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Books on Photography

Yes, we are a video club. But there is a lot to learn from photography, that can apply to your video making skills. Composition, use of colour, etc all contribute to shooting better video. Read on...!
35mm Photography Simplified
The wonderful thing about 35mm photography is that there is always something new to learn, something new to try, something new to bring even more enjoyment to your picture taking. 35mm Photography Simplified will explain the fundamentals of photography - how your camera and film work and how you can best use them to achieve successful pictures.


American Photographic Book Publishing Co.

ISBN 0-8174-0197-0

99 pages

Better Homes & Gardens: Photography for your Family
Emphasizing pictures and not photographic technicalities, Keely discusses films and cameras only to the extent necessary to help amateurs get good pictures as well as enjoyment from their cameras. Most of the pictures were taken by amateurs, but some photographs by professionals are used to illustrate picture-taking advice and to show the many different ways to get good pictures from the same situation.
Joseph C. Keely


Meridith Publishing Co.

ISBN 0-12878-928-0

160 pages

Complete Course in Photographing Children


This step-by-step self-instruction guide to taking great photographs of children is divided into five sections: 1. Portfolio - collection of photographs of children showing a fascinating range of subjects and treatments; 2. Cameras and Equipment - how to select and use the most appropriate for child photography; 3. The Photographer’s Skills - the most effective techniques and a convincing demonstration of what mastery of these can achieve; 4. The Photographer’s Craft: Photodiary - the author takes a theme (the development of children from birth to adolescence) and, by analyzing his own perceptive and brilliant photographs, reveals the factors that have contributed to their success; 5. Special Project: Club Activities - a photo essay on a boys’ motorcycle club, summarizes all the skills and craft involved in photographing children and serves as a model for the sort of assignment the enthusiastic photographer will want to undertake.
John Hedgecoe

1980 HC

Simon & Shuster Trade

ISBN 0-671-41220-5

160 pages

DAM Book, The: Digital Asset Management for Photographers
Can you find your digital photographs when you need them, or do you spend more time rifling through your hard drive and file cabinets than you'd like? Do you have a system for assigning and tracking content data on your photos? If you make a living as a photographer, do your images bear your copyright and contact information, or do they circulate in the marketplace unprotected?

As professional photographer and author Peter Krogh sees it, "your DAM system is fundamental to the way your images are known, both to you and to everyone else." DAM, or Digital Asset Management, in the world of digital photography refers to every part of the process that follows the taking of the picture, through final output and permanent storage. Anyone who shoots, scans or stores digital photographs, is practicing some form of digital asset management. Unfortunately, most of us don't yet know how to manage our files (and our time) very systematically, or efficiently.

In The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers, Krogh brings clarity to the often overwhelming task of managing digital photographs, with a solid plan and practical advice for fellow photographers on how to file, find, protect and re-use photographs. Following a thorough overview of the DAM system and de-mystifications of metadata and digital archiving, Krogh focuses on best practices for digital photographers using Adobe Photoshop CS2. He explains how to use Adobe Bridge, the new CS2 navigational software that replaces the File Browser introduced in Photoshop 7, with full details on integrating Bridge, Camera Raw and Digital Asset Management software.

Compellingly presented in four-color format, The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers brings Krogh's award-winning creative approach to a subject that could have been technically intimidating. Instead, Krogh's twenty years of experience and instructive visual storytelling make this material not only accessible, but compulsory reading for serious digital photographers.

Peter Krogh

November 2005

O'Reilly Media Inc. 

ISBN 0-596-10018-3

296 pages

Digital Family Photography: A step-by-step guide to creating perfect photos
Digital Family Photography offers comprehensive and easy-to-follow advice on how to make the most of people pictures of all kinds: from simple but essential techniques to more advanced and challenging projects. People and families are easily the most popular subject for photographers, be it by traditional film or digital photography. This book embraces both image capture and post-production techniques, with the emphasis on working digitally. With full-color and a portrait layout, the photos in the book are truly brought to life. Aimed at those new to photography, this book is useful for anyone who has been enticed by the value, quality, and efficiency that digital cameras have to offer.
Michael Wright

October 2003

Muska & LIpman Publishing

ISBN 1-59200-108-4

224 pages

Digital Photo Processing: A step-by-step guide to digital image manipulation
With digital technology you can take complete control of your own prized shots—there is now a huge window of opportunity open to anyone who wants to decide exactly how their final photos look. Digital Photo Processing is not just about getting rid of dust and scratches, but also about removing unwanted elements from photographs, adding items, changing positions, distorting images, and creating amazing looking photos. The book begins with an overview of the applications you'll be using, and all the basic information that you need in order to get started. It then looks at simple image correction, before going in-depth into more advanced manipulation techniques. Simple-to-follow projects take you through the methods and help you to build up your knowledge and skills. By the time you've finished reading Digital Photo Processing, you'll know everything you need to enable you to make perfect pictures.
Chris Tarantino

