Best Digital Photography Books Guide

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There are many ‘step by step’ guide books about Digital Photography on the market today; from the complete beginner  to the semi-professional.

Here, I’ve included books that are (a) the most popular (b) best sellers (c) best ratings and (d) my personal choice.

A complete guide to Digital Photography

This first book by Ian Farrell ‘A complete guide to Digital Photography’ is exactly what it says; a complete guide. It’s a popular choice for beginners and amateurs alike.

”Whether a beginner or a keen amateur, the Complete Guide to Digital Photography is your definitive reference for taking, processing and printing sharper, more colourful, better-looking pictures.

Beginning with an essential tour of the digital camera and its various features, as well as a jargon-busting breakdown of key concepts – like image files and formats, resolution and software – this guide will help you find the make and model of camera and accessories that best suit your needs and your budget.

Ian Farrell’s expert guidelines take you through the basics of taking a great photograph, focusing on key aspects such as composition and colour, shutter speed and focus, and light balance and exposure. A massive 52 do-at-home projects will help hone your skills and encourage you to photograph a variety of subjects, from weddings and portraits to urban reportage and breathtaking landscapes.

Every step of the way, professional tips – plus examples of the most common mistakes to avoid – provide a helping hand to mastering each new technique. Easy-to-follow instructions show hoe to use a range of digital imaging software including Photoshop and Elements, allowing you to retouch blemishes and red-eye, or adjust the colour to turn washed out pictures into professional-looking photographs.

Have fun with your photos, creating dramatic HDR images, stitching together a panorama or using masks to make fantasy shots a reality. Reflecting the very latest developments, this comprehensive guide also includes advice on selling your images through agencies, high-quality printing and even creating your own coffee-table photography books.

Packed with over 400 inspirational images, professional interviews, practical projects and technical hints and tips the Complete Guide to Digital Photography is the essential guide to taking spectacular digital photographs of professional quality.”

Digital Photography For Dummies

”A new edition gets you in the picture for learning digital photography Whether you have a point–and–shoot or digital SLR camera, this new edition of the full–color bestseller is packed with tips, advice, and insight that you won′t find in your camera manual.

Digital photography guru Julie Adair King presents you with new and extensively updated information on topics that is written for fledgling photographers in a fun and friendly style. You′ll explore tips for finding the gear that best suits your needs, using built–in tools, working with focus and exposure, and shooting like a pro. However, if you′ve already got an archives full of photos, then this guide shows you how to upload, edit, manage, and share your images.

Advice for prolonging battery life, an honest look at the pros and cons of digital SLR, and a helpful glossary are all aimed at making your experience with digital photography picture perfect! Shows you how to set up your camera for basic shooting and use automatic mode, common scene modes, and all the camera′s features

Explains how to edit your images and fix common problems like dim lighting or red–eye Highlights ways to print photos at home or through a service and then posting online to social sites or send to a cell phone Helps you manage depth of field, exposure, and white balance Digital Photography For Dummies, 7th Edition provides you with rich, full–color examples throughout to help your digital pictures say more than a thousand words”

Collins Complete Photography Course

by John Garrett and Graeme Harris is a really instructive book, with information presented clearly and coherently.

A practical, affordable and accessible home photography tutor. This inspiring project-based course book covers everything from basic composition to the latest digital darkroom techniques.

Learn at your own pace as this practical, comprehensive course helps you develop your key photographic techniques. Contents include: step-by-step projects on exposure, aperture, lenses, light, filters, colour, black and white and image enhancement; plus professional secrets and stunning shots from around the world.

The fully interactive and project-based approach of Collins Complete Photography Course will help you to raise both your camera confidence and your level of photography.

The Digital Photography Book

I, like many others, have been a fan of Scott Kelby’s books;both for his photography and Photoshop books.

His easy to follow, straightforward approach and informative guides to photography have inspired me.

Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 are among his best sellers, and it’s easy to see why.They are available separately or as a boxed set.

Book description:

With over 800 of the most closely guarded photographic “tricks of the trade,” this boxed set—consisting of all four parts of Scott Kelby’s best-selling series, The Digital Photography Book—is the ultimate resource for any one who wants to shoot dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time.

