Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - August 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. Slim Aarons: Women

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - August 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


2. 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 - August 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


3. Polaroid Now: The History and Future of Polaroid Photography

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

Polaroid Now celebrates new work created by contemporary artists working with Polaroid cameras and film today, and discusses the history, and evolution of the first instant imaging camera system that became a household name. This curated selection of images is diverse aesthetically and geographically, and embraces the world-wide community of Polaroid artists. The book celebrates the unique, one-of-a-kind, and instantly gratifying qualities of Polaroid imagery. Additionally, Polaroid photographs by renowned luminaries such as Andy Warhol, David Hockney, and Chuck Close are included, as well a section on the 20x24 Polaroid camera. • The cover of the book features a design that is an homage to the vintage Polaroid Colorpack Film boxes. • The edges of the book are gilded in silver, reminiscent of Polaroid's classic silver packaging. • The book features over 200 photographic images that explore the inherent beauty and possibilities of Polaroid film, as created by Polaroid artists from around the world. • An index features popular Polaroid cameras that are still available and used today. This officially licensed partnership with this world-renowned brand is the most comprehensive book published on Polaroid, and includes an essay by Polaroid's CEO Oskar Smolokowski.

  • Author: Steve Crist
  • Publisher: Chronicle Chroma (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1797201375
  • Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.2 x 11.6 inches


4. 100 Livestreaming & Digital Media Predictions: Top Content Creators Help You Succeed in an Era of Rapid Change

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

As an early adopter of a hot new social platform, content trend or game-changing tech tool, you have the opportunity to stand out in your industry, rise above the competition and open new streams of revenue. There is a tremendous advantage to being an early adopter — but only if you make the right choices. If you chase the wrong fashionable digital trends, shiny new tech objects or get-rich-quick Internet schemes, your content and business will suffer. Don’t waste precious time and resources on fruitless detours. With so much inaccurate, conflicting and dated advice out there, how do you know where to turn? Fortunately, Ross Brand has assembled 100 top creators, entrepreneurs and industry professionals to share their insights and predictions on livestreaming and digital media. They talk about what trends, products and platforms they’re focused on. Find out the best ways to monetize online content and how to leverage new developments in e-commerce. It’s your insider guide to online content and entrepreneurship for Web 3.0.

  • Author: Ross Brand
  • Publisher: Bowker (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1737661108
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches


5. I Can Make You Feel Good: Tyler Mitchell

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - August 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


6. How To Become A Successful Artist

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Professional Photography - August 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


7. Own Your Career Own Your Life: Stop Drifting and Take Control of Your Future

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

Are you searching for a fulfilling career and a life that feels meaningful? Do you want to wake up every morning feeling excited to start the day and confident that you are truly reaching your potential? Own Your Career Own Your Life was written for you. Andy Storch spent years stuck in the wrong career and drifting aimlessly through life. Now, he is a professional coach, consultant, speaker, and author whose life mission is to equip others to live intentionally, love the life they live, and fulfill their true potential. In his eagerly-anticipated book Own Your Career Own Your Life , you'll learn how to direct your own career, prepare for the future, and ultimately get back in the driving seat of your own life. This book is intended to be a practical guide, so it is packed full of useful tips and easily actionable steps, as well as inspirational accounts of real-life events and helpful insights into the author's own life - including the exact, real-life strategies he has used to design a career and life he loves. In Part 1 of Own Your Career Own Your Life ,you'll learn how to: Set a flexible vision for your life that will make every big decision instantly easier to make Live life for yourself instead of other people Identify the habits that are holding you back and replace them with ones that propel you forward Discover your unique purpose and use it as the ultimate productivity tool Create a realistic, actionable life plan Connect with the right people to help you on your journey Respond proactively to challenges and turn disappointments into opportunities In Part 2, you'll discover how to: Position yourself for success and stay relevant in a rapidly changing world Commit to personal development in a totally sustainable way Build a strong and supportive community around you Network with influential and inspirational people - even if you have financial or time limitations Build your personal brand, including using social media to add value whilst growing your reputation And in Part 3 the author reveals how to: Adopt a growth mindset and embrace setbacks Maximize your productivity using 3 simple strategies Finally achieve your goals in 6 easily-actionable steps Stop playing the comparison game Consistently maintain the same 7 daily self-help habits Storch has used to start directing his own career and life. Praise for Own Your Career Own Your Life "Andy lays out exactly how to set a vision and go out and achieve your goals both in your career and your life." Hal Elrod , best-selling author of The Miracle Morning series "This book is a must-read — no matter what stage you are at in your career.” Marshall Goldsmith , NYT bestselling author "An incredible reference manual for every person who wants to design a life they are truly proud and joyful to live!" Honorée Corder , strategic coach and author "It truly has the power to inspire millions of people to stop drifting and take ownership of their careers.” Claude Silver , Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia If you're looking for any of the following, then this book is right for you: Practical time management, self-leadership, career skills, and personal development hacks that go beyond the usual self-help and positive thinking Effective tips for personal development for life and work, business and career guidance, corporate career planning, and career development How to find your why, change your thoughts, improve your mind, motivate yourself, lead yourself first, choose your right career, and take control of your life.

