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Discussion in 'General flash photography, lighting, and technique' started by Wolfie, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. Wolfie


    Jun 16, 2008
    Hazel Green, AL
    Hey all,

    First off I'd like to apologize if this is a repeated thread. I remember seeing it somewhere but I can't find it anymore.

    I'm looking for any recommendations for reading material for improving my technique and increase my understanding the fundamentals of photography. I remember passing by a thread similar to this and remember people talking about Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. There were other recommendations - books, sites, classes, workshops, etc but I can't remember them.

    Anyone have any other recommendations for me?
  2. RichNY

    RichNY Guest

    Have you already read Understanding Exposure and if so what area of photography do you wish to learn more about?
  3. CougarWilbur

    CougarWilbur Guest

    Be sure to hit your local library, non-fiction, right around 775 DDS#.

    Learning Ansel Adams' Zone System would be valuable. Check Amazon.

    Check Here for just about the best books on using Adobe Photoshop products.

    You can get free, open license image manipulating software (GIMP 2.4) here. Amazon also has instruction books for Gimp software and there are several online sources for tutorials, just search on GIMP 2.4.

    Oh, you might want to pickup a copy of Bryan Petersons 'How To See Creatively' while you're getting 'Understanding Exposure'.

    Here's 40 rules for good portraiture.

    That should get you off to a good start. Enjoy!
  4. CougarWilbur

    CougarWilbur Guest

    Look at these too when you get a chance:

    DIYPhotography.com (Make some of your own gear)
    MPix.com (Check out the Forums. Good lab too, I use them weekly.)
    Strobist.blogspot.com (Off-Camera Lighting Tech)

    There will be a quiz 7/29. :) 
  5. Wolfie


    Jun 16, 2008
    Hazel Green, AL
    Thanks for the advice. I'm going to pick up my own copy of understanding exposure soon. didn't know about the other book.

    I read kenrockwell.com daily lol. good stuff. and i'll be sure to check out the other leads. Thanks everyone!
  6. Wolfie


    Jun 16, 2008
    Hazel Green, AL
    All sorts it seems, anything thats there to shoot i most probably will. lol. Landscape, Still Life, Wildlife(maybe in my dreams lol those lenses are expensive!), people, portraits, etc.

    plus there's my siblings soccar games to consider.
  7. Try this thread. It's a good read, and may give you an idea about satisfying your interest in wildlife and sports...

    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 15, 2017
  8. doobes


    Aug 15, 2006
    Reston, VA

    It's http://www.diyphotography.net The one mentioned has one of those cheesy placeholders which are becoming oh so common.
  9. Wolfie


    Jun 16, 2008
    Hazel Green, AL

    Thanks for that, i was wondering why the other site was kinda...whats the word... lacking?

    Thanks again!
  10. timzilla

    timzilla Guest

    I'm kind of in the same boat you are in as far as wanting to learn more about photography. I've ordered some books that people recommended to me and they should be arriving soon:

    The Digital Photography Book - Scott Kelby
    The Moment it Clicks - Joe McNally
    Setting up your Shots - Joe Vineyard
    ....and of course Understanding Exposures

    I think the Kelby book is more about camera basics while the ones by McNally and Vineyard are more about composing your shots (which Im really psyched about getting my hands on). The one by Vineyard is also heavily recommended by Strobist.

    Before I ordered them I checked out the reviews on amazon and they all did pretty well so Im excited for their arrival. :biggrin:

    Well I hope that helps!
  11. Wolfie


    Jun 16, 2008
    Hazel Green, AL
    lol, i know what other books i'm picking up when i get Understanding Exposure! :tongue:
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