Photography Books:

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by BCains, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. BCains macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2007
    Gold Coast, Australia
    Hi All,

    I'm looking for some good general photography books, i've done a search but couldn't find much.
    So i thought i'd start a new thread and maybe it can be sticked for future references for others.

    Please do add if you know any others. :)

    "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson
  2. generationxwing macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2005
    I'm going to second this book. This book is excellent. It's easy to read, he shows a ton of example photos, but also tells you what camera settings he used. I couldn't reccomend this book more (I originally opened this thread to reccomend it). Just make sure you get the 2nd edition.
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I don't know if this is "general" or not but in this book Adams describes the creative process of 40 photographs from why he decided to set up the camera to how he decided to alter an manipulate the final print in the darkroom.
    "Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs" by Ansel Adams

    Three of this other books are still relevant "The Camera", "The Negative" and "The Print" (some times sold as a set of three volumes) while we don't care much about how to select the specific type of developer we still do care about his advise exposure ,composition printing and display. The art has not changed in 50 years only the tools.

    His books were intended for beginners but things have changed are are now best read by more advanced amateurs
  4. jayb2000 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2003
    RI -> CA -> ME
    Agreed, the Ansel Adams books are great.

    I got a copy of this a few years ago, its ok, but not great.
    Detailed, but lots on film, so if you are starting digital, it is not the best.
  5. mromero macrumors member


    Sep 30, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Light: Science and Magic, Third Edition: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting (Paperback)
    by Fil Hunter (Author), Steven Biver (Author), Paul Fuqua (Author)

    Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers (Paperback)
    by Christopher Grey (Author)

    Matters of Light & Depth (Paperback)
    by Ross Lowell (Author)
  6. Mantat macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2003
    Montréal (Canada)
    Understanding Exposure is a classic! It should be the first book any serious photographer should read, its that good!

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