Photography, Filmmaking, and Design Explorations


People have asked me what books I can recommend as sources of information on photography and related topics. From my library, I can recommend the following:

Light and Lighting Techniques

  • Dunn, Jack F. and George L. Wakefield. Exposure Manual. Hertfordshire, UK: 1952.
  • Malkiewicz, Kris. Film Lighting. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
  • Millerson, Gerald. Lighting for Television and Film. Oxford, UK: Focal Press, 1995.
  • Lowell, Ross. Matters of Light & Depth. New York: Lowell-Light Manufacturing, 2007.
  • Silverman, Martin S., Jim Zuckerman, and Bob Shell. The Hand Exposure Meter Handbook. Elmsford, NY: Mamiya America Corporation, 1999.
  • Vitray, Laura, John Mills Jr., and Roscoe Ellard. Pictorial Journalism. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1939.

Rangefinder / Manual Camera Techniques

  • Newcombe, H.S. 35 MM Photo Technique. London, UK: Focal Press, 1946.
  • Osterloh, Günter. Leica M: Advanced Photo School. New York: Lark Books, 2005.

Legal / Biz

  • Krages, Bert. Legal Handbook for Photographers. Buffalo, NY: Amherst Media, 2007.
  • Litwak, Mark. Dealmaking in the Film and Television Industry. Los Angeles: Silman-James Press, 2002.

Other Worthwhile Reading

  • Adams, Ansel. The Negative. New York: Little, Brown, and Co., 2004.
  • Traub, Charles H., Stephen Heller, and Adam B. Bell, eds. The Education of a Photographer. New York: Allworth Press, 2006.

Several of these books are out-of-print now, but can be obtained by hunting around the Web.


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