Best Digital Photography Books

The 5 Best Digital Photography Books

The question is often asked what are the best digital photography books to buy. This is very subjective and is a bit like asking “what is the best car to buy?”

Amazon and photographic forums are a great pace to find out what people are looking for and what they ultimately end up buying.  I always pay special attention to the reviews from people who have bought the books as I find these the  most pertinent.  A book has to be really, really good for someone to post a good review and only slightly bad for a bad review – anything in between and people couldn’t be bothered.

Here Are My Top 5 Digital Photography Books

I have added links to Amazon for each specific book, but the books can be bought from other outlets as well.  Shop around.

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 #1 How to Create Stunning Digital Photography by Tony Northrup.

Rated 4.8 out of 5

This has been on the top seller list for a very long time and for good reason. It is a highly acclaimed book which is easy to read and apply. It is also a book that you will likely refer back to often, each time finding some new revelation that had slipped through a previous reading.

A timeless book on Digital Photography that will rapidly advance your skills as you put into practice what Tony teaches. Take time to read some of the 284 reviews.

#2 Digital Photography Box by Scott Kelby

Rated 4.7 out of 5

Made up from a series of 4 books – each can be bought individually.

They are not huge books and his simple techniques (very definitely not overly technical) and his quirky sense of humour (illustrated in some parts) make for an easy way to learn the skills taught in each book.

Each section of his books are presented in single pages of information and his stated goal is to have you feel he is standing right next to you as you learn.

Each volume is a quick and easy to understand read.  

#3 Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs With Any Camera by Bryan Peterson

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars

Probably the best value for money – at under $20.00 you get a lot of everything that applies to all cameras and all photography.

Peterson takes all the fluff and mystery out of photography and in the first 30 pages you will probably get more out of this book than any number of lessons or other books. Lighting is everything in photography and Peterson is an excellent teacher.

The book is also brilliantly illustrated.

It was really hard to separate the top 3 choices.

#4 The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby

#1 in Amazons Best Seller List and rated 4.6 out of 5

In his normal, easy to understand language, you are led through the steps and techniques of out of camera processing. It follows the same format as previous editions of the ever popular Lightroom series.

Its probably more a book for the intermediate to advanced user so if you are a newbie I would suggest you come back later.

It’s a big book consisting of  533 pages, packed with information and is well worth the price.

#5 The Photographers Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman

Rated 4.2 out of 5
Like all good tutorials the author explains seemingly complicated subjects, with simple language, making it easier for the reader to understand what those technical manuals are unable to do!

This is not a book on the technical side of photography.  It is a book about composing your image to have that “WOW” effect. It covers the rules (such as the “rule of thirds”), when to apply them and when to break them. Through it you will learn how deliberate placement of your main subject within the overall frame of the photo can have a huge impact.  It may sound simple and obvious but you will be surprised at how your photos will suddenly take on a more professional look.

 Additional Digital Photography Book Recommendations

Not quite making it into the top 5 but still highly recommended are:

The Moment it Clicks: photography secrets from one of the worlds top shooters.  By Joe McNally

How To Photograph Absolutely Everything: successful pictures from your digital camera.  By Tom Ang

The Naked and The Lens: A guide to Nude Photography. By Louis Benjamin

The Ultimate Field Guide to Photography: Revised and expanded. By National Geographic

The A-Z of Creative Photography, Revised Edition: A complete guide to more than 70 creative techniques.  By Lee Frost




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