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

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Photography Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Digital Photography Complete Course: Learn Everything You Need to Know in 20 Weeks

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

Go from photography novice to pro in no time! This modular photography course is the ultimate master class in digital photography.   This new edition of DK Books’ complete course-based guide to digital photography will help you use your digital camera to its full potential in just 20 weeks. Discover everything you need to know about photography step-by-step, week-by-week.    Now fully updated throughout to include the latest camera kit, this is the perfect one-on-one learning program for beginner photographers. Using a combination of easy-to-understand tutorials, step-by-step demonstrations, practical assignments, and fun Q&As, this book encourages you to put your new learning into practice straight away.    From conveying movement and using natural light to understanding how to master portrait and landscape photography, this one-on-one learning program is a great “foundation course” for people who want to take photography more seriously. Learn about the different modes on bridge and system cameras (DSLR or mirrorless), and demystify digital photography jargon such as aperture, exposure, shutter speed, and depth-of-field.    This photography book will show you how to control and understand every element of your camera. With the aid of simple text and innovative graphics, you'll explore a wide variety of photography skills and genres. Find out how to create landscapes, portraits, still life, and action shots as you discover the full range of your camera.    Master the Art of Photography in As Little As 20 Weeks    Digital Photography Complete Course 2nd Edition will teach you how to take professional-looking pictures you'll be proud to display. The program is completely customizable to your schedule, so you can work through the modules at your own pace. It’s also an especially thoughtful gift for aspiring photographers.    This digital photography course will guide you through every aspect of digital photography:     • The new edition includes the latest technological and creative developments in digital photography and image manipulation    • Follows a guided learning approach with 20 interactive and user-friendly modules    • Technical concepts are explained in simple, easy-to-understand language     • Innovative graphics illustrate key theories    • Combines practical demonstrations, step-by-step tutorials, and creative assignments

  • Author: David Taylor
  • Publisher: DK; Reissue edition (August 18, 2015)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1465436078
  • Dimensions: 8 x 1.13 x 9.44 inches


2. National Geographic Photo Basics: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Great Photography

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

For digital camera and smartphone users, this easy how-to guide, written by an experienced National Geographic photographer, imparts the essentials of taking great pictures. This entertaining book from beloved National Geographic photographer and Photo Ark founder Joel Sartore shows aspiring photographers how to take great pictures, from framing and F-stops to editing and archiving. Whether you're using your phone or a DSLR camera, you'll learn the fundamentals of photography--and how to put them to work every day. In a series of short lessons, Sartore explains the basics, from choosing a camera and gear to understanding focus, exposure, composition, and lighting. Using examples from his own work, he applies the basic rules of photography to family, pet, travel, nature, and street photos, and how to get a great shot with the camera on your smartphone. Throughout the book you'll find pro tips, quick assignments, and the behind-the-camera stories of great photographs; helpful notes clarify how to use every piece of advice with your smartphone camera. Fun and informative, this practical book will be your gateway to taking great pictures.

  • Author: Joel Sartore
  • Publisher: National Geographic; Illustrated edition (November 12, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1426219702
  • Dimensions: 7.85 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches


3. The Beginner's Photography Guide: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Manual for Getting the Most from Your Digital Camera

