Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - October 2021

Books in the professional photography nonfiction genre are about the knowledge of using a camera professionally. The primary purpose of this genre is to help photographers about learning the technicalities of professional photography. For example, they might include the proper techniques of handling the camera equipment, angle, light, lens, etc. A professional photographer specializes in event and image capturing at the right moment. Therefore, they work as employees and cover the events such as sports, weddings, street life, and documentaries. In addition, this genre explores the specialization fields of photojournalism, war photography, aviation photography, and fashion photography. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Professional Photography.

1. Candle Making Business 101: The Simple 8 Step Beginner's Guide to Start, Run, and Grow a Profitable Home-Based Candle Business. From Candle Making to Marketing to Launch in as little as 30 Days.

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - October 2021

Do you want to start your own candle business quickly... without wasting time or money... even if you have never made a candle before? Then keep reading... You love candles, the different fragrances, shapes and sizes. Everything about them makes you feel relaxed.  You are constantly buying more candles, spending all your hard earned money on the next fancy fragrance.  One day, it dawns on you… why not create your own? Then you can make your candles in any scent and look you desire. Why should you be giving money to other people when you could be earning that money yourself?  Don’t panic, it's not too late. I know what you are thinking, you are seeing a lot of homemade candle companies popping up left right and centre. Who is going to buy your candles over the next candle company? But you don’t have to worry, there is space for you in the market, if you implement the right strategy. According to Verified Market Research (2020), the candle market is set to grow to USD 6.64 Billion by 2027 which is an 87.6% increase from 2020. This is a huge figure and a growth opportunity you do not want to miss out on!  Creating a business exactly how you envisioned it, isn’t an easy job, but it's much easier than you think once you know the steps to create a successful company.  The reason why most people fail at this business is a result of not knowing how to market and actually sell their candles. But, this book teaches you a wealth of tips and tricks on how to get your candles noticed! Anyone can start this business and make it a success. Take Leah for example, she started in her kitchen at the start of the pandemic and now her business is thriving making $2.2 million in 13 months with no outside capital! ( In this book you will discover… Why candle making is one of the BEST businesses to start after the pandemic.  How to make the perfect candle even if you have never made one before  Up-to-date accounting and insurance information. The #1 mistake which causes any small business to fail, and how you can avoid this fate. How you can leverage social media marketing to your competitive advantage. The top strategies to find and maintain customers and guarantee sales from day one. How to accelerate your business growth even without a social media following. As a free bonus, you’ll have access to ‘11 easy tricks to master your candle launch and triple your sales within the first month!’. And much more… If you have a dream of opening your own candle store, or just making your own candles as a side hustle, then this is the book for you. Yes! You can even get results. This step by step guide is so easy to follow, that you can start your own business in as little as 30 days, even if you have no business experience and have never made a candle before. If you want to start your own successful candle business then scroll up and click the ‘Add to Cart’ button now!

  • Author: Grace Holmes
  • Publisher: Independently published (June 29, 2021)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies
  • ISBN: 979-8528683294
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.46 x 8 inches


2. I Can Make You Feel Good: Tyler Mitchell

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - October 2021

In his first published monograph, Tyler Mitchell, one of America's distinguished photographers, imagines what a Black utopia could look like. I Can Make You Feel Good , is a 206-page celebration of photographer and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell's distinctive vision of a Black utopia. The book unifies and expands upon Mitchell's body of photography and film from his first US solo exhibition at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. Each page of I Can Make You Feel Good is full bleed and bathed in Mitchell's signature candy-colored palette. With no white space visible, the book's design mirrors the photographer's all-encompassing vision which is characterized by a use of glowing natural light and rich color to portray the young Black men and women he photographs with intimacy and optimism. The monograph features written contributions from Hans Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries), Deborah Willis (Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University), Mirjam Kooiman (Curator, Foam) and Isolde Brielmaier (Curator-at-Large, ICP), whose critical voices examine the cultural prevalence of Mitchell's reimagining of the Black experience. Based in Brooklyn, Mitchell works across many genres to explore and document a new aesthetic of Blackness. He is regularly published in avant- garde magazines, commissioned by prominent fashion houses, and exhibited in renowned art institutions, Mitchell has lectured at many such institutions including Harvard University, Paris Photo and the International Center of Photography (ICP), on the politics of image making.

