Photography Books

Digital SLR Cameras for Dummies
Author: David D. Busch

A book in the For Dummies series that I particularly like is Digital SLR Cameras for Dummies. As people become more interested in photography a SLR camera becomes a must. The problem is the subject can appear daunting. This book offers a clear and concise overview of all the key point you need to consider when stepping up to a Digital SLR. There is a comprehensive section covering lenses. It can be difficult to find easy to understand information covering this vital area, but this book can really make a difference. It also walks you through all the controls enabling you to get the most out of your camera and to ultimately take those shots you had always dreamed about.

Night and Low-light Photography
Author: Lee Frost

This book is a great starting point if you are trying to get to grips with low light photography. It runs you through various set ups with lots of examples. All the key camera settings you need are explained in a way that is very easy to understand. In addition to helping you improve your technique the sample photographs will help to give you ideas and to take your camera out in all types of light.

Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera
Author: Bryan Peterson

Understanding exposure is one of the key elements of photography. This book supplies the bedrock for you to fall back on whenever you are faced with challenging conditions. It gives a full breakdown of the interaction between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. It will help to make you a more confident photographer and once you have put all the ideas in this book into practice you should also experience a more natural feel to your photography.

Scotland's Coast: A Photographer's Journey
Author: Joe Cornish

Learn by example from one of the leading exponents of landscape photography. This book is a joy to read. The photographs are fantastic and will give you plenty of food for thought. It is all about inspiration. A commentary accompanies each photograph and this helps you to understand exactly what goes into to producing such stunning photographs. You can read this book simply for the beauty of the photographs, but there is plenty in it to set you on the way to creating your own landscape masterpieces.

Capture the Moment: A Bride's and Photographer's Guide to Contemporary Weddings
Author: Stephen Swain

The wedding photography market is increasingly competitive. If this is your field or you are aspiring to become a wedding photographer then you constantly need to find ways to keep ahead of the competition. This book proves to be an invaluable source of ideas and inspiration. Although written by a successful photographer the book also gives an insight into the view of a bride. So as well as helping you to improve your wedding photographer it also gives you the inside on what you potential customers may be thinking. The book goes a step further than most and covers marketing your wedding photography business plus the meeting and booking process. If you are a wedding photographer this book will be one of the best investments you could possibly make.

How to Shoot Stock Photos That Sell
Author: Michal Heron

Picture libraries seem to be popping up all over the place. The Internet has created a whole new way for people to buy photos. An ever increasing number of photographs are required for eager buyers. Many photographers live purely off their earnings from stock photography. Others use it as a valuable income source with stock often being shot around their every day photographic commitments. Would you like a piece of the action? This book tells you the type of photos that sell well and how to produce them. The author is a successful stock photographer and offers you a valuable insight into this lucrative market.

The Lighting Cookbook: Foolproof Recipes for Perfect Glamour, Portrait, Still Life and Corporate Photographs
Author: Jenni Bidner

Lighting is one of the key elements of any type of photography. Changing the lighting can dramatically change the mood and feel of any photography. Developing your lighting techniques can radically improve a wide range of your photos. This book is packed with ideas and walks you through them in a way that is easy to understand. There is a great deal of creativity you can tap into and use in many different photographic situations. Jenni Bidner covers all the normal pieces of lighting equipment you are likely to come across in a professional studio. After reading through the book you will understand the role each piece place and know how to use them to your best advantage.

Learning to See Creatively
Author: Bryan Peterson

One of the key points that make leading professional photographers stand out from the crowd is the ability to see creatively. Even if you are an experienced photographer this is an area where it is always beneficial to take a fresh look. Just by taking a slightly different view of a subject the final photograph can be so much more rewarding. In this book Bryan Peterson walks you through a large number of his favourite photos and explains what inspired him to take them. By applying the techniques described here you can take your photography up another notch or three. You will soon find yourself composing exciting, lively scenes.

The Photographer's Guide to Filters
Author: Lee Frost

Another recommended read from Lee Frost. Some people feel that filters have slipped a bit out of fashion. With products around such as Adobe Photoshop there are so many effects you can apply once a photo has been taken. In my view there is something far more creative about using a filter out on the field. There is certainly a skill to deciding which filter will give you the best results and when to use one. As you advance your knowledge you begin to see more possibilities than you felt existed before. Using filters gives you more time with a camera in your hand and less time sat at a computer. I know where I would rather be.

Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Classroom in a Book S.)
Author: Adobe Creative Team, Anita Dennis

If you would like to learn about how you can enhance your photos using Adobe Photoshop then this is an ideal book for beginners and people at an intermediate level. It builds steadily into a comprehensive guide. It is easy to find your way around and you can choose between reading from cover to cover or dipping in and out to learn about selected topics.

Medium and Large Format Photography
Author: Roger Hicks, Frances Schultz

For people who are considering moving up to medium of large format photography then this is an excellent read. It provides thorough coverage of all the key points that you will need to consider before deciding which camera to buy. It gives you good advice about how to get into medium format even if you have a limited budget.

The Freelance Photographers Market Handbook
Author: John Tracy (Editor), Stewart Gibson (Editor)

If you are looking to sell photographs then this book is an invaluable tool in helping you to find who is buying and exactly what they are looking for. It gives you contact details and tells you how much you should be paid. Don't leave home without it.

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