3 photography books that have helped me get better

 

Despite the patent rewiring of our brains in the modern age to get sated with just brief 140-character texts through tweets and social media posts, I am one of those who still values the written word. In fact, devouring written literature serves as my therapy of sorts as well as a fantastic source of many things about photography.

These are only three of the books on photography that have helped me become better at the craft.

I picked up Understanding Exposure by Bryan Petersen back in the day when I was just groping my way as a beginner in photography. It definitely stands out for being the most helpful, in immeasurable ways. This is the book I grab when I am in need of a refresher.

It has been instrumental in helping me transition from the basic point and shoot modes to the more creative functionalities of my camera. Notwithstanding the unassuming title, this book has helped me tremendously with composition, depth of field, and plenty of other essential aspects of the craft.

There are pictures galore, and the book provides an easy and straightforward reading about lighting and shutter speed, the basic photography triumvirate, the basics of aperture, among many others.

What They Didn’t Teach You In Photo School: The secrets of the trade that will make you a success in the industry by Demetrius Fordham is another great find. While joining workshops and classes provide a wonderful means of learning the critical skills that will allow you to take spectacular photos, they do not ultimately teach you how to actually be a photographer.

This book, however, helps you turn from a talented amateur to a professional with a solid reputation. If you intend to make you own mark and create a solid business in photography, you will genuinely learn a lot from the hard-earned lessons Fordham passes on from his own high-flying career in editorial, commercial, and lifestyle photography.

Not only does the book teach you how to develop an exceptional portfolio but it also helps you learn how to snag the best assistant roles and internships, impress at interviews, and lay the solid groundwork for a profitable career.

Written by Fil Hunter, Steven Biver, and Paul Fuqua, Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting, is an amazingly magical resource on photographic lighting that has been heavily recommended in circles for years. Suffice it to say the book has become a well-respected guide and has undergone thorough updating and revisions on the design and content.

Today, it has been produced in full color. The book teaches about a logical theory of photographic lighting that novices can learn a lot from in terms of being able to foresee results prior to the light setup. Learn about the principles and nature of light, specifically the comprehensive theory of the two components in expressing creativity.

Those three books are worth the money and have helped me enormously in my journey as a photographer.

 

Photography Basics

 

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How to use a cookie press efficiently and conveniently

 


Ever since I can remember, my mother used to make cookies on Christmas Eve and hand them over as gifts to our relatives, be they closer or distant. She made a batch for our family and my brother and I used to finish it as quickly as possible. Back then, she didn’t use that many appliances, so her work in the kitchen took quite a bit of time.

Because of the memories I have of my mom from when I was a child, I started doing the same once I married and had two kids. However, the great difference between she and I is that I have little to no time at my disposal, which is why cooking is a chore more than a passion that I can comfortably dedicate myself to. That’s how I ended up searching for a device or a gadget that would help me make cookies in a timely fashion.

Just like most modern consumers do, I took to the internet to find out more about how I can make the most of my kitchen without having to engage in some time-consuming activity. Soon enough, I found out that there’s a product called a cookie press that can assist you in making uniformly shaped cookies.

Of course, the adventure didn’t stop there as there were a bunch of models that I had to consider before deciding to purchase a particular one. I went online and looked at the ratings and reviews that others just like me had written about the products they had chosen. One of the benefits ensured by the best cookie press, in my opinion, is that it doesn’t rely on any type of power. You use your hands to make biscuits and a variety of sweet or savory snacks.

Actually, most of the models I came across are particularly affordable, with many of them being priced just under twenty dollars. So, in a way, I was reassured that I didn’t have to spend a lot of money just in case I had the bad luck of ordering a hardly usable model. Something that I want to add and would recommend to anyone who might be interested in acquiring such a product is checking to see how many discs are included with the unit. While some tips can be used strictly for making cookies, others are far more versatile and can even allow you to decorate cakes or fill up deviled eggs.

After going through dozens of consumer reports, I ended up buying a model from OXO. Of course, this is a brand I had heard about in the past as it’s quite popular among homemakers looking for new kitchen gadgets. What won me over about this alternative was the fact that it came with twelve stainless steel cookie disks. I could, therefore, use it to make all sorts of patterns, be they of hearts, snowflakes, trees, or fleur-de-lis.