Thursday, April 10, 2008

Five photography books on my Amazon wishlist...

As a result of having a child and obtaining this obsession with scrapbooking, a natural result (at least I tell myself it's natural) is that I have a growing interest in improving my photography.

I have read several photography-related books in the past couple of years, yet, somehow, my wishlist keeps getting longer instead of shorter!!

Here are 5 photography books currently on my wishlist:

  1. Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera by Bryan Peterson - Exposure is something I can definitely say that have do not really have a good handle on...I usually just let my camera choose, so I'd like to learn more and from what I've heard, this book is a great guide.
  2. Professional Children's Portrait Photography: Techniques and Images from Master Photographers by Lou Jacobs - "Blending advice with example images, this guidebook marshals the wisdom and experience of 15 seasoned professionals to present a comprehensive resource on one of the most challenging subfields in the portrait-photography genre." (taken from book description) All I know is that photographing Kaitlin can certainly be challenging sometimes and any pro tips would be great!
  3. Complete Digital Photography, Fourth Edition by Ben Long - I've been shooting digital for quite some time, but I have been letting my camera do most the work. From the description and reviews, I am hoping that this book could help me to step over into the manual world a little more comfortably.
  4. Capture the Portrait: How to Create Great Digital Photos by Jenni Bidner - This book isn't even released yet, but I liked the cover (yes, I tend to be a cover judger...sorry), so I'll be watching Amazon for more details in the future.
  5. The Moment It Clicks: Photography secrets from one of the world's top shooters by Joe McNally - "The first book with one foot on the coffee table, and one foot in the classroom." (taken from book description) What can I say...I LOVE book with pretty pictures. It also helps that this book comes highly recommended by Scott Kelby, whose books I love.
If any of you have or have read any of these books, I would love to hear your opinion on them. Should they stay on my wishlist? Do you have others that you would recommend in addition to these or instead of any the above listed books??

Here are a few photography-related books I have reviewed on this blog in the past:

  1. The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby

  2. Photo Idea Index by Jim Krause

  3. Expressions: Taking Extraordinary Photos for Your Scrapbooks and Memory Art by Allison Tyler Jones

Here are a couple photography-related books that I have on my book shelf from before my reviewing days:

  1. Photographing Children and Babies: How to Take Great Pictures by Michal Heron

  2. Creating Keepsakes: Photography for Scrapbookers by Tracy White

Note on preorders: You might have noticed that I listed a book above that isn't even available yet and wanted to make sure that you were aware of one VERY neat feature at Another way to save even more money by buying your books through is to PREORDER your books through On most preorder books, you will see a "Special Offers Available" link just below the price info. The special offer is that if you preorder the book, you will receive an additional 5% off at checkout. Also, if the price decreases between your order time and release date, you'll receive the lowest price as well as the 5% pre-order discount. Pretty good deal, I'd say!

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