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Photography Books I recommend

The photography books I recommend

If you are a photographer or looking for a gift for a photographer then this list is for you.

One of the biggest perks to expanding your library is the alternate point of view you get from reading another photographers writings. Having a new perspective can inspire you in ways not intended by the author. Reading photography books exercises your brain in ways just shooting cannot.

Learn, Shoot, Repeat.

To get you started, here are some of my favorite photography books:

Technical:

  1. The Creative Digital Darkroom Authored by  Katrin Eismann and Sean Duggan. Mrs. Eismann is a well known Photoshop expert and photographer, while Mr. Duggan is a fine art photographer, educator, and Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert. Together they create a well rounded book that is a must for any professional and fantastic for the hobbyist.

  2. The Digital Photography Companion Written by Derrick Story who also wrote Digital Photography Hacks and Digital Photography Pocket Guide. All three are good reads and recommended.

  3. Understanding Exposure Written by Bryan Peterson, Understanding Exposure simplifies exposure in photography. An eye opening read giving the reader a fundamental knowledge.

Inspirational:

  1. Annie Leibovitz at Work  Annie Leibovitz, is arguably one of the most famous photographers to the general public. Insight to some of her most famous images with stories, and technical details of how those images were created.

  2. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson captured some of the most thought provoking timeless images during photographic art infancy. Another suggested read is his book The Decisive Moment which I do not currently have but is on my wish list!

Business:

  1. Fast Track Photographer, Revised and Expanded Edition: Leverage Your Unique Strengths for a More Successful Photography Business Dane Sanders is an industry icon.  This book is a must for any professional that is looking to expand their business in the modern age of photography.

  2. Best Business Practices for Photographers, Second Edition John Harrington authored this book. Detailing the business side of photography in a well written form. One critique is that my copy could use an update and this link points to the newest edition. I have not grabbed this yet but I liked the first edition so much it is on my read list for the future.

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