In the past several years photography has grown tremendously with more new photographers taking all sorts of new classes and reading the ever growing list of new books. Sites like Amazon.com's Photography Section has new books every month. With this abbundance comes the question, what to read.
I will post a list of my Photography Library here. Just because it's in my Library does not mean it's good or that I recomment it. I will make note or mention the better books and will over time review them.
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Light Science & Magic; Fourth EditionThis is by far the best lighting book I have ever read and probably the only lighting book a photographer would ever need except perhaps for a great subject specific book to the kind of lighting you require like a great book on Fashion Lighting that would give you insights on Industry trends, looks and faux pas.
Unlike most other lighting books, Light Science & Magic provides more than just set examples for photographers to follow. This book provides photographers with a comprehensive theory of the nature and principles and physics of light so that photographers will ‘understand’ lighting to allow individual photographers to use lighting to express their own creativity. With that understanding of light and with examples on how to light the most difficult subjects such as tricky surfaces, metal, glass, liquids, and extremes such as black-on-black and white-on-white, photographers will be equipped to tackle any lighting situation they may face.
This new Fourth Edition has more information specific for digital photographers, a brand new chapter on equipment, much more information on location lighting, and more on photographing people.
Authors: Fil Hunter, Steven Biver, Paul Fuqua
Publisher: Focal Press
Amazon Link: Light Science & Magic