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

All you need is a digital camera and this bestselling book to unlock your full potential as a photographer! This handbook will help you improve your skills, give you a fresh perspective on how to approach a shoot, and which equipment will work best. If you have a burst of inspiration and ideas for new projects, this must-have will guide you through every step.    Achieve stunning results with this expert advice on everything from how to choose the right equipment and aperture exposure, to image enhancement and flash. This comprehensive guide is a trusted resource and an ideal starting point. Written for beginners, this photography book is easy to read and understand, even if you have never worked with a camera before. It has step-by-step tutorials covering the whole range of camera functions and photographic techniques. Each chapter of the book is full of practical hands-on projects and tutorials that will help you get the best from your camera.  At-a-glance comparison images show how camera settings can produce remarkably different pictures. The results are shown side-by-side with each technique, along with the setting used to create a particular look or effect. You’ll also learn how to enhance your images using a range of innovative ideas adopted by professionals.  Go from Novice to Pro Photographer in a Flash It has been fully updated to reflect all the latest developments in technology and creative trends in digital image-making. This manual will teach you all the tips and techniques you need to ensure that your memorable moments are captured perfectly every time! The Beginner's Photography Guide  will help you find your inner photographer:    • Takes you through every technique you need to create stunning images.    • Easy-to-follow layout and step-by-step and tutorials.    • Handy checklists with a quick rundown of the equipment and camera settings.    • Hundreds of inspirational images to motivate you to reach your goal.

  • Author: Chris Gatcum
  • Publisher: DK; Illustrated edition (May 10, 2016)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1465449665
  • Dimensions: 7.63 x 0.53 x 9.25 inches


4. Making Movies

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

Why does a director choose a particular script? What must they do in order to keep actors fresh and truthful through take after take of a single scene? How do you stage a shootout—involving more than one hundred extras and three colliding taxis—in the heart of New York’s diamond district? What does it take to keep the studio honchos happy? From the first rehearsal to the final screening, Making Movies is a master’s take, delivered with clarity, candor, and a wealth of anecdote. For in this book, Sidney Lumet, one of our most consistently acclaimed directors, gives us both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on forty years of experience on movies that range from Long Day’s Journey into Night to Network and The Verdict —and with such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino—Lumet explains how painstaking labor and inspired split-second decisions can result in two hours of screen magic.

  • Author: Sidney Lumet
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (March 19, 1996)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-0679756606
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches


5. The iPhone Photography Book

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

Learn to take great photos with your iPhone―the camera you always have with you! Imagine if someone took the same photographic techniques, principles, and tools used by high-end and professional photographers, but applied them to shooting with an iPhone. Imagine the type of images you’d be able to create using those same ideas. Well, finally, somebody has. The world’s #1 best-selling photography techniques author is about to break all the rules as he shows you how to apply the same techniques today’s top pro photographers use to make stunning images. You’re going to learn exactly how to use these techniques to create images that people will just not believe you could actually take with a phone (but with the quality of the iPhone’s camera, you absolutely can!). Scott leaves all the techno-speak behind and, instead, treats the whole book as if it were just you and he out on a shoot with your iPhones, using his trademark casual, plain-English writing style to help you unlock the power of your iPhone to make the type of pictures you never thought could be done with a phone. You’ll learn: • Which tools to use to make pro-quality portraits in any lighting situation. • How to create stunning landscape shots that people will swear you took with an expensive DSLR or mirrorless camera. • Proven posing techniques that flatter your subject and make anyone you photograph look their very best in every shot. • How to organize and edit your photos like a pro! • The pros’ top tips for making amazing shots of everything from flowers to product shots, from food photography to travel shots, and everything in between. Each page covers a single concept, a single tool, or a trick to take your iPhone photography from snapshots to shots that will make your friends and family say, “Wait… you took this?!” TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 1: iPhone Camera Essentials Chapter 2: How to Compose Like a Pro Chapter 3: Photographing People Chapter 4: Posing People Chapter 5: Travel & Landscape Photography Chapter 6: Other Cool Stuff to Shoot Chapter 7: iPhone Camera Tips and Tricks Chapter 8: Organizing Your Photo Library Chapter 9: Editing Your Images Chapter 10: Incredible Apps That Can Take Your Photos to the Next Level Chapter 11: Awesome iPhone Accessories Chapter 12: Photo Recipes

  • Author: Scott Kelby
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook (March 9, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1681986913
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches


