Category: Books

Books I have read for the course

Nov 29

Context and Narrative

Learning Points from Basics Creative Photography 02; Context and Narrative, Maria Short, Ava Publishing, Lausanne, 2011. “Context can be described as the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement or idea. In photography the word context can relate to the contents of the photograph, its placement in relation to words or other images…” …

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Jul 10

Learning to Light

Some time ago I bought this book (Learning to Light, Roger Hicks & Frances Schultz, Collins & Brown, London, 1998) and I’ve been re-reading it in preparation for this course. There a number of good examples of basic (and a bit more advanced) lighting set ups.It is split into two sections Techniques and Equipment Projects …

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Jul 04

Light; Science and Magic

  Light; Science and Magic, Hunter F, Biver S and Fuqua P, Elsevier, Oxford, 2007. A few learning points after reading this set text. The Principles The effective size of the light source is the single most important decision in lighting a photograph. It determines what types of shadows are produced and may affect the …

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Jul 04

Creative Black & White – Harold Davis

Wiley Publishing, Indianapolis, 2010 I borrowed this book from the local library, just a couple of learning points from it;   High key images – look for subject that is well lit and quite bright in tonal values. Set up flower in glass vase on white seamless background lit using a single light source. Intentionally …

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Jul 04

Art Photography Now – Susan Bright

Thames & Hudson, London, 2011 General – great book, divided into 8 sections with examples in each Portrait Landscape Narrative Object Fashion Document City Transitions These are the main quotes / learning points I took from the book. Baudelaire ” we must see that photography is again confined to its real task, which consists in …

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Jan 09

100 Great Paintings by Louise Govier

Once again a book borrowed from my local library (100 Great Paintings, Govier L., National Gallery Company Limited, London, 2010).This is a publication exploring Western painting. 100 paintings were selected by the curatorial staff at the National Gallery. Each painting is shown full page together with a description and commentary on the facing page. I …

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Jan 03

England Observed; John Gay 1909-99

I borrowed this book (England Observed, John Gay, English Heritage Publishing, Swindon, 2009) from my local library. It was not a photographer I had come across before but I found the book really interesting. The book was divided into a dozen chapters, each containing a number of examples of his work in each theme. The …

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Dec 23

Colour by Michael Freeman

These are my learning points from the book Colour by Michael Freeman (Ilex, Lewes, 2005).   Hue – what most people refer to as colour, they usually mean hue.   RYB – ‘Painter’s primaries’ RGB – ‘Transmitted primaries’ suggests 6 primaries and secondaries – red, yellow, blue, green, violet, orange plus black, white and grey. …

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Oct 12

Photographing America 1929-1947–Edited by Jean-Francais Chevrier

Photographing America 1929-1947 – Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans; Jean-Francais Chevrier (Editor), Thames & Hudson, London, 2009. I borrowed this book from my local library – it draws a parallel between the work about America by Evans and Cartier-Bresson in the period 1924-47. John Szarkowski said “Evans defined in his work the essence of the …

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Sep 12

How to Photograph Flowers by Heather Angel

I bought this book (How to Photograph Flowers, Heather Angel, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg PA, 1998) some time ago – it has a section on films and exposure! – and decided to study it again as part of my reading for the second assignment. I found the really useful chapters to be those on Lighting Composition …

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