Learn Photography from the pros

by Fred Showker

It's difficult to believe how much your photos can improve with some very simple and easy to learn tricks the professionals use. No, you don't necessarily need thousands of dollars worth of equipment and extravagant commercial photo studios. With these books, you can dramatically improve your photography with the equipment you have. If you happen to have a more ambitious budget and goal -- then these books will really help!

Take Your Photography to the Next Level coverTake Your Photography to the Next Level -- This book is for the photographer who strives to achieve a higher level of results in their work. Take Your Photography to the Next Level is based on a series of essays originally featured on the popular Luminous Landscape website. Barr tackles some of the rarely discussed, yet essential aspects of successful photography. Here is where photographers will learn what is required in order to grow in their creativity and to gain a deeper understanding of their craft.

From Camera to Computer - coverFrom Camera to Computer - As a follow-up to his successful first book Take Your Photography To The Next Level, author/photographer George Barr now applies the practice to the theory. Go along with George as he searches for subjects, sorts out scenes, refines his composition, and then moves from Camera to Computer to edit his images, not only correcting flaws, but making the images match his vision. You'll see proof sheets and "not quite there" images, and you'll learn tips on image editing from someone who is focused on creating a fine art image rather than mass producing many similar images-often the goal of commercial photographers.

Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style - coverMastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style Topics include: - How to compose with color, with black and white, and with light - Why you need to consider your audience while composing a photograph - Recreate the emotions you felt when you captured your photographs - How the elements of color-hue, contrast, and saturation-work in your images - How to control the elements that have a visual effect in your photographs - How to draw upon your personal way of seeing and then share your vision - How to diagnose image maladies and apply the proper remedies - How to define a color palette for a specific photograph - How to use compositional elements to develop a personal style

The Portrait - coverThe Portrait Topics include: Quality of light and the portrait Ambient, continuous, and strobe light sources Understanding light modifiers and enhancers Mastering lighting ratios Importance and selection of backgrounds Extensive coverage of lighting setups Understanding light meters and metering in portraiture Lighting patterns on the human face Facial analysis Composition in portraiture Eliciting the appropriate expression The fine art portrait Portraiture for the masses

Photography Unplugged - coverPhotography Unplugged - Harald Mante's photographs, all captured on Kodachrome's legendary slide films, will inspire beginners and expert photographers alike, and will reveal the beauty and magic of masterfully composed photography. This book is meant to present the wealth of Mante's photographic work and at the same time to advocate a pure, straight approach to photography, untouched by digital image editing tools -- uncropped and unmodified captures of scenes as seen through the viewfinder. Photography Unplugged is meant to sound a voice which is singing to a slightly different tune than the digital photography choir.

Mastering Digital Panoramic Photography - coverMastering Digital Panoramic Photography Topics include: - How to compose with color, with black and white, and with light - Why you need to consider your audience while composing a photograph - Recreate the emotions you felt when you captured your photographs - How the elements of color-hue, contrast, and saturation-work in your images - How to control the elements that have a visual effect in your photographs - How to draw upon your personal way of seeing and then share your vision - How to diagnose image maladies and apply the proper remedies - How to define a color palette for a specific photograph - How to use compositional elements to develop a personal style

The Photograph Composition & Color Design - coverThe Photograph Composition & Color Design by Harald Mante -- While a deep understanding of photographic techniques is required in order to master photography, technical knowledge alone is not sufficient to create outstanding images. Truly creative photography is based upon knowledge and mastery of design and of how the viewer perceives images. Mante explores the principles of line, shape, color, contrast, composition, and design in significantly greater depth and at a higher level than most any book available to date. These in-depth lessons are beautifully illustrated with more than 600 images from Mante's own portfolio, plus over 160 diagrams.

Pick your passion ... learn from the pros

Any or all of the subjects above will dramatically improve your photography. All you have to do is start with the subject that you are most interested in. I have read all of these books, and utilized many of their lessons -- I can endorse them all as an excellent learning opportunity.

thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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