The online/written resource that boosted your photography

Discussion in 'Education' started by antonello_corsi, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Hello,
    I was wondering if you have ever had the experience to stumble upon a photography resource (book, movie, online resource, etc etc) that has enabled you a change for the better.
    I know that most of the improvement are caused by a person (a teacher, a friend, etc etc) but I would like to know if anyone else had a different experience.
    Thank you very much
     
  2. It will be interesting to see how people respond to this question as there are so many different places to learn about photography. One that pops into my head is the B&H master photography videos on YouTube. They cover a multitude of topics from shooting in the dark and getting started in wedding photography to Speedlites and macro photography. Best of all: Everything is free to watch and learn. Some of these videos have covered things I already know, others remind me of things I've forgotten and some teach me completely new skills and ways of approaching photography. And in case anyone is wondering ... no, I don't have anything to do with B&H.
     
    • http://www.adobe.com/digitalimag/pdfs/understanding_digitalrawcapture.pdf
    • https://www.adobe.com/digitalimag/pdfs/linear_gamma.pdf
    • "Real World Camera Raw" by Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe
    • "Real World Image Sharpening" by Bruce Fraser
    • "Real World Color Management" by Bruce Fraser, et al. (I can't remember all the authors).
    These there articles and books were instrumental in helping me understand the characteristics of digital imaging so I could use my camera and post-processing tools to get the results I wanted.
     
  3. This book helped me with my manual flash photography and flash photography in general. I had since the 1990's but did not get around to reading it until 20 years later.
    http://www.amazon.com/Electronic-Flash-Petersens-Photographic-Library/dp/B01BN7206U
     
  4. Pictures and comments by the great Christian Science Monitor newspaper photographer, Gordon Converse (link).

    His use of natural light and avoidance of flash was a beau ideal for me, especially, and had a pioneer character in photojournalism (contrast Weegee).
     
  5. Going to museums and looking at paintings has taught me a lot about subject matter, narrative, composition, color, texture, and artistic sensibility and approach.

    Old black and white classic movies have taught me to see and think cinematically, which has inspired and helped my photography.
     
  6. Tony Parsons

    Tony Parsons Norfolk and Good

    The two books that really started me off in photography were :

    The Art Of Bird Photography, by Eric J. Hosking & Cyril W. Newberry

    and

    Bird Photography as a Hobby,

    by the same authors. The principles in these two books can be applied to all kinds of photography, and the appeal to me was that their approach was oriented towards the subject, not the equipment.
     

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