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Old 06-03-2007, 20:02   #1 (permalink)
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Any good books?

I'm a decent picture taker. I have great ideas but, I'm just self tought. I have a Nikon D50 camera with 15-55 and 70-300mm lenses. I am wanting to learn the "right way" to do photography before I brain wash my self in thinking my methods are correct. Any suggestions for a good digital photography books that won't put me to sleep and will teach me?
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Old 06-03-2007, 22:36   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Any good books?

Just looked at your gallery, I wonder when you say books, In what area would you be looking at?, you have some great Images, I have been taking Pics for years, and still learning, Is it advanced photography techniques your looking for?. some of tyour Images have god depth of field, they dont come across to me as If you have only just started taking pictures, so maybe you are thinking of advanceing what you already know, I always say we all have style, and your style will be different from my style, I personally have not come across a book that I refer to In any of my picture taking. unless you need technical advice. look forward to seeing more of your Images.
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Re: Any good books?

Hi Kdcorado, yes I think I can help I'm also self-taught, but through books, + there are a few I would highly recommend. I would suggest that you get them out of the library first to check that they suit your needs, before buying, or at least flip through them in a bookshop if you can, although you might have to order via Amazon etc. (bookshops + libraries don't stock every book in existence ) but in that event you can check out Amazon's reviews first.

Having read a lot of photography books, I have a lot of info in my head, but don't get much practice (for various reasons). My biggest setback is a shortage of ideas on what to photograph! Basically, I lack inspiration, + this is what I'm after from books at this stage. As I believe half the learning curve of photography is indeed centred around inspiration + vision, I will include books that have inspirational ideas as well as those with technical information.

Ok here are some that come to mind, + I will add more as I think of them :

Magazine: I get Digital Camera Magazine every month. While I learned a lot during my 1st year's subscription (I was green) I find I don't get much out of it anymore, but I still get it anyway They do come up with the odd idea that appeals to me.

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Studio Photography - Essential Skills (3rd Edition) by John Child. This is one of a Focal Press series of books on photography. It is fabulous! Although it is mainly about studio work, it is full of info which relates to all genres. I got this out of the library + was so impressed that I bought it, + will get around to working my way through it systematically doing the exercises it provides. It shows you how to get predictable results using methodical + precise techniques, i.e. takes the guesswork out of photography, particularly with regard to exposure, colour etc.

Photographic Composition by Tom Grill + Mark Scanlon. "Guidelines for total image control through effective design." This is a must-have book! I have it on loan from the library but am going to buy it, it is fabulous! It shows you how all sorts of factors contribute to taking a great photograph + how these affect composition, e.g. colour, light, focal length, focus, contrast, shutter speed etc. etc. i.e. It is not just about arranging shapes, as most of us think of composition being just that.

A Comprehensive Guide to Digital Close-up Photography by John Clements. Another fab book I have from the library at present. It's full of projects, i.e. shots ppl have taken + how they did it. It has a lot of post-processing information too, which is concise + very useful, + shows you practical applications for different tools in image editing software via these projects. It is very very good, with loads of inspirational ideas, tips + tricks.

The Creative Photography Handbook by Lee Frost. Another favourite of mine. Just as the title says, it gives you creative ideas + how to achieve them.

John Hedgecoe's New Introductory Photography Course. "A complete step-by-step guide to taking great pictures, with 65 projects to improve your skills." This one's very good, too.

Digital Photography Step-by-Step by Jerry Glenwright. This one is nice + concise with brief summaries on different aspects of photography.

Digital Photography, an Introduction by Tom Ang. A great little book packed with technical info + advice from choosing photographic + pc equipment to taking photo's right through the process of manipulating + printing photo's. And it's a small size, just right for bedtime reading A little cracker, this one.

That'll do for now

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Re: Any good books?

I could point you to a book where I've a couple of pics published but don't want to put you off photography for life (and I've never seen the book, never mind owning it!)

Personally, I've never read any photo books, never mind owned them; nor magazines. They just don't interest me - I think, principally, because I want to go my own way. But I don't do much in the way of portraits but tend to wander the countryside waving my camera in a slightly aimless manner!

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thanks for the list of books. I find project based ones are good for mastering techniques .
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Hedgecoe's books are really good. I've got the new manual of photography (the one above the introductory course), and it's more geared towards people who have a slim understanding and just want a reference manual. Still has the basics if you need it.

I'd also recommend the Photographer's Market. I've got the 2007 version, and it's been quite insightful for what sells and what certain publications are looking for.
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