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    Posted: 05 May 2007 at 19:21
Hi,

I just bought my first SLR 6 months ago. But I have an experienced relationship with photographers (and their work) as I am a graphic designer for the last 17-18 years.

I'm looking for books which step my eyes up as a photographer.
Please, I'm NOT looking for beginner stuff, nor with photoshop techniques. I need improve my composition skills, for instance.
I'm also interested in black and white photography (but not in darkroom chemical techniques).

Do you have any book to recommend?

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The Ansel Adams ones are very good, there are 3 parts, I have the Part 1 and is very good..
I know those are read in USA at the photo university.

But if you like to get better at composition you should read about painters, like Picasso, Klimt, etc and look at their work.

John Berger "Ways of Seeing" is also very good.

And free on the web,
here, very nice link.

I read pretty much books that I borrow in my local library I need to remember the titles.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Raimios Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2007 at 19:51
The best books you can get (the root of photography book collection) could be:
The family of man
Mirrors and windows by John Szarkowski
The photographer's eye by John Szarkowski
Worlds in a Small Room by Irwin Penn (portraits)
maybe some book of photography history:: Pollack: "The picture History of Photography" ...
those are basic/root for knowledge about photography as an art...
The maybe one for philosophy: Susan Sontag: "On Photography"
Those might be little hard to find .. but everything about photography as an art are printed on those books.....

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Masterclass in Photography - Michael & Julien Busselle

Working The Light: A Landscape Photography Mastercalss -
Joe Cornish Charlie Waite David Ward Eddie Ephraums

The Complete Guide To Sony's Alpha 100 (Color Edition) -
Gary L. Friedman


These are books that ive found useful so far.. i thought composition was the beginner stuff ;)

Im a begginner but oh well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bharnois Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 May 2007 at 14:34
Only one I've got is a twenty plus year old "The Photographers Handbook" Revised 2nd edition. Bloody comprehensive book for a single volume.
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I have John Hedgecoe's "New Manual Of Photography" and "The Book Of Photography". I find them very detailed and easy to understand, covering a lot of subjects, from cameras and lenses, through composition, colour, to shooting techniques, grouped under different subjects (portraits, landscapes, architecture, etc).
The second one also sets up individual projects for the readers, so they might be really valuable for the beginners (like me).

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Thank everyone who colaborate with this thread.
Keep'em coming!

---And...
I do want to apologize if I may be rude to someone saying "I'm not looking for beginner stuff". Please, I'm not conceited/superior at all.

What I mean is I'm not looking for books explaining basics of apertures, depths of field, shutter speeds and something like that.
These are the very basics for a SLR owner. Otherwise a point-and-shoot would be a better choice.

In fact, there are basic learnings about every item, including composition basics, of course.
But when you go to a exhibition, you see a lot of different photographic aspects. You see that photo and ask yourself: "why did this guy make a so dramatic crop? There's almost only sky in this photo!"
Answer(IMHO): the photographer was looking for a certain mood, besides his complete known technical skills.

What I meant, when I asked for books, was titles which make you "think different", "think bigger", "shake your eyes and brain" searching for your own photographic style.
Maybe Sanjuro was closer, talking about Picasso, Klimt... I hadnt really thought about it, and this is a very good tip. ;)

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Well.. this was changed to a talking point so that means that it should be made valuable for everyone, including beginners :) Hence...my suggestion for John Hedgecoe.

However, here's something that might be useful to you,too, Mauricio: Henri Cartier-Bresson - "The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers". I think this will be a very interresting reading, ordered it meself just a few minutes ago from Amazon :)

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I agree about Hedgecoe... very good comprehensive books.
I like Freeman Patterson's "The Art of Seeing" series and John Shaw's books on Closeups in Nature.
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Hedgecoe, I got that one from my syster and it includes a lot but I don't think you will get those answer there Mauricio.

The book you are looking is not written yet, because even if there are some basic rules of composition is the photographer background, mood, feeleing , experience and education that is in the image.

There are books that can give you ideas like this one from Bryan Peterson, I read 2 from him. This was just OK, nothing new, it can give you some hints.

The only way of learning, IMHO, is watching the masters of photography and painters.
Go to a museum and look some paintings you will be amazed by the details you can find and those guys can about composition.

I could recommend you these book:

Andre Kertesz and the Early Yeras is also good.

Brassai : The Monograph

Any photo book by Aleksandr Rodchenko (he and Kertesz are my favourites).

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Hedgecoe is a great book even for people who have been shooting forever. Its a great refresher and is easy to pick up and read a quick section here and there.
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I do simply recommend another topic on Dyxum Knowledge Base; "TALKING POINT: Who influences your photography?"...might be good way to find own "idol photographer(s)"...and after it you can look your idol's books....
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Landscape Within by David Ward. Foreword by Joe Cornish.

Josef Sudek, poet of Prague by Anna Farova. Pictures by Josef Sudek.

Both of them were truly inspirating for me.
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I like Time-Life photography books. I've got the Portuguese version of TL's "Photography Complete Manual". It's a tad outdated - of course a 1975 book wouldn't cover digital photography - but it teaches basic and some advanced technical concepts very well. It's not that organized, but as a handy reference it's invaluable - and has a lot of great photos.

I've got also two other books from another TL series: "Travel Photography" and "Special Problems". Both are very interesting, and the latter shows many gadgets and special techniques that are still useful today. I also like how SP shows how some "impossible pictures" have been made in a time when there wasn't such things as photoshop (small caps intended).

Seems that Amazon has a used set of the manual here.
A seller on eBay Australia has a subset of the collection here. You'll probably able to find then in used book stores.

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