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5 Books About Photography

Photography is the art of framing, portraying and capturing the visual majesty and feeling we can observe with our eyes through the lens of a camera, but it’s so much more than just the gear and equipment you carry.

A real photographer has a trained eye to recognize the elements that would make their shot unique, and they leverage them to their benefit. Learn about photography with these books.

#1 Complete Digital Photography by Ben Long by Ben Long

 

Complete Digital Photography by Ben Long by Ben Long
Complete Digital Photography by Ben Long by Ben Long

Book recommendation by Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

This book helps you through every step of digital photography. Including shooting, post-production, and printing. It will help you become a great photographer by mastering the required skills and theories. This book is written in an easy-to-understand format and there’s even a section to help you pick out the perfect camera, so it’s a great book to read even before you bought one.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

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#2  Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

 

 Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

Book recommendation by Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

This book will teach you how to get ideal exposure in not-so-ideal situations. It contains information on white balance, HDR, flash, and more. It will allow you to stop taking the guesswork out of your camera’s settings.

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#3 Shadowland: Gordon Anthony : photographs 1926-52 by Marks Richard

 

Shadowland: Gordon Anthony : photographs 1926-52 by Marks Richard
Shadowland: Gordon Anthony : photographs 1926-52 by Marks Richard

Book recommendation by Alice Bil-Szot from studioEPIC Photography

Out of all the books that I own (and frequently display in my studio) Shadowland – a retrospective of Gordon Anthony’s work is a standout gem. This book is great for a beginner to change the way we think about lighting, but is also fantastic for a seasoned professional. Gordon Anthony (1902 – 1989) was a master of the shadow and this book is full of amazing ideas. No book has inspired me in my work as much as this. Unfortunately this book is a rare find as it is out of print, but if can be bought on Amazon and other online used books resellers.

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#4 Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 by Scott Kelby

 

Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 by Scott Kelby
Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 by Scott Kelby

Book recommendation by Amy Boyle from Amy Boyle Photography

When I have people ask me where to begin with digital photography, I always recommend Scott Kelby’s series – Simple recipes that help you start your photography practice.I suggested this to true beginners to avid hobbyists. All love this no nonsense series that get results!

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#5 Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles by Matthew Rolston

 

Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles by Matthew Rolston
Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles by Matthew Rolston

Book recommendation by Vivian Young from Good Night’s Rest

Behind every luminary, celebrity, and iconic legend, both living and deceased, there’s a great photographer. This book pays homage to the artistry and vision of Matthew Rolston, with a collection of images and essays of his famous subjects, including Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna and more. This Warhol protege has stepped out from behind his camera and into the spotlight with his intimate portrayal of our cultural icons during the 1980’s.

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