In the best photography books, you will find a wealth of information on how to take better photos. From composition and lighting to post-processing, these books offer valuable insights into making your pictures stand out from the crowd. In this blog post, we’ll look at some of our favorite best photography books for both beginners and experienced photographers alike!
01. Read this if You Want to Take Good Photographs
In his book, Henry Carroll provides a comprehensive list of photography tips. He gives advice on many things such as where to find inspiration and the best time-of-day for taking pictures.
The author’s voice is authoritative but also friendly in tone so that it will not intimidate new photographers from learning more about their craft because he wants everyone to take better photographs than they do now!
02. BetterPhoto Basics
The book from Jim Miotke, the brains behind online photography school BetterPhoto.com that covers all aspects of digital camera care and maintenance – specifically highlighting how to avoid damaging your equipment with one careless move or another! This guide is perfect for those who are just starting in their journey into the world of photography; full explanations make it easy to follow along as you learn about topics such as cleaning DSLRs lenses, using sensor cleaners on different types of sensors (mirrorless cameras have a specific type), loading film rolls-and much more.
Photography is a rapidly changing industry and can be tough to follow. So, if you’re looking for an easy-to-follow explanation of the basics that will help get your feet wet in this expansive world, then we recommend Jim Miotke’s “The Basics.”
Jim does not assume any prior knowledge on photography from his readers, which makes it perfect for those who are new or returning photographers as well as professional ones with little time but still want to brush up their skills. This book has over 150 pages so there should be something here no matter what level photographer you are!
03. Tony Northrup’s DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography
He has been a photographer for over 30 years, and his knowledge comes through in this first book on the subject. Tony gives readers an introduction to digital photography that is clear, concise and easy to understand with more than 400 color photographs demonstrating many of the points he makes throughout each chapter. He starts out by explaining how different types of cameras work before launching into advice on selecting lenses; it then moves onto equipment such as tripods, filters etc.; next up are shooting techniques like aperture priority mode or shutter speed priority mode (depending upon your camera); finally there’s guidance about post-processing your images using software packages like Photoshop Elements 3.0 or Lightroom
4. Understanding Exposure
The best photography book on exposure is Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. Photography of all types, from portraits to landscapes and everything in between can be improved with a better understanding of how light works. This will allow you to capture images that are more dynamic as well as telling stories through your lens using the environment around you for different moods or story lines—and this starts with proper exposure!
In this book, Bryan Peterson thoroughly deconstructs how light exposure works. He provides the reader with a deep understanding of what to do and not to do when it comes to photography in order for his work or art piece be successful.
Understanding Exposure is an amazing resource because it helps photographers understand everything from shutter speed, aperture size, ISO settings, depth-of-field levels on their camera as well as which lights are best suited for capturing specific subjects such as people’s faces at night time events like weddings and parties where there may only be shades of blueish colors being projected around them by fluorescent strip lighting along ceilings near big illuminating chandeliers that flood any venue they’re placed within with bright glowing white hues coming off these fixtures’
5. Mastering Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO & Exposure
The photography industry is a competitive field, which can make understanding the basics seem unattainable. However, this book breaks it down into easy to understand terms that don’t require you have any experience in order to use them properly and take your photos from good quality work all the way up to professional levels! It’s written for beginners who want more control over their images but also includes enough detail for those with prior knowledge on these topics as well.
6. The Art of Photography 2nd edition: A Personal Approach to Artistic Expression
The Art of Photography is a book that can be used by anyone who wants to learn how photography works. The author, Bruce Barnbaum says in the preface “this book covers every aspect of photographic technique.” From exposure and composition all the way through post-processing techniques, this textbook will guide you step-bystep along your journey as an aspiring photographer!
This book is a true classic for photographers and was updated in 2010 to include the digital age. But it’s not just about technical aspects, this guide also takes you deep into philosophical and creative photography techniques.
7. Studio Anywhere: A Photographer’s Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations
The book Studio Anywhere: A Photographer’s Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations by Nick Fancher is a resource for photographers looking to enhance their portfolio with unique shots. With advice on how and where to find the perfect location, this guide will help you get your creative juices flowing!
If you’re a photographer, odds are that any random day could have an opportunity to shoot. From restaurants and bars to off-the-beaten path locales like abandoned factories or forest preserves, there is no shortage of interesting new photography spots in your own city – if only you know where they were! Nick Fancher’s book Studio Anywhere: A Photographer’s Guide To Shooting In Unconventional Locations contains more than 200 pages chock full of tips on shooting in unconventional locations as well as 150 stunning photographs from around the world. Read it today and see what kind of exciting adventures await when we take our cameras out into the wild blue yonder!
8. The Photographer’s Eye Remastered
This book by Michael Freeman has been updated and is a must-have for all photographers.
