Friday, December 2, 2011

Do You Have Any Photographers on Your Christmas List?

 

A few suggestions from the Sandbox

 

Stack of Camera books

I love a book and I have been collecting a few photography books over the last couple of years.   This is my collection of camera books that I have bookmarked and highlighted with coloured pens and even christened with coffee or jam to show you that I have my head buried in them over my lunch or breakfast.   Everyone of them gives me inspiration and very detailed how-tos to get that great picture. I thought I would just point out a favourite of mine that is well thumbed.

 

Understand Exposure Cover

I have found that I read and reread this book over and over.   You may say “doesn’t she get it the first time”?   Well, the answer is no.   I find each time I read it I discover something I missed.  Bryan is a wonderful photographer and knows his subject inside out. I recently took his course on this subject that I found very very good.   I can’t say that I have an eye for photography.  I know what I like and I try my best to convey it through the lens but I have more flubs than great shots.   A book like this one at least gives you the best directions and you go out and give it a whirl.   I never would have had the courage to try panning or HDR if it had not been for Bryan’s book and course. 

Inside Exposure book

Here is a sample page from Bryan’s book.

Macro Photography

My studio this morning was my ironing board under the window.  It is snowing here and not much light.   This is a photo from another book that I really like and it called Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers.   It covers how to get great macro shots of flowers.   It is by Alan L. Detrick.

I am sure these days that you can download these books on your tablets or ereaders too.  I do not have one yet.  As a visual learner I love a book.   Hope this may give you an idea for someone that wants to learn more about photography.   Have a great day.   Valerie

6 comments:

Crafty Gardener said...

That is a great collection of books. I think I would like creative night one as I need to work on taking better night photos.

Carolyn said...

Thanks for the tips on which books to look for!
I always love your photography.

Have a great weekend.

Carolyn

Jenni said...

Great collection..the macro one looks very appealing....!
Thanks for that.
jenni

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Val
Soon you'll have as many photography books as gardening ones. :-)
Judith

Branson said...

I have had to keep going back to understanding exposure as well. It is an excellent book, but so much to learn that I have to do it in small doses ;)

el-mundo-en-colores said...

I don't have books on my Xmas wish list, I have a macro lens instead, have already sent my letter to Santa and as I've been good this year, I hope I get it ;) I borrow photography books from the library rather than buying them, but I do buy photo magazines, it's nice to get some advice and inspirations.