If you love a photographer, be sure to print out a copy of this list. These are the most wanted books on Amazon. That means there’s probably a book or two on this list that your photographer would love. Save time by using this list as a shopping list. Your photographer will love you for it.
1. National Geographic Image Collection by National Geographic, Michelle Anne Delaney, Maura Mulvihill (5.0 out of 5 stars)
Behind National Geographic’s global reputation as the powerhouse of photography lies one of the finest, richest, and most unique graphic resources in the world: the National Geographic Image Collection. For the first time ever, readers will plumb the fascinating depths of this vast archive, from the earliest photographs collected in the late 19th century to the cutting-edge works of today.
2. The Digital Photo Book, Volume 3 by Scott Kelby (4.3 out of 5 stars)
This book really has a brilliant premise, and here’s how Scott describes it: “If you and I were out on a shoot and you said, ‘Hey Scott, I want the light to look really soft and flattering for this portrait. How far should I put this softbox back?’ I wouldn’t lecture you about lighting conditions or flash modifiers. In real life, I’d just turn to you and say, ‘Move it as close to your subject as you can without it actually showing up in the shot.’
3. VisionMongers: Making a living and a living in photography by David du Chemin (4.9 out of 5 stars)
A book for every photographer who has ever felt compelled to combine their craft with the world of commerce and make the transition to becoming a professional photographer. More like a sketchbook of ideas and wisdom than a get-rich-quick photography system, VisionMongers takes a look at the changing landscape of professional photography and the different paths that can be taken to get there.
4. Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision by David du Chemin (4.8 out of 5 stars)
A book about finding and expressing your photographic vision, especially when it comes to people, places and cultures. A personal book full of real-world wisdom and incredible imagery, author David duChemin (of pixelatedimage.com) shows you both the how and why of finding, tracking and expressing your vision with a camera in front of your eye .
5. The photographer’s eye: composition and design for better digital photos by Michael Freeman (4.6 out of 5 stars)
Design is the most important factor in creating a successful photo. The ability to recognize the potential for a strong image and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in photography.
6. The Digital Photo Book, Volume 2 by Scott Kelby (4.6 out of 5 stars)
In Volume 2 Scott adds all new chapters remastered with simple tips on using flash, close ups, travel photography, people shots and even building a studio from scratch where he demystifies the process so everyone can start going pro -High quality portraits today! He also has entire chapters on his most requested topics.
7. The moment it clicks: photography secrets from one of the world’s top photographers by Joe McNally (4.2 out of 5 stars)
Joe McNally, one of the world’s top professional digital photographers, breaks new ground by doing something no photo book has ever done – the rich, stunning images and elegant layout of a coffee table book with invaluable training, factual insight, and photography secrets that are usually only found in these rare, first-rate textbooks.
There are 3 more fantastic books on BestSLRCamera.org. So be sure to go there for the full list. I am sure you will find something your photographer will like. And guess who gets the credit… you.
“I just love it. How do you know?”
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