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National Geographic Photography Field Guide

National Geographic Photography Field Guide:
Secrets to Making Great Pictures


Top notch begginer's guide to photography, covering film, filters, exposure, light, composition, computing, gear, travel. Oozes with inspirational images and great stories from 10 of National Geo's top photogs. Only $18.

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Handbook of the Photographs Collection


Also in category of inspiring and informative is the tightly packed paperback from the Getty. Ranging from the 1830s to the 1960s, these photographs provide an informal history of the form and offer a rich sampling of the Getty's holdings. Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, Eugene Atget, Andre Kertesz, Walker Evans, and Diana Arbus are among the more than 100 masters whose works are reproduced in this book. Only $15.

Short Course Digital Photo Guides

Short Courses Publishing Company

Curtain worked for Prentice-Hall and Little, Brown as an editor and such before launching off on his own publishing company. Back then, he had a series of Short Course camera manuals that sold a million copies. His new series of manuals cover Nikon, Canon, Olympus digital cameras (sorry, no Sony) in-depth. Beginner's might try his Short Course in Using Your Digital Camera e-book, or Choosing and Using a Digital Camera (2nd Edition). A little pricey, but his insights are spot on. There's also quite a bit of free information on his web site.

Web site recommendations

Digital Photography Review - incredibly in-depth reviews of digital cameras; great forums; up-to-date news
Rob Galbraith - Excellent site for digital photojournalists
Short Courses - books, tips, education on digital photography
Photonica - one of the best stock agencies around

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