5 Best Photography Books for Beginners

Want to learn how to take better photograph? The ideas of taking better photos in different conditions will lead you to be a good photographer. Don’t you think so? There are many professional photographers out there who share their photography knowledge and experiences with you especially for the ones who possess the same interest and passion like theirs. They do it by writing inspiring articles and publishing them at their personal blogs or websites. Without doubt, their useful online photography tutorials could be very handy for beginners.

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But when you are to take your photography skill to the advanced level, you have to read books relating to professional photography written by very highly skilled photographers. In modern time, photography is not just about creativity but much more than that! It includes the use of the best tools, equipments, and software. To make you familiar with all these things I have brought to you some recommended books which are perfect to learn both basic and advanced photography. However, these are the 5 best books to inspire beginners who dream of becoming good professional photographers in the future.

1) Tony Northrup’s DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography

Beginner’s first choice! Photo Credit: Amazon.com.

How to Create Stunning digital Photography,” written by Award-winning author & photographer Tony Northrup, is a comprehensive photography book that you need to inspire your soul and reach your ultimate goals. If you have got into photography not many days ago from now, don’t forget to have this book as a source of great reference. You don’t have to browse tons of pages online, just collect it and you will save a lot of time. It will teach you a wide range of photography chapters such as Wildlife Photography, Adjusting exposure, setting your Camera ISO, Troubleshooting, Controlling your Aperture, Taking picture of pet, Taking picture at night, Photographing landscape and many more.

It is easy to find online tutorials and tips here and there, but sometimes they don’t help you enhance your photography skills. You get frustrated when you see that you don’t make a lot of progress following their tips and tricks. All of your frustrations would be gone if you start reading this great book. It consists of full of practical advice, hands-on practices, theory, and examples. After you buy the book, you can easily join their facebook group and access to official online community forum to improve your photography skills. I think this is a must read book for every photographer!

2) Understanding Exposure, Fourth Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

Understanding Exposure, fourth edition, teaches you how to shoot the photos you want by demystifying the complex concepts of exposure in photography. It is a highly recommended book for every DSLR camera owners. I absolutely love reading the tutorials and viewing the colorful photographs of this fabulous book. I think photographers of all level would find the book very useful. You will find a lot of information such as the fundamentals of light, aperture, and shutter speed and how they interact with and influence one another.

In addition, it will guide you how to get (or lose) sharpness and contrast in images, freeze action, and take the best meter readings, while also exploring filters, flash, and light. In this book, everything is clearly explained and easy to follow the instructions. If you are fond of digital photography and want to improve your work, buy this and read it at once. The time and money you would invest in this book would be very rewarding for you. I am sure this book will definitely help you understanding more about these important concepts.

3) Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models

Photography is considered a fine art. If you don’t understand the basics, it would be hard to be a good/professional photographer with a set of various photography skills. Posing is an important part of photography. If you fail to instruct a model on her right posing, then expectation of creating perfect photos would be out of your imagination. Nothing will work until you find the right solution. Anyway the book “Picture Perfect Posing” could save your life! Take it seriously even when you are born with the skills and talent to achieve good pictures.

Want to brush up on your photography skills? Read “Picture Perfect Posing” right away, written by Roberto Valenzuela who has a proven track record for teaching and explaining difficult concepts to photographers of all skill levels. If you have questions like these “How should the model hold her hands? Bend her elbows? Position her fingers? Should the model look toward or away from the camera, and why?” He is going to answer all these important questions very effectively.

4) BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro

Do you think that you need to have a DSLR camera to take awesome photographs out there? I don’t think so, though a simple digital camera is enough to make creative pictures of different objects. “BetterPhoto Basics” is a very well written book, especially designed to train beginners about the basics, so that they could enjoy their work while taking images with a simple camera.

Without doubt, it takes time to be a pro, but you can take photos like a pro just by reading the useful tutorials of this book. In fact, this book says so! Make it as a valuable tool and enhance your skills day by day. I suggest you to follow each of the assignments he (Jim Miotke – the author) shares in this book and try practicing them on daily basis until you find the momentum of being a good photographer. His incredible advanced creative photography techniques including right camera settings would be invaluable to you.

5) Understanding Close-Up Photography: Creative Close Encounters with Or Without a Macro Lens

Close-up Photography” or so called Marco photography is one of my favorite subjects when it comes to talking about various types of photography. I started my journey to be a good photographer with reading a basic photography book. The book had no clue about how to take creative close-up pictures. So I had to search online and surprisingly I was amazed to find it. The author of this book, Bryan Peterson has revealed the hidden gems of close-up photography skills he achieved from his years of experience.

Confusing concepts of macro photography will be abolished once you start reading this fantastic book. Every single instructions in this book is practical, easy to understand and hilarious to read. The book features many photographs that are very enjoying and they can give you a lot of creative ideas to improve your skills. I think it is the time using your camera lenses in search of taking awesome close-up pictures! Buy this book here.

Based on my personal and user experiences, I thought these are going to act like a tutor who dedicates time to teach you everything you need to be a good photographer. Anyway, have you read any of these books? Share your opinion and enjoy reading all these books. Good luck to you!

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