The Photographer’s Eye Remastered: Updated Edition, Written by the renowned photographer Michael Freeman will be an invaluable addition to your collection of photography books! It includes new content on lighting as well as a revision of the entire text with current camera technology in mind. The first edition was published about many years ago so it contains some outdated information but still remains relevant because he discusses many aspects that remain true today such as how lens choice can affect imagery.
Photography can be an expensive hobby, so knowing the right techniques can help save money in the long term! Expert photographer Michael Freeman walks readers through all of their equipment options as well as teaching them what they need to know about shutter speeds, aperture settings, ISO levels and more. In addition he discusses specific scenes which require different types of shots for optimal results – including food photography. This insightful guide offers invaluable advice on everything from composition skills to developing your own artistic style; it also includes 240 pages with detailed examples by professional photographers who work internationally across fashion magazines such as Vogue Paris, Harper’s Bazaar China or Elle Russia
9. Extraordinary Everyday Photography
The Extraordinary Everyday Photography of Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring is a book that captures the intimate moments in life. Life’s everyday rituals, like cooking or sitting on the couch with your dog, are captured by these two artists who use old vintage cameras to capture their subjects. I think this photography project will make you feel happy about live because it can show us how beautiful our lives really are when we take time to appreciate them!
Named one of the top 10 photography books in 2017, Extraordinary Everyday Photography is a groundbreaking work by Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring. Featuring over 400 photographs from 20 countries around the world, this book captures everyday life as it unfolds on its own terms-in all shapes and sizes; with humor or without laughter; serious or comical -the moments that make up our lives are captured here for us to wonder: why do we laugh? what makes someone cry out joyously? can anger be beautiful? What does rest look like at 5 AM when you’re still dreaming about finishing your project at 9 PM last night because other people’s deadlines were so tight they made yours impossible to meet no matter how hard you tried ?
10. Annie Leibovitz At Work
Annie Leibovitz is a renowned portrait photographer who has been taking pictures for over forty years. Her most famous work includes the portraits of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Queen Elizabeth II, Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama and more.
Annie’s camera lens sees beyond what you see with your naked eye to capture moments that are tender or intense in expression – capturing both vulnerability as well as strength on her subjects’ faces through the lens of her camera which creates an intimacy between artist and subject like no other medium can achieve.
First released in 2008 and recently out of print, At Work is the perfect guide for photographers looking to hone their craft. Subjects covered include photojournalism, studio work, working with writers, and making the transition from film to digital cameras-the experience doesn’t get much better than this.
The Inspiring Life and Career of Annie Leibovitz
11. Mastering Portrait Photography
Mastering Portrait Photography is a guide for anyone that wants to improve their portrait photography skills. The bk will teach you how to use different types of light sources, learn about the camera settings and explore ideas or composition with your subject in mind. You’ll get tips on post-processing images as well! This informative text goes through everything from equipment set up, shutter speeds, focal lengths and more; all while giving examples so you can see what’s being discussed first hand – it even includes shooting techniques like “candid portraits.” Overall this resource provides an abundance of information for photographers who want to take great pictures but aren’t sure where they should start when taking photos.
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12. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People
Henry Carroll offers a compelling and insightful perspective on taking great photos of people in his book “Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People.” His strategies range from how to take the perfect portrait, deal with difficult subjects or working with models. He even goes so far as giving advice about equipment for those interested in getting into photography professionally. What sets this text apart is that it’s not just another run-of-the mill manual – you can tell by reading between the lines that he cares deeply about what he does, which makes him an invaluable guide through all sorts of photo ventures!
The first thing you’ll notice about this series of books is the exceptional publishing, and Henry Carroll’s dedication to portraiture with his final installment in the photography field should not be any different. Carroll’s love for portraiture is best illustrated in his first book, “The Art of Portrait Photography,” which you’ll be able to find on the shelves at many photography stores.
Carroll also has a penchant for traveling and capturing people from all walks of life who are often missed by other photographers – this focus shines through best when viewing his work with street children entitled “Children In Motion”.
This series should not only prove enlightening if you’re just starting out as an amateur photographer but will serve as an excellent refresher course into what it really means to embrace the medium. Learning more about how various famous photographers have approached their own special part of the world can help give insight into your own unique style that best suits what you want.
13. The Headshot: The Secrets to Creating Amazing Headshot Portraits
In his new book, Peter Hurley teaches readers how to take their own headshots and create amazing portraits. The photographer takes viewers through each step of the process: from what kind of equipment you need to where best place is for a shoot; in addition he also gives tips on posing a client’s face or body while they are sitting down.
In this book, professional headshot photographer Peter Hurley shares all that he has learned about shooting pictures with people over decades spent working as an actor himself before turning into behind-the scenes at advertising agencies starting out photographing actors’ portfolios then eventually moving onto photograph models who were hired by clients like Calvin Klein jeans and American Express Banker cards ads campaigns – which have been featured in more than 100 national and international magazines.
