show and step you through the settings, the hows, and the whys step-by-step. They're very easy to follow and understand. (There are digital versions too).

Additionally, with some planning, feel free to ask on here! We'd gladly offer up advice on what to do with specific scenes.

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That's sort of what the Scene Modes found on P&S and some DSLRs do: set change your settings based on your intent, so you don't have to set/understand them yourself.

For example, the Nikon D90 has modes for Portrait, Night Portrait, Landscape, Sports, and Close-up. It set adjusts settings for aperture, shutter, built-in flash, and autofocus. (It won't change your lens or zoom though, obviously).

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Being guided how to do it, and having the camera do it for you, aren't quite the same thing. –  rfusca Jul 22 '11 at 21:47

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