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Old 01-03-2008, 11:54   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there all. I am just wondering if anyone has any good suggestions on books on photography to use for 'self teaching'. I have a canon digital 400D and was thinking about getting a photography book that might help me out with learning more about photography. I am not completely clueless but would love a book that gives practical instruction on the different subjects of photography as well as ideas for practising.

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I have been reading Tom Ang's Digital Photographers Handbook and find it very helpful. It does cover some quick basics, but it also gets to the more advanced stuff quite quickly. It also gives little ideas for practice that take your mind off of looking for the one great photo. It has a large section on photo minipulation as well. The book is chuck full of photos to compare and contrast what he is teaching.
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I think this just about fits in with 'Books on Photography:

Last Wednesday, having been invited, I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing about the work of a professional photographer from Israel. David Rubinger projected examples of his work and told us some of the history behind the pictures and his career of 60 years.

In 1973, Life magazine commissioned him to depict military strength and he wanted to take a view, from above, of four fighter planes flying over Jerusalem. The air force agreed but while up above Jerusalem the best modern camera equipment failed to work. "... I quickly told the pilot that the first shots had been no good ...and persuade him and the other Phantoms to make another approach over the city. ... I was prepared. I decided to disregard the state-of-the-art high-speed camera ... and instead turned to my trusty Leica ... I succeeded in shooting two good frames. One of those frames made the back cover of Life. ..."

Photo Archive News: Book: Israel Through My Lens - David Rubinger

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I recently bought "The Digital Photography Book" Volume 1&2 by Scott Kelby... I think they're awesome! I'm new to photography and these books are great so far!! I'm pleased with them! I also bought "Understand Exposure" by Bryan Peterson.. another keeper!!!
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Here are some of the books I've found very useful, for inspiration as well as technical instruction :

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.

I advise getting books out of the library first, then if you think you'll get long-term benefit from them, buy them
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You do not say where you are based but your local library may be worth a visit
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buy photographers books, philip jones griffiths, nan golding etc, study the photographs, you will get so much out of them, if you are looking for technical manuals, hedgecoes annual offering and adobe photoshop ps3 for photographers by martin evenings are the ones
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Hi friends,

I think this just about fits in with 'Books on Photography:

Last Wednesday, having been invited, I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing about the work of a professional photographer from Israel. David Rubinger projected examples of his work and told us some of the history behind the pictures and his career of 60 years.

In 1973, Life magazine commissioned him to depict military strength and he wanted to take a view, from above, of four fighter planes flying over Jerusalem. The air force agreed but while up above Jerusalem the best modern camera equipment failed to work. "... I quickly told the pilot that the first shots had been no good ...and persuade him and the other Phantoms to make another approach over the city. ... I was prepared. I decided to disregard the state-of-the-art high-speed camera ... and instead turned to my trusty Leica ... I succeeded in shooting two good frames. One of those frames made the back cover of Life. ..."

Photo Archive News: Book: Israel Through My Lens - David Rubinger

Israel Through My Lens - David Rubinger (with Ruth Corman)

i read and collect hundreds of books from photographers, but must say i have never come across this one, thanks for posting it looks interesting, think ill look it up.lee
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Thanks everyone, I will try my local library first although I'm not sure that they have much. Failing that I will keep an eye out on some of the books mentioned.
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Local library is a good start - our suburban library has many many books on photgraphy and they all off something interesting
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Thanks everyone, I will try my local library first although I'm not sure that they have much. Failing that I will keep an eye out on some of the books mentioned.
Some library tips :

You could do an online search of your local library for books on photography, or indeed a particular book (if you were feeling lazy ). Best is to go there though and browse to see what they have on their shelf (and it may well be only one shelf of photo books).

Also, you could request a particular book you wanted, and if the library has it at a nearby branch they should be able to get it to your local library for you.

You can also reserve a book, so that if someone else has it out at the time, you will be notified when it's back on the shelf.

You can keep a book for some months using the renewal system (I get 4 renewals) which you can easily do online.

Make a note of the title + author of a book you've had out of the library which you've found particularly useful, so that you can either get it out again or go buy it if you want.
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Our local library had only about 10 photography books but they did have some of the ones mentioned here so I've picked up a few to have a look through. As you say Charlotte I can do a search of other libraries and request copies if I think they might be helpful but I've got enough to keep me going for a bit.
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