So in case you wondered what exactly was in that bag from Amazon, here is a quick rundown:
The first is The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby, no doubt one of my favorite tech writers. Given that I just got my first SLR camera, I wanted to get some expert advice, without feeling that a big book with hard-to-understand words were weighing me down. Scott best describes the brilliance of this book himself:
If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, ‘Hey, how do I get this flower to be in focus, but I want the background out of focus?’ I wouldn’t stand there and give you a lecture about aperture, exposure, and depth of field. In real life, I’d just say, ‘Get out your telephoto lens, set your f/stop to f/2.8, focus on the flower, and fire away.’ You d say, ‘OK,’ and you’d get the shot. That’s what this book is all about.
Each page of this book covers one new tip. It’s super easy to read and to pick up. Not quite as easy to put down.
I can not recommend this book enough! If you are a real pro, you might not need it, but if you are a n00b like me, or even a semi-pro, I think you are bound to find something new in this book. I even went so far as getting Volume 2 (eBook) after finishing just 2 chapters in the first one. Volume 3 is set for release later this year, and who knows, maybe I’ll even pick that one up.
Next out: 1,000 Package Designs: A Comprehensive Guide to Packing It In (1000). The title pretty much says it all. I’m hooked on packaging design, and this book is a great showcase.
Lastly we have The Best of Brochure Design 10 (No. 10) by the same publisher. Again it’s a showcase book. If you work in the industry, these coffee table books are invaluable.
There you have it. 3 books I can recommend. Got any similar recommendations? Leave a comment! (disclaimer: all Amazon-links in this post will give me a kick-back if you make a purchase)