I know that everyone's top photography books will be different depending on the person you ask. Well, let's pretend I'm the one you've asked. These are books that have helped me along my photographic journey. Every photographer needs some sort of guidance in there creative adventures. What better way to educate yourself in your craft than reading books from some of the best.
- Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition by Bryan Petersonin my opinion, is a must read for anyone starting to learn the art of photography. I read this book and it was well worth the time and money. Understanding how exposure works is essential!
- ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photographyis like the ultimate reference book for running your photography business.
- VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography by David duChemin is a must read because making a life and a living in photography is tough. David talks about vision, passion, and your calling as a photographer.
- The Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World's Top ShootersJoe McNally, again, takes some of his own work and guides you through how it gets the shot. Advice from a speedlight master like Joe, is something that I’m glad I read and followed.
- Beyond Portraiture: Creative People PhotographyBryan gives his advice on portraiture using his own colorful images. Bryan Peterson is still one of my favorite photographers.
- The Fast Track Photographer Business Plan by Dane Sandersis a guide to creating a business plan that suits your personality. This is very creative way to start or make your existing business better.
- The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographersalways makes me laugh a little because of how I discovered it. This book was actually recommended to me by a photographer that I look up to. I was asking questions in a forum that I used to spend a lot of time in. My question concerned management of my files or images. I was told to “read the DAM book.” I was wondering why I was being spoken to in this manner. After thinking about it, I asked, “what book.” The DAM Book by Peter Krogh. This is a great guideline for managing your digital assets. I say guideline because workflow differs with every photographer. Read the DAM book!
- The Life "Guide to Digital Photography, Everything You Need to Shoot Like the Pros" is a great guide for learning about photography. Joe provides more of his images with information and instruction on how he got the shot.
- The Digital Photography Book, Part 4is the fourth book in Scott Kelby's series of instructional photography books. I have read part 1-3, which are great books. I just purchased part 4 and I'm looking forward to Scott's style of teaching. I recommend this one because the other 3 in this series were great.
There are many books and videos that helped me on my photographic journey. I highly recommend educating yourself and always look to learn more.