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Nov 4, 2017 21:26:00   #
lrn2bgd
 
I am interested in books that have meant something to you as being good/excellent in your photography endeavors. Topics could be landscape, macro, flowers, post processing images using artistic techniques, exposure, composition etc. I have seen many book references on this forum, for example Understanding Exposure by Brian Peterson, that I was unable to find tonight through the UHH search feature. Peterson's book was definitely worth buying and I am interested in creating a list of similar books. This list of books, title and author, would be great for gift giving as well as a condensed source for new or experienced photographers who seek ideas from third parties for personal improvement. Perhaps this list could become a permanent topic found in the UHH search feature. Thank you in advance for your help.

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Nov 4, 2017 22:11:12   #
Mac (a regular here)
 
lrn2bgd wrote:
I am interested in books that have meant something to you as being good/excellent in your photography endeavors. Topics could be landscape, macro, flowers, post processing images using artistic techniques, exposure, composition etc. I have seen many book references on this forum, for example Understanding Exposure by Brian Peterson, that I was unable to find tonight through the UHH search feature. Peterson's book was definitely worth buying and I am interested in creating a list of similar books. This list of books, title and author, would be great for gift giving as well as a condensed source for new or experienced photographers who seek ideas from third parties for personal improvement. Perhaps this list could become a permanent topic found in the UHH search feature. Thank you in advance for your help.
I am interested in books that have meant something... (show quote)


Peterson has put out a number of books, one that I have found to be helpful is "Exposure Solutions". In addition, if you use Nikon, you may find "The Nikon Autofocus System" by Mike Hagen useful. Hagen also has a book "The Nikon Creative Lighting System"

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Nov 4, 2017 22:17:44   #
lrn2bgd
 
Thanks! I use Canon and I will look into Peterson's other book.

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Nov 4, 2017 22:28:16   #
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Nov 4, 2017 22:32:57   #
lrn2bgd
 
Thanks, I would like to see more if you don't mind.

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Nov 4, 2017 22:46:07   #
repleo (a regular here)
 
I have shelves of photography books. I think the most important one in getting me to my current level is Michael Freeman's - The Photographer's Eye: Graphic Guide: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos. This is an easy read for even a total novice and the lessons learned can be applied to any photographic device including phone cameras.

I think that an understanding of composition is even more important than understanding exposure. All cameras nowadays come with an auto mode that will give 'correct' exposures that we could only envy back in the 70's, but there are no auto composition settings. (Actually, my Sony A6000 does have a composition setting but that's beside the point). Understanding composition techniques will draw the student into the use of DoF, freeze action, light, shadow etc as composition tools rather than mathematical formulae.

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Nov 4, 2017 22:53:46   #
LoneRangeFinder
 
The History of Photography by Beaumont Newhall.

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Nov 4, 2017 23:32:37   #
lrn2bgd
 
I agree that composition is most important and carries the photographer further into sharing a message.

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Nov 4, 2017 23:41:44   #
French3511
 
Hit up www.thrift books.com you can find many old and newer used books at great prices

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Nov 4, 2017 23:58:11   #
whwiden
 
lrn2bgd wrote:
Thanks, I would like to see more if you don't mind.


https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Strand-Aperture-Masters-Photography/dp/1597112860/ref=dp_ob_title_bk?dpID=51vLGkBzjML&preST=_SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=detail

https://www.amazon.com/Andre-Kertesz-Paris-Autumn-1963/dp/2080201557/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509853868&sr=1-2&keywords=andre+kertesz+paris&dpID=51v9TSUr3uL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

https://www.amazon.com/Sebastiao-Salgado-Photofile-Sebasti%C3%A3o/dp/0500410860/ref=sr_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509854027&sr=1-16&keywords=sebastiao+salgado

Also, Google photographers you like and view their work in the free archives of various museum collections on line. The links I gave you identify certain photographers who are worth looking at as a starting point.

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Nov 5, 2017 00:49:08   #
lrn2bgd
 
Thank you.

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Nov 5, 2017 01:09:03   #
Hank Radt
 
A good book for beginners, with lots of photos as accompanying examples, is https://www.dk.com/us/9781465436078-digital-photography-complete-course/

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Nov 5, 2017 02:50:02   #
rjaywallace (a regular here)
 
Robert Capa: Photographs is one of the definitive books on photographic journalism.

https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Capa-Photographs-Aperture-Monograph/dp/0893816752

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Nov 5, 2017 04:55:19   #
CO (a regular here)
 
I purchased Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Flash Photography". He covers a lot of different techniques. I never used my flash in manual mode until I purchased this book. He describes a technique for dealing with situations when the main subject is close to the camera and would normally become overexposed by the flash. His technique of using the camera and flash in manual mode solves that problem.

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Nov 5, 2017 05:31:10   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
lrn2bgd wrote:
I am interested in books that have meant something to you as being good/excellent in your photography endeavors. Topics could be landscape, macro, flowers, post processing images using artistic techniques, exposure, composition etc. I have seen many book references on this forum, for example Understanding Exposure by Brian Peterson, that I was unable to find tonight through the UHH search feature. Peterson's book was definitely worth buying and I am interested in creating a list of similar books. This list of books, title and author, would be great for gift giving as well as a condensed source for new or experienced photographers who seek ideas from third parties for personal improvement. Perhaps this list could become a permanent topic found in the UHH search feature. Thank you in advance for your help.
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There will be some duplication in these lists, but for the price of a good DSLR, you can buy a nice photo library. : )

You can't go wrong with these twenty. You local library will either have many of these or be able to get them.
https://expertphotography.com/top-20-photography-books-improve-your-skills/

Twenty more -
https://www.slrlounge.com/best-photography-books-help-become-better-photographer/
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/buying-guide/12-recommended-photography-books-bh-bestseller-list

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