Teach Yourself Photography

Are you new to the art and science of photography? Or maybe you’re a seasoned photographer looking for your next great read. Either way you’re bound to benefit from Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide (ISBN: 978-0-8174-3225-6).

In this all-in-one field guide, Mr. Peterson has distilled all the pertinent information from his other best-selling books. These books include Learning to See Creatively, Understanding Exposure, Understanding Digital Photography, Beyond Portraiture, Understanding Shutter Speed, and Understanding Close-up Photography.

Now you can purchase the above-mentioned books separately ($26 USD each) and it would be money well spent, but why spend $156 for all six books when you can get the same information in the field guide for $25. Moral of the story: buy the field guide and get more bang for your buck.

Some of you may be wondering if this is a plug for Mr. Peterson. You bet it is, but I’m not receiving any remuneration for this post. I simply want to share with you some information that has benefited me tremendously, and hope that it will benefit you too.

I believe Mr. Peterson’s books are worth their weight in gold. His photography is awe-inspiring, but what makes him so special is his easy-to-understand teaching style, and his ability to break down seemingly complex concepts into simple ideas. Read the field guide cover to cover and elevate your photography status from Joe to Pro. Okay, maybe not Pro, but it will give you a strong foundation on which you can build upon.

Also, stay tuned for Mr. Peterson’s latest book called Understanding Flash Photography scheduled for release on August 30, 2011 (at least in Canada).

Last but not least I love to teach myself, and I'm looking for great photography books written by authors of Mr. Peterson's caliber or higher (ideally). If you know any, please feel free to share them with me, and the rest of our community here on Dreamstime.

May you shoot long and prosper!

Photo credits: Grublee.

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March 26, 2011


Thanks Bradcalkins. I will check it out.

March 25, 2011


I've have to recommend Light: Science and Magic for a no nonsense study of how light behaves in photographic lighting... There appears to be a new edition out (or soon to be out).

March 14, 2011


Thanks for sharing...

March 14, 2011


thanks for sharing

March 14, 2011


nice share.

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