I have a good friend who's 11 yr. old son has expressed an interest in photography. Traditional photography! I am going to give him my old Canon AE-1 system and help him get started. I would love some suggested reading materials that I can provide for this fine young man. Hands on will be the best learning device. Have you found an inspirational book to get someone started?
Kodak has an old classic called "How to take Good Pictures" that is a great simple book.
But mostly, getting the kid out and having him take lots of photographs is the best way!
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Together with a book may I suggest this on-line camera simulator http://www.photonhead.com/simcam/
very vivid examples of combinations of speed & aperture, camera shake artifacts vs out-of-focus shots, etc
Great (not only) for beginners
I recently bought this book for my 11 year old daughter. I'm very impressed with it. It covers both traditional and digital photography. Its not too heavy reading and has loads of colour pictures throughout.
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Greetings Jim, i dialed up the site that BlueWind suggested, it is an excellant page for a beginner like me and even for a 11 year old to understand, it is easy to understand and read because it shows you the differences of how the camera works.
Remember one thing Jim, it is like taking a young boy or girl fishing for the first, make it fun for them, not boring because they will lose interest right away. Good luck.
Of the dozens of photography books I have aquired over the years, I find one of the best to be Ray Koken's "Better Pictures Through Good Composition". I bought my first copy directly from Mr. Koken in the late sixties for $1.00. They are now available from Swanland's Camera, 527 F Street, Eureka, CA. 95501. Tel. 707-442-4522 for $4.95 each. This little 40 or so page booklet is easily read and understood by young folks. I bought a few of these for our photography club and recently.