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What are good resources (tutorials/books/videos/etc) for a beginning photographer?

Keep in mind that this is for a beginning photographer, who has recently moved from a point-and-shoot to an entry-level DSLR, and is interested in digging deeper into photography in general.

Examples of good topics for the resources to cover:

  • what's aperture?, and other camera basics
  • color temperature and lighting
  • composition and visualization
  • etc.
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don't forget that you can find the answers to many of those questions on here... –  Rowland Shaw Oct 25 '10 at 14:46
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Try http://kelbytv.com/ for some great video tutorials.

also Photography Basics to understand the fundamentals.

I will link to similar questions on this site that have some resources as well

Should be enough in these resources:

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Digital Photography School has plenty of tutorials ranging from basic to advanced. Have a look at their list of tutorials for beginners.

I'd also recommend just getting out there and trying stuff out! Nothing will help you learn photography better than experimenting with the camera, then sharing the results on sites like flickr and deviantart.

Have fun! :)

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This site is actually a good place to begin learning!

Specifically, there are several tags (post topics) that cover a lot of the basic information, and if you can't find what you need, ask away and you'll probably get an answer.

Beginner tags:

In fact, all of the topics in the question are well-covered under:

And, for "etc" — that's what Ask a Question is for. New and beginning photographers should do a lot of that, and we'll all do our best to help.

This doesn't mean it's the whole world or that other resources aren't recommended — in fact, many specific answers do (and should) point to external sites, or books, or videos, or people. But here is an excellent beginning resource.

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I find the tutorials of Cambridge in Colour very useful.

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This is actually one of the best sites to understand camera/optics/photography basics –  Gaurav Jain Dec 28 '13 at 3:07
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BBC Wildlife photography masterclass is a good guide. It is a guide to wild life photography in 10 parts.
BBC Photography Masterclass

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