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Which is the best book to learn photography?

Post by St3v3M » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:54 pm

Which is the best book to learn photography?

Basics -
Complete Digital Photography – Ben Long
Langford’s Basic Photography: The guide for serious photographers – Michael Langford
LIFE Guide to Digital Photography – Joe McNally
Understanding Exposure – Bryan Peterson
Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital – Todd Gustavson

Composition & Technique -
The Photographer’s Eye – Michael Freeman
The Photographer’s Mind – Michael Freeman
The Moment it Clicks: Photography secrets from one of the world’s top shooters – Joe McNally
Creative Black and White – Harold Davis

Lighting -
Speedliter’s Handbook – Syl Arena
The Hot Shoe Diaries – Joe McNally

Photography -
Decade – Aemmon McCabe
The Americans – Robert Frank
National Geographic Image Collection – National Geographic
Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs – Ansel Adams
Life: The Platinum Anniversary Collection: 70 Years of Extraordinary Photography
Reuters: Our World Now 4 (Fourth Edition)

Post Processing -
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book – Scott Kelby
Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 3 – Dion Scoppettuolo
The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book – Scott Kelby

Bonus -
Your Camera Manual!
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Post by Steven G Webb » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:28 pm

Very fine list. Understanding Exposure by Peterson tops my "Basic" list. Followed by his companion book Understanding Flash in the lighting department.
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Post by St3v3M » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:34 pm

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Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:28 pm
Very fine list. Understanding Exposure by Peterson tops my "Basic" list. Followed by his companion book Understanding Flash in the lighting department.
I've come to use YouTube more than not, but find books to be very inspirational! S-
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Post by Steven G Webb » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:45 pm

You Tube videos have proven to be extremely helpful. Of those I've gained a good deal of information from MAC on Campus. Extra bonus if the viewer is using MAC owned brands; however, the information transcends brand specifics. Books do not require additional equipment and they don't interfere with the pace. Re-reading portions and review are great benefits. I've uses certain texts as workbooks and followed them much like a cookbook progressing through a project.
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Post by minniev » Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:50 pm

I learn best with books. Some of the ones Steve listed are in my collection too. The Peterson book is iconic. I'll add some of the books that were the guides for my journey. The editions I learned from have in some cases developed newer names as they were updated, and I used the new name if I could find it. The old editions for anything not software related are fine. Anything Freeman Patterson wrote will help you become a better photographer even if it was written for film cameras.

Basic Photography
Perfect Digital Photography by Jay Kinghorn & Jay Dickman was my Bible

Composition
Photography and the Art of Seeing by Freeman Patterson
Within the Frame by David duChemin

Landscape Photography
Photographing America's National Parks by Tim Fitzharris

Editing
A Landscape Photographers Guide to Photoshop by Guy Tal
Landscapes in Lightroom by Michael Frye
Welcome to Oz by Vincent Versace
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Post by St3v3M » Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:21 am

minniev wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:50 pm
I learn best with books. Some of the ones Steve listed are in my collection too. The Peterson book is iconic. I'll add some of the books that were the guides for my journey. The editions I learned from have in some cases developed newer names as they were updated, and I used the new name if I could find it. The old editions for anything not software related are fine. Anything Freeman Patterson wrote will help you become a better photographer even if it was written for film cameras.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:08 pm

I have no favorite. The "best" is the one you can grok and learn from. As mentioned, it does not have to be a book. It can be books or videos or mentoring or formal classes, whatever works since everyone learns a little differently. Back sometime in the last century I acquired a little paperback on "wildlife and nature" photography (or some such). It had a chapter or two on the bare basics, the exposure triad (not called that in those days of waaaaay yore), understanding DOF, with lots of sample photos plus diagrams. I was frankly entranced plus astounded that I actually began to understand it. Later I enrolled in college for formal classes but that silly little book was my "best book." Whatever works. :)
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Post by St3v3M » Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:32 pm

Check your local library as well as they usually have a few just waiting to be taken home with you! S-
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Post by pop511 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:17 pm

" I have no favorite. The "best" is the one you can grok and learn from. As mentioned, it does not have to be a book. It can be books or videos or mentoring or formal classes, whatever works since everyone learns a little differently. "
I think that paragraph says it quite succinctly in a fluid way. I've gone from shooting shows in the "old" film days. Tina Turner was one. To doing full time studying at tertiary level. Looking back it was like a path that I never stayed on, always wondering. I now know what I want to do. I love books, but my greatest collection of knowledge has come from YouTube, watching and learning differing styles. From that I have cemented my own ideas. Anyway off to Philippines in two weeks for another medical mission.
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Post by St3v3M » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:04 pm

pop511 wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:17 pm
" I have no favorite. The "best" is the one you can grok and learn from. As mentioned, it does not have to be a book. It can be books or videos or mentoring or formal classes, whatever works since everyone learns a little differently. "
I think that paragraph says it quite succinctly in a fluid way. I've gone from shooting shows in the "old" film days. Tina Turner was one. To doing full time studying at tertiary level. Looking back it was like a path that I never stayed on, always wondering. I now know what I want to do. I love books, but my greatest collection of knowledge has come from YouTube, watching and learning differing styles. From that I have cemented my own ideas. Anyway off to Philippines in two weeks for another medical mission.
Kind regards;
I've gone back and forth between books, videos, and forums, and find them all helpful.

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