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What is your favourite photography book

I have quite a large collection of books relating to photography but am always looking to expand. To help me could you tell me which is your favourite/most read book?

Currently I am reading "Finding The Picture" by Phil Malpas and Clive Minnitt. It's an excellent book about composition and I can thoroughly recommend it.

Thanks all.


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Chris_H Plus
14 1.5k 1
12 Oct 2012 8:30AM
My favourite is by Peter Watson called Light In The Landscape.
JackAllTog Plus
8 4.9k 58 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 8:55AM
One of my current favourites (as i'm going through it now) is - "Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop (Voices That Matter) " By Scott Kelby.

But i was also strongly recommended
"Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop" by Martin Evening

and I assume this is the latest version on that - can anyone confirm?:
"Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: A professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC" by Martin Evening

Of course you might argue these are photoshop books and not photography books.
Well in that case -
"Digital Photography Masterclass: Advanced Photographic and Image-manipulation Techniques for Creating Perfect Pictures" by Tom Ang
this is because it goes into more technical light detail than i've yet been able to comprehend and remember.

After that my fav photography books are often art books of beautiful painted landscapes and scenes with people so that i can develop the artistic side of photographic appreciation.
ikett Plus
7 545 England
12 Oct 2012 11:21AM
One I like is An eye for a bird, by Eric Hosking his auto biog, amazing read.
13 7.1k 18 England
12 Oct 2012 11:30AM
I do not think I have a particular favourite photography book.

In fact, I cannot remember the last time I bought one, possibly circa 2000 and one of Charlie Waite's

I do have quite a collection of Heather Angel's books from back in the days when she used Hasselblad & Nikon film cameras.

One thing that is quite obvious looking back is how the quality of the paper / printing techniques of the books has improved.

They are all in a box in a cupboard now, perhaps I should get them out and take a browse through them !
bill777 Plus
14 613 1 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 12:09PM
I've found the Michael Freeman series of books - The Photographers Eye, The Photographers Mind and The Photographers Vision - to be excellent. They go beyond the normal, and sometimes over simplistic, explanations for what makes an image and provides a "full immersion" experience. Even a bit of photographic psychology into how colour, form and composition work with or against each other. Each is a very satisfying read.

For books of pure technique and digital image creation you can't really go wrong with books by Tom Ang, as mentioned above.

I agree with Bill re the Michael Freeman books, they are excellent.

I find the Tom Ang books to be good but their layouts are really messy imho.

Another very good author is Ross Hoddinott. His books are well written and full of great tips.

User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
12 Oct 2012 3:32PM
Showing my age here - my favourite is still the Wallace Heaton Blue Book from 1965.
13 7.1k 18 England
12 Oct 2012 3:38PM

Quote:Wallace Heaton Blue Book from 1965.

I have a Wallace & Heaton Minitography and Cinetography First Impression April 1938

Oh, this one is red in colour
12 Oct 2012 6:15PM
My first book and my only book so far is First Light by Joe Cornish, it help me develop a three dimensional perspective for landscape photographySmile though would like to buy loads more probably Picture of Britain by David Dimbleby next
Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
12 Oct 2012 6:25PM
SlowSong Plus
9 7.2k 30 England
12 Oct 2012 7:33PM
The Lines of My Hand - Robert Frank
The Shipping Forecast - Mark Power
Sooty_1 Plus
7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 12:11AM
Shaped by War ... Don McCullin
Making of Landscape Photographs ... Charlie Waite
And all books by Joe Cornish, Colin Prior or David Noton.

The very worst yawn? "On Photography" by Susan Sontag...such a lot of pretentious twaddle.

StrayCat Plus
13 19.0k 3 Canada
13 Oct 2012 4:34AM
"It Ain't Just Birds" by Arthur Morris, on DVD. The pics are breathtaking.

Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
14 Oct 2012 1:56AM
Not got it yet but its on my list Smile

Anders Petersen - SOHO


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