In many countries all over the world journalism is not considered to be a real profession that you have to study. You will be alright with majoring in, say, history or English and literature and then just taking journalism classes and practicing a lot.
The same thing is often thought about photography and many people say that one can nail it with simply being interested in becoming a good photographer and then taking a quadrillion of photos. And though practice is important, theory should take a great part of your professional knowledge too.
We've prepared a list of ten great books that every photographer should read in order to improve their skills and become better at something they love. These masterpieces are beautiful and helpful and a simple joy to read.
Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon
Having received many prizes, among which are San Francisco Chronicle Best Book and New York Times Notable Book, this is a captivating story of one of the most iconic photographers of the times of the Great Depression.
Annie Leibovitz at Work by Annie Leibovitz
Explanations aren't necessary here. Annie Leibovitz is by far one of the most famous photographers in the world. Understand how she managed to become the best and what people liked about her photos in this book full of technical details and simple answers.
The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally
Joe McNally has worked with hundreds of editors and models. In this book he wants to share his experience with you and reveals a sea of secrets that he learned during his work. Concise, simple, and so helpful.
Photography Q&A – Real Questions. Real Answers by Zack Arias
This book contains answers to 1000 of the most frequently asked questions by photographers. There's no single topic that the book focuses on. Learn about photography techniques, gear, selling your work, and lifestyle. Can't be better.
The Digital Photography Books by Scott Kelby
The Complete Guide to Digital Photography by Michael Freeman
This is probably one of the most detailed and manifold educational books, the First Book in photography. Written by Michael Freeman, it gives you the perfect mix between information and graphics that will help you get to grips with all aspects of photography.
Slightly Out of Focus by Robert Capa
Robert Capa was one of the founders of Magnum and is considered to be as the world's best documentary photographer. Slightly Out of Focus tells the reader about his journey through the war and shows documentary photography the way it is. Eye-opening and so real.
Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies by Lee Varis
Skin by Lee Varis is a must-read for all portrait and model photographers as it explains you in detail how you should work with the color of skin and post-process it in a way so that it looks candid. It offers you a variety of graphic examples to help you reach perfection in making the skin look right.
Diane Arbus: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth
Diane Arbus is one of the most famous, peculiar, and tragic photographers of the 20th century. This book tells you about her life and her work and gives you her vision of photography and the world around her.
The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum
The Art of Photography is a book about everything in photography and for all photographers. It explains you the difficult in simple words and makes you understand the world of awesome photography. Fitted with a lot of examples, graphs, and charts.
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