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Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate List

There are countless Beginner Photography courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. The Beginner’s Photography Guide: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Manual for Getting the Most from Your Digital Camera (2016)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate ListThe Beginner’s Photography Guide, 2nd Edition is DK’s bestselling manual for any novice photographer who wants to unlock the potential of their new digital camera.Assuming no prior knowledge, this guide’s easy-to-follow, step-by-step layout makes it accessible as it takes you through every technique you need to create stunning images, from exposure to flash to image enhancement. Handy checklists provide a quick rundown of the equipment and camera settings for each technique, and at-a-glance comparison images show how camera settings can produce remarkably different…
Author(s): Chris Gatcum

2. BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro (2010)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate ListAbsolutely anyone can take better photos! If you can press a button, you can take great pictures. It’s as simple as that. In BetterPhoto Basics, Jim Miotke, founder of the popular online photography school, shares tips and tricks to improve your photos right away, no matter what camera you’re using. Too busy to read a book? No problem—flip to any page for an instant tip to use right away! Learn to compose knockout shots, make the most of indoor and outdoor light, and photograph twenty popular subjects, from sunsets and flowers to a family portrait. Those who want to go…
Author(s): Jim Miotke

3. How to Create Stunning Digital Photography (2012)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate ListStunning Digital Photography is much more than a book; it’s a hands-on, self-paced photography class with over 14 hours of online training videos and free help from the author and other readers. That’s why award-winning author and photographer Tony Northrup’s book is the #1 photography book with over 250,000 readers. This book gives you five innovations no other book offers: 1) . Watch over 12 hours of fast-paced, hands-on video tutorials integrated into the book to support and reinforce the lessons. View the videos using any web browser or by scanning QR codes with your smartphone. 2) . Complete…
Author(s): Tony Northrup, Chelsea Northrup

4. Getting Started in Photography: A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Taking Great Pictures (2016)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate ListReady to learn the art and science of creating stunning photographs? This book will get you started. It provides specifics for getting started with photography and taking control of your camera. You’ll find everything you need to capture the incredible photos you’ve been after, including: -choosing the best camera and gear, -setting up your camera to capture the best photos possible, -mastering the exposure process, -taking sharp photos, -turning snapshots into compositions, -editing your photos quickly and easily (without using Photoshop), -displaying your photos online or in print….
Author(s): Jim Hamel

5. DSLR Photography for Beginners: Take 10 Times Better Pictures in 48 Hours or Less! Best Way to Learn Digital Photography, Master Your DSLR Camera & Improve Your Digital SLR Photography Skills (2017)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate List* * * FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY * * *Buy the Paperback and Get the eBook for FREE!(Please note that the paperback version is in to keep the price you pay low!) If you want to stand out from the crowd and capture all those magic moments for posterity, you have come to the right place. Most guides to Digital SLR photography will overwhelm you with jargon, but you and I both know that’s not what photography is all about.When I first started out, I couldn’t find any course or guide that actually helped me become a better photographer. Everything out there was either packed to overflowing with technical…
Author(s): Brian Black

6. Photography Demystified: Your Guide to Gaining Creative Control and Taking Amazing Photographs! (2016)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate ListAre you stuck on the auto mode on your camera? Frustrated by the fact that you know you own a great camera but are unable to use it to capture the photographs you’ve always wanted and that you “see” in your mind but can’t get the camera to take? Did you purchase a new camera or receive one as a gift, excited about the wonderful possibilities of creating amazing photographs, only to open the camera manual and find yourself overwhelmed at all the technical information in front of you, thinking there is no way I can do this? In this book, I am going to get you out of “auto” mode and on your way to creating…
Author(s): Professor of Government David McKay, ToGelston

7. Digital Photography For Dummies (2016)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate ListWhether you’re shooting with an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera, a smartphone or tablet, a high-priced contraption, or one of those new-fangled action cameras, it’s possible to take your digital photos from good to great by applying a few simple tricks—and Digital Photography For Dummies shows you how! Packed with tips, advice, and insight you won’t find in your camera’s manual, this friendly guide quickly gets you up to speed on proven photography techniques to help your digital pictures say more than a thousand words! No longer a hobby or profession limited to those with access to fancy and…
Author(s): Julie Adair King

