I second the recommendation for Way Beyond Monochrome II. While it is about black and white photography, it covers the basics of photography that also apply to color, and is one of the most inspiring photographic books that I own. Its chapter on pinhole photography is more reliable than many other published sources. For much information on pinhole photography, look for Eric Renner's Pinhole Photography, available from http://www.pinholeresource.com/ and online booksellers. Two fine online resources are http://home.online.no/~gjon/pinhole.htm and http://www.f295.org/Pinholeforum/forum/Blah.pl.