Some learn from practice. Some learn from mentors. Others learn from books. The following is a list of books, each with a specific theme, that you can use for the types of photography in which you wish to excel.
Before we go on, be sure to note that if you’ve got a Kindle, chances are that these books will be more affordable there. Otherwise, take a look at the new Kindle. I know way too many photographers that have fallen in love with this e-book reader because of the display and simplicity of use.
Photojournalism, Sixth Edition: The Professional’s Approach by Kenneth Kobre
Professional photographer Kenneth Kobre provides up-to-date tips, tricks, and information for the budding photojournalist in you. Complete with a DVD featuring footage of professionals handling on-the-job challenges, this book will give you everything you need to hone your photojournalistic skills.
Editor’s Note: This is the book I cut my teeth on.
Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Masters by Michael Frye
Ansel Adams, at the time of writing this posting, is getting loads of press. Author Michael Frye analyzes Adams’ work and provides insight and lessons that can be learned from the legendary photographer. Frye also provides a broken-down version of Adams’ Zone System, a technique designed to find the best exposure and development, for digital photographers to use and master. As one of the greatest landscape photographers ever, those that love photographing landscapes should check this out.
Photographic Lighting: Essential Skills, Fourth Edition (Photography Essential Skills) by John Child and Mark Galer
Child and Galer provide a comprehensive approach to understanding and mastering the fine art of lighting, essential to all photographers. This book, also available in the Kindle Store, is complete with assignments and online support to help both amateur photographers and seasoned professionals.
Night Photography: Finding your way in the dark by Lance Keimig
Taking the camera out at night may seem daunting to some, but with Keimig’s new book, capturing photographs in the dark becomes less intimidating. It doesn’t matter if you’re strictly film or strictly digital because Keimig makes sure to cover both fields. Keimig also includes all of the information necessary to master the incredibly cool art known as light painting.
The Complete Guide to Professional Wedding Photography: Creating a more profitable and fulfilling business by Damien Lovegrove
Weddings are fast-paced events that require you to be at the top of your game. Lovegrove’s guide provides photographers new and old with the best tools to become the best wedding photographer possible. This book is packed with hundreds of shots and tips for all aspects of wedding photography, from the financial to the creative. Also check out our review on Digital Wedding Photography Secrets.
National Geographic: The Ultimate Field Guide to Photography by National Geographic
Anyone who’s read a copy of National Geographic knows that each issue is packed with incredible photos. This guide provides film and digital photographers of all types with the best advice on choosing a camera, capturing the best photos, the top twelve color moves, and many other areas. They even include pages on camera phone technology!
FACES: Photography and the Art of Portraiture by Steven Biver and Paul Fuqua
Portrait Photography is a tricky field. Biver and Fuqua provide an in-depth look at the art with examples from the best portrait photographers. With tips on lighting, exposure, and composition, this book is indispensable for anyone trying to capture a face in the best way possible. The book is also available in the Kindle Store.
Nature Photography: Insider Secrets from the World’s Top Digital Photography Professionals by Chris Weston
Animals can be dangerous, but they make for some incredible photographs. Weston provides an easy-to-understanding and inspiring approach to excelling in this field. The book is complete with advice from working professionals and all the technical advice necessary to get the best shots. Also available in the Kindle Store.
Digital Sports Photography, Second Edition by G. Newman Lawrence
Sports Photography requires to be the fastest photographer with a keen eye. By the time you’ve recognized a good shot, it’s gone. Lawrence’s guide provides all the technical information necessary for better shots as well as advice on what sports photo editors look for when selecting images.
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