Practical HDR: A Complete Guide to Creating High Dynamic Range Images with Your Digital SLR by David Nightingale (Focal Press, 2012; ISBN: 978-0-240-82122-1). The book gives you step-by-step examples, as well as practical advice on shooting and processing high-dynamic-range images.
When Photography Really Works by Val Williams (Barron's Educational Series, 2012; ISBN: 978-0-7641-4789-0). Covering a time span of more than 100 years, the book shows readers how to recognize the defining qualities of important photographs in genres that include portraiture, landscapes, photojournalism and more. Work by Ansel Adams, Man Ray, Margaret Bourke-White, Garry Winogrand, Henri Cartier-Bresson and others is included.
Concert and Live Music Photography: Pro Tips from the Pit by J. Dennis Thomas (Focal Press, 2012; ISBN: 978-0-240-82064-4). This in-depth guide to shooting live music performances provides information on equipment, camera settings, composition and postprocessing, showing you how to get the best out of each performance shot. More than 160 photos are included.
Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age by Robert Hirsch with Greg Erf (Focal Press, 2012; ISBN: 978-0-240-81827-6). Learn the fundamental concepts of image-making using this thought-provoking book. It features several classroom-tested assignments and exercises, and also encourages you to analyze, discuss and write about your work and the images of others.
Photography: Capture to Presentation by Jack Klasey (Goodheart-Willcox, 2011; ISBN: 978-1-60525-576-7). Essential tools and techniques of photography are covered in this primer. After learning the fundamentals, the book goes into different kinds of photography, including action and event, outdoor, travel, portrait and studio shooting.