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Recommend a photography book?


JohnHawthorne 9 1.7k 5 Scotland
29 Mar 2012 4:48PM
Can you recommend a good photography book? As always I'm wanting to learn and have recently read The Photographer's Eye by Michael Freeman - a truly brilliant book that I found easy to read and one of the very few photography books I've read from cover to cover. I'm interested in general photography books, or those about lighting/studio lighting or about street photography. I don't need to be told the basics although sometimes it helps to be reminded!

What are your 'must reads' of photography then?

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Carabosse Plus
12 39.7k 269 England
29 Mar 2012 4:50PM
If you are at all interested in Photoshop, this is well worth considering.
Ewanneil 5 1.1k 2 Scotland
29 Mar 2012 4:59PM
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson is my recommendation for essential photography reading. Its well written and extremely informative. It also achieves a good balance between not being overly technical yet not being condescending either. I learned such a lot from it.
JohnHawthorne 9 1.7k 5 Scotland
29 Mar 2012 5:02PM
Thanks CB. I would need to buy Photoshop first though so not really relevant to me. I've never ruled that option completely out but have always baulked at the price and just can't see it happening any time soon.
lemmy 8 2.2k United Kingdom
29 Mar 2012 5:03PM
If you are interested in news and feature editorial photography, the best book ever is by Harold Evans, who used to be editor of The Sunday Times. One of the few editors who truly understood photography and photographers.

The book is quite old but just as relevant as ever. It is called Pictures On A Page.

Anyone with any interest in the field should own this book.
JohnHawthorne 9 1.7k 5 Scotland
29 Mar 2012 5:07PM
Good recommendation Ewan! That book is one of the very few others that I've read cover to cover and I also agree with your comments about it. Great book.

Haven't heard of that one lemmy, so I'll have to get it ..thanks.
Techno 6 1.1k 8 England
29 Mar 2012 5:24PM

Quote:If you are at all interested in Photoshop, this is well worth considering.


Thanks CB just what I wanted....
Pete Plus
14 18.7k 96 England
29 Mar 2012 5:32PM
Have a look at our photography book review section John
You can filter down to category and then search by rating (5 stars appear first). Some real gems in there Smile
JohnHawthorne 9 1.7k 5 Scotland
29 Mar 2012 5:36PM
Brilliant! To my shame I didn't even know that section existed, is there anything this site can't do? Thanks Pete!
Pete Plus
14 18.7k 96 England
29 Mar 2012 5:38PM

Quote:To my shame I didn't even know that section existed

It's just another bit of the huge resource that people either forget or never discover Smile
HouseMartin 5 193 1 England
29 Mar 2012 6:09PM
Got to agree with lemmy re. Pictures on a Page. It is one of the few photography books that has stayed on my bookshelf these past ...mumble mumble.... years and is regularly re-visited for inspiration.

Just looked over at it and will probably be having a flick-through this evening now Smile

Paul

PS. And I must go and check out the photography book reviews now ...oops,
lemmy 8 2.2k United Kingdom
29 Mar 2012 6:22PM

Quote: It is one of the few photography books that has stayed on my bookshelf these past ...mumble mumble.... years and is regularly re-visited for inspiration.


Yes, me too. I like that Evans knows little or nothing about technicalities but is fascinated by and admires both photography and photographers.

Unlike one picture editor I knew who used to get so frustrated with some of his photographers that he would go in the photographers room and kick their lockers in while they were out on a job. Grin
jimthistle73 11 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2012 7:52PM
Not aimed specifically at photographers, but John Berger's Ways of Seeing is an amazing read - really, truly eye-opening. It forces you to look at images in a whole new light, your own photos as well as others'. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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