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The Best Digital Photography Books and Magazines
The last time I searched for books in the photography section of the Amazon book store there were 76,852 results. It's a popular subject, so a lot gets written. But I'm here to tell you that there are not 76,852 photography books worth reading!
Now, there are loads of talented photographers who have produced awesome books on a range of areas. Sadly, I'll never be able to read all of them. But I have read a selection, and some of that selection were really, really good. Those are the ones I'm going to share with you here.
Similarly, sticking with my Amazon theme, there are 76 photography magazine subscriptions available through the site. Most of these are probably quite decent, although many are perhaps not aimed at photographers like you and me. So, I'm going to share a small handful of those that have been most useful and enjoyable for me.
The best photography magazines make you feel you have to drop everything and start taking pictures!
Below I've reviewed a selection that cover several different areas. I've also shared one of my favourite online photography magazines...
These are the titles I read the most. They're all fantastic, but if I had to name my personal favourite it would be Digital Photo Magazine!
You'll find lots of amazing shots in these 2 magazines. National Geographic, in particular, is famous for attracting the world's best snappers.
Online photography magazines are worth getting to know. My favourite? Ephotozine!
Prefer digital e-books? These 2 guides from DPS are highly recommended and have transformed
Recommended Photography Books
Have you noticed how so many photography books seem to be, well, the same!? It's a popular subject and lots gets written about it.
Let's sweep away the mountains of surplus guides, manuals and 'must-have' introductions and get straight to the good-un's! Here are the best photography books that I've read, loved, re-read and bought for everyone I know with a camera!
Of all the coffee table books that I own, this is the one that I return to most frequently. I get a feeling of excitement every time I open it.
2 books that balance each other out perfectly. Kelby's famous introduction is as direct as it's possible to be, whilst Freeman's masterclass on composition and form will sink in slowly.
Guest contributor, Mark Fenwick, shares the reasons why 2 of the books in his library stand out from the rest.
It's that man Kelby again! I think you'll like his guide to Elements because it's just so clear and readable. Whilst this CS4 introduction (with other version equivalents) is a perfect collection of lessons.
Wow! Here are 3 of the best photography books ever printed! Inspiring journeys through South East Asia (Steve McCurry), the Californian wilderness (Ansel Adams) and 20th century history (Henri Cartier-Bresson).
You must have wondered at some point, 'Can my photos be art? Why? When? How? In fact- what is a photo!?'
Anyone who's learnt to use their camera well can make money with photography. These guides will make sure you're not alone.
Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.