Let’s just jump right in.
There are so many photography books out there, it can be a blur…
So, this week, I want to tell you about a couple good photography books that I’ve found.
As I go down the list, I’ll lead up to my favorite-favorite. How’s that?
1. Digital Photography for Dummies This is good overview book. It actually touches on a ton of information, in a simple-to-understand manner.
(I just realized that I did not take a picture of the front of this book! It’s in the first picture, above, upper right corner–I blurred the picture, for effect, but now wish I hadn’t…sorry!)I actually picked up this one at Half-Price Books, which, by the way, is a great place to find good, used photography books. Because, as we all know, new books, even with soft covers, can be expensive. I grabbed Digital Photography for Dummies for a little over $12.
Edit: My mother, who is a librarian, reminded me that the library is a super place to pick up photography books! You can peruse their pages, feel them, read them, but do not highlight them! Then, if you like them, you may purchase them!
Thank you, Mother, for the reminder.
2. How to Photograph Absolutely Everything by Tom Ang. Mr. Ang, a world-renowned photographer, has, needless to say, much insight and a keen eye. I picked up this book at Barnes and Noble and paid full price ($25.00) for it. I wish I hadn’t, though.
When I purchased it, I was drawn to the small boxes of information featured with each topic–Mr. Ang tells you what settings on his camera he used. This is very helpful. But, to be honest, I didn’t think the book was in-depth enough for what I was looking for….It is geared more toward the owner of a Point and Shoot camera. So, you might find it to be exactly what you need, so I wanted to show it to you.
3. Digital Sports Photography
The book I purchased is actually Volume 2 in a 3-volume series. Honestly, I really should purchase the other two….
While each page touches on a topic briefly, for some reason, I feel like his tips are very helpful and informative.
Throughout Volume 2, Scott discusses and suggests camera equipment and quickly describes its purpose and use.
I believe you can purchase all three books, combined, for a little over $40.oo at either Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com. (I always look in the Used/Bargain sections on these websites before purchasing books at full price.)
The last two books I’d like to tell you about are from the same author, Bryan Peterson.
Understanding Shutter Speed is a great book, but it should be not be your first purchase. It has helpful explanations and photos showing how to use your camera in the Tv (Shutter) Mode.
For example, it explains the difference between achieving crisp water splashes versus a softer feel.
But, again, Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Exposure does a great job in explaining how to achieve proper exposures with your camera, when shooting in something other than the Automatic Mode. I highly recommend this book!
…As you can see, I’ve highlighted and marked all over my copy. In fact, after pulling it back out for this post, I’ve decided I’m going to go back through the book again. I might pick something up that I missed the last time I read it.
I hope this helps some. I know there are some really great books out there, and you may have one that is better than what I’ve listed. So, by all means, please write a comment and tell others about your favorite photography book.
What’s your favorite photography book and why?