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    Hi, i own this books:

    Understanding Exposure
    Understanding Close-up photography
    Understanding Shutter speed


    all by Bryan peterson, and i want to buy:

    Understanding photography

    Learning to see creatively
    Beyond portriture
    The digital photography book 1,2 & 3
    Lightroom 2 book not sure if the one by Scott Kelby , Nathaniel Coalson or Martin Evening

    Here are my questions: do you think the books im planing to buy are good books? should i add other book? and which lightroom book should i buy?

    Thank you
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    looks like some great books there. one I would add is David Busch's "Quick Snap Guide to Lighting" its a great book (with lots of diagrams) for once you get into off camera lighting.

    I wouldn't buy a lightroom book.. the best learning resource I've seen for lightroom is the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips podcast.. its so crazy useful.
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    Thanks, seems to be an interesting book.

    Ill see it thanks
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    I would actually recommend a Lightroom book.
    While I do really like Matt K. and his Lightroom Killer Tips, they are just that...tips.

    A good book should lay it all out and go through all the basics. I think it's a much better start than just getting some tips.
    I've read 'Inside Lightroom 2' by Richard Earney, it was pretty good.

    Also, there are tons of good tutorials and tips on various sites.
    Adobe Creative Suite Tutorials, Reviews and Resources for Photographers, Designers, Illustrators and Developers | Layers Magazine
    http://tv.adobe.com/#
    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips
    The weekly Photoshop TV show featuring "The Photoshop Guys" Scott Kelby, Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski. Presented by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). | Photoshop User TV
    Inside Lightroom
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    Do you think this book would be better for me(beginner) than any of the ones i put before? i have just get lightroom 2 and now i only change exposure, clarity, saturation etc. and I want to learn how to use all the other tools.

    Thanks I appreciate it :)
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    I haven't read all those books...so I can't comment on which is better. Sorry :)
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    oh ok ok hehe, Thanks anyways :)
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    The Lightroom 2 book by Scott Kelby should be pretty good...some folk refer to him as "Mr Photo Shop".
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    I really like Scott Kelby, although I haven't read any of his books yet. From what I can tell, his style makes it pretty easy to learn and understand, but a lot of it is like one tip after another. So you learn the tips....but you may not learn the theory behind what you are doing. I guess it just depends what learning styles you like best.
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    I haven't read any of his books too but i have some in my list, i have only read some of Bryan peterson and i love them.

    And for the lightroom book im between Scott Kelby and Nathaniel Coalson, i have heard very very good reviews of both but im not sure which one yet.
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    Instead of buying the books, you might want to check out your local library. In my area even though the library is small I can request a certain book, they will search other libraries and when it becomes available, I go and pick it up. This saves me $$$ big time.
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    I have tried that without success :(

    I was going to ask if someone recommend me that book hehehe :p

    Thanks
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    I think it's outstanding. It's easy to read and follow ... and makes alot of sense. It's not a technical book -- it's about the art of photography.
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    Thanks, good to hear you like it, im going to add it to my list :) should i buy this instead of learning how to see creatively?
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    I'm not familiar with the other book.
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    heck yeah books are freakin expensive, i rented a lot from the library bought 3. 2 of which are just picture books (they are awesome by the way "the photo book" isbn# 0714844888 and "street world: urban culture and art from five continents" isbn# 9780810994386. the one learning book i bought was a on sale book at barnes and noble and is "the ultimate field guide to photography" its not a bad book but not wonderful its isbn# is 9871426204463.
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    Another good argument for frequenting your library is that you should spend alot of time just looking at images. It's great looking at them online, but some of the big coffee-table books of noted photographers can give you a great education.
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    Thats ok, thanks :)

    Yeah the are expensive but i think they have very good information, and i feel i learn more by reading a book that in internet. thanks for the recommendations :)

    I agree with you :)
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    Hi, I recently read a few of the books you are interested in. Understanding Photography by Bryan Peterson, and vols 1 and 2 of Kelby's The Digital Photography Book.

    My favorite of the three was Understanding Photography. I think it was a great overall guide, covering exposure, composition, technique, basic principles of design/art, Lighting, equipment, and a bunch of other tips. There were also some exercises in the book to help you get up close and friendly hands on action with your camera and teach you to "see creatively."

    I really liked the first of the Kelby series, it has lots of good tips, and is very to the point, skipping out technical details you probably learned online already or in your previous reading (if not you can always google things you don't quite understand). The second book was good too, but it had a large amount of studio and wedding content that really isn't of much interest to me (just a hobby, no aspirations of making this a business) but it was still educational and i'm sure most of the readers really appreciate those chapters. I like Kelby's style, and just started reading one of his cs4 books.


    On another note I also read "The moment it clicks" (was recommended by kelby in the end of one of his books). It was a nice book, interesting stories, great photos, some pro tips, and insight into the life of a photojournalist, but not really a good book for learning the basics of photography. I still liked it though. (I think what actually "clicked" when I read this book was "holy geez this could get reeeeally expensive, reeeally fast!")

    Hope this helps, best of luck to you!

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