The Definitive Photography Book Guide

2012-04-14 by . 5 comments

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It’s a question that pops in everyone’s mind, what should I read to learn photography? The question is asked in many ways. For example, What should I read to start learning photography? What should I read to learn about the history of photography? What about the science behind photography? So this post will try to list the “have to read books” about certain category in photography.

What are the first books that I should read to learn photography?

  1. If you have camera, read the manual
  2. Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson
  3. The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby. It’s 4 parts now.
  4. Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting by Fil Hunter, Paul Fuqua, Steven Biver.
  5. National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Secrets to Making Great Pictures by Peter Burian and Bob Caputo
  6. LIFE Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot Like the Pros by Joe McNally.
  7. The Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World’s Top Shooters by Joe McNally.
  8. How to Photograph Absolutely Everything: Successful Pictures From Your Digital Camera by Tom Ang.
  9. Digital Photography Masterclass by Tom Ang.
Composition Books
  1. The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman.
  2. Photography and the Art of Seeing: A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and Digital Photography by Freeman Patterson.
  3. Photographing The World Around You by Freeman Patterson.
  4. Tao of Photography: Seeing Beyond Seeing by Philippe L. Gross and S.I. Shapiro.
History Books
  1. The Genius of Photography: How Photography has Changed Our Lives by Gerry Badger.
  2. On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Photography by Sarah Greenough
Science Books
  1. The Manual of Photography by Elizabeth Allen and Sophie Triantaphillidou.
  2. Image Sensors and Signal Processing for Digital Still Cameras by Junichi Nakamura.
  3. CMOS/CCD Sensors and Camera Systems by Gerald C. Holst and Terrence S. Lomheim.
  4. Applied Photographic Optics by Sidney Ray.
  5. Lens Design Fundamentals by Rudolf Kingslake and R. Barry Johnson.

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  • Alen says:

    Great resource I can link back to! Thank you for compiling this list.

  • As I outlined in this post: http://photo.stackexchange.com/a/17460/4892 I would stick to the first two editions of “The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby”, the rest is filler.

  • rfusca says:

    At some point, we should get a list of books relating to the business of photography.

  • sakib says:

    Great list for readers like me.

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