When deciding to learn more about the art of photography I did some research online and have stumbled across many excellent photography books, websites and courses. The problem is, there are just too many to know where to start.
That depends on what type of person you are. If you are a hands-on person who does not have the time to study books in detail, but prefers a few quick tips and go on shooting, I would recommend The Digital Photography Book(s) by Scott Kelby (Vol 1, 2 & 3).
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They are written as series of tips on different subjects e.g. landscape, wedding photography, using flash etc. The author took a fresh approach and rather than explaining in detail how everything works, made his tips short and to the point. All of them offer loads of usefull advices, and are essential for any newbie photography enthusiast, and due to the relatively small size, they can easily be taken along on a shoot for inspiration.
On the other hand if you prefer a more studious approach with thorough explanations of the core concepts and all the nitty gritty details about the Art of Photography, you might want to consider one of these two:
Both are good for understanding the basic principles of photography and well illustrated showing off examples in full color, and will offer a good deal of information for a beginner. The Art of Digital Photography by John Hedgecoe is a little bit more image oriented, while Digital Art Photography for Dummies is a bit more text oriented and has typical look and feel of the series.