  • Author: Tyler Mitchell
  • Publisher: Prestel (August 25, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-3791386089
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.04 x 12.5 inches


3. Slim Aarons: Women

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - October 2021

Slim Aarons: Women explores the central subject of Slim Aarons’s career—the extraordinary women from the upper echelons of high society, the arts, fashion, and Hollywood. The book presents the women who most influenced Aarons’s life and work—and the other remarkable personalities he photographed along the way, including Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Diana Vreeland, and Marilyn Monroe, all featured in unforgettable photographs. The collection contains more than 200 images, the majority of which have not appeared in previous books, along with detailed captions written by one of Aarons’s closest colleagues. Showcasing beautiful women at their most glamorous in some of the most dazzling locations across the globe, Slim Aarons: Women is a fresh look at the acclaimed photographer through the muses who inspired his most incredible photographs. Also available from Slim Aarons: Poolside with Slim Aarons , Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time , Slim Aarons: A Place in the Sun , and Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita .

  • Author: Slim Aarons
  • Publisher: Abrams; Illustrated edition (October 4, 2016)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1419722424
  • Dimensions: 10 x 1.2 x 12 inches


4. Business Techniques for Real Estate Photography: How to make money shooting homes

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - October 2021

In this fourth book in his real estate photography series, Nathan explains how to successfully start, manage, and grow your real estate photography business. Attracting clients and keeping them for the long-term are some of the more salient themes, yet Nathan also explains how to judge viability for your region, set prices, raise prices, and collect payments as well. By explaining aspects of human psychology that relate to clients and the industry, Nathan shows traps and scams to watch out for, and ways to deal with problem situations while maintaining the high ground. Staying on budget, Nathan explains how to efficiently market yourself without breaking the bank, how to efficiently construct your schedule, and techniques to get your business started quickly while addressing longer term goals and growth strategies. Safety is also paramount with advice on how to stay safe on the job, and how to protect and insure your business as well. Nathan steers clear of hype and focuses instead on what works (and what doesn’t) to create and maintain a successful real estate photography business. While the art and technical aspects of real estate photography can be challenging, doing it for money can be even more daunting. Nathan makes it simple though and gets right to the point, showing how you can make money shooting homes.

  • Author: Nathan Cool
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video


5. How To Become A Successful Artist

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - October 2021

The must-have business guide for all artists, written by the leading specialist in the global art market Written for artists of all levels, ages and mediums the latest book from bestselling author Magnus Resch explores how artists can have a career in the field they love. He answers the most important questions including: How do I find gallery representation? How do I write an artist statement? How should I price my artworks? And what's the best Instagram strategy? Case studies are drawn from interviews with leading experts and practitioners, including artists, gallerists, and curators. It's an invaluable resource to explain the core business principles of being an artist and reveals how to make it in the art market. This must-have guide includes business advice from the art world’s leading experts, such as Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jeffrey Deitch, Simon de Pury, Mera & Don Rubell, Mr. Brainwash, Oscar Murillo, Sean Scully, Peter Halley, Kenny Scharf, Lucien Smith, Lisa Schiff, Julian Schnabel, Georgina Adam, Katherine Bernhardt, Shirin Neshat, Laurie Simmons, Jordan Wolfson, Jitish Kallat, Zhang Huan, Rashid Johnson, Marilyn Minter, Raymond Pettibon and many more.

  • Author: Magnus Resch
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (May 26, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1838662424
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 0.85 x 8.3 inches


6. Irving Penn: Centennial

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - October 2021

The definitive book on the work of a virtuosic and revered American photographer Irving Penn (1917–2009) was among the most esteemed and influential photographers of the 20th century. Over the course of a nearly seventy-year career, he mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, and detail.  This indispensable book features one of the largest selections of Penn’s photographs ever compiled, including famous and beloved images as well as works that have never been published.    Celebrating the centennial of Penn’s birth, this lavish volume spans the entirety of his groundbreaking career. An enlightening introduction situates his work in the context of the various artistic, social, and political environments and events that affected the content of his photographs.  Lively essays acquaint readers with Penn’s primary subjects and campaigns, including early documentary scenes and imagery; portraits; fashion; female nudes; peoples of Peru, Dahomey (Benin), New Guinea, and Morocco; still lifes; and much more. Irving Penn: Centennial is essential for any fan of this artist’s work or the history of 20th-century photography.

  • Author: Maria Morris Hambourg
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (April 25, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1588396181
  • Dimensions: 10.25 x 2 x 12.25 inches


7. 52 Week Photography Challenge: Photography Ideas and Photo Projects for a Whole Year • Inspiration to Try Out New Themes, Effects and Techniques

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - October 2021

Do you love taking pictures to capture special moments? Are you a beginner, a pro or a hobby photographer? If yes, then this challenge is for you! Apply new techniques and themes or practice what you already know with this 52 week photography challenge. For a whole year, this book will be by your side, helping you every week to complete photo challenges, note your camera settings and ideas for the future. This way they're available the next time you ask yourself, "How did I take such an awesome self-portrait/landscape/sunrise/etc". This book gives you the challenge, but the choice of camera, lens and settings are up to you. Here you are encouraged to push yourself to find the creativity within. With room to simply paste your photo into the book, you can see with each turn of the page how you grew as a photographer and how the interaction of your camera skills and settings ultimately harmonized. two pages dedicated to each challenge, leaving you enough room for your notes there is no time limit to the challenge, you can start it any time challenges include street photography, black and white photography, photography with flash and much, much more... handy size: 7 x 10 inch / 17.8 x 25.4 cm glossy finish softcover ✅ A great gift idea for those who enjoy photography both as a hobby and professionally! Ready for your challenge? Get yours now!