  • Author: Andy Storch
  • Publisher: Andy Storch, Inc (October 24, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1736020913
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.58 x 8.5 inches


8. Best Business Practices for Photographers, Third Edition

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

For the first time, John Harrington brings together both Best Business Practices for Photographers and More Best Business Practices for Photographers , creating a complete and comprehensive guide for photographers starting, maintaining, and growing their business in order to achieve financial success and personal satisfaction. The photography industry is advancing and changing more—and more quickly—than ever. Right along with changes in camera technology, photographers are witnessing shifts in the business landscape that can be a challenge to understand and navigate, whether they’re just beginning their business or growing it after 25 years of shooting. Best Business Practices for Photographers, 3rd Edition , is an updated and expanded version of John Harrington’s bestselling books on the topic. For the first time, Harrington brings together both Best Business Practices for Photographers and More Best Business Practices for Photographers , creating a complete and comprehensive guide for photographers starting, maintaining, and growing their business in order to achieve financial success and personal satisfaction. In great detail and with a friendly, conversational voice, Harrington covers all the key points of the business of professional photography, and he provides today’s best practices that you need to know. This book covers: • How to establish your business (Sole Proprietor vs. LLC/LLP vs. S Corp) • Whether or not you need a physical, brick-and-mortar location • The equipment you need • Planning a shoot • The value of internships • Setting your fees • Pricing your work • Why you need insurance • Surviving an IRS audit • Contracts for editorial, commercial, and corporate clients, as well as weddings and rites of passage • The art of negotiation • How video can be incorporated into your business • Marketing, branding, and social media • Publishing a book of your work • Practical finance advice and guidance, from working with accountants to setting up QuickBooks • How to protect your work • Releases for models, property, and more • How to handle a breach of contract • Licensing your work • Digital asset management Whether you’re just starting a photography business or you’re a veteran shooter looking to improve your finances, Best Business Practices for Photographers, 3rd Edition , is for you. Harrington’s Best Business Practices books have long been recognized throughout the industry as the go-to resource for photographers, and this new, complete 3rd Edition is your key to a successful career in photography.

  • Author: John Harrington
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 3rd edition (November 8, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1681982663
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches


9. 100 Buildings

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

An accessible primer to the most important architectural touchstones of our time by today’s leading architects and teachers of architecture.   For this volume, over forty internationally renowned architects and educators—from Peter Eisenman and the late Zaha Hadid to Rafael Moneo and Cesar Pelli—were asked to list the top 100 twentieth-century architectural projects they would teach to students. The contributors were encouraged to select built projects where formal, spatial, technological, and organizational concepts responded to dynamic historical, cultural, social, and political circumstances. The capacity of these buildings to resist, adapt, and invent new typologies solidifies their timeless relevance to future challenges.   The result is presented here in this unique volume: a master list of the top 100 “must-know” built works of architecture designed and completed between 1900 and 2000. Ranging from houses and apartment buildings to museums and buildings for education and government, the book offers a wealth of extraordinary works of design and construction and is an essential edition for anyone with an interest in architecture and design.

  • Author: Thom Mayne
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 24, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-0847859504
  • Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 10.23 inches


10. What Becomes a Legend Most: A Biography of Richard Avedon

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

The first definitive biography of Richard Avedon, a monumental photographer of the twentieth century, from award-winning photography critic Philip Gefter. In his acclaimed portraits, Richard Avedon captured the iconic figures of the twentieth century in his starkly bold, intimately minimal, and forensic visual style. Concurrently, his work for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue transformed the ideals of women's fashion, femininity, and culture to become the defining look of an era. Yet despite his driving ambition to gain respect in the art world, during his lifetime he was condescendingly dismissed as a "celebrity photographer." What Becomes a Legend Most is the first definitive biography of this luminary—an intensely driven man who endured personal and professional prejudice, struggled with deep insecurities, and mounted an existential lifelong battle to be recognized as an artist. Philip Gefter builds on archival research and exclusive interviews with those closest to Avedon to chronicle his story, beginning with Avedon’s coming-of-age in New York between the world wars, when cultural prejudices forced him to make decisions that shaped the course of his life. Compounding his private battles, Avedon fought to be taken seriously in a medium that itself struggled to be respected within the art world. Gefter reveals how the 1950s and 1960s informed Avedon’s life and work as much as he informed the period. He counted as close friends a profoundly influential group of artists—Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, James Baldwin, Harold Brodkey, Renata Adler, Sidney Lumet, and Mike Nichols—who shaped the cultural life of the American twentieth century. It wasn't until Avedon's fashion work was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the late 1970s that he became a household name. Balancing glamour with the gravitas of an artist's genuine reach for worldy achievement—and not a little gossip—plus sixteen pages of photographs, What Becomes a Legend Most is an intimate window into Avedon's fascinating world. Dramatic, visionary, and remarkable, it pays tribute to Avedon's role in the history of photography and fashion—and his legacy as one of the most consequential artists of his time.

  • Author: Philip Gefter
  • Publisher: Harper; 1st Edition (October 13, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Fashion
  • ISBN: 978-0062442710
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.92 x 9 inches