+1Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure" is one of the best.
Check out his other titles on Composition as well.
I just picked up hot shoe diaries on ebay, waiting for it to come in. Scott Kelby has a style that isn't for everyone. His humor may be annoying to some in his books. You may want to pick up a cope and read a few chapters in the bookstore before purchasing to see if you like his writing style first.Anything by Joe Mcnally- Hot shoe diares and the moment it clicks
Most things by Scott Kelby
I really like Kelby's books (now 3 of them). Very easy to understand, with short, brief, specific tips. You have to put up with his sense of humor (just skip the first 5 pages of any of his books).I actually saw Scott Kelby's site because I was cruising around amazon just checking to see what was out there and I really like his style of photography and saw his book "The Digital Photography Book"...seemed like a good book online. Has anyone around here used it?
I own volume I & II, and some of the tips are pretty helpful. It's written as if the reader already has a decent understanding of DSLR photography though. It offers more "tips and techniques" then explanations and understandings. So he does not explain what shutter speeds are and how it works with aperture, but he'll tell you exactly what shutter speed and apaerture you will need to get a specific type of shot.I actually saw Scott Kelby's site because I was cruising around amazon just checking to see what was out there and I really like his style of photography and saw his book "The Digital Photography Book"...seemed like a good book online. Has anyone around here used it?
I am curious as to why Freemans book would cause arguments.I'll second votes for Bryan Patterson's Understanding Exposure - it's top-drawer - but not for others of his books that have been recommended.
I'll also second votes for Joe McNally's two books, although his efforts to be funny in them wear thin at times. Moment It Clicks is an entertaining and inspirational insight into a pro shooter's challenges and his famously-creative approaches to them. Hot Shoe Diaries offers insights into getting great results using an array of compact flashes, especially if they're Nikon flashes supporting Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS).
Michael Freeman's book The Photographer's Eye is arguably (and there WILL be arguments! ) the best book around on composition and design in photographs. Content includes coverage of classical design "rules" and the elements within them, color, and the ways in which viewers perceptions can be shaped. Sometimes technical, always illuminated with plenty of examples.
Galen Rowell's books, especially The Inner Game of Outdoor Photography and his classic Mountain Light, continue to inspire even though they are primarilily (exclusively? I can't remember if Inner Game mentions digital.) film-based. Rowell is sometimes compared to Ansel Adams, and did stunning work with filters and careful planning that is still instructive for landscape photographers today.
Finally, Freeman Patterson's books, especially his classic Photography and the Art of Seeing, but they're all worth having.
"Bookstore?" Is that, like, a store that sells books? Of all of the above titles, perhaps only Bryan Patterson's book is a pretty sure bet in a typical bookstore, the rest range from "long-shots" to "guaranteed not in stock". Amazon sells all of them.