The 10 Best Photography Textbooks
This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in July of 2018. Whether you're teaching, attending a class, or just a budding photographer with a desire to improve, a solid foundation is essential to good picture taking. These photography textbooks will help you learn all the tools you'll need regardless of your skill level or where your specific interests lie. We've included options that address digital, film, and even editing techniques. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
June 04, 2020:
While a few of the books on our previous ranking have received updates, the main focus in this visit was on filling some gaps left by that selection. The Art of Photography, for example, spends more time considering the artistic and theoretical side of the medium than many others. There's still technique in it, with its section on the zone system for film and another on how that system can be translated to digital work, but above all it wants to impart on the reader the position that photography is an artform first, and a craft second.
There was also too little lighting advice among the collection in our last ranking, so we included The Hot Shoe Diaries. This was given to me by a pair of mentors when I started shooting weddings, and it more or less revolutionized my work indoors and in poor lighting conditions. Given the fact that the smaller a light source becomes the harsher its results will be, if shooters can become proficient with only speedlights as their strobe source, they'll do fine when they eventually upgrade to professional studio equipment.