Perfecting the shot

It seems everyone is a photographer — here’s some books on how to be great at it.

It seems everyone is a photographer — here’s some books on how to be great at it.

“Light Right: Learn How to Create Images, Set Up a Studio, and Launch Your Photography Career,” by Joe Lavine and Brad Bartholomew (paperback, Peachpit Press, 2013, 296 pages, $44.99). Lighting is one of the most important creative components of any image. The authors offer a unique approach to learning about studio lighting. They start with their philosophy of lighting, tackling the characteristics of light and how to approach building your shots. Then they discuss some basic photographic concepts and equipment needs — and how to use this knowledge to start a successful career in photography.

“Photobombed!: Making Bad Pictures Great and Good Pictures Awesomely Bad,” by Beverly L. Jenkins (paperback, Sourcebooks, 2012, 199 pages, $7.79). Includes all-new, never-before-seen photos submitted by fans and twisted readers of web phenom Discover the random things that can happen when your back is turned … innocently posing for a picture is about to go awesomely wrong.

“Photographing Dogs: Techniques for Professional Digital Photographers,” by Lara Blair|(paperback,
Amherst Media, 2013, 157 pages, $29.95). This comprehensive guide takes readers through the process from start to finish, showing the skills needed to attract new clients, work with dogs in the studio or on location, and sell images effectively — directly to clients or for stock photography. Most importantly, she discusses the strategies for gaining the cooperation of curious or sometimes frightened pets and capturing their true characteristics.

“SnApp Shots: How to Take Great Pictures with Smartphones and Apps,” by Adam Bronkhorst (paperback, Chronicle Books, 2012, 224 pages, $18.95). The definitive guide to the amazing photographic results now achievable on iPhones, Android phones, Windows phones and Blackberries. Using accessible, jargon-free text — and packed full of hip and gorgeous images for inspiration — this essential resource helps readers pull out their phones and start realizing impressive results right away.

“When Photography Really Works,” by Val Williams (hardcover, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., 2012, 223 pages, $14.99). Every day and all over the world, millions of people take countless photographs. Yet only a few of those images stand out from the rest, demand the world’s attention, and survive the test of time. This unusual new book showcases 100 outstanding photographers and points out the unique qualities that make their pictures great.