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Summer Holiday Photo Book Ideas

[singlepic=327,140,240,,left]It’s that time of year again! 🙂 Time to get out the suntan lotion, the bug spray (lots of it if you’re up here in Canada!) and to fire up the BBQ. It’s also time for lazyin’ around in lawn chairs, hammocks and sitting under trees; perfect places to relax and read a good book. And since we all love photography so much, a couple of great photography books is a must have to keep ourselves happy. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite books for you so that you don”t have to wade through and waste precious time in the sea of photography books. All these suggestions are from my blog’s Amazon Store.

Technical Books

[singlepic=85,140,240,,left]The Moment it Clicks by Joe McNally: This book tops my list! I actually did a full review on this book HERE. Check it out.

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[singlepic=323,140,240,,left]The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby: I really like this book because each page covers just one trick, just one single concept that makes your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you’ll learn another setting, another tool, another trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. This isn’t a book of theory—it isn’t full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts: this is a book of which button to push, which setting to use, when to use them, and nearly two hundred of the most closely guarded photographic “tricks of the trade” to get you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos with your digital camera every time you press the shutter button.

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[singlepic=324,140,240,,left]The Digital Photography Book Volume 2 by Scott Kelby: A perfect follow-up to his first book, volume 2 Scott adds entirely new chapters packed with Plain English tips on using flash, shooting close up photography, travel photography, shooting people, and even how to build a studio from scratch, where he demystifies the process so anyone can start taking pro-quality portraits today! Plus, he’s got full chapters on his most requested topics, including loads of tips for landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and there’s an entire chapter devoted to sharing some of the pro’s secrets for making your photos look more professional, no matter what you’re shooting.

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[singlepic=325,140,240,,left]Light Science & Magic No, this isn’t a book by David Copperfield. 😉 What it is, is probably best photography book I’ve ever read! It’s all about light and how light works. It introduces a logical theory of photographic lighting so if you are starting out in photography you will learn how to predict results before setting up lights. This is not primarily a how-to book with only set examples for you to copy. Rather, Light: Science and Magic provides you with a comprehensive theory of the nature and principles of light to allow you to use lighting to express your own creativity. A must read but be warned that after a few beers, the content might turn into Chinese. 😉 I have the old black and white edition and I’ve seen the color edition and it blows me away! It’s on my “must buy” list.



[singlepic=326,140,240,,left]Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait by Michael Grecco: Michael shares the secrets of great portraits with photographers at every level, in Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait. Sections on cameras, illumination, film and digital, creativity and conceptualization, connecting with the subject, and having a point of view, plus intriguing case studies that show “how I got that picture,” make this book a resource photographers will use again and again through the years. Whether the subject is a star or a soccer mom, Grecco shows how to add artistry, drama, wit, humor, and personality to their portrait.

[singlepic=328,140,240,,left]Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson: For serious amateur photographers who already shoot perfectly focused, accurately exposed images but want to be more creative with a camera, here’s the book to consult. More than seventy techniques, both popular and less-familiar approaches, are covered in detail, including advanced exposure, bounced flash and candlelight, infrared, multiple images, soft-focus effects, unusual vantage points, zooming, and other carefully chosen ways to enhance photographs. The A-Z format make sit easy for readers to find a specific technique, and each one is explained in jargon-free language. Top Tips for each technique help readers achieve superb results, even on the first attempt.

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Inspirational Photo Books

[singlepic=327,140,240,,left]Through the Lens by National Geographic: For more than 100 years, National Geographic has set the standard for nature, culture, and wildlife photography. Now, in Through the Lens, 250 spectacular images—some famous, others rarely seen—are gathered in one lavish and beautiful volume. Through the Lens is divided into geographical regions—Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, and Oceans and Isles—with a special section devoted to space exploration. Each geographical section features an outstanding array of photographs that exemplifies the area’s unique people, wildlife, archaeology, culture, architecture, and environment, accompanied by brief but informative captions.

[singlepic=329,140,240,,left]Wide Angle by National Geographic: Spanning more than eleven decades, the images in Wide Angle are divided into twelve chapters, each depicting a unique geography—including East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Polar Regions. Each chapter is introduced by award-winning cultural writer and critic Ferdinand Protzman, whose essays accent the stunning photographs by renowned National Geographic photographers. Both essays and photographs carefully examine a region’s special qualities, creating unique character and its own special and unforgettable sense of place. In Wide Angle, National Geographic photographers have recorded the world’s places close up, in sweeping breadth, in depth, and over time.

Happy reading! 🙂

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