Monday, April 09, 2007

Input requested:


I was recently asked the question:

"Bethany, I was wondering if you would share with us what your favorite book on photography is and why."

To answer honestly, I haven't found it yet! So many books deal with some key issues of photography, but tend also to cover either in-appropriate topics, or use in-appropriate pictures to drive various points home, thus, I don't feel right recommending any.

So -- I'm asking for you input. If any of you know of photography books that you've learned a lot from and would recommend, I'd appreciate it if you'd share the book title, the author's name, and maybe what you enjoyed the most about that particular book?!

Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to hearing your answers. And know that I'll keep on the look out...as soon as I find a favorite, I'll be sure to let you know.

13 comments:

Elizabeth U. said...

Wow; something about those hands and that camera look somehow, well, you know.....familiar!! :)
I guess that is what happens when you are famous; you never know where your picture is going to show up next! *joking*
Have a great trip out West!
~Elizabeth

Kaylene said...

I don't know the best book, though I LOVE photography. The technology of it is constantly changing though, and as for a book that is very updated I don't know of one...

I'm interested in knowing what kind of camera you use! Would you mind sharing some specs? Obviously no matter what you use, you've got some great skill standing behind that camera! Blessings!

Goldfish said...

Photography books... oh, dear! As of right now, I am reading seven!! ;D They are due back at the library tomorrow and I didn't get read near as much as I wanted to!! :C [sigh] :P However, I think if you ever published a book on photography that it would be my favorite! :) Ooo, that would be awesome! By the way, did you know that Waddington's had their baby yesterday at 4:30 (in the afternoon :)? Well, they did. I want to se them soooo badly! Maybe you guys can convince them to set up a blog, too! [smiles]

Andrea said...

I really haven't looked at a lot of photography books yet, but I did find a couple at the library that were really helpful in understanding both the basic technical side of photography, and some ideas to inspire the beginning photographer to get creative. My favorite of the two was The Joy of Digital Photography by Jeff Wignall I really enjoyed the high quality pictures and examples this book had, plus the writing style was very captivating and not difficult to wade through It was a helpful tool both in knowledge and mental stimulus!

The second was The Photography Bible by Daniel Lezano. This book went even more in depth at explaining in great details the various functions of digital cameras and photography.

I speak from a beginner's perspective. Having just starting delving into this vast world, I have much to learn! I think, though, that even the more advanced photographer would be able to glean tips and pointers from these books. Both of these books can be found on Amazon.

Thanks for this post, Bethany! I'm looking forward to seeing other responses!

Joel said...

I don't really have any true "photography books" but two books that have helpful tips I've used are a NebraskaLAND Magazine photography guide published a few years ago, and a tips/tricks section in an Adobe Photoshop software manual.

Anonymous said...

I think you are ready to write the book. You have great skill and so much knowledge. Love, Aunt D

Christina said...

Bethany,

What a fun way to answer my question! Thank you for your effort. I am very careful about which photography books I read because so many of them have inappropriate pictures in them (as you mentioned).

However, a couple of books that I really like are by Nick Kelsh. His books How to Photograph Your Life and How to Photograph Your Family are a lot of fun to read and look at. But they are very basic. He does not really get into anything technical. In fact he uses a point and shoot to take the pictures to prove that you don't need a SLR to take awesome photos. There is a picture of a bunch of naked Barbies in one of them along with the backside of a nide toddler but thats about it as far as that goes...

Hey, I am liking the idea of you writing a book...:)

Thanks again,

Christina

PS I leave for IPS on Sun. I will share with you about it when I get back. :)

Anonymous said...

Good photography books...
Those are very hard to come by! I have found one that I especially liked though it does have one 'bad' page, but only one! Maybe it was two; I don't remember. I just tore them out because there was nothing else on them worth keeping!
It is "The Joy Of Photography" By Eastman Kodak Editors. It can be found on amazon. It is old but it still has the basic same ideas. I highly recommend it.

Ryebread said...

I don't personally have any of his works, but I know Ansel Adams published several books on photography... Since he was a landscape photographer, I highly doubt that there would be any inappropriate imagery in his books.

His trio, 'The Camera, The Negative, and The Print' are available on amazon.com. Although all his work was done with film, (large format, medium format, and 35mm) the basic techniques are still very similar. In fact, some professionals train their students on film cameras, so that they don't get too lazy! :-)

~Bryant said...

I know those hands, and the camera! Elizabeth Ulmer's...I'd know them anywhere! :-)

The Editors said...

I also really enjoyed JEff Wignall's 'The Joy of Digital Photography'! All I have to do is save up some money to buy it!
You do have an excellent eye for photos! Keep it up :)

Allison

Carolj said...

I skimmed through some of the titles listed here and I didn't see Photography, by Upton. I do not have the book in my possession but it was recommended to me by a retired pro photographer.

LSEP said...

The National Geographic collection. :) It is not a method, but anybody could learn something just by looking at it. And it is worth it, I can tell you.