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Best Photography Books

Best Photography Books

Are you looking for some photography technical knowledge? Do you want inspiration for your photo projects? Photography books are great go-to resources to help you get inspired and improve your photography skills. 

We’ve put together a list of some of the best photography books out there today. Some are classics, some are pure inspiration, and some will help get your photography to the next level. You don’t need to possess an expensive DSLR to enjoy these books, you can still apply the technical how-tos with your smartphone.

Let’s start reading!

Technical Photography Books 

Learning the basics of photography like ISO, shutter speed, and aperture will give you the confidence you need to experiment and get creative with your photography.

The Beginner's Photography Guide

By: Chris Gatcum

This is a best-selling classic guide book excellent if you are getting started in photography. It is geared towards digital camera users, but most of the information can be applied to your smartphone in manual mode. You’ll create better photos with your smartphone if you understand the basics of photography. 

Amazon: $14.85

Smart Phone Smart Photography: Simple techniques for taking incredible pictures with iPhone and Android

By: Jo Bradford 

The Smart Phone Smart Photography book has several tips and tricks to get you taking better photos with your phone. The book is for both iPhone and Android users. 

"Really good book with tons of information. Written in a very understandable format. I would recommend this book for anyone looking to develop their skills in phone photography."- John D

Amazon: $13.37

Art with an iPhone: A Photographer's Guide to Creating Altered Realities

By: Kat Sloma

This book is geared towards smartphone photography. You will learn how to use your iPhone’s manual settings in order to create unique photographs. The author shows how light affects images and how to edit your shots in apps.

Amazon: $17.22

The Photographer's Eye Remastered

By: Michael Freeman 

The Photographer's Eye is a classic book about design and composition that helps the reader to look at their photography in different and unique ways. Freeman covers all aspects of design and how they apply to composition. 

Amazon: $15.68

BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro

By: Jim Miotke

Better Photo Basics is the go-to photography book for the absolute beginner. Readers have commented on how easy to read it is and how rewarding the photo exercises are.

"Very clear, vibrant, and lots of content."- Kevin

Amazon: $14.31

National Geographic Dawn to Dark Photographs: The Magic of Light

By: National Geographic

One of the key factors to becoming a good photographer is observing and understanding light. Dawn to Dusk Photographs by National Geographic takes you through a day, from the first glimpses of the sun to when it disappears over the horizon. Learn to read light better to make your photos stand-out.

Amazon: $14.17

The Landscape Photography Book: The step-by-step techniques you need to capture breathtaking landscape photos like the pros

By: Scott Kelby

Scott Kelby is a well-known photographer and teacher that has an easy and friendly approach to photography. In The Landscape Photography Book learn to take draw-dropping landscape photos with Kelby's personal techniques. 

Amazon: $18.27

The Masters of Photography

Talented and dedicated photographers have risen to the top of their careers and are praised for their contributions to the photography world. Read about some of the famous photographers and browse some of their work. 

Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls

By: Nick Brandt

Photographer turned conservationist, Nick Brandt has a gracious approach to capturing Africa's disappearing wildlife and landscape. A selection of some of the best black & white photos from his years spent observing the majestic animals of East Africa are put together in this stunning book. 

Amazon: $96

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment

By: Cartier Bresson

French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson was one of the pioneers of street photography. This book, first published in 1952, has a collection of some of his earlier work. At a time when photography was mostly staged, Cartier Bresson came up with the concept of the decisive moment. 

"Cartier-Bresson’s concept of the “decisive moment” ― a split second that reveals the larger truth of a situation ― shaped modern street photography and set the stage for hundreds of photojournalists to bring the world into living rooms through magazines."- James Estrin The New York Times Online

Amazon: $89.58

Annie Leibovitz At Work

By: Annie Leibovitz

Famous portrait photographer, Annie Leibovitz, is well-known for her talent for capturing people and creating truly unique portraits of her subjects. From the Queen of England to John Lennon, she has photographed hundreds of famous and influential people over the years. 

"Whether she's photographing the famous and powerful - or simply the woman next door - Annie always captures something unexpected and deeply personal."—Oprah Winfrey

Amazon: $31.42

Vivian Maier: Street Photographer

By: John Maloof

The story of Vivian Maier is undoubtfully one of the most surprising developments to happen to the world of photography. Over 100,000 photographs were recently discovered in a storage unit, all created by an unknown woman who photographed all over the world in a span of several decades without showing her photographs to anyone. Her photos are astounding and have since gained a huge following. She was without a doubt one of the first great street photographers without even knowing it.

Amazon: $23.97

Inspirational Books about Photography

This list of photography books is sure to make great coffee table additions and to inspire the photographer in you.

The Art of Photography, 2nd Edition: A Personal Approach to Artistic Expression

By: Bruce Barnbaum

This book dives deep into the philosophical and creative side of photography. It was written at a time before digital photography and shows the reader how to think and analyze their images with a greater vision and fewer clicks.

Amazon: $39.49

Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World's Most Amazing Places

By: National Geographic

National Geographic put together 225 of the most amazing photographs from all over the world. If this book doesn't make you want to grab your camera and book a flight somewhere, we don't know what will. 

Amazon: $36.00

Photography: The Definitive Visual History

By: Tom Ang

This is a beautiful book that looks back at the past 200 years that shaped photography into what it is today. 

"Wonderful, comprehensive and profusely illustrated history of photography. A fascinating and informative read."- Kealan Patrick Burke

Amazon: $30.59

Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are

By: Brenda Tharp

This is a great book for anyone looking for inspiration. Extraordinary Everyday Photography will show you that you can find amazing shots everywhere. You don't have to travel to the other end of the world to create unique and creative images, sometimes your own backyard is full of opportunities.