6. Understanding Exposure, Fourth Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

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

This newly revised edition of Bryan Peterson's most popular book demystifies the complex concepts of exposure in photography, allowing readers to capture the images they want. Understanding Exposure has taught generations of photographers how to shoot the images they want by demystifying the complex concepts of exposure in photography. In this newly updated edition, veteran photographer Bryan Peterson explains the fundamentals of light, aperture, and shutter speed and how they interact with and influence one another. With an emphasis on finding the right exposure even in tricky situations, Understanding Exposure shows you how to get (or lose) sharpness and contrast in images, freeze action, and take the best meter readings, while also exploring filters, flash, and light. With all new images, as well as an expanded section on flash, tips for using colored gels, and advice on shooting star trails, this revised edition will clarify exposure for photographers of all levels.

  • Author: Bryan Peterson
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books; Revised edition (March 15, 2016)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1607748502
  • Dimensions: 8.54 x 0.46 x 10.5 inches


7. Mastering Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and Exposure

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

Amazon Best Seller! #1 Photography Reference Book for most of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Mastering the Exposure Triangle is the key to photographic excellence. Without a guide on your path to better pictures, you run the risk of spending a great deal of time and money heading down the wrong road. Frustration and confusion can easily take the wind from your sails and replace excitement with disappointment. This guide to EXPOSURE builds a solid foundation of photographic knowledge with easy-to-follow discussions of everything that you need to know in order to create better images with confidence. Every photographic term used in the book is clearly defined and thoroughly explained. All terms are also highlighted by using BOLD CAPS so that you can easily find them again to refresh your memory. By the time you finish reading this book, you will be well on your way to Mastering Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and Exposure There are thousands of Photography Books in the Kindle Store. So, why should you buy this book? Al Judge is an exceptional teacher. His books are arguably the best on the topic of Photography. This book requires no prior knowledge of Photography or Photographic Jargon. It is highly illustrated, well written and easy to understand. In a few hours, you will learn what others have taken years to learn. You will not waste your time reading meaningless banter. There is no risk. If you are not 100% satisfied, you can return it for a full refund within the first seven days. This only takes a single click on “Manage My Kindle.” What reviewers have said about Mastering Aperture.... Despite this book's rather advanced topics, it is perfect for beginners wanting to learn more. Jeff A great guide for all levels of photography, well written and illustrated!!! Albert This is another great book of Al's. He does a wonderful job at explaining all the needed information to better understand photography. Very easy to understand and lots of pointers. DJ As I am about to commence a photography diploma this book has come in handy as a warm up for me. Craig ˃˃˃ Can you identify with any of these experiences? Do your eyes glaze over when people use terms like ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and Exposure? Does the term f-stop make your stomach turn? Are you enthused about photography but confused by all the technical jargon? Would you like to be more consistent with the quality of your images? Do you wonder how professional photographers get such great shots? By the time you finish reading this book, you will be well on your way to Mastering Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and Exposure Adjusting APERTURE, DEPTH-OF-FIELD, SHUTTER SPEED, ISO and EXPOSURE will no longer be sources of stress, and your confidence will be greatly enhanced. With very little time and effort you can be well on your way to taking better pictures consistently. Any serious photographer will eventually learn everything in this book. You have an opportunity to learn it quickly and easily in just a few hours Why spend any more time “Shooting in the Dark?” Scroll up and grab a copy today for about the cost of a cup of coffee.

  • Author: Al Judge
  • Publisher: Subtle Visions Media (January 9, 2014)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video


8. Nikon D5600: Pocket Guide: Buttons, Dials, Settings, Modes, and Shooting Tips (The Pocket Guide Series for Photographers)

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

Designed for photographers who haven’t memorized every button, dial, setting, and feature on their Nikon D5600, Rocky Nook’s handy and ultra-portable quick reference Pocket Guide helps you get the shot when you’re out and about. • Confirm that your camera is set up properly with the pre-shoot checklist • Identify every button and dial on your camera • Learn the essential modes and settings you need to know • Dive deeper with additional features of your camera • Execute step-by-step instructions for shooting multiple exposures, in-camera HDR, time-lapse movies, and more • Follow tips and techniques for getting great shots in typical scenarios (portrait, landscape, freezing action, low light, etc.)

