Best Reference Books – Photography

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Photography subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Photography along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Photography subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Photography" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Beginner’s Photography Guide” by DK

“Beginner’s Photography Guide” Book Review: The book explains the fundamentals of photography. This book provides information on the selection of appropriate equipment and the correct approach of shoot. It provides details about aperture exposure, image enhancement and flash. This book explains about the camera functionalities and techniques for photography. Different images provided in the book represent the changes in images produced by different camera settings. The book also discusses the particular look or effect in pictures and the settings used to create it. It also features innovative ideas for image enhancements used by professionals. It also explains the recent trends and creative techniques of digital image production. The book also contains various images to motivate the readers. It can be referred by anyone who wants to pursue photography.

2. “On Photography (Penguin Modern Classics)” by Susan Sontag

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“On Photography (Penguin Modern Classics)” Book Review: The book is focused around the methods in which we utilize the images to obtain senses of reality in our lives. The book explains the analysis of the prominent changes produced by photograph images into the world. It is useful for everyone who works to gain knowledge of photography and learn its details.

3. “National Geographic: The Photographs (National Geographic Collectors Series)” by Leah Bendavid-Val

“National Geographic: The Photographs (National Geographic Collectors Series)” Book Review: This book provides an insight at national geographic and new perspectives of the world. It also depicts the creative and imaginative skills of geographic photographers like david doubilet, wiliam albert allard, samabell, tim stanfeild, jodi cobb. It includes the techniques along with a short and interesting narrative about every image shared by the photographers. The photographers have also shared their field terrifying humorous experiences. This book also covers the achievements of the photographers from artistic, journalists and technical aspects .The images featured in the book also define the events associated with the peoples lives. It also provides detailed descriptions of national geographic themes like different cultures around the world, marine and land wildlife, science, archaeology and astronomy and human senses.

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4. “Digital Photography for Beginners: Photography Essentials Basics Lessons Course, Master Photography Art and Start Taking Better Pictures” by Angela Pierce
5. “Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography” by Roland Barthes and Richard Howard
6. “Digital Photography an Introduction” by Tom Ang

“Digital Photography and Introduction” Book Review: This book emphasizes on the core concepts of photography. It explains the optimum utilization of available equipment and technology. It also provides knowledge of the latest tools and techniques used in photography. It also discussed the development and refinement of the photography skills using a camera phone and DSLR. This book provides knowledge on thoe to begin photography professionally. It also provides knowledge of image development, fine tuning and special effects.

7. “8 Types Of Natural Light That Will Add Drama To Your Photographs” by Anne McKinnell

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“8 Types Of Natural Light That Will Add Drama To Your Photographs” Book Review: This book covers information on different types of light and its effect on photos. Different techniques are covered in the book that can be utilised to take your level of photos to another level. The eight type of lights that are covered in this book are BACKLIGHT, SIDE LIGHT, FRONT LIGHT, REFLECTED LIGHT, DIFFUSED LIGHT, DRAMATIC LIGHT, TWILIGHT and NIGHT.

8. “Photography: DSLR Photography Secrets and Tips to Taking Beautiful Digital Pictures” by Nicole Woods
9. “History and Practice of the Art of Photography” by Henry Hunt Snelling
10. “Photography: Choosing Your Dslr” by Shawn M Tomlinson

“Photography: Choosing Your Dslr” Book Review: This book covers information on how to buy the right DSLR. Also various techniques and illustrations have been provided on how to use the DSLR camera so one can boost his/her photography skill.

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People who are searching for Free downloads of books and free pdf copies of these top 10 books on Photography – we would like to mention that we don’t have free downloadable pdf copies of these good books and one should look for free pdf copies from these Authors only if they have explicitly made it free to download and read them.

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