Here are some of the resources that I have found helped me to improve my photography. As I mentioned, photography is a life-long learning process. The more you learn and the more you practice the better you will get.
One book that really helped me to learn about exposure was Understanding Exposure, Fourth Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera by Brian Peterson. You can find it on Amazon. It is an excellent book for someone starting out who wants to get out of Auto mode, take control of their camera and start “making photographs”.
Another great series which is now available in a boxed set is Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5: 1-5. Scott is a great teacher and an entertaining writer. Basically just about everything you need to know about photography is covered in this set. This is also available on Amazon.
Michael Freeman’s book Photo School Fundamentals: Exposure, Light & Lighting, Composition is also another wonderful resource for learning about photography. As you progress in your photography I would also recommend Freeman’s other books. Two in particular that I have enjoyed that have really made me think about photography as art are, The Photographer’s Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos and The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos. Also if you want to delve even further into exposure Freeman’s Perfect Exposure: The Professional’s Guide to Capturing Perfect Digital Photographs is an excellent resource.
Here are a few other that I have read that I found useful.
Beyond Auto Mode: A Guide to Taking Control of Your Photography by Jennifer Bebb
Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Photography: An Instant Start-Up Manual for New dSLR Owners by David Busch
Digital Photography Masterclass by Tom Ang
The possibilities for learning are endless. I am sure some of you also have your favourites. There is certainly enough here to get you started. One tip that I would have for you is that as you read be sure to have your camera by your side. As you read about different techniques and settings, pick up your camera and try them out. In my next post I will take a look at free resources that I have found useful. Until then, happy reading and keep shooting.