I normally don’t recommend or endorse books about photography, as I tend to find most of them are pretty cheesy and not particularly helpful. Until I found myself looking at a few books in Urban Outfitters (yes, I shop there). I picked up a copy of Read This IF You Want To Take Great Photographs, by Henry Carroll. It had a simple title with a black cover but the content was fantastic.
This 125 page book was fantastic. It explained everything from composition, to exposure, light and various lenses. They also had a great little chart dealing with shutter speed, fstop and ISO. It also explained how all three of these aspects affect each other. It is a great little book for photographers who are starting to turn from the German friend ‘Auto’ to their Spanish friend ‘Manual’. Once I got home I ordered three copies from Amazon. They arrived a few days later and I handed them out to a few budding photographers.One aspect that I really enjoyed and appreciated in the book is the chapter that focused on Seeing. This concept is relatively simple. Instead of just looking through your viewfinder, the challenge is there for you to be made aware of what's around you in the world and capture that decisive moment….the moment when the lighting suddenly changes or your subject looks off-camera nervously. These moments are all about anticipation and instinct and they are the ones that make great photographs.
This book is great tool for anyone looking to enhance their photography skills and I would highly recommend it.