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Books recommended and reviewed by Keith Cooper

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The books further down the page 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.

Keith has also included other book reviews covering different aspects of photography and aimed at different levels of expertise.

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

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  • Book Review: Mastering ExposureBook Review: Mastering ExposureBook 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 ExposureBook Review: 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 DuskBook Review: From Dawn to DuskBook 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 Digital Zone System by R FisherBook Review The Digital Zone System by R FisherBook 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 DeWolfeBook Review B&W printing by George DeWolfeKeith Cooper reviews B&W printing by George DeWolfe - part of the Digital masters series. A 'guide to producing exhibition quality black and white prints'

Photography business related books

Some of Keith’s favourite books

These are older books that don’t have full reviews, but are still favourites on Keith’s bookshelves. Always worth looking out for in 2nd hand lists if you can’t find them new.

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 

The printThe Print

A classic from Ansel Adams.

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

ISBN: 0821221876
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.

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

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

ISBN: 1929685653

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 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

Photoshop Masking & Compositing

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

Photoshop Masking & Compositing (VOICES)

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