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I love books. I’m always recommending books to people when I’m asked about how I did this or that when it comes to most things and photography is no different. In my own opinion, everyone should have a library, and photographers should have these books on their shelves. From top to bottom, the following books are displayed:
1. Nikon D200 by David D. Busch. Reading the manual is definitely something you should do. Having a book or two about your camera that goes beyond the manual and brings some of the concepts and capabilities of the camera together in a easier presented manner is good stuff and the reason why I picked up this book.
2. Nikon Creative Lighting System by J. Dennis Thomas. I’m a huge fan of Nikon Creative Lighting System, it is an amazing feature that can only be achieved by using Nikon speedlights. So buy your respective camera’s recommended speedlight, you won’t regret the additional features you get. I know I love my SB-700 and SB-910.
3. Layers by Matt Kloskowski. Buy this book if you are just starting out with Photoshop regardless of which version you have. I can’t say it enough, you have to have a strong understanding of layers within Photoshop to achieve the results you want. The concepts of layers is absolutely essential foundation of learning more advanced concepts within Photoshop.
4. Sketching Light by Joe McNally. Buy anything that Joe McNally writes or produces, he’s a master photographer!
5. Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It by Scott Kelby. If you want to learn the ins and outs about strobes, this is a good place to start.
6. Going Pro by Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen. So you want to be a professional photograph. This book will help you with the transition.
7. Photoshop: Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers. Very nice editing concepts are discussed in this book.
8. Nudes by Marc Baptiste. If you are going to photograph people, you better start studying anatomy, and other photographers who know how to shoot the human form in artistic ways.
Please share some of your favorite photography books with me. I’d like to know what you’d recommend to other photographers to read.