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    Re: books instead of cameras.

    I too love books and have several shelves filled with them; but only one on photography. I brought the Kindle as an experiment earlier this year to see if I could get used to it while on travel and found it works well on travel as it fits along side of my laptop. I just downloaded one of my favorite authors W.E.B. Griffin newest novels and have been reading all day which has also caused me to not set foot into the studio; a place I’ve been spending too many hours of late. As much as I like the Kindle I still like and much prefer a “solid” book, one that after reading can be found along side one of it’s cousins on my shelves.

    One thing I’ve never got into is a book on tape. Sorry just not my cup of tea.

    Back to reading now…

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    Re: books instead of cameras.

    interesting, don, cause i just love books on tape, but only when i'm traveling by car. the miles vanish. and it can give you a whole new take on a book. once an avid kafka fan, this summer i listened to most of a new translation of the castle:

    http://www.amazon.com/Castle-Classic...2147286&sr=8-1

    it made me realize how much his stories are 1. like a dream and 2. about how people accomodate to the most unlikely situations and how disoriented and lost they become doing so.

    as far as studying photos themselves, i'm looking at a 1999 edition of

    http://www.amazon.fr/Patrimoine-phot...2146798&sr=8-5

    which i found at half price books today in berkeley (20 percent off the half price. the devil's tempation). 15 photographers who've donated their patrimony to the french state. and what's interesting is how kertesz stands head and shoulders above the others. his gift is here really evident. what is it? in ny he lost it. (pretty much.)

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    Re: books instead of cameras.

    here are some fun how-to videos:

    http://www.howcast.com/videos/577-Ho...in-Photographs

    this came up because of an article in aarp magazine on free learning:

    http://bulletin.aarp.org/yourworld/r...-FREE_LEARNING

    it's amazing what's out there.

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    ps. here's another resource: http://www.openculture.com/

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    Re: books instead of cameras.

    I heard about this book from someone else and then was listening to one of the recent Lenswork podcasts ... I've ordered it now:

    "On Writing" by Steven King

    Here's the podcast link:
    www.lenswork.com/podcast/LW0588 - Advice from Stephen King.mp3

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    Re: books instead of cameras.

    i'm such a junkie! three books arrived today - and i'd hope to swear off the habit, a life-long one.

    for those from philidelphia here's a remarkable book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Regulars-Jonat...3958033&sr=1-1

    actually a lesson in working from where you're at. a barmaid, she took pictures of drinkers where they look unusually dignified. got her to yale and an mfa.

    this book great fun if you know your history of photography and recognize most of the pictures on which the drawings are based:

    http://www.amazon.com/History-Photog...3958195&sr=1-1

    i keep cracking up.

    and for the third, this new one from chronicle books should be in every photographer's library:

    http://www.amazon.com/Photowisdom-Ma...3958266&sr=1-1

    the photographers here really do talk about their process and the experience of photographing. short paragraphs you can swallow, along with several large, beautifully printed examples of their work.

    a book dealer in sf told me the value of photo books going up faster than any others, so you really can't lose. your kids can sell them and pay for college.

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    Re: books instead of cameras.

    Hi smokysun.
    Tanks for the information on books.

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    you're welcome. i'm reading in this book mentioned above

    http://www.amazon.com/Photowisdom-Ma...3958266&sr=1-1

    it's really the best i've found where working photographers of all kinds talk about how and why they do what they do. it's the thought behind their work that makes it stand out. and the quotes short, mostly a paragraph at a time. as people have often stated here, most books of technique and criticism don't help much to make you a better photographer. something, somewhere in this one might. we really need only one good idea!

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    Re: books instead of cameras.

    i've always admired people who could create merely by looking out the window. the prague photographer joseph sudek a great example of this.

    http://www.amazon.com/Josef-Sudek-Wi...4703413&sr=1-1

    another great example is the haiku poet shiki, confined to his bed for years. as inspiration i highly recommend this book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Masaoka-Shiki-...4703176&sr=8-4

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    Re: books instead of cameras.

    Currently reading David duChemin's book, "Within The Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision". Excellent photos, excellent writing. Well worth it.

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    sometimes you receive a book which feels so good in the hand, you don't even have to read it (tremble kindle)

    http://www.amazon.com/Basho-Complete...5187097&sr=8-1

    kodansha creates beautiful books (i'm stuck on japanese art and design) and i feel haiku as close as words get to photographs.

    another book i can't live without is the one of haiku prose by kawabata:

    http://www.amazon.com/Palm-Hand-Stor...5&sr=8-1-spell

    these are what i like to read when i wake in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep. here's his masterpiece

    http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Country-Y...5187520&sr=1-1 there's also a beautiful movie based upon it.

    the japanese combine nature and human life in a way i find irresistible.

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    i'm recommending this for two reasons. it's incredibly cheap. with gorgeous photos. and it's unlike other national geo collections. much darker and edgier.

    http://www.amazon.com/Odyssey-Art-Ph...6457364&sr=8-1

    i suspect many of these never graced the pages of the magazine.

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    ps. i'm auditing the history of photography at the university for the third time, the third teacher. excellent. looking at great stuff from the 19th century. of course, the old question of lewis carroll came up. then ran across this new biography at barnes & noble. she talks a lot about his relationship to photography. was it a scandal. only to the freudians!

    http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Lewis-...6467651&sr=8-2

    and we looked at photos of maxine du campe in egypt. this is a fun book i read years ago on that trip:

    http://www.amazon.com/Flaubert-Egypt...6467859&sr=1-1

    he and maxine must have made quite a pair.

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    ps. here's the teacher's website:

    http://myweb.csuchico.edu/~tpatton/meat.html

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    Re: books instead of cameras.

    Hey moderators, could we make this thread a sticky for the Small Sensor forum? I often refer to it.

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    thank god they banned the guy above! i hate commercial high-jacking.

    just ran across this book at barnes & noble:

    http://www.amazon.com/This-Your-Brai...9047807&sr=1-1

    and i think the chapter on 'what makes a musician' worth the price of admission. he discusses the various elements that make a master in any discinpline. one is the rule 'ten-thousand hours'. it takes three hours of practice a day for ten years to gain mastery. and you have to love your subject dearly to make it work. he talks about how a master learns to think in chunks: genres, phrases, and so on. this enables them to remember so much more. with prodigies, for example mozart. mozart might have begun composing early. however those pieces considered curiosities and seldom played. by the time he got out the good stuff he certainly had the ten thousand in. in photography the only child who made his mark lartigue. true his subject matter exotic and that helps a lot, the nostalgic styles of the time. still he beat the odds, at twenty-five giving up photos to do paintings.

    music the universal benchmark, so i think this book worth looking at (i only read that one chapter, which seems to apply to us all).

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    Re: books instead of cameras.

    this book just arrived in the mail:

    http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear...aphy&x=56&y=20

    absolutely gorgeous. seems to be becoming a collector's item. get it cheap while you can.

    a couple of useful sites:

    http://www.photoshelter.com/

    http://www.craftandvision.com/

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