"Photography" The Very Best In "How To" November 28 2009, 0 Comments

There are indeed a variety of “How To” books on every imaginable subject out there. Photography is no exception. If you want to know how to use Photoshop, Lightroom or any other variety of software, there are a number of books you can buy. If you want to know how to shoot portraits, landscape, sports, there are books galore. But other than a handful of books put out by Ansel Adams and the Photoshop people, I found nearly all of them to be pretty useless for one very important reason; they do not teach principles of light. Understanding and implementing the principles of light are what separate successful photographers from all the rest.

The Rochester Institute of Technology, renowned for their programs in photography, has been using an updated edition of the same book to teach the basics of photography for more than 30 years. The book, Photography, by Upton and Upton has been revised to its’ latest ninth edition. Upton and Upton are now London and Upton. The book has seen major changes over the years in order to stay current with technology. But the fundamentals of the book remain what they were thirty years ago; a blessing for those serious about working in the field of photography.

This text has several chapters that are the vital to understanding light, and therefore, photography. Chapter 1 provides some fine “getting started” information. Holding the camera, photographic topics, and basic vocabulary are discussed.

Chapters 2, 3 and 5 cover aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, focal length and exposure. These topics are the heart and soul of photography. Integrating your knowledge of these topics with a creative eye will help you to create your own photographic style. Chapters 9 and 12 on color and lighting could be two courses all by themselves. They are as necessary as the previous chapters for successfully capturing professional images.

While all of the additional information on digital technology in the text will keep you current, without the information on the principles of photography, it is like having a car without the engine. Principles of photography are the beginning and the end of your photograph. This text can help you weed through the piles of information available. It will put you on the right track to being the best photographer you can be.