There are many books about general photography technique that can offer
you instruction, but these are some of the books we have found the most
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purchase these great books.
This book offers advice to all photographers from experienced to
beginners. Beginning with the basics like fill-flash and redeye
reduction this book moves through more difficult topics like manual
exposure flash readings and using multiple flash units. I think
I read this book about ten times while teaching myself the basics
of flash photography.
Shaw's Closeups in Nature
John Shaw, one of America's most famous nature photographers, offers
a how-to book on applying the closeup technique to nature. This
book's 190 color and 20 black and white photographs illustrate some
of the best photographs in the field. This is the standard for macro
photography instruction and the techniques discussed in this book
are very helpful when photographing small animals like hamsters.
Exposure: From Theory to Practice
This book is a complete guide to exposure that can be used by both
professionals and amateurs. It contains over 140 color and 80 black
and white photographs. Though somewhat technical at times, it made
me realize how much I didn't know about photography and I still
refer to it from time to time to brush up on my exposure skills.
for People Photography
Because light is the key element of photography, understanding
how to manipulate it is extremely important in taking good photos.
This book shows how to control light by using numerous examples
to achieve the desired results. This book also contains advice on
how to use studio, strobe, reflected, background, and natural light.
of Lighting on Location: A Photographer's Guide to Professional
This book by Bob Krist offers advice on how to take good photos
using light outside of the control of the studio. He explains the
role of light in taking good photographs and explains how to overcome
difficulties with problem locations. He's one of our favorite travel
photographers and we look forward to reading his columns in Popular
Photography as well.
Practical Guide to Photographic Lighting for Film and Digital Photography
This book is a comprehensive guide to working with light from basic
to advanced techniques. The many photographs offer examples of using
both natural and studio light. It's no coincidence that most of
the books on this page are about lighting since it is the single
most difficult subject for a photographer to master and this book,
as well as all the others on this page, each taught us something