Must Have Photography Books

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  1. SoulfulRecover

    SoulfulRecover Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I love books and have a few about photography/photographers but I would like to see what you all would recommend?

    What are some must haves?

    My most recent purchase is Gregory Heislers 50 Portraits.


     
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    The Digital Negative
    The Digital Print
    Light, Science and Magic
    Adobe Photoshop CC (Classroom in a book)

    Are pretty much my go to references. I think I have a lightroom book about somewhere too. The first two were a massive help when I was trying to get my head around post processing.
     
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    I like Hedgcoe books but you're probably too advanced for them.

    I am reading, studying, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment, it is pretty informative and extremely interesting. Fascinating images. Very challenging text and images for a noob like me.

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    Fred Herzog the 2016 edition "Modern Color"

    August Sander "People of the 20th century"


    Several more Biographies and Monographies and exhibition catalogues. I have a wall full of these here.
     
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    I'm looking over at my bookshelf which is 2 feet to the left of my chair. Here are a couple that jump out at me:
    --Photo Nomad, DDD
    --Food Photography & Lighting, Campbell
    --The Photographer's Vision/Mind/Eye, Michael Freeman
    --It's What I do, Lynsey Addario
    --A Photojournalist's Field Guide, Stacy Pearsall
    --The Hot Shoe Diaries, Joe McNally

    There are a bunch of other books but those are the ones I keep going back to or have connected with me in one fashion or another.
     
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    I think that visual inspiration and reference is incredibly important and is very educational in terms of posing, lighting, color, style, editing, etc, and these are my favorite books for just that. As well, any issue of Surface Magazine featuring their annual "Avant Guardian" competition.

    Michael Thompson: Portraits

    Michael Thompson: Images

    Lachapelle: Heaven to Hell

    Robert Trachtenberg: Red Blooded American Male

    Vogue: The Editor's Eye

    Joyce Tenneson: Wise Women

    Mario Testino: Private View

    As far as instructional photography books go, I buy them and never read them; visual reference just works better for me. I did however read this book and found it incredibly useful in terms of educational content and visual reference, but as the title suggests it's best for photographing men.
    Photographing Men by Jeff Rojas
     
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    My main go-to book is my 1950s Ilford Manual of Photography. Obviously, it contains nothing to do with digital photography but has chapters of optics, composition,light theory, exposure, representation of colours as tones, as well as many film only topics. I also have Camera Work (all the photographs published in Stieglitz's periodical) and Mastering Digital Black and White by Amadou Dialling.

    I have other books but those are my main reference works.
     
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    Thanks for sharing the various books.

    Are there any that bridges the aspects of Art and photography?

    Mainly focusing on the artistic aspects of how the image/art brings out the artist's intent, mood etc?


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    The Ilford manual started to add in digital info with the 9th edition (2000) and more again with the 10th and current edition (2011). :icon_thumbsup:

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    Hadn't realised that it was still in production. I shall have to look up a more recent edition.
     

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