10 Must Read Photography Books


10 must-read photography books

Scott Kelby’s The Digital Photography series is a best seller and great for any skill level.  Kelby is casual, easy to understand, and serves up some great tips encased in his own brand of humor and straight-to-the-point style of instruction.  By dividing the books into categorized chapters, Kelby makes is easy for readers to be quick and selective based on the type of photography that interests them.  For example, if you aren’t interested in wedding photography, simply skip that chapter and go back to it later when desired.  Kelby recommends equipment based on budget levels, which is also really helpful.  He includes multiple references to his online resources and offers step by step guidance.

You can buy all five volumes individually or as a boxed set.  We own the set — we love his style of writing. It’s anything but dry and makes learning fun and easy — we highly recommend it!  Our only regret is not buying these books sooner.

The Digital Photography Book: Part 1The Digital Photography Book, Part 2 The Digital Photography Book, Part 3The Digital Photography Book, Part 4The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo RecipesScott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

When I first got into photography, I took a class in DC.  My instructor recommended Understanding Exposure and Understanding Composition, and I’m so happy he did.  They are super helpful and full of clear, thoughtful instruction. They certainly give you a fresh perspective on photography and offer a style different from Kelby.

The Photographer’s Eye and The Moment It Clicks come highly recommended, but in all honesty, I’ve yet to snag the chance to read them.  At the moment, they’re sitting on my table with a few other books that I’m waiting to read.  As soon as I tackle them, I’ll make sure to come back here and update my notes!
61UlDyG5rYL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC Book for Digital Photographers  by Scott Kelby, is one of the best books on Lightroom for both beginners and advanced users.  His step by step instruction and use of screen shots make it really easy to follow — again, another series I wish I’d discovered years ago.

*We also recommend checking out Ken Rockwell‘s website. It’s great for beginners with super useful recommendations.  Also, have a look at his apps for tablets and phones that are tailored to whichever camera you purchase — with glossary and dictionary included, they’re a quick and easy way to learn the menus and mechanics of your camera on the go.

Do you have a favorite photography book? Comment below and share with us! We’d love to add it to our list.

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