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04/17/2006 10:57:10 PM · #1
If you were making a list of the best and most helpful photography books out there, what would you put on it?

04/17/2006 11:03:12 PM · #2
I just finished (this evening) a book by Galen Rowell called "Inner Game of Outdoor Photography".

It's a pretty good read. Not really instructional, more inspirational I would say. I took some notes on a few technical items, particularly lighting, the rest of the book was just enjoyable to read.

I've also enjoyed several Freeman Patterson books. Those are more on an instructional level for those wanting to think a little more "outside the box".
04/17/2006 11:49:26 PM · #3
Anyone else? I know someone mentioned a good book on lighting not too long ago...
04/17/2006 11:55:29 PM · #4
I've found that the Digital Photography Expert series, from Lark publishing, have been pretty good.
04/18/2006 12:31:43 AM · #5
"Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson.
04/18/2006 12:36:29 AM · #6
PHOTOGRAPHY: A guide to technique, by Andrew Hawkins.

...And also PHOTOGRAPHY FOR ALL, by K.Bhatia (Under publication).
04/18/2006 12:38:53 AM · #7
Light Science & Magic by Fil Hunter and Paul Fuqua

04/18/2006 01:09:30 AM · #8
Originally posted by MadMan2k:

"Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson.
This is the book that I suggest to my friends, who want to learn more.
04/18/2006 04:28:59 AM · #9
I just ordered 6 books on photography from Amazon, just waiting for them to arrive :)

Message edited by author 2006-04-18 10:49:22.
04/18/2006 09:22:32 AM · #10
Anything by Freeman Patterson
04/18/2006 10:45:48 AM · #11
Master Lighting Guide by Christopher Grey if you think you'll be doing any studio work...John Hedgecoe has some pretty good books that cover many facets of photography...Madman2K picked a good one too
04/18/2006 11:54:11 AM · #12
It's a good list so far!
04/18/2006 12:20:49 PM · #13
Learning to See Creatively by Bryan Peterson
04/18/2006 05:54:53 PM · #14
04/18/2006 05:58:20 PM · #15
I meant to answer this thread yesterday, but got distracted and forgot about it. Here are my favorite two books:

Digital Photographers Handbook by Tom Ang
Learning To Light by Roger Hicks & Francis Schultz

And if you want to sell any kind of freelance stock:
The Photographer's Market 2006 is a must!

Those are just a few, my shelves are overloaded with favorites. Anything by Amhurst Books is worth your time.
04/19/2006 08:27:32 AM · #16
"PHOTOS THAT SELL" by Lee Frost.
04/19/2006 03:20:30 PM · #17
04/25/2006 04:54:40 PM · #18
Real World Digital Photography by Katrin Eismann, Sean Duggan, Tim Grey.
From basic to advanced information. I stopped in Barnes and Nobles the other day to kill an hour while my son was at Lacrosse practice. Boy, an hour in the photo section blew by, was late picking him up. There is so much (like everything else) to choose from for a newbie to be so overwhelmed. I also have Bryan Peterson's series and have found it helpful, especially starting out.
08/05/2006 06:39:54 AM · #19
Learn Adobe Photoshop by K.Bhatia. You can find it here. Learn Adobe Photoshop in 7 days!

Message edited by author 2006-08-05 06:42:28.
08/05/2006 09:50:10 AM · #20
There are a number of books that I've collected over the years. I've usually found that it takes several books to cover what I'm interested in at any one time rather than one book covering everything. So I end up buying many books. Which is ok, because later on when I find aother lighting interest or a different situation comes up I need to read about, that is usually covered in one of my books.

There is one author that I've found that comes pretty close to covering it all in one book though. The author is J.J. Allen and I can't recommend his two books enough. The first one is probably a tad better than the second one, but they are both excellent. J.J. writes in a style that is very informative but doesn't lose you in techno-speak, nor talk to simple for those with some knowelege already. He gives good discriptions and examples that are on the same page so you don't have to keep flipping back and forth to view a diagram or example while reading about it. He's one of those rare authors that knows what he's talking about and how to say it. His web site is at: //jjaflair.home.att.net/

His books are: "Posing and Lighting Techniques for Studio Portrait Photography" and "Lighting and Exposure Techniques for Outdoor and Location Portrait Photography". On the second one, there is another book out there of the same name, so if you get it, make sure it's by J.J. Allen.

Some other books that I have bought, liked and used are:

"Create Lighting Techniques for Studio Photographers" by Dave Montizambert.

"Master Lighting Guide" by Christopher Grey.

"Lighting for People Photography" by Stephen Crain.

"The Portrait - Professional Techniques and Practices in Portrait Photography" a Kodak book.

And though a bit more technical, still one that is worth having on the shelf, "Light Science & Magic" by Fil Hunter and Paul Fuqua.

Another great source is //www.lightingmagic.com/directry.htm the web site for Scott Smith. He has some excellent sources on his web site, a Q&A section and some pretty good books as well.

"Still Life and Special Effects Photography - A guide to professional Lighting Techniques" by Roger Hicks and Frances Schultz.

"Digital Photography Expert - Light and Lighting" by Michael Freeman.

"Basic Studio Lighting" by Tony L. Corbell.

If you photograph a lot of dogs like I do, there are a few books that cover that as well...

"How to Photograph Dogs" by Kerrin Winter and Dale Churchill (A great team)

"Professional Techniques for Pet and Animal Photography" by Debrah H. Muska.

"How to Photograph Dogs" by Nick Ridley.

"How to Photograph Pets" by Nick Ridley.

And though not a How-To book per say, the book, "Dogs" by French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand is an excellent book with large pictures of a lot of breeds and their owners. It's this book that gives me a lot of ideas.

08/05/2006 10:10:00 AM · #21
08/05/2006 10:52:47 AM · #22
The confused photographer's guid to photographic exposure and the simplified zone system, by Bahman Farzad. Actually, it's really a book for dummies, it has lots of stupid graphs and everything is repeated a zillion times, but this book finally made me understand proper exposure. And to think that I'm an engineer, doh!
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