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10-21-2011, 05:05 AM   #16
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cheesy title, but an excellent book on lighting principles: "Light - Science & Magic" by Hunter, Biver, Fuqua

i like that it's not a collection of lighting setups but instead teaches you to understand light so you can come up with your own lighting by yourself.
of course, it's on studio lighting, but the principles help you just as much when it comes to understanding available light.

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the text bokk form New york institute of photography
couldn't find anything on amazon. is it available for purchase?
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I'd have to say The Tao of Photography, not that I have read all that many photography books. It's not technical and all about seeing. That makes a more interesting book IMO.
I just had a look on amazon and there are two books with this title. Who is the author of the one you are referring to?
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The Complete Photographer by Andreas Feininger.
It's about photographic philosophy, not nuts and bolts though.

+1 This is the book that I very much enjoyed back in the 1970s, when I first got into photography. Oldie but goodie.

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Michael Freeman's The Photographer's Eye and The Photographer's Mind - two books by a great photographer that look at composition once you've got beyond the technical (which people like Bryan Petersen cover really well)
+1^ Well worth checking out.
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I forgot to mention WHY the Time-Life LIBRARY OF PHOTOGRAPHY series, which were available cheap on eBay the last time I looked. They're pre-digital. They cover film, yes, but the principles of photography remain the same. They cover techniques. And they're beautiful, containing many masterpieces of camera work. Start with THE CAMERA and go on to the volumes on studio, travel, nature, children, art, great themes, documentary, photojournalism, etc. They're just a fantastic resource.

The Time-Life series is how I initially learned photography. I was checking them out of the libarary and reading them before I even owned a camera. Consequently, by the time I got an SLR of my own, I already knew how to work it. lol "Color" was my favorite from the series. Another book I loved was John Shaw's "Close-ups in Nature".
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I just had a look on amazon and there are two books with this title. Who is the author of the one you are referring to?
I got this one. (Gross/Shapiro).
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"Michael Freeman's The Photographer's Eye and The Photographer's Mind ..."

These look very interesting, ... is one of these books recommended over the other?

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This because I wrote it.

Most of my photography knowledge comes from research online in the form of articles and videos. I'll have to look into the books listed though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stills999 Quote
"Michael Freeman's The Photographer's Eye and The Photographer's Mind ..."

These look very interesting, ... is one of these books recommended over the other?
The Photographer's Eye should be read first (lots of concepts and how we see things) - The Photographer's Mind extends one of the ideas from the first book - intent - and examines what makes a great photograph. Both are well worth reading (and re-reading).

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My 2 favorites are The Complete Guide to Night and Low Light Photography by Lee Frost and John Shaw's Closeups in Nature. They're both pre digital, but that doesn't matter to me.
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I see threads like this in "general talk".
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Not one but a series of three

Camera and Lens: The Creative Approach, 1948. ISBN 0-8212-0716-4
The Negative: Exposure and Development, 1949. ISBN 0-8212-0717-2
The Print: Contact Printing and Enlarging, 1950. ISBN 0-8212-0718-0
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Any of Freeman Paterson's books, "The Art of Seeing" being my favourite.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jbinpg Quote
Any of Freeman Paterson's books, "The Art of Seeing" being my favourite.

Jack
Good choice! I wanted to list that, but since the question implied "one book", I went with John Shaw. For me, it was a coin toss between the two.
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