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Just wondered what photography books anyone would recommend, just general stuff for beginners
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Check on amazon for books by Scott Kelby - an American guy who is a guru with photoshop..
He has a series of books about digital photography, having just recently published the 4th in this series. They're easy to read, very well illustrated and you can jump in at any chapter, as each one is a different topic. His Photoshop and Elements books are damn good too, if this is your software of choice.
You can browse the book reviews here.
That book has been sold out for several years, so it is no longer an option.
If you read further down Glynn's link, you can download a PDF version for £9.99
Personally, I would use Amazon (as suggested earlier) and use the 'Look Inside' feature (although not all books on Amazon have this facility). You can then see the contents and decide if it's what you want. I tend to ignore book reviews because they only give one person's opinion.
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson is a popular item too..have a gander while you're on Amazon..
I have a hardback copy of the EPZ book, have 2 actually :_) so could sell you one.
Quote: Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson is a popular item too..have a gander while you're on Amazon..
I have bought and am reading currently - very good, I'm learning a lot from it.
Before buying have a look at your local library.
Tom Ang could be a good start, many books, comprehensive.
I agree that Understanding Exposure is an excellent book - it is still a good 'refresher' even after all these years.
As you get a bit more experienced then I would recommend 'Perfect Exposure' by Michael Freeman.
When it comes to things like composition there are a whole heap of books out there but I find the best thing is magazines, books and websites like this one and see what sort of picture grabs your attention and work out why - they try to copy it.
I have to agree with KevinEllison. Scott Kelby's books are fantastic - I have his "Digital Photography boxed set" and it is great. Covers a wide range of topics and uses easy to understand language. Look on youTube too as he has some great short tutorials.
I would also recommend Ian Farrell's "Complete guide to Digital Photography" and "The Digital Photographers Handbook" (Doug Harman and David Jones) as good starting points. Both can be found in Waterstones and are relatively cheap.
Hope this helps.
I am reading Scott Kelby's Photoshop book (elements 10) currently and do find the advice helpful, I also have book 1 - Digital Photography book - his stupid jokes annoy the hell out of me and do spoil a good read a bit, I'd still buy his books again though. Also been reading Understanding Exposure & Close- Up photography by Bryan Peterson, prefer his style, amazing photo's too.Going to get photographers eye - Michael Freeman. So one thing for sure I've a lot to take in and will be very busy - still while the weathers so terrible, might as well. I hope it does brighten up though so I can get out a bit more to use my new found knowledge.Cheers for all the advice/tips - finding myself using this site more than any other, very valuable to a beginner like me.
To be honest I have learnt more by just going out and shooting and being a part of this site than I have from my books. This forum is incredible and the people on it are so helpful.
There are tonnes of good books but there is nothing like getting out there with your camera, turning auto mode off and getting to know your settings by playing around with them.
I did need to read up on though was depth of field and flash/speed lights!
I hope the books are useful and you learn a lot.
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