Editors’ Picks: Photography Books for Filmmakers

Happy New Year, Filmmakers! This is our first official work day back after the New Year celebrations, meditations, and rest. If you’re a regular reader of StudentFilmmakers.com and StudentFilmmakers Magazine, you might have noticed many notable cinematographers and renown directors of photography talking about the importance of learning, studying, and practicing the basics of still photography, as well as continuing education in still photography. So we have selected 3 Photography Books that have been recently added to the StudentFilmmakers.com Online Store. Check out these book titles! Let us know what you think!

Editors' Picks: Photography Books for Filmmakers

Practical Projects for Photographers: Learning Through Practice and Research By Tim DalyPractical Projects for Photographers:
Learning Through Practice and Research
By Tim Daly


ISBN 9781350056084
216 Pages

Expert photographer and instructor Tim Daly presents over 20 practical projects for the budding photographer to develop their technical and research skills.Each project is a ready-made resource – the assignments vary in size and complexity, exploring a wide range of outputs (print, photobook, blog) and are mindful of limited resources, travelling distances and access to expensive equipment. Within each section are examples of notable photographers from around the world, suggested responses, practice tips, readings from key thinkers and further resources. This book blends understanding of context and technique to help photographers find new ways to work through the creative process.

Table of Contents

I. Observation
1. Light
2. Emphasis
3. Juxtaposition
4. Urban traces

II. Emphasis through design
5. Surfaces
6. Shape
7. Line
8. Tone

III. Telling stories
9. Faces of our time
10. Eyewitness
11. Cabin fever
12. Along the waterfront

IV. About the past
13. Forget me not
14. Aftermath
15. Patina
16. The story of things

V. In the present
17. Eccentrics
18. The natural world
19. People on the street
20. The social landscape

VI. Travel
21. Wild places
22. The open road
23. City of shadows
24. Cultural capital

VII. Resources
Using the Pinterest resources
Online research sources
How to access journal articles
Specialist study centres
Specialist output services

About the Author:

Dr Tim Daly has taught photography for over 30 years, designing learning for all levels of the subject from GCSE to MA. Since 2000, he has written over 20 books.

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Editors' Picks: Photography Books for Filmmakers

New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography By Grant ScottNew Ways of Seeing:
The Democratic Language of Photography
By Grant Scott


ISBN 9781350049314
236 Pages

Those born since the digital revolution, seem to have the hardest time re-imagining the role of photography in the world today. Thinking of photography as a visual language is the approach this book adopts to addresses this challenge.Considering photography in this way develops the metaphor of ‘learning a language’ when attempting to explain what photography can be, and what it can give a student in transferable creative and life skills. This begins with challenging the pre-conception that successful photography is defined by the successful single image or ‘the good photograph’. The book emphasises the central role of narrative and visual storytelling through a technique of ‘photosketching’ to develop the building blocks of visual creativity and ultimately to craft successful bodies of photographic work.New Ways of Seeing explains how to both learn and teach photography as a visual language, appropriate for both professionals and students working today.

Table of Contents

Introduction The Narrative Eye
1. How Did We Get Here
2. Speaking in a Digital Environment
3. The Basic Vocabulary of a Visual Language
4. #Photosketching
5. Building the Narrative
6. Developing Fluency
7. Speaking Out

About the Author:

Grant Scott is Senior Lecturer/Subject Co-Ordinator Photography, Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has worked as a photographer, writer and an art director on magazines for over thirty years; his work is held in the permanent collections of several collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Tate (London) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London).

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Editors' Picks: Photography Books for Filmmakers

Charles Sheeler: Modernism, Precisionism and the Borders of Abstraction By Mark RawlinsonCharles Sheeler:
Modernism, Precisionism and the Borders of Abstraction
By Mark Rawlinson


ISBN 9781850439028
226 Pages

Charles Sheeler was the stark poet of the machine age. Photographer of the Ford Motor Company and founder of the painting movement Precisionism, he is remembered as a promoter of – and apologist for – the industrialised capitalist ethic. This major new rethink of one of the key figures of American modernism argues that Sheeler’s true relationship to progress was in fact highly negative, his ‘precisionism’ both skewed and imprecise. Covering the entire oeuvre from photography to painting and drawing attention to the inconsistencies, curiosities and ‘puzzles’ embedded in Sheeler’s work, Rawlinson reveals a profound critique of the processes of rationalisation and the conditions of modernity. The book argues finally for a re-evaluation of Sheeler’s often dismissed late work which, it suggests, may only be understood through a radical shift in our understanding of the work of this prominent figure.

Table of Contents

1. Musing on Primitiveness
2. A Photograph, a Drawing and a Painting: Sheeler’s New York Series
3. The Disappearing Subject: Self-Portrait
4. Is it Still Life? Sheeler, Adorno and Dwelling
5. Between Commission and Autonomy: Sheeler’s River Rouge
6. Late Work/Late Style

About the Author:

Lecturer in Art History at the University of Nottingham.

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