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Buff Up Your Photography Knowledge During Lockdown

Here we take a look at some collections of books which could be useful if you're looking to polish up your photography knowledge while you're stuck inside, or if you're new to photography and want to give it a try.

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We know that things are difficult at the moment and a lot of the country is restricted to very minimal movement outside the house. If you're finding yourself at a loss for how to keep yourself entertained, have you thought about reading up on photography – either as a complete beginner, or enhancing your knowledge?

If you've got kids that aren't currently in school and you need lesson ideas, then this guide could also be a help. But no matter your age, if you want to read up on a new skill now is the time to do it so we've rounded up some ideal books for learning the subject from scratch as well as polishing your skills in specific areas of photography.


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Books for beginners

If you're a complete beginner, and want to start photography with no prior knowledge there are some great books available to run you through the basics. If you're chosen photography as a hobby you might want to look at selecting a camera if you don't already have one – take a look at our camera buying guide.

Digital Photography complete course

Digital Photography Complete Course: Learn everything you need to know in 20 weeks – This book features week by week tutorials covering everything from using lenses and flashes effectively to mastering photographic competition. Guaranteed to keep you busy, this book is ideal for all ages who really want to lay the groundwork in photography and build from there.

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Digital Photography Handbook

Digital Photographer's Handbook – More of a manual than a course, and by the same author as the book above, this is a companion book for your journey through photography. Learn how to capture enhance and transform your images.

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Beginners guide to photography

The Beginner's Photography Guide: Marketed as the ultimate step by step manual for getting the most from your digital camera, this DK title is an ideal starting point for digital camera users. It contains step by step tutorials for every camera function and photographic technique.

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Books for landscapes on a daily walk

If you're lucky enough to live within walking distance of dramatic landscapes, then why not photograph them on your daily walk? Even if you're simply heading out to your local park or woodland, there are landscapes waiting to be captured which can be used to test your skills. If you're looking for inspiration, and places to visit when we're able to, we rounded up some books containing stunning examples in Landscape Photography Books To Educate And Inspire you. Here's our pick of the educational titles to help you improve:


52 Assignments landscape photography

52 Assignments: Landscape Photography – This books sets you challenges through workshops to stretch and improve your skillset. From adding motion to photos of land to freezing the motion of seascapes, the book helps you to widen your horizons of what is out there to be captured.

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Landscape photography book

The Landscape Photography Book - In this book, Scott Kelby takes you through step by step techniques to capture landscapes like the pros do. From shooting through to editing, it's all covered here, so you could use the book to work on editing old images from times when you could get out more!

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Mastering Landscape Photography

Mastering Landscape Photography - This title looks at the skills and requirements necessary for you to flourish as a landscape photographer. From understanding how seasons and weather affect the landscape to navigating, everything is covered in this inspitational book.

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Close up photography

Macro, or close-up photography is a subject that can be undertaken easily at home or in the garden of pretty much any subject, from kitchen implements to flowers, ornaments to everyday items. These books will help you hone your skills:


Mastering macro photography

Mastering Macro Photography – A definitive guide to the essentials of modern macro photography, this book looks at how you can utilise the latest technology in cameras and lenses to enable you to see the macro world like never before. Looking at the basics of equipment, focusing, exposure and magnification ratios it covers all the bases. Focus stacking and post processing is also covered.

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Macro photography for garden and nature photographers

Macro Photography For Gardeners and Nature Lovers – Aimed more at the outdoor flowers, butterflies and insects, this book provides aspiring photographers with all the digital technique information they could ever need for creating close up macro images in a garden environment – ideal for the current times when leaving the house is hard.

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Close up and macro photography - art and techniques

Close-Up and Macro Photography – Art and Techniques – This book is useful for still life close-up subjects that can be taken in your home. From setup to inspirational ideas, it's all covered here and a practical guide to each step of the close-up photography process can be observed.

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Indoor/ Garden Portraits

While you can't go out much one versatile subject you can have a go at shooting is a portrait. Even if you're on your own, you can set up a self-portrait shoot. We have guides and tutorials on site for shooting indoor portraits but these books will widen your knowledge even more:


Mastering portrait photography

Mastering Portrait Photography – This book focuses on capturing a moment in a person's lifestyle to create a true-to-life image, and features concise and jargon-busting text to enable you to do this. From the essential technical aspects of kit for portrait photography through to the finer nuances of aperture, exposure and metering, it's all covered.

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Portrait photos fron snapshots to great shots

Portrait Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots – Great for those that are looking to improve their existing portrait skills no matter what the scenario, this book covers the camera setting you need to achieve the best shot, as well as how to establish trust between yourself and the subject to get natural captures.

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Read this if you want to take great photographs of people

Read this if you want to take great photographs of people – Marketed as having no cliches, no cheese and no camera club jargon, this book is ideal for users of any level who want to up their portrait photography game. The inspiration and know-how needed to succeed at the genre is included.

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Learning How To Use Software

Adobe lightroom

Learning how to use a software for post-processing is a great way to spend your time at home. ePHOTOzine has put together some top lists of books that you can look at to enhance your skills, check them out here:


Identifying Birds On A Daily Walk Or In Your Garden

You might want to learn a bit more about the birds that you can spot in your garden, or while out on your daily walk. ePHOTOzine has put together a list of the 5 most popular garden birds and how to photograph them. Here's our pick of the guidebooks:




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angryrebel 13 16
11 Apr 2020 7:22PM
The lens takes the picture thus I havw a Nikon D800 and a Zoom-Nikkor 24-70nn f2.8 and a Leica M Monochrom with a few M lenses from 21mm to 90mm. My 50mm is from 1956. Therefore I am taking a few chances to have the best lens possible

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