the Photographer's Library

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    driftless macrumors demi-god

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    I started this thread on a 43's site although it might be at home on MR's as well. I thought that it would informative and interesting to start a list of both the "must have" and recommended books that should be in all photographer's library. How to's, technique, philosophy, biographical, etc. should all be included. Assuming that I can forever edit this first post, we can also compile a list. Thoughts?

    How to's
    1. Understanding Exposure, Bryan Peterson
    2. Understanding Shutter Speed - Bryan Peterson
    3. The Photographers Guide To Light - John Freeman
    4. Scott Kelby's manuals

    Technique
    1. Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting by Hunter, Biver, and Fuqua

    Magazines
    1. EOS magazine (quarterly from the UK)
    2. PhotoPlus magazine Canon Edition (from the UK)
     
  2. davidinva macrumors 6502a

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    Don't have the titles handy, but Scott Kelby's how-to manuals for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements get excellent reviews.
     
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    Understanding Shutter Speed - Bryan Peterson
    The Photographers Guide To Light - John Freeman
     
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    Periodicals for the Library

    If you are a Canon user you want subscriptions to:

    EOS magazine (quarterly from the UK)
    PhotoPlus magazine Canon Edition (from the UK)

    You can get the paper copies via Amazon magazine subscription manger for good prices. You can get PhotoPlus electronically via your iPad and save around half compared to it being mailed to North America.
     
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    I'm surprised we made it to the 5th post without someone mentioning Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting by Hunter, Biver, and Fuqua. It's extremely informative and helpful, even for people who work exclusively with available light.
     
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    Add these books I've got on my iPad, and am slowly making my way through...

    David Busch - Mastering Digital SLR Photography
    David Busch - Digital Photography Bucket List
    Scott Kelby - Digital Photography Box Set (1-4)
    Bryan Peterson - Understanding Close-Up Photography
    Bryan Peterson - Learning To See Creatively
    Adobes Classroom In A Book series for whatever programs you need
    Chris Johnson - Science For The Curious Photographer
    Cyril Harnischmacher - Tabletop Photography
    Don Marr - Available Light - Photographic Techniques for Using Existing Light Sources
    Evan Sharboneau - Trick Photography & Special Effects
    John & Barbara Gerlach - Digital Nature Photography
    John Beardsworth - Advanced Digital Black & White Photography
    Lee Varis - Mastering Exposure
    Mark Galer - Photography Foundations For Art & Design
    Michael Freeman - Perfect Exposure
    Michael Peres - The Concise Focal Encyclopaedia Of Photography
    Nat Coalson - Nature Photography Photo Workshop
    Pete Carr & Robert Correll - HDR Photography Photo Workshop
    Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler - Ten Photo Assignments To Develop Your Photographic Skills
    Rafael Concepcion - The HDR Book
    Rick Sammon - HDR Photography Secrets For Digital Photographers
    Rob Sheppard - Landscape Photography From Snapshots To Great Shots
    Tim Grey - Mastering Exposure In Digital Photography
    Tim Grey - The Digital Photographers Guide To Color Management
    Yvonne Butler - The Advanced Digital Photographer's Workbook

    I've got quite a few others on there too, but they are specific to my make and or model of camera, so I left them out. :eek:
     
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    Books about some of the great photographers from the past... to borrow from a library, perhaps, rather than buy. It's fascinating to see what they produced, often with big plate cameras, when every exposure had to count. People like Ansel Adams (obviously), Brett Weston, Minor White, Aaron Siskind, etc. Using large-format negatives, they produced images of tremendous clarity, tonality and luminosity. See some original prints (mostly b/w) and they'll take your breath away; seeing them in books is the next best thing.
     
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    I really like this one, for great tips on composition:

    The Photographer's Eye - Michael Freeman
     
  9. MacCruiskeen macrumors 6502

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    Yes, unfortunately, collecting photo books can get expensive fast. I only own a few--Atget, Weegee, Arbus, Frank. Fortunately, for me, I work for a university with a large art library. Most "how-to" books I find kind of useless. Tim Rudman's books on printing and toning are good. Stroebel is it for large format. John Daido Loori's The Zen of Creativity isn't strictly a photography book, but Loori was a photographer, so there's a strong emphasis on it in the book.
     
  10. driftless thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Yes, libraries are great resources. I would have been better to title this thread as "the Photographer's Reading List" instead.
     
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