  • Author: Rocky Nook
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook (April 7, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1681986180
  • Dimensions: 3.3 x 0.6 x 4.5 inches


9. Old School Photography: 100 Things You Must Know to Take Fantastic Film Photos

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

Old School Photography is a must-have modern manual for learning how to create great photographs with a 35mm film camera. Famed YouTube personality Kai Wong expertly and humorously shares 100 essential tips for selecting and using film cameras, shooting with film and various lenses, and employing specific techniques to ensure you can get great results quickly. Known for his breadth of knowledge and quick wit, Kai Wong delivers an informative and entertaining read on how to take great film photos. • An informative and entertaining read on how to take great film photos • A must-have guide for those new to old-school film techniques • A much-needed book for the current resurgence of vintage 35mm film cameras Renewed interest in film photography has surged in the past few years, both among those rediscovering their past passion and those discovering it for the first time. Vintage cameras that had previously lost their value are now often worth more than they first sold for due to high demand amongst enthusiasts, students, and collectors. Film manufacturers have even started reissuing long discontinued stocks—for example, Kodak's much-loved and recently re-released classic Ektachrome slide film. In our modern world, billions of people have access to instantaneous photography on their mobile phones, but as a result there has been a resurgent desire for a more tactile, physical, unaltered, and thus honest medium. Much of which, ironically, ends up on the internet, with photography fans and influencers sharing their images across Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, and the like. More so than with digital photography, film photography requires a sense of craft, skill, patience, technical knowledge, and a trial-and-error process that results in a greater sense of accomplishment. Old School Photography is both enlightening and humorous, and attracts a new generation of fans who are eager to experiment with film cameras, make prints, and post their film photographs online.

  • Author: Kai Wong
  • Publisher: Chronicle Chroma (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1797209449
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.05 inches


10. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs

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

Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs is ideal for the new wave of snapshooters using DSLR, compact system and bridge cameras, looking for top photography tips. • A bestselling photography book with over 300,000 copies sold! • Learn top photography tips from 50 famous photographers • A must–have guide for amateur photographers and professional photographers Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs contains no graphs, no techie diagrams and no camera–club jargon. Instead, it inspires readers through iconic images and playful copy, packed with hands–on tips. Split into five sections, the book covers composition, exposure, light, lenses and the art of seeing. Masterpieces by acclaimed photographers – including Henri Cartier–Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Fay Godwin, Nadav Kander, Daido Moriyama and Martin Parr – serve to illustrate points and encourage readers to try out new ideas. Today's aspiring photographers want immediacy and see photography as an affordable way of expressing themselves quickly and creatively. This handbook meets their needs, teaching them how to take photographs using professional techniques. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs is part of the internationally–bestselling 'Read This' series, which has sold over half–a–million books worldwide and has been translated into over 20 languages. More titles in the 'Read This' series: Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs of People by Henry Carroll (9781780676241) Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs of Places by Henry Carroll (9781780679051) Use This if You Want to Take Great Photographs: A Photo Journal by Henry Carroll (9781780678887) Read This if You Want to Be Great at Drawing by Selwyn Leamy (9781786270542) Use This if You Want to Be Great at Drawing by Selwyn Leamy (9781786274052) Read This if You Want to Be Great at Drawing People by Selwyn Leamy (9781786275127) Read This if You Want to Be a Great Writer by Ross Raisin (9781786271976) Read This if You Want to Be Instagram Famous edited by Henry Carroll (9781780679679) Read This If You Want to Be YouTube Famous by Will Eagle (9781786275134)

  • Author: Henry Carroll
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; Illustrated edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1780673356
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 0.5 x 8 inches