Weekend Reads

Books have been piling up on my desk again, more than I can possibly cover.

Naturally I choose the ones that pop out at me—like Martin Evening’s Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers, which is recommended on Zoom Street. The “Missing Manual” series from O’Reilly is always a good bet, and Lesa Snider’s Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual is a must-have winner, packed with useful information. The same can be said for Windows 7 Annoyances by David A. Karp (O’Reilly). As nice as the new OS may be, it still has its quirks and buried features so this book should be on your desk. I’ve written my fair share about HDR but there’s still a lot of confusion on the subject. Thus, High Dynamic Range Digital Photography For Dummies by Robert Correll (Wiley) was inevitable and necessary. The author does a nice job of demystifying HDR and opens the technique up to everyone. BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like the Pros by Jim Miotke (Amphoto) is one of those books I could have used when I first picked up a camera. It’s loaded with shortcuts to tried & true techniques without the technical jargon. Wedding shooters have their own Joe McNally in Bob Davis whose new book Lights, Camera, Capture: Creative Lighting Techniques for Digital Photographers (Wiley) illuminates the mysterious realm of capturing the light. And finally there’s Contemporary Landscape Photography by Carl E. Heilman II (Amphoto)  which cuts to the chase and shows how to nab the landscape. This book will definitely inspire you to get out of the hammock and go off on location.