BluAlien PRO 2:34am, 4 September 2009
This Knowledge Base is a little different and I hope everyone will participate.

Basically it just what the title says; "What Photography/Photoshop/Post Processing Books Have You Read or Recommend?" Feel free to discuss photography/Photoshop/Post Processing books here also :)

Please include:

1) What type of book it is? (IE 35mm, digital, post processing, photoshop, lighting.. etc...)
2) Book Title.
3) Author of the book.
4) Explain how the book helped you.. Or why you would recommend the book to others.
BluAlien PRO Posted 8 years ago. Edited by BluAlien (admin) 7 years ago
Type: Photoshop/post process
Title: Layers The Complete Guide To Photoshop's Most Powerful Feature.
Author: Matt Kloskowski

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to better use Photoshop and how to better understand how layers work. I consider myself to be pretty good with photoshop (self taught) but I always wondered if there were other faster or better ways to do somethings that I already knew how to do. Well after getting this book and reading while following along with the examples in this book, I have to say that I am very happy with this book! It's awesome for the beginner to the advanced user.. It is also a great reference book for those who forget all the short cuts that they don't use very often.

The book setup is great and allows you download the example images so you can follow along with the chapters "lessons"

It will help you learn layers and what they are used for.. It is optimized for Photoshop CS3 but will work with older versions of Photoshop as well.. This book covers everything from basic layer stacking to adjustment layers and masking.... Great book! :)
digital kid2007 8 years ago
Hi BluAlien

Type: Photoshop/post process
Ttitle: The Photoshop CS2 book for digital photographers By Scott Kelby

Author: Scott Kelby

I got this book on strong reccomendation and i must say that it is very good and very helpful. It covers Adobe CS2 extensively with no subjects left untouched and even explains how some cameras and monitors need to be calibrated to help get the best from the programme. The book is very well written and is very user friendly too.

Although their are newer versions of Adobe, this book could still be applied to earlier versions and knows all the tips and tricks of the programme.
Mauro Luna Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Mauro Luna (member) 8 years ago
book-wise i own
Master's guide to Wedding photography by Marcus Bell
Master lighting guide by Christopher Grey.
Night & low light photography by Lee Frost (mostly film)
also Working with black & white by David Prakel (best book i have found regarding B&W)

For Photoshop and new techniques I tend to go to the book store and buy magazines like Practical photography, Digital camera, Digital photo, etc. Depending on what articles they have that interest me.

My next purchase is Hot Shoe Diaries, The: Big Light from Small Flashes by Joe McNally
digital kid2007 8 years ago
Hi Mauro Luna

I alsoread Practical photography, Digital camera, Digital photo.

All are very good magazines.
BluAlien PRO Posted 8 years ago. Edited by BluAlien (admin) 8 years ago
have you heard of Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting By: Fil Hunter?

You might want to check that out before getting Hot Shoe Diaries.. tho I haven't read either yet I have heard mixed things about Hot Shoe Diaries.. I've heard it's more of a nice picture book than a good lighting book..and it's highly based around Nikon's CLS system... altho I will probably get it one day too LOL

I think my next book will be the Light: Science and Magic

How is the Master's guide to Wedding photography?

Yes magazines can be a great source of information I've picked a couple up here and there but found that the ones I have read have too many ads in them for me to actually subscribe to them... I will have to check some of those that you listed out :)
Mauro Luna Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Mauro Luna (member) 8 years ago
I'll be sure to check it out before buying anything. Thanx.

About your question of the book, the Master's guide to Wedding photography was a great book. Marcus Bell went step by step what to do throughout the ceremony, and to what pay attention. Even explains why he chose each shot in the book.
A friend was getting married and didn't have a photographer, so i volunteered (even though i could only show up for 30 min), and i needed a book for a crash course on what to do and not to do. I went through a few books before picking this one. The fact that he almost never used flashes caught my attention even more.

Most of the wedding shots from the book are in his website below.
BluAlien PRO 7 years ago
Type: Photography

Title: Photo Idea Index

Author: Jim Krause

This is a nice little book to have when you need some inspiration.. There are some really nice ideas in this book.. This is not a "how to use your camera" book by any means it's more of a composition guide which covers all the classic basic rules (rule of 3rds, bad tangents, horizon lines.. ect.) It covers pretty much any subject you could think of and gives ides on basic lighting and tons of composition ideas and layouts! I found this book to be inspirational and anytime I feel blank and not knowing what to shoot this is one of the places I will turn for ideas.. all in all this is a great book to have in your library!
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