Which book to start from?

Updated on November 25, 2021 in Photography
17 on October 16, 2018

Hello, I’m writing this because i need an advice.

I want to invest some money in a book about photography. It is my first one. I don’t want a technical book  about ISO/aperture/shutterspeed, I already have a good understanding of exposure, camera settings and image post processing workflow. I also am an engineer so the technical side of the thing is not a problem. I want a book about the photography as an art, because I want to cultivate that aspect.

Which one should  I chose as the first one in your opinion?

 
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0 on October 22, 2018

Do you mean only like a photobook (like only pictures) or also with some kind of theory?

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0 on October 25, 2018

I bought a while back and is a great book 

The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs by David DuChemin

https://www.amazon.com/Visual-Toolbox-Lessons-Stronger-Photographs/dp/013408506X

He has a couple of other books that I want to buy. Also there’s Michael Freeman that has great books.

I hope that one of those are the one you’re looking for!!

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0 on December 2, 2018

Any photography book. Find the artists you like and buy their books. It is a preference, a personal taste. My favorite is William Klein. Others may not like his work so much. His work inspires me. You have the inter-webs at your fingertips. You can find work by so many amazing street photographers. When you find a style you like, buy their book. It encourages them to do more work and support their art.

Classic togs

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Robert Capa
  • Saul Leiter
  • Garry Winogrand

Contemporary togs

  • Eric Kim
  • Troy Holden
  • Alex Webb
  • Martin Parr

Specifically opinionated togs

  • John Free
  • Bruce Gilden
  • Chuck Jines 

This list is not a top list, nor is it complete list. It is a list of three contrasting types and genres of photographers. As an engineer, write a script using the google api to scrape search results. Use some ML to grade the quality of the output and find all the street togs in the world. When you are done, please cc me on the results 🙂

Best regards,
Chris

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0 on May 29, 2019

I think some of the youtube videos are better then books for a beginner. Here’s a good e-reader style book with embedded videos.

Stunning Digital Photography – Tony Northrup

He also has a ton of how to videos on youtube.

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