Photography Books You Should Have on Your Bookshelf for Creative Reference – Part 2

Back with the second part of must-have photography books that deserve a spot on your bookshelf for that constant creative reference especially when you find yourself stuck and in search of ideas for your next photographic project.

I have shared book lists on my blog before. Just incase you missed them, you can find them here:

And the best thing, with some of these books, you can listen to them via Audible.

Understanding Exposure, Fourth Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera by Byran Peterson

Mastering exposure is crucial for any photographer. Peterson breaks down complex concepts into simple terms, helping you unlock the secrets of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to achieve stunning images.

Humans of New York (Humans of New York, 1) by Brandon Stanton

Stanton’s portraits and interviews of everyday people on the streets of New York offer a powerful exploration of human connection and emotion. It’s a testament to the profound stories that can be captured through photography.

The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas Edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern

Fuel your creativity with a variety of assignments and ideas to challenge and inspire your photography. This is book is a personal favourite as it is full of photographers and photography professionals giving their ideas on improving on your practice as a photographer.

Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs of People by Henry Carroll

This book is perfect for all camera users with basic photo knowledge, this guide teaches you vital techniques for capturing people in various settings—streets, homes, studios. Filled with iconic photos from renowned photographers, it offers inspiration and practical tips to confidently photograph friends, family, and more.

On Photography by Susan Sontag

Sontag’s collection of essays explores the philosophical and cultural dimensions of photography. Her thought-provoking insights will challenge your perspective on the art form and encourage you to see photography in new ways. While I didn’t find this book particularly easy to read, I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing it through Audible. In fact, it even sparked my imagination, inspiring me to develop ideas for future photography projects.

So there you have it, part two of photography books that will not only adorn your bookshelf (or Kindle) but also serve as an endless source of inspiration and education. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned pro, these books offer a diverse range of perspectives and techniques to elevate your photography. Happy reading and even happier photographing!

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