Updated November 16, 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 – 35mmc
Offers an eclectic mix of reviews, tutorials, and thought pieces. I particularly like the “5 Frames with…” posts.
Cambridge in Colour
A great photography reference and educational site with everything from DoF calculators to tutorials on specific topics. A wonderful resource
Wonderful writing and gear reviews
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, (Photolemur)
New – The Guide to 100-Speed Black and White Films (The Phoblographer)
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)
Peterson B. Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Composition Field Guide. 2012.
Learning composition rules and applying them are two very different things. This book offers good advice and plenty of examples.
Tresidder J. Print Your Own Pictures, Kodak Library of Creative Photography, 1985
I took a darkroom course and learned basic printing techniques. I wish I had this book then. I am now in the early stages of planning for a home darkroom. Wonderful book!
Film Photography Reference
I had a hard time deciding how to classify these books. I settled on reference because, although each contains instructional content, they excel at providing detailed information for film photographers.
New – Hedgecoe J. Complete Guide to Photography, 1991
This is a great guide foe film photography! It discusses the nuances and quirks of film better then any other general photography book I have read. There are many tips and techniques with examples.
New – Hedgecoe J. The Photographer’s Handbook, 1996
The author states: “This book is designed to explain the full scope of photography.” If it doesn’t, then it comes close—at least for film. There is an encyclopedia feel to it. The entries provide more detail than I expected. In addition, there is a very good glossary. Need the meaning of an obscure photography term, technique, or process? It’s probably in here. Great book.
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.
History of Photography
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 you collect lenses, you need 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.
Hope T. Still Life: Developing Style in Creative Photography, 2001
The content is not what I expected. I was hoping for more of a guide/tutorial book. It does cover the topic, but does so using examples from current photographers. For each example, the photographer describes what they did and why, which I did not find at all useful. I’m glad I bought this used.
Busselle B. Better Picture Guide to Still Life and Close-Up Photography, 1999
Overall, this is a pretty good book. That said, the print styles used are irritating, as if the book is shouting at me. There are plenty of examples, and they are explained well. If the book had normal print, it would be 50% better.
Studio and Lighting
Bavister S. Lighting for Sill Life, 2001
This 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!
Tresidder J. Set Up Your Home Studio, Kodak Library of Creative Photography, 1985
This book has been very useful in helping to learn the terminology and basics of studio lighting. Using it and a few other books, I have been able to put together a basic still life studio. A good book for absolute beginners.