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Books recommended and reviewed by Keith Cooper



These books are the personal recommendations of Keith Cooper (they are on his bookshelf and well thumbed)

They should be available at any good bookstore, so do have a look.

Old photography books from 2nd hand bookshops make up a fair bit of our book collection – just because it’s film doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from looking at good photos…

Publishers: Contact Keith if you’ve new and relevant titles you’d like considering for review

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  • Book Review: Masters of Drone Photography drone bookBook Review: Masters of Drone Photography. Collected photographs and commentary from specialist drone photography experts. Practical advice about mastering your own drone work.
  • Book Review: Mastering Macro Photography mastering-macro-cover-pageBook Review: Mastering Macro Photography by David Taylor. Equipment, lighting and technique for photographing small things
  • Book Review: Mastering Exposure mastering exposure bookBook Review: Mastering Exposure by David Taylor. Looking at the basic principles of photographic exposure, shutter, aperture and ISO. A great starting point for moving away from camera auto modes.
  • Book Review: Mastering Long Exposure Mastering Long ExposureBook Review: Mastering Long Exposure - A definitive guide for photographers by Antony Zacharias. Looking at uses for and the techniques needed for long exposure photography in any lighting conditions.
  • Book Review: From Dawn to Dusk dawn to dusk photo bookBook Review: 'From Dawn to Dusk' - Mastering the light in landscape photography, Technique and practice by Ross Hoddinott and Mark Bauer. The importance of planning and timing. Ammonite Press
  • Book Review: The photography exercise book photography exercise bookBook Review: The photography exercise book by Bert Krages. Training your eye to shoot like a pro. Subjects to study and photograph that will help train your photographic vision and produce the photos you want (and know why)
  • Book Review: Starting Your Career as a Freelance Photographer starting your freelance photo careerBook review: Starting Your Career as a Freelance Photographer (Tad Crawford, Chuck DeLaney) Just how do you run a photography business. What things do you need to address? How will you market and sell your services, and make your business last.
  • Book review – Marketing and promotion The Photographer's Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion by Maria PiscopoBook Review: The Photographer's Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion (Maria Piscopo) Reviewed by Keith Cooper, professional commercial photographer and author of many of our business related articles
  • Book Review The Digital Zone System by R Fisher digital zone systemBook Review: The Digital Zone System: Taking Control from Capture to Print by by Robert Fisher. Applying the zone system to digital photography
  • Book Review B&W printing by George DeWolfe bw printingKeith Cooper reviews B&W printing by George DeWolfe - part of the Digital masters series. A 'guide to producing exhibition quality black and white prints'
  • Book Review On Being a Photographer on being a photographerKeith Cooper reviews the book 'On Being a Photographer: A Practical Guide' by Bill Jay and David Hurn ISBN-13: 978-1888803068
  • Book Review Make money with your digital photography Erin Manning mmwdp - erin manningKeith Cooper reviews Make money with your digital photography by Erin Manning, a comprehensive guide and introduction to the business of photography

Some of Keith’s favourite books

Black and white landscapesLandscapes

A marvellous book by Terry Hope, that brings together a collection of works by different photographers with their own comments.

Read it and you will soon be reaching for the camera…

ISBN: 2880464803 (UK edition)
ISBN: 1883403685 (US edition)

Landscapes 
Landscapes 

The printThe Print

A classic from Ansel Adams.

Many techniques and concepts are applicable to the production of digital images.

ISBN: 0821221876

The Print 
The Print 

Photoshop for Photographers – Martin Evening

APFPLearn many of the features of Photoshop — written from a photographer’s perspective. Comprehensive and clearly written. The section on colour management (valid even for black and white) is particularly clear in its coverage of an area that many find mysterious. Includes CD with additional material.

There are versions from Photoshop 6 through to CC and I think I’ve many on the bookshelf.

Adobe Photoshop 6.0 for Photographers 
Adobe Photoshop 6.0 for Photographers 

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for Photographers 
Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for Photographers 

Adobe Photoshop CS for Photographers 
Adobe Photoshop CS for Photographers 

Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers 
Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers 
Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers 

A Tree, a Blade of Grass

Collection of colour photographs by Shinzo Maeda. Images of the Japanese landscape.

It’s a book that I never tire of just picking up and browsing. I really do look forward to visiting Japan one day…

ISBN: 3822896551

A Tree, a Blade of Grass 
A Tree, a Blade of Grass 

Digital printsMastering Digital Printing

“The Photographer’s and Artist’s Guide to High-Quality Digital Output” An extremely comprehensive guide to what can be achieved in the digital realm. Covers all the major technologies and techniques. Excellent choice for both amateurs and pros alike.

By Harald Johnson (who runs the useful dpandi site).

ISBN: 1929685653

Mastering Digital Printing 
Mastering Digital Printing 

Mastering Digital Printing  2nd Edition
Mastering Digital Printing  2nd Edition

Real World Colour Management

Color Management bookI often get asked for suggestions about learning more about the nuts and bolts of Colour Management.

My usual suggestion is Bruce Fraser’s Real World Colour Management.

My own copy is well thumbed. It’s my first port of call if I’m asked a question and I feel I don’t quite understand an issue well enough to be absolutely sure of an answer.

Real World Color Management 
Real World Color Management 

Real World Color Management  2nd Edition
Real World Color Management  2nd Edition

Real World Camera Raw

Very thorough look at what you can do with the Adobe Raw Importer in Photoshop CS. Includes lots of info on how to automate raw processing, and getting the best from any particular image.

By Bruce Fraser (who is much missed)

ISBN: 032127878X

Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop 
Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop 

Real World Camera Raw with Photoshop CS2 
Real World Camera Raw with Photoshop CS2 

Real World Camera Raw with Photoshop CS3 
Real World Camera Raw with Photoshop CS3 

Photoshop Masking & Compositing

Possibly ‘the’ book on masking. An essential element of much photo manipulation.

Photoshop Masking Compositing (Voices That Matter)
Photoshop Masking & Compositing (VOICES)


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