Inspirational Photography books always takes our skills a notch up. Whether you are new to photography or a seasoned photographer, there is a book for everyone to look upto and fine tune their skills. PhotoConcierge has compiled some of the ‘must reads’ as recommended by our 20 best photographers who share expertise in Street Photography, Photo Journalism, Nature & Landscape Photography, Wedding and Advertisement Photography and Editorial Photography. We are quite sure that this compilation will make any photographers life, picture perfect.
The Digital Photography Book (Volume 1 to 3) by Scott Kelby
Considered as world’s best selling book on digital photography, this book comes in three volumes and you will love all of them to death! Scott Kelby’s books are easy to read and he breaks down all those technical photography jargons so easily, that becoming a professional photographer seems effortless! What more, he has a funny sense of humour too, which engages you all the more better and makes you think that Scott is your friend and you are taking a bunch of advise from a friend!
He covers lighting techniques, composition, camera settings, editing, posing, exposure, printing and so much more. Each page covers a single concept on how to make your photography better and includes an example photo.He also gives equipment suggestions in different price ranges so you can decide what you need to buy based on your budget. Definitely a resourceful book for learners at all levels!
Learning To See Creatively – Design, Colour & Composition in Photography by Bryan Peterso
Indeed seeing things creatively is a gift, but not many possess it. Once could be great at certain techniques but not composition. That brings us to the point that creativity can be learnt too, thanks to Bryan Peterso. In his book, Peterson goes beyond the rule of thirds and discusses alternative “rules” of composition. In addition to the “rules”, he also explains when it is fine to break them. He goes into lines, shapes, forms, framing within frames, using colour, patterns, diagonals and all of that to create stunning images. It is also quite known that Stock photographers consider this book as their Bible!
Light Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting By Fil Hunter, Steven Biver, and Paul Fuqua
If you don’t understand lights, then you’re not a photographer, well technically. The authors of the book have pretty much mastered how light works and have explained the nature of light, regardless of style, and how to handle the practical application of controlling it. One of the most valuable lessons within this book explains how reflections work, and how to avoid them. It’s one of the most crucial things to know if you plan to shoot portraits or product photography. It helps make the learning exciting and they also provide examples that are fun to re-create.
Ansel Adams at 100 By Ansel Adams and John Szarkowski
Observing fellow photographers work can indeed do a lot of good for any seasoned photographer. Ansel Adams is the most loved American photographers and is also a prominent figure in the world of photography. Ansel Adams at 100, specifically, is a great compilation of his best works—many of which are unfamiliar to most—and contains a wonderful collection of photos that will illustrate his play of light and perspective.
Best Business Practices for Photographers By John Harrington
A follow-up to the successful and acclaimed “Best Business Practices for Photographers”, this updated and expanded edition serves as an even more comprehensive guide to achieving financial success and personal satisfaction in your business as a photographer. Included in this new edition are sections on licensing your work, making the career change from a staff photographer to a freelancer, surviving an Internal Revenue Services audit, and more. This book includes best practices in interacting with clients, negotiating contracts and licenses, and business operations. To summarize, this book is a comprehensive business bible for every photographer who wants to make a living taking photos – providing the keys to succeed and the confidence and stability your clients deserve.