8. Basics of Photography: 2 in 1 Learn to Capture and Edit images (Learn Photography) (2019)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate ListNewly updated. 2x pages, with basics of editing. Money back guarantee. There are many books to choose from, but many are boring, hard to understand, overwhelming, and long. This book is straight to the point, with helpful images, and all the information needed to take and edit great photographs. You’ve spent hundreds on a camera and camera gear but still take subpar images. You still use auto mode and just point and shoot. STOP IT. I will show you how to take advantage of manual mode and start taking stunning images. I’ve spent all the time for you. Since the age of 12, I’ve been learning photography…
Author(s): Diego Garcia

9. Digital SLR Photography All-in-One For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) (2017)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate ListIt doesn’t matter if your camera says Canon, Nikon, or Sony on the outside. If a passion for photography is on your inside, this all-encompassing guide will be your new best friend. Packed with instruction on how to take your photos from so-so to stunning, Digital SLR Photography All-in-One For Dummies gives you all the easy-to-follow guidance you need to capture stills, portraits, action shots, and moments in time you’ll be proud to share. Clocking in at over 600 pages, this no-nonsense guide covers it all! From controlling light, color, focus, and exposure to editing images to improve the final product—and everything in…
Author(s): Robert Correll

10. A Year With My Camera, Book 1: The ultimate photography workshop for complete beginners (Volume 1) (2016)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate List*This book is printed in black and white and designed to be written in – more details below; please read the whole description if you are expecting a coffee-table glossy book.* The two A Year With My Camera workbooks accompany the online course of the same name from Emma Davies. You can complete the course just from the workbooks, but if you want to join the online community, find the details at This is Book 1 in a 2 part series. This is a practical workbook, PRINTED IN BLACK AND WHITE, designed to be written in and picked up every week – not a coffee table book to put on your shelf…
Author(s): Emma Davies

11. National Geographic Kids Guide to Photography: Tips & Tricks on How to Be a Great Photographer From the Pros & Your Pals at My Shot (2015)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate ListIn the age of smartphones and selfies, why not learn from the pros how to take great photos to share with friends and family! Here’s a fun, fact-filled, kid-friendly guide that is jam-packed with all the essentials for budding photographers. From how to set up a shot and stage the lighting and from the best software to short assignments, you’ll learn all the important photographic concepts and basics of equipment, lighting aperture, lenses, depth of field, and more. This wide-ranging book also has sections devoted to composition and photographing different subjects (animals, people,…
Author(s): Nancy Honovich, Annie Griffiths

12. The Beginner’s Photography Guide (2013)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate ListIn contrast to the jargon-filled manuals that come with most digital cameras, The Beginner’s Photography Guide presents step-by-step digital slr camera basics, while introducing and demonstrating a wide variety of techniques that will inspire the novice digital photographer. Grouped together by themes — color, composition, natural light, framing, and more — each camera technique is broken down into an easy-to-follow step-by-step sequence, and features annotated photographs and suggestions on getting the best from digital slr cameras and taking eye-catching photos. #462,531 in Books…
Author(s): Chris Gatcum

13. DSLR Photography for Beginners: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning About Your DSLR Camera, Lens, Filters and More (2018)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate List<h1>If you have been thinking about taking up photography, then stop thinking and start actingnow!</h1><p><b>DSLR Photography for Beginners – A Beginner’s Guide to Learning AboutYour DSLR Camera, Lens, Filters and More!</b> Will help you answer any questions you haveabout your DSLR.</p><p>All DSLR cameras come with a manual as thick as a phonebook, buttechnical manuals are never easy to navigate for beginners. We don’t blame you for beingoverwhelmed. Most DSLR cameras look more complicated than your average…
Author(s): Stacey Hersh

14. A Practical Guide to Photography: Basic Techniques for Beginners and Beyond (2018)

 Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate ListShedding light on all the photography basics in one book.Want to know how to take better photos? Well, first you need to master the basic techniques. Whether you are a complete beginner or an intermediate looking to improve your photography, this book is packed with photography techniques, tips and advice for beginners and intermediates.All the camera functions and their effects explainedA complete course laid out in a simple, visual and easy to read format that is devoid of technical jargon, this book helps you understand all the essentials such as: Rather than simply using long-winded descriptions, each function, technique, and setting…
Author(s): Ian Middleton

Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some beginner photography books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Black & White Photography For Beginners - 3rd Edition 2020

ID: 2576247, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 81 Mb, Format: pdf

DSLR Photography for Beginners

Author(s): Brian Black
ID: 2839703, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

The Comprehensive Digital Photography Course: The Beginner’s Guide to Getting Creative with Photography and Taking Beautiful Pictures

Author(s): Eric Anderson
ID: 2855973, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 9 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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  1. jose

    Finally I’ve found something that helped me. Cheers!

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