Scott Kelby, the man who changed the “digital darkroom” forever with his groundbreaking, best-selling The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, now tackles the most important side of digital photography—how to take professional-quality shots using the same tricks today’s top digital pros use (and it’s easier than you think).

These aren’t books of theory, full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts. These are books on which button to push, which setting to use, and when to use it. Each page covers a single concept on how to make your photography better.

Every time you turn the page, you’ll learn another pro setting, tool, or trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. If you’re tired of shots that look “okay,” and if you’re tired of looking in photography magazines and thinking, “Why don’t my shots look like that?” then these are the books for you.

The Landscape Photography Workshop

If you’re keen on landscape photography then you might want to take a look at Ross Hoddinott and Mark Bauer’s The Landscape Photography Workshop

If you want to learn about taking photographs of landscapes; a popular choice is Ross Hoddinott and Mark Bauer’s “The Landscape Photography Workshop”

Book description:

Wow your friends and relatives with awe-inspiring landscape shots and discover how to take shots which will simply fly off the shelves with this workshop-in-a-book Two of the UK’s leading landscape photographers come together to share their wealth of experience and teaching skills in this new title.

The Landscape Photography Workshop aims to take the reader from the very basics of equipment and exposure through to advanced techniques. Landscape essentials, such as composition and filtration, are covered in-depth and explained in a precise yet easy-to-understand manner.

This book also has chapters dedicated to post-processing and printing, enabling the reader to go successfully from camera to print, plus a number of practical assignments to encourage development and ensure that it stands out from other landscape photography publications.

Lighting for Digital Photography

If you want to know everything about light and lighting in photography; both natural and man made, then Syl Arena’s book: “Lighting for Digital Photography” is a must have.

Book Description:

Now that you’ve had your DSLR for a while, are you ready to take a much closer look at what creating a great image is all about? It’s all about light! The ability to see, influence, modify, control, and create light will take your images from snapshots to great shots!

In Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer and bestselling author Syl Arena begins with a primer on light itself—how to see its direction, intensity, color, contrast, and hardness—and quickly moves on to discussions of shooting both indoors and outdoors in the many different conditions of natural or man-made light. Then the book digs in to begin creating light with photographic lights, whether that’s small flash or big strobe, the pop-up flash on your DSLR or continuous lights.

Follow along with Syl and you will:

  • Learn the basics (and beyond) of light modifiers that make light bigger and softer, such as umbrellas, softboxes, beauty dishes, and diffusion panels
  • Understand how to control and shape the light itself with flags, grids, snoots, and the zoom function on your flash
  • Appreciate the color temperature of light (whether that’s the sun, a light bulb, or a flash), and how to influence it with white balance settings on your camera and colored gels on your flash

Speedliters Handbook

For those of you who are interested in flash photography, particularly Canon Speedlites, then look no further than “Speedliters Handbook” by Syl Arena; one of the most popular and best selling books on Canon speedlite Flash.

Getting your Canon Speedlite to produce the light you need can be a real challenge. For those new to flash photography—or for anyone who has previously given up out of frustration—Speedliter’s Handbook is a revelation.

Photographer Syl Arena takes you on a journey that begins with an exploration of light and color, moves through a comprehensive discussion of the Canon Speedlite family and all of the accessories and equipment available to the Speedliter, then settles down to crafting great light in one photo shoot after another.

Whether you want to create a classical portrait, shoot an event, or simply add a little fill light to a product shot, Speedliter’s Handbook shows you how.’A fantastic in-depth resource illustrated with over 500 images, Speedliter’s Handbook covers:

  • how to see the various characteristics and properties of light itself, as well as the differences between how your camera sees versus how you see
  • all the buttons and dials of the entire Canon Speedlite family
  • the basics of on-camera flash…and the necessity of getting your flash off the camera
  • how to beautifully balance flash with the existing ambient light
  • all the equipment necessary for great Speedlite shots
  • how to get amazing shots with just one Speedlite
  • how and when to use E-TTL versus manual flash
  • the use of color gels to balance color, as well as create dramatic effects
  • how to tame the sun—or any really bright light—with hi-speed sync
  • and much, much more

Whether you’re shooting portraits, events, or sports, Speedliter’s Handbook is an essential resource that teaches you how to craft the light you need for any type of shot you want.

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