This best-selling book, written in a friendly voice that teaches readers how to empathize with their subjects is not just for beginners, but offers information from Hurley’s decades of experience on the best way to approach people while they are sitting down or standing up so you can make them feel at ease.
He also provides tips for getting the best shots during different types of modeling shoots – headshots, fashion shows, food photography, etc. In addition he talks about capturing personality instead of physical beauty; using flashes indoors and outdoors; shooting under natural light only as well as studio lighting.”
14. The Landscape Photography Workshop
In the Landscape Photography Workshop, Ross Hoddinott and Mark Bauer show you how to shoot in any environment. Students will learn about different types of landscapes such as urban landscape photography or mountain range scenery. This course also teaches students on topics like composition principles for photographing a waterfall or what camera settings should be used when shooting at night with stars all around them. You’ll have opportunities throughout this workshop to engage with your fellow photographers while working through various exercises using large format cameras that are typical for fine art outside workflows but often overlooked by most hobbyists due to their size and weight! It is never too late (or early) to start exploring new ways of seeing life’s beauty so come join us soon!
15. Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them
In this best-selling book, Lindsay Adler shares her best advice on how to handle the ten worst photography lighting situations. Whether we’re shooting outside in the sun or dealing with an over-lit room situation indoors, she knows what needs done for these less than perfect scenarios. All of this helpful information is delivered using her signature down-to-earth yet authoritative tone; which makes reading a pleasure rather than drudgery. I recommend it not just as a resource when you need specific help but also as a way of understanding good and bad photographic composition without even lifting your camera from its place!
16. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Classroom in a Book (2018 release)
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Classroom in a Book (2018 release) is the best book for learning Adobe’s favorite photo editing software. It has been divided into three sections, which make it easy to know where to start and what you need before moving on. The first section introduces beginners to all of the basics they will be using throughout their journey towards becoming an expert photographer- from shooting photos with your camera or smartphone, uploading them directly onto your computer through one click upload by connecting wirelessly via Bluetooth or WiFi near full res images that are ready for use right away!
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18. One Face, Fifty Ways
One Face, Fifty Ways is a book of creative and practical portraits for business professionals. Mark Wilkinson’s design experience spans over 20 years with clients from the Fortune 500 to start-ups around the world.
I found this title in my personal library on creativity and innovation when I was looking through books about how people solve problems creatively or think outside of their mindsets as different situations arise that challenge them physically, mentally, emotionally (or all three), and/or spiritually. One part of it really stood out to me: “If you want your face seen 50 ways – create more than one portrait.” This means that if someone wants their work showcased fifty times they should come up with at least two versions so an editor can choose whichever best fits what
19. The Digital Photography Book: Part 1
The Digital Photography Book: Part 1 is a must-have for any photographer who wants to learn how the pros do it.
The digital photography book will teach you everything from choosing your camera and lighting gear up until post production editing techniques that can turn even amateur photos into professionally shot pieces of art.
The digital photography book is a great way to spark creativity. It gives you the tools, inspiration and confidence to take high quality photographs at any time of day or night in any situation with whatever camera equipment that’s on hand. By following these guidelines, photographers can create unique images without even having an expensive professional set up!
Kelby does not disappoint his readers as he delivers this guidebook for anyone who wants their photos to stand out from the crowd. He also includes information about what types of films are best suited under different lighting conditions so that every shot turns into something fantastic!
20. Best Business Practices for Photographers
John Harrington is a photographer. He has shared his expertise on how to be successful in the photography business with us here today at The Photography Spot, and I’m excited for you all to learn it too!
John Harrington – This man knows everything there is about being a professional photographer, from pricing your photos correctly as well as understanding what makes people click that “buy” button. You may have some questions after reading this article; don’t hesitate to post them below or email me directly if they’re really important.”
Best Business Practices for Photographers is a comprehensive guide to succeeding in your business as a photographer. This updated and expanded third edition of the 1980s classic includes negotiating contracts, making money, hiring staff, and more!
21. Capture Your Style
Aimee Song has mastered the art of capturing an image that’s going to appeal to a wide audience and draw them in. She reveals her secrets behind creating an engaging feed, drawing thousands of followers, and how you can use Instagram for your business or career goals – from fashion photography all the way up to portrait work. This book is helpful for any aspiring photographer looking at using social media platforms like Instagram as part of their portfolio strategy!
With over 3 million followers on instagram (@songofstyle), Aimee Song has mastered the art of attracting people with captivating images captured by one eye-catching shot. In this guidebook she shares tips & tricks about getting noticed online: Tips include setting yourself apart from other photographers through creativity
If you’re looking for the best photography books out there, we’ve got them. Check out our list of favorite photography books and see if any suit your needs. Have one to add? We love hearing from our readers and always enjoy new recommendations on what to read next. Enjoy!
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