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    Starting with 35mm!

    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?

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    Well, A. A. Blaker's book Field Photography isn't as inspirational as some but it gives better explanations of the basics than any of the other photography primers I've read. And because it was published in 1976 its about gear rather similar to the AE-1. Out of print, available through on-line used book search services like, to name a few, abebooks.com, addall.com, amazon.com. There are others too.

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    When I taught 35mm photography at the local adult school, I used George Shaub's book as the basic text. It is easy to read, fairly complete, and right on target for a bright 11 year-old with an AE-1.

    Here's the link:http://www.betterphoto.com/reviews/r...D=606&catID=61

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    Don't bore him with a book. He's 11, for crying out loud. Just give him the camera to shoot and a lot of film to burn. That's how most 11 year olds will learn. I have two very bright boys that love to shoot, but give them a book about it and they look at you like your from another planet. I just tell them to keep the needle in the middle and 80% of the shots work.

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    Thanks for all of the help. Getting your hands on a camera is a great feeling. Using is the best way to learn. We have all learned from our mistakes. Then we start reading to add to the confusion. Thanks everyone.

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    Small and easy booklet. Kodak guide to taking great pictures will get any 35mm enthusiast started.
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    Teach him the sunny F11 rule and let his imagination soar...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snegron View Post
    Teach him the sunny F11 rule and let his imagination soar...
    Damn! I always thought it was Sunny/16!

    Know wonder I've been underexposed all these years! :rolleyes:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Lofgreen View Post
    Don't bore him with a book. He's 11, for crying out loud. Just give him the camera to shoot and a lot of film to burn. That's how most 11 year olds will learn. I have two very bright boys that love to shoot, but give them a book about it and they look at you like your from another planet. I just tell them to keep the needle in the middle and 80% of the shots work.

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    Whoa! When my son was 11, he devoured any book about whatever subject interested him. They ain't all created the same, you know!

    George: Sunny/11 in NYC, Sunny/22 in Tucson. Maybe you were averaging?
    Honey, I promise no more searching eBay for cameras.

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    The one thing you might want to do is to check the integrity of the foam seals, if they haven't been replaced.

    If it's the original foam seals, it's highly likely that they need to be replaced. Be careful to not let any of that STUFF get into the shutter.

    As far as books, depends on the kid. Some kids love to read. Others, not so much.

    I believe John Hedgecoe has a nice variety of titles that should appeal to most photographers.

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