In addition to getting out and taking a bunch of photographs whenever I can I've been reading a few photography books. There are many, many books on photography covering nearly every aspect of the hobby/profession/art (depending how you approach the act of taking pictures). Many people say that nothing beats actually getting out with your camera and taking photographs but I disagree with that philosophy to some extent. Books are a great way to learn the basics, expand your skills or pick a master photographer's brain without paying for the individual instruction.
Since I'm new to "serious" photography I know that I need to learn the basic skills of photography as well as know enough about my Canon EOS Rebel T3i digital SLR to be dangerous :-) With that in mind I am currently reading books that should get me headed down the right path.
Here's what's on my nightstand right now:
David Busch's Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D Guide to Digital SLR Photography.Since I purchased the Canon DSLR I figured I'd better learn as much as possible about it, That's where this book comes in. There's over 400 pages in the book, covering absolutely every feature of the camera. The book is well organized and written in a fairly "non-technical" way. The author (David Busch) has done a number of these guides for many of the popular cameras so you might want to check out his books if you have (or get) a new camera.
Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera- This book is one that came highly recommended so I picked up a copy. Bryan Peterson has written a number of photographic instruction books and has a large following in the photography community. The book focuses on the very important subject of exposure. After an introduction to the subject of exposure Bryan explains the three components of proper exposure-Aperture, Shutter peed and Light. I'm just about done with this book and I can highly recommend it!
Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography- Brenda Tharp is the author of this book that goes in-depth into outdoor/nature photography. I think that my preference will be for this type of photography so I bought this book to help me take the best pictures I can. I've just started reading the book but so far I'm impressed. The book is structured to help you "see" better and construct creative compositions in your photography using your camera.
Once I finish the three books listed above, I have a few more on my "to read" list:
The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos- Michael Freeman is the author of this book on developing your "eye" or vision while using a camera. Creatively looking at a scene seems like it will be one of the more challenging aspects of photography for me. I'm looking forward to this book helping me improve.
David Busch's Compact Field Guide for the Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D- The field guide is the portable version of the full guide I'm currently reading.
The Camera (Ansel Adams Photography Series)- Since I want to take great outdoor photographs, why not learn from one of the masters? I'm looking forward to reading the book, which is part of a series.
There are so many other great photography books out there that I'm sure that I (or you) will never run out of things to read and learn from. If you're interested in finding some additional books to read, check out all the Photography books on Amazon
What photography books are you reading? Do you have any suggestions for others? Let the world know about it in the comments!