Updated September 15, 2020
Offered here are links to various resources that might be of interest to ESF readers. Links are provided for information only; no endorsements are intended for any businesses or services listed. This page will be updated monthly.
New – Cambridge in Colour
A great photography reference and educational site with everything from DoF calculators to tutorials on specific topics. A wonderful resource
Possibly the best writing of any blog I have encountered
Great source of film news and information
Shoot It with Film
Nice design and helpful tutorials
Eclectic mix of images and information.
Down the Road
Jim Grey’s blog is full of great stories. It’s like visiting a friend.
Good site for film and gear reviews
Earlier posts are film, more recent digital-focused
20 Composition Techniques That Will Improve Your Photos, Barry Carroll (PetaPixel)
35 Photography Composition Rules, (Photlemur)
An Ultimate Guide to Every B&W ISO 400 35mm Film on the Market, (PetaPixel)
Find Your Film: Stock and Exposure Comparisons (Color) (Richard Photo Lab)
New – Peterson B. Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Composition Field Guide. 2012.
Learning composition rules and applying them are two very different things. This book offer good advice and plenty of examples.
Adams I. The Art of Garden Photography, 2005.
There is plenty of good technical information in this book as well as beautiful pictures, so for these reasons I recommend it. However, at times it is too wordy. Sometimes it is a photography how-to guide and at others, an homage to gardens.
Benson M. The Photographic Garden: Mastering the Art of Digital Garden Photography, 2012.
Perhaps it’s the subject matter–gardening books tend toward wordiness. Like the Adams book, getting to the technical information requires going through a lot of prose. The beautiful images make it worthwhile.
Hirsch R. Seizing the Light: A History of Photography, 2000.
Just the book to answer questions about the evolution of photography technically, aesthetically, and philosophically. This is an academic work–you have been warned.
Guy NK. The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer, 2012
This book offers an in-depth review of every aspect of camera lenses. It also provides a glossary of manufacturer-specifc terms that can help you decipher the acronyms on lens barrels. If collect lenses, you need this book.
Tresidder J (ed). Print Your Own Pictures, Kodak Library of Creative Photography, 1985
I took a darkroom course, and learned basic printing techniques. Every time since that course, I have taken this book into the darkroom with me. I am now in the early stages of planning for a home darkroom. Wonderful book!
Bavister S. Lighting for Sill Life, 2001
The book is the BEST guide to lighting for still life photography I have encountered. It provides, detailed, step-by-step examples for multiple scenarios. If you want to do studio still lifes, buy this book!
Marquardt C, Andra M. The Film Photography Handbook, 2nd Edition, 2019
It’s nice to have a recent book written specifically for film. This book covers camera types, film emulsions, exposure basics, development and scanning. A great resource for someone new to film.
London B, Upton J. Photography, Sixth Edition, 1998.
Love this book. It is a great blend of theory and practical advice. It covers everything from the finer points of film emulsions to developing film and making prints. I have read it cover to cover and will do so again.