5 Digital Photography Books That Can Help You Improve Your Camera Skills
Updated: Jan 15
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You may be new to digital photography like I was 2 years ago. You may not know how to start. Trust me. It can be very daunting. However, we are provided with a wealth of knowledge from experts who have been exposed to the photography field for many years. We can learn from experts in the field, even if we claim to be an expert. There have been subjects I have specialized in for years and still keep learning new things on a daily basis. In this article, I introduce 5 digital photography books that can aid in boosting your skill set in photography.
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1. HOW TO CREATE STUNNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
The first book is entitled How to Create Stunning Digital Photography by Tony Northrup. Since 2012, Tony Northrup’s book has been regarded the top selling photography ebook. Northrup helpfully includes over 9 hours of video training and free video training in his ebook package. Northrup skillfully teaches his readers about the science and art of creating amazing photos.
Specifically, Northrup teaches the following 15 basic concepts as it relates to photography: (1) Night photography, (2) Close up photography, (3) ISO, (4) Composition, (5) Flash, (6) Aperture, (7) HDR, (8) Nature Light, (9) Depth of field, (10) Trouble shooting bad photos, (11) Posing, (12) Shutter speed, (13) Using raw files, (14) Exposure, and (15) Studio lighting.
Furthermore, author Northrup shows his readers how to take photos of subjects such as stars, fireworks, flowers, plants, trees, and so forth. Read more...
2. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPLETE COURSE: LEARNING EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW IN 20 WEEKS
The second book is entitled Digital Photography Complete Course: Learning Everything you need to know in 20 weeks. This comprehensive step by step digital photography course is broken up in 20 weeks. During this time, the author helpfully offers incredible images, practical illustrations and assignments about photography that aid in significantly enhancing a person’s photography skills. A person will be able to create portraits, action shots, and landscapes.
Specifically, the 20 weeks is organized as follows: Week 1: Making your first photos; Week 2: Focusing; Week 3: Using Shooting Modes; Week 4: Getting the Right Exposure; Week 5: Achieving the Right Contrast; Week 6: Using Depth of Field; Week 7: Lenses; Week 8: Wide Angle lenses; Week 9: Telephoto Lenses; Week 10: Taking Close Up Photos; Week 11: Conveying Movement; Week 12: How to Compose; Week 13: Compose like an expert; Week 14: Lessons in Color; Week 15: The Color of Light; Week 16: Using Natural Light; Week 17: Working with Flash; Week 18: Working in Low Light; Week 19: Black and White; Week 20: Working on a Project. Read more...
3. BEGINNER'S PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE: THE ULTIMATE STEP-BY-STEP MANUAL FOR GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA
The third book is entitled The Beginner’s Photography Guide: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Manual for Getting the Most From Your Digital Camera. The Beginner’s Photography guide is an excellent book for learning about photography. It is designed for novice people who are just starting out and are seeking a strong foundation in photography. The author begins the book with a discussion about equipment. Next, he explains the exposure, focusing, lenses, available light, flash, and image enhancement. Throughout the book, the author provides many helpful practical exercises that will help the user improve in his/her photography skills. This book completely revolutionizes the world of digital photography for the reader. Read more.
4. UNDERSTANDING EXPOSURE: HOW TO SHOOT GREAT PHOTO WITH ANY CAMERA
The fourth book is entitled Understanding Exposure: How To Shoot Great Photos With Any Camera. In this book, author Bryan Peterson explains six important topics: (1) Defining Exposure, (2) Aperture, (3) Shutter speed, (4) Light, (5) Special techniques, and (6) Electronic flash. In chapter 1 on exposure, Peterson defines exposure, introduces the photography triangle, discusses six correct exposures, white balance, and the heart of the triangle. Chapter 2 concentrates on aperture, its definition, isolation and single theme apertures, and storytelling apertures. Chapter 3 delineates the pertinence of shutter speed, the panning, freezing motion, implying motion, the depth of the field, and the right shutter speed for the subject. Chapter 4 focuses on the importance of light, front light, best light, sidelight, backlight, overcast frontlight, the gray card, flashlights, and starlight, exposure meters, and much more. Furthermore, chapter 5 examines polarizing filters, multiple exposures, and graduated neutral density filters. Chapter 6 covers the photographic triangle and flash, the dangers of becoming a flashaholic, powering down the flash, wireless flash, and so forth. Read more...
4. MASTERING APERTURE, SHUTTER SPEED, ISO, AND EXPOSURE
The fifth book is entitled Mastering aperture, shutter speed, iso, and exposure by AL Judge. Author Judge breaks his book into 5 chapters. He introduces the book by defining certain photography terms such as aperture, f-stops, depth of field, proper exposure, and so forth. Chapter 1 focuses on how to understand ISO. Chapter 2 helps the reader understand aperture, the focal length, aperture settings, examples of depth of field, and pinhole cameras. In Chapter 3, Judge articulates shutter speed, light painting, panning, freeze action, portray motion, city lights at night, making people disappear, and lightning. Additionally, chapter 4 concentrates on proper exposure, gaging proper exposure, histograms, exposure zones, and high dynamic range images. Chapter 5 discusses the best way to set exposure, histogram examples, the exposure triangle in action, incident versus reflected light, and the pertinence of adjusting light. Read more...
Whether you purchase all of these books or just one of them, you should be able to successfully gain a wealth of knowledge in the world of photography. In fact, these books should alter your outlook of photography and aid in pointing you in the right direction of expert photography if you have not already reached that point. Mastering the techniques explicated in the books can be time consuming; conversely, all of the effort you invest in honing your photography skills will pay off in the long run.