Found the book this time. It was right where it was supposed to be, which wans't true on Monday. It's the original 1977 edition. There have since been two more editions, the most recent one published by DK. Anyway, this looks like it covers some basics, so that shoudl be good enough to get me started. I don't really want to walk into class in January not knowing anything. Plus knowing stuff will help me understand other photogrpahy books I read. for instance, Photographing People, which I'm reading now, lists the lens, exposure time, and aperture as a caption for each picture in the book. It would be nice to understand what each of those means and why and when you would want to use different lenses, shutter speeds, and apertures. I'm sure that will all be covered in the class I'm taking, but I want to be a little more prepared, so that I can get the most out of the class. I'm pretty excited about it, actually.