March 2018 Recommended Reading for Serious Photographers
Whether you're old school and read actual books or download eBooks to your e-reader, there are plenty of photography books that you should consider reading this month.
What's more, the variety of must-read photography books means that you can learn about your camera, learn how to light the perfect portrait, discover composition tips, or just explore gorgeous photos from the pros for inspiration.
The books we've listed here have all gotten excellent reviews as well, so rest assured that no matter which ones you choose, it'll be worth your time and money.
The Photographers Coach: Helping You Achieve Success in Your Photography
If you couldn't tell by the title, The Photographers Coach: Helping You Achieve Success in Your Photography by Robin Whalley is all about helping you build the skills you need to realize your potential as a photographer.
This book takes an alternative approach to learning photography by focusing on improving the quality of your photos by overcoming the specific factors that have limited your success in the past.
The framework that this book provides will help you reach new heights with your photos and achieve the success you're meant to achieve.
Beautiful Birds of Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula
Beautiful Birds of Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula by Paul Rossi is a hardbound, museum-quality book that features 105 incredible photos of birds.
Accompanying each image is a narrative by the author that explains how the photo was taken and the circumstances that led to the photograph.
In that regard, this book isn't just a collection of gorgeous photos - it's also a tutorial on how to take breathtaking images of birds. That makes it a must-read book for any bird photography enthusiast.
Photography Night Sky: A Field Guide to Shooting After Dark
Taking photos after dark can be a daunting task, to say the least.
But in Photography Night Sky: A Field Guide to Shooting After Dark, Jennifer Wu and James Martin make learning night photography simple and straightforward, even if you've never taken photos at night before.
The book focuses on the techniques needed to overcome the unique problems photographers face when shooting at night.
From the moon to the Milky Way, shooting stars to star trails, this book is for photographers that want to master the art of photographing the night sky.
Humans of New York
Based on his wildly popular blog of the same name, Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York is a gorgeous ode to photography and the city he calls home.
The project started in 2010, when Brandon set out to photograph the people of New York City and their individual stories.
The book, which includes over 400 images, stories, and anecdotes became an instant success and remains a best seller more than four years after its release.
If you need inspiration or motivation to take your photography to the next level, this is the book to do it!
Digital Photography Complete Course
His his book Digital Photography Complete Course, David Taylor takes you through a 20-week bootcamp that helps you learn all that you need to know about photography.
As you proceed through the book, you'll learn via tutorials, demonstrations, and assignments that give you an opportunity to put your learning to the test.
With easy-to-read lessons, beautiful sample photos, and innovative graphics to teach you, this book would be ideal for any beginner photographer that's ready to get their feet wet.
The Beginner's Photography Guide, 2nd Edition
Chris Gatcum's The Beginner's Photography Guide, 2nd Edition is one of the top-selling photography books for beginners, and for good reason.
The step-by-step layout of this text is ideal for novice photographers that are picking up a camera for the first time.
With accessible and easy-to-understand lessons, checklists, and before-and-after images, you can easily master the basics of photography and begin to understand the difference between a so-so photo and one that really stands out.
Learning to See Creatively, Third Edition: Design, Color, and Composition in Photography
Bryan Peterson is one of the best photographers in the world and one of the most recognized photography teachers at that.
That makes his book, Learning to See Creatively, a top choice for photographers that want expert direction on more advanced photography topics.
This edition has been totally revised with updated images that Bryan deconstructs so you can see exactly how top-notch photos are built. Additionally, the book introduces design topics like using color in your photos to compose more interesting images.
If you're an enthusiast photographer that's looking for tips to take your photos to the next level, this book is for you.
Photography: The Whole Story
In the grand scheme of things, photography isn't all that old, yet it has a rich history that many casual photographers might not understand.
In Photography: The Whole Story, Juliet Hacking (editor) takes you on a journey from the beginnings of the artform and explores how photography has evolved over the years.
With an examination of various genres and movements of photography, over 500 stunning photos, and an analysis of the medium as a whole, this book is for photography enthusiasts that want to learn more about where photography has been and where it's going in the future.
Getting Your Shot: Stunning Photos, How-To Tips, and Endless Inspiration From the Pros
From the experts at National Geographic, Getting Your Shot: Stunning Photos, How-To Tips, and Endless Inspiration From the Pros is a how-to guide for photographers that takes you step-by-step through the process of creating more impressive photos.
With over 200 beautiful photos to serve as examples, the book tells the behind-the-scenes stories of how photographers were able to capture their incredible images.
With valuable advice and insights throughout, Getting Your Shot is a perfect book for photographers of all skill levels that are interested in honing their skills and finding their voice.