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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...
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 ...
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...
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...
The Moment It Clicks
Photography secrets from one of the world's top shooters(Paperback) - 2006 Edition
Joe McNally - Jan 01, 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, stunni...
The Americans
Robert Frank - Jan 12, 1986 (first published in 1958)
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Armed with a camera and a fresh cache of film and bankrolled by a Guggenheim Foundation grant, Robert Frank crisscrossed the United States during 1955 and 1956. The photographs he brought back form a portrait of the country at the time and hint at its future. He saw the hope of the future in the faces of a couple at city hall in Reno, Nevada, and t...
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. ...
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...
Ansel Adams
The Camera (The Ansel Adams Photography Series 1)
Ansel Adams - Jun 01, 1995 (first published in 1980)
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This is an attractively priced photography classic made accessible to a wider, new audience. It covers everything from "seeing" the finished photo in advance, to lens choices. It is illustrated with many of Ansel Adams most famous images....
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...
The Hot Shoe Diaries by Joe McNally
Annie Leibovitz at Work by Annie Leibovitz
What They Didn't Teach You In Photo School by Demetrius Fordham
Stunning Digital Photography by Tony Northrup
The Negative by Ansel Adams
Learning to See Creatively, Third Edition by Bryan Peterson
Studio Anywhere by Nick Fancher
Film Is Not Dead by Jonathan Canlas
Best Business Practices for Photographers, Third Edition by John Harrington
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
Obama by Pete Souza
Sebastião Salgado. GENESIS by Lélia Wanick Salgado
Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll
Light Science & Magic by Fil Hunter
The Print by Ansel Adams
Picture Perfect Posing by Roberto Valenzuela
Picture Perfect Practice by Roberto Valenzuela
The Photographer's Guide to Posing by Lindsay Adler
The Beginner's Photography Guide by Chris Gatcum
Road to Seeing by Dan Winters
Alex Webb by Alex Webb
Ansel Adams in the National Parks by Ansel Adams
Within the Frame by David duChemin
Examples by Ansel Adams
Annie Leibovitz by Annie Leibovitz
Photography by Tom Ang
Garry Winogrand Metropolitan Museum, New York by Leo Rubinfien
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby
Bill Brandt by Sarah Hermanson Meister
LIFE Guide to Digital Photography by Joe McNally
Man Ray by Guido Comis
Mountain Light by Galen A. Rowell
Ansel Adams by Ansel Adams
Gregory Heisler by Gregory Heisler
Portraits by Steve McCurry
Speedliter's Handbook by Syl Arena
Vivian Maier by John Maloof
Steve McCurry by Steve McCurry
The Family of Man by Edward Steichen
Ansel Adams at 100 by John Szarkowski
Photography Q&A by Zack Arias
Scott Kelby's Digital Photography by Scott Kelby
Mastering Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and Exposure by Al Judge
The Flash Book by Scott Kelby
Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski
Sleeping by the Mississippi by Alec Soth
Bryan Peterson's Understanding Composition Field Guide by Bryan Peterson
The Visual Toolbox by David duChemin
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
Camera by Todd Gustavson
BetterPhoto Basics by Jim Miotke
Learning to See Creatively by Bryan Peterson
100 Photographs by The Editors of TIME
The Last Resort by Martin Parr
Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book by Andrew Faulkner
Mastering Portrait Photography by Sarah Plater
Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography by Galen Rowell
Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth
Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4, Updated Edition by Scott Kelby
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
Bystander by Colin Westerbeck
Understanding Color in Photography by Bryan Peterson
Infra by Adam Hochschild
National Geographic Image Collection by National Geographic
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
One Face 50 Ways by Imogen Dyer
The Best of Leifer by Neil Leifer
Dorothea Lange by Linda Gordon
Advancing Your Photography by Marc Silber
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug
Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
National Geographic The Photo Ark by Joel Sartore
Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel
Diane Arbus by Diane Arbus
Nan Goldin by Unknown
Slightly Out of Focus by Robert Capa
Destinations of a Lifetime by National Geographic
It's What I Do by Lynsey Addario