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10 Books to Improve your Photography

10 Photography Books to Improve your Photography


The kids are gone back to school and you have endless amounts of TIME. ( yeah right!) But anyhoo! But when you DO get time to curl up with a good book, why not curl up and learn at the same time?  Today I’m going to share with your my 10 favorite photography books to improve your photography.

10 photography books to improve your photography



1. Understanding Exposure By Bryan Peterson

This book was the first book recommended to me when I first became interested in learning more about photography and learning the exposure triangle. It’s awesome.

2. The Photographer’s Eye By Michael Freeman

After I learned exposure, learning about composition helped me improve my photos from snapshots to art. I can’t recommend this book enough for learning composition

3. Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood  By Tracy Clark

One of my favorite books that let me know that it was ok to want to document the everyday beautifully. A classic

4. Beyond Snapshots: How To Take that Fancy DSLR Camera Off “Auto and Photography Your Life Like a Pro By Rachel Devine

One of my favorite visual bloggers, Rachel Devine’s book Beyond Snapshots is a great book to take your photos from just OK to wow.

5. Annie Leibovitz at Work

I am sure you have heard of Annie Leibovitz and seen her work in Vanity Fair Magazine. I love this book because it not only tells how she got her start and her thoughts behind her photographs, but the photos are so beautiful.

6. Plate to Pixel:Digital Food Photography and Styling By Helene Dujardin

When I decided that I wanted to start including a few food photos on my blog and on my Instagram, I knew I needed a little guidance. This great resource has really helped.

7. Adobe Phototoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers By Scott Kelby


I am a Lightroom girl. And when I first learned it waaaay back in Lightroom 2 or 3, Scott Kelby’s book helped me on my way. I am about to order this one soon. Because..Lightroom CC guys is awesome.

8. Abobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book

Sometimes, A girl needs Photoshop. Or maybe you Like Photoshop. When i set out to learn Photoshop this year, this jumped out at me and even though I’m only halfway through, I can see my skills improving. Great for learning at your own pace.

9. Your Child in Pictures By Me Ra Koh

I love Me Ra Koh. And she does an awesome job of helping you learn how to capture those special childhood moments with your camera.

10. Capture the Moment By Sarah Wilkerson

This is my latest purchase. Put together by Sarah Wilkerson of Clickin Moms, this book is one of the best comprehensive books I’ve come across for beginning photographers. The photos alone are worth it, but the exercises and tips are awesome too.


So there you have it: 10 Photography Books to help you improve your photography this summer.

Now, find a chair, your shades and a great beach spot and learn!

Happy reading!


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Sunday 23rd of August 2015

This is really informative! i will be sure to check these posts out!


Wednesday 15th of July 2015

I decided that photography is an art/skill I wanted to learn in 2015. So I purchased Understanding Exposure, The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers, and Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual earlier this year.

At present, I am reading Adobe Lightroom CC by Scott Kelby and Tony Northrup's DSLR book. Such great information and practical lessons. I am also a current member of KelbyOne and that helps a ton as well.

Thanks for the resources.

Abundant Journeys

Thursday 18th of June 2015

Oh what a great find! I have been wanting some guidance on my photos. I probably should take a novice class to learn the ins and outs of photography, then these books would make a little more sense to me. I would be a lot of more productive when I take photos for sure.

Melissa Williams

Tuesday 16th of June 2015

I bought a nice camera a couple of years ago but till this day, have never really used it more than twice or three times. I look at pictures online and always get a little discouraged by my handy work but I never really thought about purchasing books to help me better the art of photography. All of these books like super handy and a great gift for my super talented photographer friends (or even a beginner like me) Thanks for the ideas.