Muskay & LIpman Publishing

ISBN 1-59200-106-8

144 pages
Digital Photography Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools
Your digital camera is more than new incarnation of your old film camera. Yes, it still produces photos, but it also offers new outlets for creativity, including instant gratification of seeing your photos now, the ability to experiment without worrying about expense, the technology to fine-tune your photos with advanced professional techniques, and the means to share your work instantaneously with anyone, anyplace in the world. It's no wonder that digital cameras are outselling traditional cameras for the first time ever. But the question most digital camera users ask is this, "How do I get from taking 'decent' photos to doing the things I'd really like to do? How do I tap into that potential?"

Digital Photography Hacks is your passport to taking the kind of digital photos you've always aspired to. Written by Derrick Story, photographer and author of Digital Photography Pocket Guide and other books, it goes beyond the standard fare of most digital photography books--such as camera basics, understanding memory cards, and when to use a flash--to the things that professional photographers have learned through thousands of shots' worth of experience, years of experimentation, and fiddling and hacking. The book includes a foreword by photographer Rick Smolan, author of America 24/7.
With exquisite, full-color photos throughout, the book presents a collection of tips, tricks, and techniques for photographers ready to move beyond the basics. And if you don't have the latest in digital camera photography, this book will show you how to extend the life and functionality of your existing camera. All the hacks in the book are platform-agnostic, designed for use on both Mac on Windows-based computers. You'll find 100 proven techniques in the areas of:
  • Daytime and nighttime photo secrets
  • Flash magic
  • Digital camera attachments
  • The computer connection
  • Photoshop magic
  • Fun photo projects
  • Camera phone tricks
Derrick Story

May 2004

O'Reilly Media Inc.

ISBN 1-596-00666-7

332 pages
Digital Photography Pocket Guide, Third Edition
Even film diehards have a tough time resisting the instant gratification of the digital camera. Today's digital cameras are more affordable then ever before, and they deliver high quality images that are a snap to share. Plus, you can take risks with a digital camera you never would with a film camera. You waste nothing; there's no film required, and because you only print the pictures you need, digital photography is cost effective and environmentally friendly.

But to take full advantage of a digital camera, you need to be an experienced photographer and an expert at digital photography too. With more than 15 years of experience as a photojournalist, author Derrick Story brings you Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition. For everyone who owns or will own a digital camera (and that pretty much means everyone!), this is the perfect on-the-go guide for taking top-notch digital photos.

In this third edition of the bestselling pocket guide, Story expands on the basic photography techniques that he introduced in earlier editions, including an explanation of each camera component and what it does, tips for choosing just the right settings for your needs, and much more. This indispensable guide covers everything from how to shoot sports action, close ups, and night shots, to dealing with image resolution, archiving, and memory cards.

Affordable and portable, Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition offers full-color photographs, screen shots, and line art illustrating all the topics in the guide's three main sections ("Digital Camera Components," "Standard Camera Functions," and "How Do I?"). Contents are labeled A to Z for quick reference. There's also a comprehensive table of contents and index so you'll waste no time flipping to the specific information you need--whether you want to transfer images, make a QuickTime movie, or just figure out what purpose that mystery setting on your camera serves. There's even a section of easy-to-read reference tables for quick look-up of white balance settings, exposure compensation, camera mode explanations, and plenty more.

Derrick Story

August 2005

O'Reilly Media Inc.

ISBN 0-596-10015-9

172 pages
How to Make Good Pictures
Devoted to the premise that the easy way is usually the best way and that a panoply of gadgetry won’t necessarily improve either the fun or the results of snap shooting, it first outlines the basic essentials of making sharp pictures and a few of the little tricks that turn a sharp picture into a really good one. Well-tested ideas for obtaining better black-and-white and colour snapshots of babies, children, adults, animals, scenery flowers, sports; of special events and vacations; and on trick photography. Indoor shooting covers not only conventional means but some extremely easy ways of snapping fine pictures by the natural existing light.
By the Editors of Eastman Kodak Co.



