Inspiring Photography Books

Gain some inspiration for the Bloomfield Township Public Library’s Photo Contest with these great selections!

The advanced photography guide : expert techniques to take your digital photography to the next level / David Taylor – Practical advice, equipment, and settings checklists, plus inspirational and instructive images for photographers with a basic technical grounding and level of experience who would like to take their digital photography skills and technique a step further.  You’ll discover how to compose shots better, use simple framing and cropping techniques effectively, and explore light and shadow to create maximum impact. Packed with practical advice, handy equipment and settings checklists, and hundreds of inspirational and instructive images, The Advanced Photography Guide gives you the know-how and confidence to produce truly stunning images and develop your own style.

The beginner’s photography guide : [the ultimate step-by-step manual for getting the most from your digital camera] / [written by Chris Gatcum] – Easy-to-follow sequences help you master your camera controls to create stunning images. Each technique, from the basics of focusing to creating eye-catching effects, is shown in step-by-step detail. User-friendly icon panels provide an at-a-glance checklist of the camera settings used for each technique, while comparison panels show how slight adjustments can lead to very different results. Feature boxes offer advice on how the techniques can be applied to different subjects and situations. Full of practical advice and hundreds of beautiful images, this is the ideal starting point for your journey into digital photography.

Creative photography lab : 52 fun exercises for developing self expression with your camera, with six mixed-media projects by Carla Sonheim / by Steve Sonheim with Carla Sonheim – Collects photography exercises that can be completed with any type of camera, including tutorials that focus on such topics as reflections, backlighting, tension, portraiture, and shadows.

Digital photography / Tom Ang – Looks at the digital technology that has transformed the photographic medium and offers the latest information on equipment, software, and accessories, including a guide to technique, design, lighting, digital image manipulation, and composition.

Digital photography complete course : learn everything you need to know in 20 weeks / written by David Taylor, Tracy Hallett, Paul Lowe, Paul Sanders – The Digital Photography Complete Course is the perfect one-on-one learning program for any aspiring photographer. This modular 20-week course guides you through every aspect of digital photography, using a combination of tutorials, step-by-step photo shoots, practical assignments and fun Q&As. Demystify digital photography and build your photography skills with comprehensive guides on everything you need to know, from conveying movement and using natural light, to understanding exposure and mastering composition. This book will help you to understand and use your camera to its full potential so that you don’t just take good pictures – you take great ones.

The digital photography book. Part 5, Photo recipes : the step-by-step secrets for how to make your photos look like the pros! / Scott Kelby – The author breaks each spread into four segments: (1) he explains exactly what you’re seeing behind the scenes, (2) he lists all of his camera settings, and lens and lighting info–it’s all there, (3) he gives you his thought process, so you learn exactly why he does it this way, and (4) he shares all the post-processing in Lightroom or Photoshop that goes on after the shoot.

Photography / [by] Suzie Hubbard – Introduces readers to the tools, techniques, and knowledge needed to become masterful photographers.

The smart phone photography guide : shoot, edit, experiment, share / Peter Cope – Thanks to our smartphones, we’ve all become camera-carrying photographers, able to snap a photo whenever and wherever we want. But how can we realize the full potential of this powerful tool? Complete with “Pro Tips,” “Try This” panels, jargon-buster explanations of technical terms, and advice on video settings, this smart guide will help you take, create, manipulate, and share your phone images like an expert.

Capture the Light. Capture the Shadows. Enter the Bloomfield Township Public Library’s Photo Contest!

Inspired by the way a black and white photo relies on composition, texture, and contrast, this year’s theme asks photographers to explore light and shadow. For inspiration, think of a moonlit night, penguins, zebras, or perhaps contrasting moods of melancholy and joy. Photographs can be either color or black and white.

The Photo Contest runs through March 17. For more information, pick up a brochure from the library, or follow the Photo Contest link to sign up.

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