  • Author: The Odd Letter Co.
  • Publisher: Independently published (December 22, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1679167232
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.28 x 10 inches


8. How to Photograph Food: Compose, Shoot, and Edit Appetizing Images

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - October 2021

For amateurs and pros looking to add to their portfolios, How to Photograph Food makes food photography a piece of cake! How to Photograph Food is the gorgeous, informative photography book you didn't know you needed. For budding photographers and social media personalities, the perfect image has never been easier to capture, and How to Photograph Food puts it all within reach. Chapters include: Gear Lighting Frame and Balance Food Styling Photo Editing Thinking like a Pro You'll learn the essential equipment, how to keep food looking good on a shoot, how to work with props, managing lighting, and much more, all from a skilled photographer and teacher. With only a digital camera and a little practice, you'll be able to turn out images with great contrast, balance, and appeal that look as good as they taste.

  • Author: Beata Lubas
  • Publisher: Running Press Adult (September 29, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-0762499625
  • Dimensions: 7.75 x 0.9 x 12.95 inches


9. The Back Door: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Finding a Way to Success That You Didn’t Know Existed

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - October 2021

For anyone who feels stuck in a box or held back by “gatekeepers” who put ceilings on their dreams, Ishan Goel’s The Back Door opens a fresh new world of possibilities, along with a success formula that defies the cookie-cutter thinkers and nay-sayers at every level. Feeling trapped inside the traditional school system, Ishan Goel turned his frustrations into a passion-driven, thriving business. At just 14 years old, he built a photography company that enabled him to connect with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. He continued to hone new skills, including marketing, and ultimately founded Goel Strategies, one of the most innovative new creative agencies that helps Fortune 500 brands better connect with their customers. Ishan’s remarkable journey is chronicled in The Back Door —the ultimate system that enables you to create opportunities otherwise “impossible” to unlock. Written by a Gen Z entrepreneur, Goel’s book is like no other. The Back Door steps readers through the life lessons he learned during his journey to the top, as well as the business innovations he continues to develop that keep his company thriving. You’ll learn how to: Take complete control of your reality, despite external barriers Discover your drive and harness your true potential Build yourself up regardless of where you start …as well as dozens of other skills he’s mastered from working with billionaires and the world’s best and brightest in virtually every field of business. Goel’s Back Door system unlocks the secrets ambitious entrepreneurs need to formulate a roadmap for their own unique success and provides the keys needed to open each new door along the way.

  • Author: Ishan Goel
  • Publisher: Launch Pad Publishing (July 11, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1951407766
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.51 x 8.5 inches


10. InstaStyle: Curate Your Life, Create Stunning Photos, and Elevate Your Instagram Influence

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - October 2021

Gain Instagram followers, grow your personal brand, and influence others with your authentic personality, beautiful photography, and stunningly curated grid. Whether your passion is fitness, fashion, food, or anything in between, you can turn that passion into a business that will inspire and influence others! Instagram is the place where trends break, tastes are made, and brands are launched, and it’s packed with insightful analytics and handy business tools that will help you elevate your social media presence to the next level. But how do you get there? InstaStyle  is a must-have guide for any Instagrammer who aspires to become an influencer. You’ll learn to create your brand, connect with others, and share the way you see the world! Tezza (@tezza) and other well-known Instagram influencers will show you how they’ve procured their platforms, and teach you how to tell compelling visual stories that will help your build your own brand. Here is what you'll find in InstaStyle:    •  Beautiful imagery and easily understood guides to help you achieve your Instagram goals    •  Tips for creating an immediately recognizable grid aesthetic and showcasing your life, all while still remaining true to your personal brand    •  Expert advice and tips for creating beautiful photography, telling compelling visual stories, finding management representation, and creating successful brand engagement strategies    •  Inspiration and guidance from other influencers, including:    @emily_luciano - fashion    @travel_inhershoes - travel    @thewoodenskillet - food    @xandervintage - beauty    @amberfillerup - family    @alexajeanfitness - fitness    @annemariebarton - interior design    @designbyaikonik - flat lays and products

  • Author: Tezza (a.k.a. Tessa Barton)
  • Publisher: Alpha; Illustrated edition (October 23, 2018)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1465476685
  • Dimensions: 7.75 x 0.69 x 9.2 inches