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Understanding Exposure
How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
Bryan Peterson - Mar 14, 2016 (first published in 1990)
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This newly revised edition of Bryan Peterson's most popular book demystifies the complex concepts of exposure in photography, allowing readers to capture the images they want.With his trademark accessible style, Peterson instructs readers on how to achieve successful images in almost any situation, explaining the fundamentals of exposure and its co...
The Art of Photography
A Personal Approach to Artistic Expression
Bruce Barnbaum - May 09, 2018 (first published in 1994)
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This is a newly revised edition of the classic book The Art of Photography (first published in 1994), which has often been described as the most readable, understandable, and comprehensive textbook on photography. In his accessible style, Barnbaum presents how-to techniques for both traditional and digital approaches. Yet he goes well beyond the te...
Photographers Eye
Michael Freeman - Jun 15, 2017 (first published in 2007)
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Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs.Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design - first be...
Digital Photography Complete Course
Learn Everything You Need to Know in 20 Weeks
David Taylor - Aug 18, 2015
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Digital Photography Complete Course will help you build your photography skills step-by-step, with an independent photography course that guides you through every aspect of digital photography. Digital Photography Complete Course uses a combination of tutorials, step-by-step demonstrations, practical assignments, and Q&As to help you understand and...
Magnum Contact Sheets
Kristen Lubben - Oct 23, 2017 (first published in 2011)
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Contact sheets unveil the story of what went into a photograph. Was it the outcome of what a photographer had in mind from the outset? Did it emerge from a diligently worked sequence? Was the right shot a matter of being in the right place at the right time?Here, for the first time, are the best contact sheets created by Magnum photographers. They ...
Stunning Digital Photography
Tony Northrup - Dec 01, 2019
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In this book, Tony Northrup (award-winning author of more than 30 how-to books and a professional portrait, wildlife, and landscape photographer) teaches you both the art and science of creating stunning pictures. First, you will master these basic concepts:* Composition* Exposure* Shutter speed* Aperture* Depth-of-field* ISO* Natural light* Flash*...
Vivian Maier
Street Photographer
Vivian Maier - Nov 16, 2011
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Please note that all blank pages in the book were chosen as part of the design by the publisher.A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is...
Extraordinary Everyday Photography
Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are
Brenda Tharp - Aug 20, 2012
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Through accessible discussions and exercises, readers learn to use composition, available light, color, and point of view to create stunning photographs in any environment. Photographers are born travelers. They’ll go any distance to capture the right light, beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and people. But exotic locales aren’t necessary for interes...
Henri Cartier-Bresson
The Decisive Moment
Cartier Bresson - Feb 24, 2015 (first published in 1952)
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"The Decisive Moment" originally titled "Images a la Sauvette"-is one of the most famous books in the history of photography, assembling Cartier-Bresson's best work from his early years. Published in 1952 by Simon and Schuster, New York, in collaboration with Editions Verve, Paris, it was lavishly embellished with a collage cover by Henri Matisse. ...
The Beginner's Photography Guide
The Ultimate Step-by-Step Manual for Getting the Most from Your Digital Camera
Chris Gatcum - May 10, 2016 (first published in 2013)
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The Beginner's Photography Guide, 2nd Edition is DK's bestselling manual for any novice photographer who wants to unlock the potential of their new digital camera.Assuming no prior knowledge, this guide's easy-to-follow, step-by-step layout makes it accessible as it takes you through every technique you need to create stunning images, from exposure...
The Hot Shoe Diaries
Big Light from Small Flashes
Joe McNally - Mar 12, 2009 (first published in 2008)
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When it comes to photography, it's all about the light.After spending more than thirty years behind the lens--working for National Geographic, Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated--Joe McNally knows about light. He knows how to talk about it, shape it, color it, control it, and direct it. Most importantly, he knows how to create it...using small hot ...
The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally
BetterPhoto Basics by Jim Miotke
The Americans by Robert Frank
Annie Leibovitz at Work by Annie Leibovitz
Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll
Ansel Adams by Ansel Adams
Picture Perfect Practice by Roberto Valenzuela
The Photographer's Guide to Posing by Lindsay Adler
Learning to See Creatively, Third Edition by Bryan Peterson
Studio Anywhere by Nick Fancher
LIFE Guide to Digital Photography by Joe McNally
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
Light Science & Magic by Fil Hunter
Photography by Tom Ang
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby
What They Didn't Teach You In Photo School by Demetrius Fordham
Sebastião Salgado. GENESIS by Lélia Wanick Salgado
The Negative by Ansel Adams
Picture Perfect Posing by Roberto Valenzuela
Alex Webb by Alex Webb
Ansel Adams in the National Parks by Ansel Adams
Examples by Ansel Adams
Scott Kelby's Digital Photography by Scott Kelby
Mastering Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and Exposure by Al Judge
Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book by Andrew Faulkner
Bystander by Colin Westerbeck
Film Is Not Dead by Jonathan Canlas
Best Business Practices for Photographers, Third Edition by John Harrington
Obama by Pete Souza
Ansel Adams by Ansel Adams
The Print by Ansel Adams
Speedliter's Handbook by Syl Arena
Steve McCurry by Steve McCurry
Road to Seeing by Dan Winters
Within the Frame by David duChemin
Annie Leibovitz by Annie Leibovitz
The Flash Book by Scott Kelby
Bryan Peterson's Understanding Composition Field Guide by Bryan Peterson
The Visual Toolbox by David duChemin
Camera by Todd Gustavson
Garry Winogrand Metropolitan Museum, New York by Leo Rubinfien
Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth
Richard Avedon by Michael Holm
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image by Alex Webb
Bill Brandt by Sarah Hermanson Meister
Understanding Color in Photography by Bryan Peterson
National Geographic Image Collection by National Geographic
Man Ray by Guido Comis
One Face 50 Ways by Imogen Dyer
Advancing Your Photography by Marc Silber
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
National Geographic The Photo Ark by Joel Sartore
Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel
Mountain Light by Galen A. Rowell
Destinations of a Lifetime by National Geographic
Gregory Heisler by Gregory Heisler
Portraits by Steve McCurry
Vivian Maier by John Maloof
The Family of Man by Edward Steichen
Ansel Adams at 100 by John Szarkowski
Photography Q&A by Zack Arias
Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski
Sleeping by the Mississippi by Alec Soth
The Headshot by Peter Hurley
Trent Parke by Trent Parke
Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People by Henry Carroll
Galen Rowell by Editors of Sierra Club Books
Learning to See Creatively by Bryan Peterson
100 Photographs by The Editors of TIME
The Last Resort by Martin Parr
Mastering Portrait Photography by Sarah Plater
Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography by Galen Rowell
Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4, Updated Edition by Scott Kelby
Stephen Shore by Stephen Shore
Infra by Adam Hochschild
The Photographer's Playbook by Jason Fulford
Capa in Color by Cynthia Young
Andreas Gursky by Peter Andreas] Galassi [Gursky
Color Management & Quality Output by Tom Ashe
Ken Schles by Ken Schles
The Best of Leifer by Neil Leifer
Dorothea Lange by Linda Gordon
Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug
Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
Diane Arbus by Diane Arbus
Nan Goldin by Unknown
Slightly Out of Focus by Robert Capa
It's What I Do by Lynsey Addario