If you could learn writing from Hemingway, Steinbeck or Salinger, you would. If you could learn photography from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Fay Godwin, and Martin Parr, then you must. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs ($13) by Henry Carroll collects advice and tips using photos from those renowned photographers, among others, as examples and gives you a wealth of information to taking better photographs.
The book is divided into 5 sections: composition, exposure, light, lenses, and seeing. It leaves out the techie mumbo-jumbo and tells you simply, how to take great photographs. This will help kickstart that home garage studio for bikini models you’ve been planning.