Favorite Photography books

by Staff

photography gift books Everyone has a camera ... probably a digital camera or a cell phone. Most people I know who own iPhones have dropped their cameras in favor of the phone. Then, others have purchased more expensive, SLR or better, cameras and want to expand the range of their capabilities. Here's a new list of selected titles to make you a better photographer . . .
* The Photograph: Composition and Color Design
* Sixty Tips for Creative iPhone Photography
* Create Your Own Photo Book, 1st Edition
* Great Photos - Simple Cameras
* Tone Poems - Book 1

Create Your Own Photo Book

Creative inspiration Petra Vogt - These days, photographs live on hard drives and DVDs in the company of several thousand other images, coming to light on a computer screen only for a short moment, if ever.
      In that respect our computer is a one-image-at-a-time exhibition of our photographic work. But as photographers, we like to print our best images, frame and show them at home or at an exhibition, or present a collection of prints in a portfolio.
      This book will guide you through the process of creating a printed and bound portfolio of your photographs, or even a bookstore-quality coffee table book. Learn about every step of the process, from selecting a book publishing service all the way through designing and proofing your photo book. You'll get practical advice on how to work with software provided by services such as Blurb or Viovio, and will learn about relevant concepts of book design, color management, and digital printing.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Create Your Own Photo Book, 1st Edition By Petra Vogt -
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Great Photos - Simple Cameras

coverAs photographers, we face a similar situation with regard to our chosen hobby. The camera and computer are wonderful technical instruments, but their growing complexity can sometimes take away from the joy we find when we engage in creative work.
      In this book, author Bernd Daub shows us that simplicity works. He describes how with simple camera techniques, traditional film, and some imagination we can create ambitious artwork. This book teaches us how to focus our attention on the motivation behind our chosen image and develop a strong image impact without the need for high-tech equipment and flawless exposures.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Great Photos - Simple Cameras, by Bernd Daub
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Sixty Tips for Creative iPhone Photography

coverThe iPhone's convenient form factor, built-in software, and third-party apps have led it to become the camera of immediate choice for millions of users worldwide. Whether you have been using your iPhone camera to document everyday life or are just discovering the charm of using it as a tool for creative photography, this book is for you.
      Author Martina Holmberg shares sixty tips that cover everything from shooting and editing pictures using your iPhone's basic features, to third-party apps and techniques for turning ordinary snapshots into unique and artistic images. The book is filled with images that illustrate each tip.
      Also included are two guest galleries that showcase iPhone photos from professional photographers Dominique James and Uwe Steinmueller. You'll be amazed and inspired by the artistic photography that can be achieved using the iPhone.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Sixty Tips for Creative iPhone Photography, by Martina Holmberg
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Tone Poems - Book 1

coverThis large-format book contains 90 superbly reproduced black-and-white photographs divided into three sections, or opuses.
      Opus 1, "Enigmas, Abstractions and Surprises," centers on a variety of images that are alternatively abstract, experimental, and unexpected. They are drawn from figure studies, landscape, architecture, and a variety of other roots.
Opus 2, "Darkness and Despair," is, in essence, a primal scream caused by the loss of an environmental battle, as politicians changed the laws to permit an illegal mining project.
Opus 3, "Lyricism of the Land," shows the magnificence of the natural world in which we live-including man-made alterations-as a celebration of the glories of our life-supporting planet.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Tone Poems - Book 1, by Bruce Barnbaum
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The Photograph: Composition and Color Design

coverHarald Mante, one of the most distinguished teachers of the photographic arts in Germany and an internationally recognized master of photography, brings his teaching to us in the English language for the first time in more than 30 years. In The Photograph Mante explains the elements that are essential to achieving the highest level of visual design in photographs. This book is geared toward the serious intermediate and advanced photographer who strives to create outstanding images.
      While a deep understanding of photographic techniques is required in order to master photography, technical knowledge alone is not sufficient to create outstanding images. Beyond the technical aspects, the crucial elements that determine the quality and strength of a photograph are the content of the image and its organization within the image frame. This is where the "art" of photography comes into play. Truly creative photography is based upon knowledge and mastery of design, and insight into how the viewer perceives images. The creative photographer can exploit this knowledge and push image making in new directions.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : The Photograph, 2nd Edition, by Harald Mante
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