One of the best ways to make more money with microstock, traditional stock, or any kind of photography is to improve your photography skills. Maybe this sound incredibly obvious, but sometimes people just dive in and start taking pictures and never look back of consider how they might improve their skill. When you improve your skills, each picture you take is better and more likely to be accepted by microstock agencies. This also means less wasted time editing pictures that are rejected by the agencies. After your pictures are accepted, better pictures mean more sales, which means more money.

There are thousands of books on the topic of photography. Some are very broad and cover most aspects of photography. Some are very specific and cover only one specialized area, such as the use of lights. With so many books from which to choose, how do you find the really good ones. I have asked myself this question many times. I have talked with other photographers, read reviews, searched through discussion groups, and browsed through bookstores. Bsed on all of this, the following are what I consider to be some of the best books on photography techniques.

Understanding Exposure:
How to Shoot Great Photographs
with a Film or Digital Camera
by Bryan Peterson

For serious amateur photographers who already shoot perfectly focused, accurately exposed images but want to be more creative with a camera, here’s the book to consult. More than seventy techniques, both popular and less-familiar approaches, are covered in detail, including advanced exposure, bounced flash and candlelight, infrared, multiple images, soft-focus effects, unusual vantage points, zooming, and other carefully chosen ways to enhance photographs. The A-Z format make sit easy for readers to find a specific technique, and each one is explained in jargon-free language. Top Tips for each technique help readers achieve superb results, even on the first attempt.

Learning to See Creatively:
Design, Color & Composition
in Photography
by Bryan Peterson

Almost everyone can “see” in the conventional sense, but developing photographic vision takes practice. Learning to See Creatively helps photographers visualize their work, and the world, in a whole new light.

Now totally rewritten, revised, and expanded, this best-selling guide takes a radical approach to creativity. It explains how it is not some gift only for the “chosen few” but actually a skill that can be learned and applied. Using inventive photos from his own stunning portfolio, author and veteran photographer Bryan Peterson deconstructs creativity for photographers. He details the basic techniques that went into not only taking a particular photo, but also provides insights on how to improve upon it—helping readers avoid the visual pitfalls and technical dead ends that can lead to dull, uninventive photographs.

This revised edition features the latest information on digital photography and digital imaging software, as well as an all-new section on color as a design element. Learning to See Creatively is the definitive reference for any photographers looking for a fresh perspective on their work.

* New edition of a best-selling title
* Updated to include digital
* All new artwork, and a totally revised and expanded text
* All-new section on color as a design element
* Written by one of Amphoto’s bestselling authors

Light: Science and Magic:
An Introduction to
Photographic Lighting
by Fil Hunter, Steven Biver,
and Paul Fuqua

“The first book on photographic lighting that is worth using as a text. Light – Science and Magic is about principles, not cheap tricks or the authors’ portfolio.”
-Pete Christman, Savannah College of Art and Design.

“This revision is really an extraordinary accomplishment in offering a thorough understanding and application of lighting. The authors new approach, with updated illustrations and lessons makes for both a good read and great textbook. I would recommend this book for any lighting class, from basic to the most advanced course.”

-Dennis Keeley
Chair of Photography and Imaging
Art Center College of Design

National Geographic
Photography Field Guide:
Secrets to Making Great Pictures,
Second Edition
by Peter Burian and Bob Caputo

Written by two National Geographic writer/photographers, this fairly comprehensive introduction to taking photographs details basic equipment (cameras, lenses, and other gear), film, light, composition, exposure metering, electronic flash, subjects for 35mm photography, special situations (underwater and aerial photography), and computer imaging. But perhaps the most interesting and informative sections of the book are the profiles of Sam Abell, William Albert Allard, Annie Griffiths Belt, David Alan Harvey, James L. Stanfield, Michael Yamashita, and other notable photographers. The book concludes with helpful information on travel, photography publications, websites, and other resources. As one would expect, it is amply illustrated with exquisite, high-impact, color images made on location. This substantial book aimed at photographers looking for practical advice from the pros is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.
-Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The Art of Photographing Nature
by Martha Hill and Art Wolfe

The first how-to book by Art Wolfe, America’s most renowned nature photographer, written in collaboration with the former photography editor of Audubon magazine. Together, they help everyone from novice to experienced amateur to see like a photography professional. Full-color photographs.

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