February 2018 Recommended Reading for Serious Photographers
We're a little late with this month's list, but, hey, there's still time to find a great photography book and settle in to learn and explore.
Whether you're a novice, an enthusiast, a pro or somewhere in between, there's a book on this list for you.
Some a technical reads, others are collections of photos to delight your eye.
Either way, these photography books are sure to help you become a better photographer in your own right.
Tony Northrup's DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography
Tony and Chelsea Northrup have a huge following of fans, and for good reason.
Their books and training videos are chock-full of tips, tricks, and tutorials that help you realize your potential as a photographer.
How to Create Stunning Digital Photography is a few years old now, but that doesn't diminish the value of the content.
In fact, this book is a full-blown hands-on photography class with more than a dozen hours of training videos to help make learning easier.
Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs
As the title states, Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs is a must-read if you're ready to improve the quality of the photos you take.
The author, Henry Carroll, structured the book in five sections that take a deep dive into composition, exposure, light, lenses, and developing your photographer's eye.
Additionally, the book uses photos from master photographers as examples of how to create gorgeous photos and to stimulate your creativity at the same time.
Photography: The Definitive Visual History
Tom Ang, a world-renowned photographer, is the man behind Photography: The Definitive Visual History.
For anyone that's interested in how photography has grown and changed over the years, this gorgeous collection of iconic photos and stories should be at the top of your list.
The book begins more than 200 years ago and traces photography through the decades, culminating in an examination of the digital age of photography.
Part retrospective, part history lesson, and part art collection, if you're looking for inspiration, this book is it.
The Photographer's Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas
Sometimes, the hardest part of being a photographer is simply getting yourself behind the lens to take tons of photos.
The Photographer's Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas by Jason Fulford, Gregory Halpern, and Mike Slack, features hundreds of ideas that will get your creative juices flowing.
The practice you get by completing these assignments will prove an invaluable tool for stepping up your photography game.
There's even advice and stories from the authors to help you learn new skills and develop new ways of thinking about photography.
Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are
Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are by Brenda Tharp seeks to accomplish one thing above all else: aiding photographers in learning how to capture beauty no matter where they are.
There's no need to travel to far-off exotic locales to find subjects worthy of a gorgeous photo.
Instead, this book takes you on a journey of discovery to learn how to slow down, open your eyes to the world around you, and learn how to create photos that inspire, no matter the subject.
100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time
From the editors of Time Magazine, 100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time is a tour-de-force of images that have captured the imagination of people in a way that most images cannot.
From Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother to Sam Shere's The Hindenburg Disaster to The First Cell Phone Picture by Philippe Kahn, this book takes you on a journey of photos that have influenced us, changed us, and impacted the manner in which we view the world.
The Photographer's Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone
Sometimes, you just need a straight-up tutorial on a specific photography subject, and that's precisely what The Photographer's Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone is.
Posing people for portraits is a skill that can be difficult to master, but Lindsay Adler offers a down-to-earth guide that will take you step-by-step through the process of posing people just right.
From camera angle and lens choice to placement of the hands and posture to specific instructions for posing men, women, children, and more, this book is the only resource you need to perfect the art of posing.
National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs
In National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs, you get a collection of images that will take your breath away and inspire you to learn and grow as a photographer.
From the masters at National Geographic, this book brings together some of the most incredible landscapes, wildlife, and portraits ever taken.
Annie Griffiths, the award-winning photographer behind the book, scoured National Geographic's indelible collection of photos and chose the best ones to build chapters build around aesthetic concepts like composition, motion, and light.
For a great read (and even better photos), it's a book any photographer is sure to love.