recommendations for books?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Keebler, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    Hi,

    I thought i had posted a msg about this yesterday, but i can't find it so i guess i didn't... doh!

    i bought my 1st dslr..pentax k100 with 2 lense kit.

    I saw a 'magic lantern book' about my camera, but wondered if it's more than a glorified manual? does anyone know if this series of books is any good?

    Also, it was recommended that i buy any photo books by John Hedgecoe?

    i'm looking for 2 things: 1. how to better understand my camera of course and 2. how to take better photos so i need a basic understanding and then take it to the next levels. purely a hobbyist, but i've always taken creative photos so i want to enhance what i've been doing.

    Cheers,
    Keebler
     
  2. stcanard macrumors 65816

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    In a similar thread somebody recommended _Understanding Exposure_ by Bryan Peterson.

    After getting it our of the library, I'll definitely second the recommendation -- excellent for a beginner (or even intermediate) to take a step forward.
     
  3. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816

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    The Digital SLR Bible by Nigel Hicks is a good read
     
  4. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    Understanding Exposure is great.

    I also dig the National Geographic Photography Field Photography Guide. Covers exposure in a nutshell, but has a lot of great composition tips and examples.
     
  5. bocomo macrumors 6502

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    magic lantern books are beefed up manuals

    i like digital photography by ben long
     
  6. -hh macrumors 68020

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    For Good, Applied understanding of Photography, I like John Shaw's books. I have his Landscape and Nature books.

    You will probably find that some of the hardware specifics in the first chapter is a bit dated ... its hard for it to NOT be, these days ... but simply keep in mind that he's explaining fundemental principles - - things like "What exactly is 18% Gray?".

    This intro chapter is pretty much the same in the two books I own, so I suspect that he might use it as a general intro to all of his books - - but thus said, if I were contemplating buying a 3rd one of his books, I'd not mind it because the "Applied" part in back is worth the admission price.

    John Shaw's Website
    Do take a look through his galleries.


    -hh
     
  7. Keebler thread starter macrumors 68030

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    thanks everyone! truly appreciate the suggestions.

    i'm going on vacation soon and will be getting a few books to leaf through.

    cheers,
    keebler
     
  8. Nanpd macrumors newbie

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    Photography (9th Edition)
    by Barbara London (Author), Jim Stone (Author), John Upton (Author)

    It's a classic.
     

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