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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...
The Moment It Clicks
Photography Secrets from One of the World's Top Shooters
Joe McNally - Feb 02, 2008
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THE FIRST BOOK WITH ONE FOOT ON THE COFFEE TABLE, AND ONE FOOT IN THECLASSROOMJoe McNally, one of the world's top pro digital photographers, whose celebrated work has graced the pages of Sports Illustrated, Time, and National Geographic (to name a few), breaks new ground by doing something no photography book has ever done--blending the rich, stunn...
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 by Joe McNally
Learning to See Creatively by Bryan Peterson
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
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
Within the Frame by David Duchemin
Photography by Tom Ang
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby
Best Business Practices for Photographers by John Harrington
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
Black and White Photography by Henry Horenstein
Bystander by Colin Westerbeck
Film Is Not Dead by Jonathan Canlas
Creative Black and White by Harold Davis
Obama by Pete Souza
Ansel Adams by Ansel Adams
The Print by Ansel Adams
Speedliter's Handbook by Syl Arena
The Digital Photography Book by
Steve McCurry by Steve McCurry
Road to Seeing by Dan Winters
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
Personal Best by Elliott Erwitt
Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth
Digital Photography by Henry Horenstein
Richard Avedon by Michael Holm
Stephen Shore by Stephen Shore
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
Beyond Snapshots by Rachel Devine
Man Ray by Guido Comis
Complete Digital Photography by Ben Long
One Face 50 Ways by Imogen Dyer
Complete Digital Photography, 8th by Ben Long
Advancing Your Photography by Marc Silber
Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 by Scott Kelby
On Photography by Susan Sontag
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
National Geographic The Photo Ark by Joel Sartore
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel
Mountain Light by Galen A. Rowell
Destinations of a Lifetime by National Geographic
Gregory Heisler by Gregory Heisler
Walker Evans by Lincoln Kirstein
National Geographic Rarely Seen by National Geographic
Portraits by Steve McCurry
Vivian Maier by John Maloof
The Family of Man by Edward Steichen
Henri Cartier-Bresson by Henri Cartier-Bresson
Ansel Adams at 100 by John Szarkowski
Photography Q&A by Zack Arias
The Digital Photography Book, Part 2 by Scott Kelby
Picture Perfect Lighting by Roberto Valenzuela
Saul Leiter by Saul Leiter
The Photographer's Mind by Michael Freeman
Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski
Endangered by Tim Flach
Sleeping by the Mississippi by Alec Soth
Photography Night Sky by Jennifer Wu
Josef Koudelka by Josef Koudelka
The Headshot by Peter Hurley
Trent Parke by Trent Parke
Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People by Henry Carroll
The Dramatic Portrait by Chris Knight
Galen Rowell by Editors of Sierra Club Books
100 Photographs by The Editors of Time
The Last Resort by Martin Parr
Understanding Flash Photography by Bryan Peterson
Mastering Portrait Photography by Sarah Plater
Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography by Galen Rowell
Mastering Composition by Richard Garvey-Williams
LIFE 70 Years of Extraordinary Photography by Editors of Life
Joel Meyerowitz by Joel Meyerowitz
Photography Business Secrets by Lara White
Infra by Adam Hochschild
Night Photography and Light Painting by Lance Keimig
Direction & Quality of Light by Neil van Niekerk
Dusk to Dawn by Glenn Randall
The Photographer's Playbook by Jason Fulford
Capa in Color by Cynthia Young
The Film Photography Handbook by Chris Marquardt
Authentic Portraits by Chris Orwig
Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroomby Bruce Fraser by Bruce Fraser, Jeff Schewe
Andreas Gursky by Peter Andreas] Galassi [gursky
Helen Levitt by Helen Levitt
Color Management & Quality Output by Tom Ashe
Ken Schles by Ken Schles
The Enthusiast's Guide to Travel Photography by Jordana Wright
The Best of Leifer by Neil Leifer
Langford's Basic Photography by Anna Fox
Tatsuo Suzuki by Tatsuo Suzuki
That Photo Makes Me Hungry by Andrew Scrivani
Reuters by Reuters
Dorothea Lange by Linda Gordon
Shooting in Sh*tty Light by Lindsay Adler
The Photographer's MBA by
Overview by Benjamin Grant
Complete Guide to Digital Photography by Ian Farrell
Understanding Close-Up Photography by Bryan Peterson
Women by National Geographic
Nick Brandt by Nick Brandt
National Geographic Dawn to Dark Photographs by National Geographic
Best of The Digital Photography Book Series, The by Scott Kelby
Mastering Photographic Histograms by Al Judge
Smart Phone Smart Photography by Jo Bradford
Diane Arbus by Doon Arbus
Your Child in Pictures by Me Ra Koh
Mamarazzi by Stacy Wasmuth
Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography by Lonely Planet
Photoshop for Photographers by John Slavio
Start a Successful Photography Business in 34 Days by Amanda Stock
All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin
Digital Photography by Tom Ang
The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos by Marc Silber
Decade by Aemmon McCabe
Art with an iPhone by Kat Sloma
David Busch’s Mastering Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch
Photography by Liz Wells
Capture Your Style by Aimee Song
Pro Secrets to Dramatic Digital Photos by Jim Zuckerman
Still Life in Photography by Paul Martineau
50 Photo Projects by Lee Frost
Fast Track Photographer by Dane Sanders