192 Pages

Joy of Photography, The


A guide to the tools and techniques of better photography. It’s five sections cover 1. The Visual identifies the visual elements of a good photograph - line, shape, pattern, texture, and form/composition, balance, framing and angle of view and the different qualities of light. 2. The Tools covers cameras, film, lenses, filters and accessories. 3. The Image shows special techniques and tools for the pictures you take and covers photographing people, action, nature, landscapes, still life and architecture; photojournalism; photographing in existing and artificial light, underwater, inclement weather and special effects. 4. The Process shows easy-to-follow darkroom procedures. 5. The Joy shows how to file and store prints and negatives, to use and display photographs and slides and to mount prints.
By the Editors of Eastman Kodak Co.


Addison-Wesley Publishing Company

ISBN 0-201-03915-X

302 Pages

Photographer's Eye, The: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos


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 because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures.

Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer's Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs. The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder. Features

  • Covers both traditional in-camera composition and the new opportunities for picture-making made possible by digital imaging editing
  • Shows how to explore situations and locations in order to find the best possible photographic possibilities
  • Uses clear examples from real photographic assignments, with schematic illustrations of how and why the pictures work
Michael Freeman

May 2007

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0240806334

192 Pages

Photoshop for Digital Video: Creative Solutions for Professional Results


Whether you're new to Photoshop or want to use it at a more advanced level, this book will give you must-have techniques to work more quickly and achieve dazzling results. You'll begin with core Photoshop and DV fundamentals, then move on to titling, working with still photos, and advanced tricks for specific effects. This one-stop resource gets right to the point and walks you through procedures with loads of images. Whether you're on a Mac or PC, you will benefit quickly from the authors' expert advice.

This full-color book, based on Adobe Photoshop CS, provides complete information on how to master Photoshop and incorporate it within the video workflow. Everything from working with files to creative typography and animation is included in short, cookbook-style chapters with sample files on the DVD. The end result: dazzling and professional-looking videos.

This is one of the only books available that is specifically structured for Video Editors. Our book has more illustrations, which are contructed to deliver answers, instruct faster and with less effort. Examples also include how to incorportate Adobe After Effects.

*Quickly master Photoshop as it relates to your DV projects
*Hundreds of easy-to-follow, full-color screenshots
*DVD includes files for practice
By Michael Gondek and Archie Cocke

Focal Press

September 30 2004

ISBN 978-0240806334

272 Pages

Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography


"We are in the Stone Age of digital photography. We've figured out how to make some tools, but it is just now beginning to dawn on us what we might do with them. I've often been frustrated at the concentration on the technical aspect of digital photography with so little discussion of the aesthetics and heart behind the image making. This book is essentially a distillation of what I've been teaching over the last 25 years."

Master photographer Stephen Johnson has been taking beautiful landscape photography for decades, and teaching others the practical art of image making since 1977. While he started out with traditional film camera techniques, Johnson is widely recognized among his peers as a pioneer of digital photography. Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography chronicles his ride on the bleeding edge of this medium's evolution, and provides a practical in-depth introduction to digital photography that offers the latest techniques for beginning and experienced photographers alike.

What sets this guide apart from other books on the topic is its approach and execution: This isn't a Photoshop book, although Photoshop has its place within the book; it's a book that a master teacher and photographer creates after a lifetime of showing others how to understand and make great photography. With 5 color photographs throughout, including black/gray duotones, and 715 illustrations reproduced with a 200 line screen, Johnson's book covers everything from:

  • The basics of digital photography
  • Film camera techniques vs. digital
  • Practical approaches of the filmless photographer
  • Techniques of the digital darkroom
  • A photographer ™s digital journey
  • Photography, art and the future

    This is a holistic work (and method for teaching) that embraces the state of photographic tools and techniques, blended with suggestions and experiences on why I make photographs, Johnson says. At its best, photography rides that crest where technology and art intersect. But the deepest engagement that photography can bring remains its ability to capture and hold a moment before the lens. In this age of digital manipulation, that fundamental fact must be remembered.

  • Stephen Johnson

    August 2006

    O'Reilly Press

    ISBN 0-596-52370-X

    320 Pages

    Taking Photographs
    Profusely Illustrated.  The book's question and answer format enables the author to deal in detail with specific problems and points of concern in taking better photographs. Photos of 1967 world's fair are amazing.
    Antoine Desilets


    Habitex Books

    ISBN 0-88912-017-X

    298 pages

    Travel Photography
    The traveler with camera faces some special obstacles he does not have to cope with at home. This book combines the advice of professionals with examples from their travels, and offers their tips on everything from what to take along and how to handle lighting problems in dark church interiors to what times of day to take certain pictures, and even how to turn bad weather into an asset. It describes how to capture the mood, light and colour of interesting landscapes and interiors.
    Editors, Time-Life Books Inc.


    Time-Life Books Inc.

    ISBN 0-8094-1065-6

    228 pages