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Recommendations from 58 articles, David Heinemeier Hansson, Michael McKean, Adam Gazzaley.
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Understanding Exposure
How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
Bryan Peterson - 2016-03-14 (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...
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The Art of Photography
A Personal Approach to Artistic Expression
Bruce Barnbaum - 2018-05-09 (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...
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Magnum Contact Sheets
Kristen Lubben - 2017-10-23 (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 ...
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Photographers Eye
Michael Freeman - 2017-06-15 (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...
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Vivian Maier
Street Photographer
Vivian Maier - 2011-11-16
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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...
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Digital Photography Complete Course
Learn Everything You Need to Know in 20 Weeks
David Taylor - 2015-08-18
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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...
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The Moment It Clicks
Photography Secrets from One of the World's Top Shooters
Joe McNally - 2008-02-02
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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...
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Stunning Digital Photography
Tony Northrup - 2019-12-01
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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*...
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Henri Cartier-Bresson
The Decisive Moment
Cartier Bresson - 2015-02-24 (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. ...
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Extraordinary Everyday Photography
Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are
Brenda Tharp - 2012-08-20
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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...
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The Americans
Robert Frank - 1986-01-12
Annie Leibovitz at Work by Annie Leibovitz
The Beginner's Photography Guide by Chris Gatcum
The Hot Shoe Diaries by Joe McNally
Learning to See Creatively by Bryan Peterson
BetterPhoto Basics by Jim Miotke
Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll
Ansel Adams by Ansel Adams
Light Science & Magic by Fil Hunter
Picture Perfect Practice by Roberto Valenzuela
The Photographer's Guide to Posing by Lindsay Adler
LIFE Guide to Digital Photography by Joe McNally
Studio Anywhere by Nick Fancher
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
Alex Webb by Alex Webb
Within the Frame by David Duchemin
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby
Bystander by Colin Westerbeck
Best Business Practices for Photographers by John Harrington
Photography by Tom Ang
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
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
Garry Winogrand Metropolitan Museum, New York by Leo Rubinfien
Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book by Andrew Faulkner
Personal Best by Elliott Erwitt
Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth
Black and White Photography by Henry Horenstein
Stephen Shore by Stephen Shore
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image by Alex Webb
Film Is Not Dead by Jonathan Canlas
Creative Black and White by Harold Davis
Obama by Pete Souza
The Print by Ansel Adams
Walker Evans by Lincoln Kirstein
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
Sleeping by the Mississippi by Alec Soth
Bryan Peterson's Understanding Composition Field Guide by Bryan Peterson
The Visual Toolbox by David Duchemin
Josef Koudelka by Josef Koudelka
Trent Parke by Trent Parke
Camera by Todd Gustavson
The Last Resort by Martin Parr
Digital Photography by Henry Horenstein
Richard Avedon by Michael Holm
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
Helen Levitt by Helen Levitt
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
Ansel Adams by Ansel Adams
Advancing Your Photography by Marc Silber
Understanding Close-Up Photography by Bryan Peterson
Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 by Scott Kelby
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
William Eggleston's Guide by John Szarkowski
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
The Photographer's Mind by Michael Freeman
Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski
Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People by Henry Carroll
Overview by Benjamin Grant
Vogue by Dodie Kazanjian
Peter Lindbergh. A Different Vision on Fashion Photography by Thierry-Maxime Loriot
Women by National Geographic