Over the years, I have bought my fair share of photography books. Some have been foundational in my growth as a photographer, others have been a waste of money. Today I am sharing with you some of my favorite photography books.
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If you only buy one book on photography, make it this one! Bryan Peterson really does an incredible job breaking down the elements of exposure in this book. When you read this you will have so many lightbulb moments. This book really helped me when I was just starting out, but its also a book that I often referred to over the years. Think of it as a photography bible.
If you are looking to understand the functions of your digital camera these books are for you. Scott Kelby explains camera functions and even makes gear recommendations in these books. This series will really help you master your camera and all its functions.
BEST FOR TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHERS
David duChemin does an amazing job breaking down the creative process in the book Within the Frame. He covers everything from how to frame your images, to how to photograph people and places. If you are a travel photographer I can’t recommend this book enough, it will really help you refine your vision and creativity.
If you are looking to learn night time photography or even just to improve, this book by Lance Keimig is an excellent resource. He covers everything from light painting, to cityscapes, to the milky way.
It was Brooke Shaden that inspired me to start doing self-portraits. In her book Inspiration in Photography, you will not only be inspired but you will also learn how to grow as a creative artist. Brooke feels that creativity can be learned and you will do so when you read her book.
This book by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern features photography assignments, as well as ideas, stories and anecdotes from many of the world’s most talented photographers and photography professionals. If you are stumped with what to photograph this book will give you 307 different ideas!
This book by Todd Gustavson is the perfect gift for a photographer or someone that collects old cameras. Plus it looks really cool sitting on a coffee table! It is filled with pictures and information on all sorts of makes and models of cameras.
Another book by Scott Kelby, this one is on landscapes. If you are looking to learn or improve your landscape photography, this is a great read. Scott covers techniques and gear.
Another Bryan Peterson book that is an excellent read. If you are looking to learn flash photography, I suggest you start with this book!
About the Author
Beth Mancuso is a portrait and landscape photographer based out of Minnesota. She has been in business as a portrait photographer for over ten years. She has spent the last six years working as an instructor and mentor. Her work has been featured by National Geographic, Huff Post, My Modern Met, Peta Pixel, and Lensbaby. Her work has been published in Click, Midwest Living, and Black and White Magazine. You can read more about her here. You can find a portfolio of her landscape work here. You can find here portrait work here.