This seems like a good board (people are nice in other words). I know that many of you are experts and want to discuss expert things, but I've just really gotten interested in the world of photography and I'm looking to get my first "good" camera. I'm looking to start by learning the basics. I'm hoping to get an understanding of the terminology and the features in digital SLRs. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start?
I would suggest that Kodak's "Joy of Photography" is a great place to start. All of the basics of cameras, lenses, etc. are there. Might even be in the local library.
You might also check out a book called [i]Digital Photography For Dummies[/i]. Don't be put off by the tongue-in-cheek title - it has lots of good information for beginners....
As an old school guy, I'd suggest to take an introduction class into B&W photography at your local college to learn the basics.
Although you are more interested in digital technique, this class will give you an insight to photography in general. It is fun, and the peer review of your work helps you to improve your technique.
And the darkroom teaches you a lot about light, tonality and contrast. Things you also need to know with DSLR.