Friday, March 8, 2013

What I'm reading right now

Let's take a break from electronics and get into something nerdier: books. Here's what's on my reading list right now:

Light: Science & Magic, An Introduction to Photographic Lighting (pictured above)

I read from a blog that this book was really good, so I checked it out on Amazon. On Amazon, it's full of hundreds of 5-star reviews. I bought it, and now I've finished reading it. Does it deserve all those 5-star reviews? 

The answer to that is mostly yes. The early chapters are all about light, how it behaves, the different kinds of light, large and small lights, managing reflections, kind of reflections, etc. Really nerdy stuff. But these early chapters have profoundly affected how I look at light. I'm now armed with a greater vocabulary about light, and I know more about what's happening in a picture, even if I'm not shooting in the studio. The book has made me a better photographer, I think.

The later chapters are a little dated. There are chunks about film, and yeah, sure, some people still shoot with film, but most photographers will gain little from these chapters. Still other parts of the book are only useful if you do studio shooting.

If you're interested in photography, you can learn a thing or two from this book. You don't have to read it from cover to cover.

SF Masterworks

This is my third book from the SF Masterworks series, which I haven't started on yet. I'm still in the middle of Robert Silverberg's Book of Skulls, which is also part of the SF Masterworks Series. It's quite an old series – this copy of The Forever War was printed in 2004 – but so far, all of the books I've read from the series are all excellent science fiction. No, cancel that, they're all excellent fiction, some of the best I've ever read. If you ever stumble across a book from the series, don't hesitate to buy it!

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

This is on the list because I like to read the book before I watch the movie. And I'm about to watch the movie.

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