Book Shelf

Photographic Technique

Neil van Niekerk is a New Jersey wedding photographer and a master of flash. I’d recommend his Tangents blog – there are lots of educational articles (and pretty pictures too). Neil has two books: “On-Camera Flash Techniques for Wedding and Portrait Photography” and “Off-Camera Flash“. We’ve visited Neil for a training session – if we ever get the chance we’ll host something in Scotland.

Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers is a relatively new addition to my bookshelf – I went looking for a suitable reference book for one of my studio portraiture lighting class students and this appears to fit the bill. Very readable with good examples and diagrams.

I’ve had the previous edition of “Light Science and Magic” on the shelf for a while – probably under appreciated. This is definitely a great lighting reference (covering more than just portraiture).

Lighting for Portrait Photography
Lighting for Portrait Photography is worth owning as a reference on portrait lighting. It usefully contains lots of sample shots with different modifiers, so you can see the different effects on a similar shot.

Fashion Photography

Bruce’sFashion Photography” covers a lot of material – as much about the fashion business as about shooting.

The Fashion Photography Course: First Principles to Successful Shoot – the Essential Guide

Inspiration

Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision
Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images (Voices That Matter)
As well as being an inspirational photographer, David duChemin is a great writer and educator. David’s blog is well worth reading and you will also find a lot of his work in the Craft & Vision e-books
I own “Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision” and “Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images” (and the Craft & Vision e-books) – all highly recommended.

Lightroom and Photoshop

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers
My current favourite is Martin Evening’s “The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers“. It’s weighty and a mixture of technical reference and how-to – possibly not the easiest introduction for a Lightroom novice.

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers
An other good alternative is Scott Kelby’s “The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers“. I own the Lightroom 1 and 2 editions of the Kelby book, but I decided not to buy the latest edition (much preferring the more technical style of the Martin Evening book). Kelby has a very different style (which may not suit everyone).

Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: A professional image editor’s guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC
Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: A professional image editor’s guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC

Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop
Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop

The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)

Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom
Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom