• Foto Ruta’s Top 5 Reads for Photographers

    Foto Ruta’s Top 5 Reads for Photographers

     

    There’s an ever expanding literature online and in paper around digital photography and it can be difficult keeping up. At our weekly Foto-Ruta’s we often get questions about what guides and books are useful when expanding your experience and knowledge in photography. Well, other than hitting the streets with your camera, which we think is the best teacher out there ( afterall, your first 10,000 photographs are the worst ), we do have a few tangible and digestible recommended reads we think you’ll like:

    1). The Photographer’s Mind: How to see and shoot better digital photos. Author Michael Freeman.

    The source of any photograph is not the camera or even the scene viewed through the viewfinder–it is the mind of the photographer: this is where an image is created before it is committed to a memory card or film. In The Photographer’s Mind, the follow-up to the international bestseller, The Photographer’s Eye, photographer and author Michael Freeman unravels the mystery behind the creation of a photograph.

    The nature of photography demands that the viewer constantly be intrigued and surprised by new imagery and different interpretations, more so than in any other art form. The aim of this book is to answer what makes a photograph great, and to explore the ways that top photographers achieve this goal time and time again.

    As you delve deeper into this subject, The Photographer’s Mind will provide you with invaluable knowledge on avoiding cliché, the cyclical nature of fashion, style and mannerism, light, and even how to handle the unexpected.

    Purchase digitally or as paperback online.

    2). Street Photography Now. Authors Sophie Howarth & Stephen McLaren

    Forty-six contemporary image-makers who are noted for their candid depictions of life on the streets and in the subways, at shopping malls and movie theaters, on beaches and in parks.

    Included are luminaries such as Magnum members Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr, and Alex Webb (who are still “seeing what is invisible to others,” as Robert Frank put it), along with an international group of emerging photographers whose individual biographies illuminate the stories behind their pictures of New York, Tokyo, Delhi, or Dakar.

    Four thought-provoking essays and a global conversation between leading street photographers explore the compelling and often controversial issues in the genre. A select bibliography and a resource section for aspiring street photographers complete the book.

    300+ full-color photographs

    Purchase digitally or as paperback online.

    3). Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It: Learn Step by Step How to Go from Empty Studio to Finished Image. Author Scott Kelby

    Scott Kelby has reinvented how lighting books are written by finally revealing the entire process from start to finish. You see everything from the complete lighting setup (and all the gear used), to the shoot (including all the camera settings and a contact sheet of the progression of the shoot), to the all-important part that most books don’t dare include–the post-processing and retouching in Photoshop. This book also breaks new ground in the visual way it teaches you the lighting setup. There aren’t any sketches or 3D models–you see the lighting layout in a full-page photo, taken from above during the live shoot, so you can see exactly where everything’s positioned (the subject, the photographer, the lighting, the background–you name it–you see it all). Plus, you’ll see side, over-the-shoulder, and more behind-the-scenes views, so you can absolutely nail the lighting every time.

    Purchase digitally or as paperback online

    4.) The Art of iPhoneography: A Guide to Mobile Creativity. Author Stephanie Roberts

    The world’s most popular cameras today are the ones on a cell phone–and this guide will help iPhone owners get the best photos possible from their equipment. Not only does The Art of iPhoneography explain how to choose, load, and use the best of the apps, it also focuses on the specific techniques that define this genre of picture-taking, and the skills photographers need to develop their creative “i.”

    Purchase digitally or as paperback online

    5.) The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers. By Adobe

    While Adobe Photoshop has long been their choice for editing digital photographs, many photographers want a more focused tool. That’s where Adobe Photoshop Lightroom comes in. Designed from the ground up with digital photographers in mind, Photoshop Lightroom offers powerful editing features in a streamlined interface that lets photographers import, sort, and organize images. TheAdobe Photoshop Lightroom Book was also written with photographers in mind. Best-selling author Martin Evening describes Photoshop Lightroom’s features in detail from a photographer’s perspective. As an established commercial and fashion photographer, martin knows firsthand what photographers need for  an efficient workflow. He’s also been working with Photoshop Lightroom from the beginning, monitoring the product’s development and providing feedback on the public beta. As a result, Martin knows the software inside and out, from image selection to image editing to image management.

    Purchase digitally or as paperback online.

3Comments
  • Posted by Robert on November 28, 2011 at 03:22

    Saw your blog profiled on the BBC website and have added your site to our Argentina page. Would love to do this in Buenos Aires when I finally get to visit the city – maybe if you get to Auckland you can do one here. Robert

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    • Posted by jossandbecky on December 7, 2011 at 23:13
      in reply to Robert

      Thanks so much Robert! Yes, you must come to BA one day and try it out… we’d love to do an Auckland Foto Ruta!

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  • Posted by Caren on June 24, 2012 at 19:56

    Will be in BA next week. My husband is a photographer who speaks Mexican Spanish. Love your site. Great ideas.

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