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Dec 21, 2014 14:19 |  #16

It's a mixed bag. I use Youtube and this site a lot for my education. Sometimes there is simply no getting around the need for a book targeted on a subject, though. But there again, finding the right book isn't easy either.

What to do? If your on-line resources are exhausted and you want more, time to look for a book.


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Dec 21, 2014 15:26 |  #17
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I ask this because I love reading. I am able to read at work, I have a lot of down time. I do watch some videos but my laptop has trouble streaming, it's old but it was free so it's good enough. But as I said some subjects have great material some have good material but.just aren't worth it. Maybe I'll look at picking up a few key books and grab a magazine subscription or two.

I also prefer reading hard copies. I still can't get into e books.

I'd avoid magazines. Most seemed aimed to beginners; they also seem to run out of topics quickly, and before your suscription is over you'll prolly read the same thing just spelled out different. How many articles about RAW vs. JPEG or metering modes or what have you do you really need?


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Dec 21, 2014 17:21 |  #18

There are magazines, and there are magazines. The only one I still subscribe to (after many years) is Outdoor Photographer.

Books worth getting, just to have the hard copy, and not readily available on the net would be anything by the late Galen Rowell. In particular, Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography and Galen Rowell's Vision are revised assemblages of his columns for Outdoor Photographer, full of mind-extending exercises and anecdotes.


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Dec 24, 2014 03:16 |  #19

I got a subscription to popular Photography. My wife's niece does the magazine thing through girl scouts and I always support them and boy scouts, plus it was dirt cheap. I find magazines are repetitive but.a year or two can't hurt I figured.

I do use YouTube. Matt Granger, Digital Rev and some weird loud guy with an afro I keep running across seem cool but there's just something nice about books


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I got a subscription to popular Photography. My wife's niece does the magazine thing through girl scouts and I always support them and boy scouts, plus it was dirt cheap. I find magazines are repetitive but.a year or two can't hurt I figured.

I do use YouTube. Matt Granger, Digital Rev and some weird loud guy with an afro I keep running across seem cool but there's just something nice about books

Yeah, that's what I did when I was kinda starting: purchased magazines regularly for a couple of years. I stopped when they started repeating themselves and when they started including more porn in their content. Mind you, it's the same for books in many cases; apparently, if you don't include at least a few photos of naked women it's not worth publishing. :rolleyes:

What I've found more useful is to buy trade magazines about the genre you specialise in, say architectural magazines if you're an architectural photographer.


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Dec 24, 2014 13:06 |  #21

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Yeah, that's what I did when I was kinda starting: purchased magazines regularly for a couple of years. I stopped when they started repeating themselves and when they started including more porn in their content. Mind you, it's the same for books in many cases; apparently, if you don't include at least a few photos of naked women it's not worth publishing. :rolleyes:

What I've found more useful is to buy trade magazines about the genre you specialise in, say architectural magazines if you're an architectural photographer.

Ill have to look into some trade magazines, though I am looking at getting into Glamour and Nude so they would have a nude women or two lol


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Dec 27, 2014 00:49 |  #22

I like digital rev, fro knows photo, mat granger, some others are good as well. Magazines are mainly adds now and not a lot of meat to them.

I have a decent amount of photography books, but most you find more often then not are talking about ISO/shutter etc. Their are some more advanced books that did open my eyes up to some cool new shots, you just have to find some books geared to what your trying to shoot or the direction your going in.


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Dec 27, 2014 03:18 |  #23

I've been mainly using internet sources. These are the video topics, tutorials that I have viewed to date. Most of them are at least 1 or 2 hrs duration.
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Dec 30, 2014 18:26 |  #24

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In this day and age, all of the information found in books is on the internet. If you've got the time you can access all the information for free from the web. If you need the information quickly and in consolidated form then books may be

Problem with the Internet is anyone can create a website or blog. Not everyone can get a book published and bought by libraries and book stores. Publishers know the material of the boops they publish. Lots of incorrect info "free" on the web.




  
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Problem with the Internet is anyone can create a website or blog. Not everyone can get a book published and bought by libraries and book stores. Publishers know the material of the boops they publish. Lots of incorrect info "free" on the web.

This is a big reason I still rely on books so much. Pay some money don't spend time wading through b.s. and bad info

Though as I said I do use YouTube. I just make sure the people I use are more popular larger name types


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Online (video) sources that I trust are those endorsed by strobe makers and posted on their blogs, such as the Profoto blog. Of course, they do subtly pitch the brand, but regardless, the techniques presented can be replicated with other brands of strobes: light is light, after all.

I don't bother much with youtube.com videos: as HappySnapper90 said, 'lots of incorrect info' there.


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Dec 31, 2014 02:14 |  #27

Generally the ones I use are larger names. Jared Polin had a segment sponsored by Adorama. Digital Rev seems like a reliable store. And Matt Granger was the first one I ever found. He was a big reason I got into photography so I stick by him. That being said I watch all three compare research against other sources (mainly here and dp review) and take what I find the most repeated. As well as I just found Bryan Peterson's web series thorough Adorama.

But I have been looking around at books still. Picked up a basic boudoir book at B&N, found good reviews of it online and grabbed the Covers of Playboy on sale for $20, hey it's art right? Lol


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Dec 31, 2014 12:29 |  #28

I still like books for learning. Also, I find I have a better sleep if I read a real book instead of something on my iPad.


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Jan 01, 2015 04:00 |  #29

I bought the "dummies" book for my 600D, it was easier to read than the manual. I'll be looking in to other titles to get into exposure and lighting once I'm fully comfortable with all the features.
Every time I take pictures I'm using a different set of settings to see what happens to the image.

I find that youtube videos help when I'm stuck on a feature. Like the histogram, once I understood the concept I pay more attention to it.


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Jan 03, 2015 21:27 |  #30

As long as you take the time and research, there's plenty of very educational info to be found and used on the internet. Look at the BIOs and accomplishments of some of those I listed. Jay Maisel, Joe McNally, and Tony Corbell are some of the bigger rock star photographers around. For me anyway I seem to learn more with the proper video. These are not self productions, and are sponsored by a lot of the big name manufacturers, as well as them promoting certain products. But hey if you pay attention, and listen to them, they put forth a tremendous amount of knowledge coming from decades of experience.


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