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10-20-2011, 08:48 AM   #1
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What is your favorite book on photography?

I've read many books on photography and wanted to know what everyone else's favorite book is on this forum.

What is your favorite book and why?

Mine is Understanding Exposure because it explained when and why to use each aperture. Before that book I was clueless about which aperture to use.

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10-20-2011, 09:28 AM   #2
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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.
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For me when I was young it was The Ansel Adams books I learned a lot from them (particularly for the darkroom)
I agree Understanding Exposure is an excellent book and I recommend it often to people who just moved into SLR photography
10-20-2011, 10:38 AM   #4
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Right now i'm reading "Within the Frame" by David Duchemin, and I am really loving it. It's not so much a technical photography book, more so about story telling.

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Not one book, a set: the Time-Life LIBRARY OF PHOTOGRAPHY series.
10-20-2011, 01:20 PM   #6
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the text bokk form New york institute of photography
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Understanding Exposure was the biggie for me, altho I also like most of Bryan Peterson's books. I picked up a couple at the library today - Understanding Shutter Speed, & Understanding Close-up Photography. Hopefully, I'll pick up something useful from these, too.

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Thanks for asking this question. As a newbie I wondered what more seasoned photographers liked and why.


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I read my share of tech books, but I like photograph books that go beyond the tech. The ones that talk about artistic view, photographers and what they see and why. I like photo bios and table books with lots of old photos too. I'm fascinated by the early photographs. I like the Civil War stuff, 1800's and 1900's people portraits, and the spiritualist fakery photos. Those are too funny, all that cheese cloth ectoplasm. I like books that talk about the stories behind the photographs and the photographers behind them. I like photographs of bizarre stuff too. I spent too much time reading Ripley's as a kid. I have a definite morbid streak...
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The Complete Photographer by Andreas Feininger.
It's about photographic philosophy, not nuts and bolts though.
10-20-2011, 10:51 PM   #11
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Haven't read any lately but one I enjoyed back in the 1970's was David Bailey's Darkroom Book. It wasn't only about processing and a lot of it about exposure, composition, etc. is still very much relevant in today's digital age
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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)
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QuoteOriginally posted by paulh Quote
Understanding Exposure was the biggie for me,
\Also enjoyed this one and very helpfull
10-21-2011, 03:07 AM   #14
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Anything by Tom Ang. Very well written and illustrated.

His 'How to photograph Absolultly Anything' is great.

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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.

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