Must Have Photography Books

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  1. SoulfulRecover

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    My wife picked up two books over the weekend.

    Ansel Adams The Negative and Successful Self Promotion for Photographers by Elyse Weissberg
     
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    I just started the Marc Levoy series of classes where he was teaching to Google, is that the one you're watching? My photography meetup group had it linked online.
     
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    For Photoshop....... "Adobe Photoshop for Photographers" by Martin Evening.
     
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    There are *lots* of good ones above. Adding from another perspective...

    I've enjoyed books that focus on composition as the core topic. I think(?) one of my more favorites is "Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images," by David duChemin. Another one is "The Photographer's Eye," by Michael Freeman.

    Neither will teach how to use a camera, but rather how to see.
     
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    I, too, have The Photographer's Eye by Freeman. Also I have the following:
    • Learning to See Creatively by Peterson
    • Advanced Photography by Hedgecoe
    • The Joy of Photography by Eastman Kodak
    • More Joy of Photography by Eastman Kodak
    • Photoshop Elements 14 by Kelby
    • Canon EOS Rebel T6s/760D & T6i/750D by Taylor
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    Ah yes ,the Joy of Photography series. The original was one of the first photography books I got as a teenager. I loved it and still have it. Lots of topics, each covered in a single page or so.
     
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    The Photographer's Eye by Michael Freeman is one definite read.
     
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    One that I didn't see mentioned nor does it seem to often get read is the USERS MANUAL that came with the camera. Best book for anyone be they newbie or seasoned vet.
     
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    I love Roberto Valenzuela's books. I've read Picture Perfect Lighting and Picture Perfect Posing. Both are focused on portrait photography, because he's a wedding photographer. Both are really good at breaking things down to help you understand why, rather than just giving you poses and lighting set-ups to memorize.
     
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    I don't think I've ever gotten a user's manual with one of my cameras since I've always bought off of craigslist. So long as I can figure out the controls for focusing, shutter speed, ISO, aperture, white balance, the menu location for picture style and file type, I'm happy. But as I was typing that I realized how much easier it would be for me to figure all of that out had I had a manual to flip through.
     
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    You know most user manuals are on the manufacturers website for free download ;)
     
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