Suggested Reading List
Bryan Peterson's Understanding Composition Field Guide: How to See and Photograph Images with Impact
Author: Bryan Peterson
Description: Learn to “see” more compelling images with this on-the-go field guide from Bryan Peterson!
What makes an image amazing? Believe it or not, it is not about the content. What makes a photo compelling is the arrangement of that content—in other words, its composition. The right composition gives your images impact and emotion; the wrong one leaves them flat. In this handy, take-anywhere guide, renowned photographer, instructor, and bestselling author Bryan Peterson frees amateur photographers from the prejudices of what is “beautiful” or “ugly” so that they can instead focus on color, line, light, and pattern. Get the tools you need to show your distinct voice and point of view in every image you shoot. With this guide in your camera bag, you’ll be equipped not only to “see” beautiful images but to successfully shoot them each and every time.
Complete Digital Photography
Author: Ben Long
Description: Whether you're new to digital photography or a seasoned shooter, this latest edition of Ben Long's popular guide is your one-stop resource for advice and clear how-to information on every aspect of digital photography, from shooting to postproduction to printing. COMPLETE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, SEVENTH EDITION starts with the basics; no prior knowledge of photography is needed. By the end of the book, you'll have a deep understanding of the art and technology of photography and be ready to tackle complex photographic challenges. Among the many essential elements of digital photography covered are: • Extensive details of the camera's controls. • In-depth tutorials on the ins and outs of exposure. • Detailed chapters on seeing, composition, and the "artistry" of photography. • Full instruction in how to craft a post-production workflow that works for you. • Tutorials on all the essentials of image editing, from raw processing to retouching. • Full coverage of printing and output. Photographer Ben Long brings his extensive experience to bear, helping you over conceptual hurdles and leading you to a clear understanding of how to take great photos. With this book in hand, you will master the equipment, the process, and the art of digital photography.
Understanding Digital Photography
Author: Bryan Peterson
Description: Using his popular bad image/good image pairings of real-life examples, Bryan Peterson takes the reader through all the techniques needed to succeed with digital photography in every popular genre: nature, people, sports, interiors, travel, low-light conditions, travel, weather, commercial portraits, macro, and wildlife—even how to use creative tricks such as reflections. As a bonus, Peterson explains, in straightforward text, the techniques of Photoshop as well as the basics of publishing, printing, and archiving and storing for personal or professional use. Full of great examples for beginners and serious photographers, Understanding Digital Photography makes it easy to create great digital pictures every time.
Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
Author: Bryan Peterson
Description: With more than 350,000 copies sold, Understanding Exposure has demystified the complex concepts of exposure for countless photographers. Now updated with current technologies, more than one hundred new images, and an all-new chapter, this new edition will inspire you more than ever to free yourself from “auto” and create the pictures you truly want.
In his trademark easy-to-understand style, author Bryan Peterson explains the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, including how to achieve successful exposures in seemingly difficult situations. You’ll learn:
• Which aperture gives you the greatest contrast and sharpness, and when to use it
• Which apertures guarantee the background remains an out-of-focus tone
• Which one aperture—when combined with the right lens—creates an area of sharpness from three feet to infinity
• How to creatively use shutter speed to either freeze an action or imply motion
• Where to take a meter reading when shooting a sunset, snow, or a city at dusk
With new information on white balance, flash, HDR, and more, this updated classic will inspire you to stop guessing and take control of your settings for better photos anytime, anywhere, and with any camera.