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Katrina McMeans
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
 

Read Any Good Books Lately?


Hi Everyone!
I was wondering if any of you have read a good photography book lately that you would suggest to me!
I can't afford to take any courses here, and I don't really have a decent camera yet for the same reason, but I would like to get to the point where my work is salable soon.
I once asked a similar question and someone told me I should take a class here to get better...but that's currently out of the question. So if you have any other ideas or suggestions for me I would really appreciate it!
Thanks! ; )
~K


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11/16/2005 4:22:38 PM

 
Rhonda Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/23/2004
  Hi Katrina.. I recently bought two books by Bryan Peterson .. Understanding Exposure and Learning to See Creatively.. AWESOME books.. I'm reading them through for the second time right now. They are well worth the money .. well written, clear and lots of sample photos.. I highly recommend them :o)


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11/16/2005 6:54:31 PM

 
Joyce S. Bowley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/7/2004
  I have three of Bryan's books (Learning to See Creatively, Understanding Exposure and Understanding Exposure, revised edition. Excellent books and highly recommended.

The other books I have really learned a great deal from are John Shaw's Natur Photography Field Guide, Focus on Nature and Closeups in Nature.


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11/16/2005 7:08:43 PM

 
Katrina McMeans
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  Thanks Rhonda and Joyce! I will certainly check those books out!
~K


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11/17/2005 10:31:36 AM

 
Dr Silly
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  Not know if you use any programs like PhotoShop Elements 3.0 or not. But PSE 3.0 Down and Dirty Tricks is a real good book for effects. :o)


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11/18/2005 12:19:44 PM

 
Katrina McMeans
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  I actually don't have any editing programs except Microsoft Photo Editor and Irfanview!!! I may eventually get CorelDraw, though, but PhotoShop is just way too expensive for me right now!
Thanks anyway for your suggestion! ; )
~K


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11/18/2005 12:27:33 PM

 

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Hello everyone. I wanted to post a message more than a question for the first time. I have answered many of your questions and have occasionally made a reading suggestion. And I would like to make this suggestion one more time.

About a year ago I picked three books that opened my eyes to photographic techniques and explanations. These books pretty much replaced my education through The New York Insitiute of Photography. For those of you beginners who have the money, NYIP is an excellent course to take. But try these books first.

They are called The Camera, The Negative and The Print. These books mostly tend toward black and white film exposure but the techniques and information contained herein are boundless. The Camera goes through camera systems (bodies, lenses, light, accessories, etc.). It really covers good information on what is available and what different equipment is capable of doing. The Negative lends itself to exposure and development. It has an EXTREMELY COMPREHENSIVE segment on Ansel's Zone System for exposing images and also covers developing your own negatives. The Print covers, as the title indicates, printing. Various techniques available in Photoshop that are also applied to film.

This is not light reading, but it WILL prove invaluable to anyone who wishes to better their photographic knowledge. Please feel free to visit my website for more articles and information and contact me with any questions or comments. I would be happy to be of any assistance I might. Thank you and keep on clicking.

Walrath Photographic Imaging


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11/18/2005 2:54:47 PM

 
Katrina McMeans
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  Thank you very much, Christopher! I will tryo to buy those books you mentioned...they sound like just what I've been looking for!
~K


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11/18/2005 4:21:44 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  I'm a technical kinda guy. I turn away from many books before finishing b/c I personally like some technical jargon, some numbers and examples in there that I can learn from. Anyways I just finished this small book from the library by John Shaw. It's called The Nature Photographer's Complete Guide to Professional Field Techniques. I know I know the title sounds like a very amateur book but he gives great illustrations on expsoure and DIRECT tips and techniques to use. Awesome awesome book for both the beginner and advanced-am wanting to expand or refresh on nature exposure techniques. Get it!

Justin


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11/18/2005 5:35:35 PM

 

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  John Shaw does have some great books and advice. And there are many photographers to choose from. The best thing to do might be to go to like Barnes and Noble, get a Starbucks latte and peruse the photography section in a lush comfy chair for a few hours.

Walrath Photographic Imaging
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11/19/2005 12:33:23 PM

 
Katrina McMeans
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2005
  Thank you, Justin! Will check that out!
Christopher, that latte sounds like a GREAT idea!!! I'll have to do that sometime!!! Thanks for the suggestion!
~K


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11/19/2005 3:24:11 PM

 
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