Recommended Readings

Everything I have learned about photography has come from either books, videos, looking at other photographers’ works or attending the occasional seminar. Having a grasp on the fundamentals of shutter speed, aperture and ISO are essential to being able to execute a photo how you imagined in it your head. The technical side of photography might be intimidating to some, but the books in “The Basics” section (all links below are clickable) will get you started and give a great introduction to concepts and techniques you will build through your photographic journey.

The books in the “General Section” are for those that have a basic understanding of the mechanics of photography and will help solidify the tenants of making a photograph as well as introduce more advanced techniques.

The specialized sections for “Landscape” and “Strobe” are in my opinion the best material that cover their respective subject matter. If you are at all serious with these genres, these are definite must reads.

If you were to read only one book from those listed below, I would highly recommend “Perfect Digital Photography”. It covers everything from the basics to capture all the way through post processing and almost everything that I learned for post processing an image comes from material from this book.

If you are more of a visual learner and prefer video presentation, none are better than the free seminars and tutorials offered by AdoramaTV and BH Photo & Video on their respective YouTube channels. The best tutorials, in my opinion, are from AdoramaTV host Mark Wallace who is not only a brilliant photographer but also a great teacher. Both Adorama and BH Photo continually update their channels with new content and are a great source for learning material.

Finally, if you are in need for some inspiration (or in my case to remind myself how much I still have to learn and how far I still need to grow as a photographer), I recommend visiting the websites in the “Websites Worth Visiting” section.

If you have any favorite books, videos, websites or blogs that you have found useful in expanding your learning of the art of photography, I would love to hear about them in the comments section below. Until then, happy shooting.

The Basics

1. Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera by Brian Peterson
2. Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography by Brian Peterson
3. Understanding Shutter Speed: Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second by Brian Peterson
4. Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera


1. Perfect Digital Photography(Second edition) by Jay Dickman and Jay Kinghorn
2. Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4
3. The Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World’s Top Shooters by Joe McNally
4. The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman


1. John Shaw’s Nature Photography Field Guide
2. John Shaw’s Landscape Photography
3. Digital Landscape Photography by John and Barbara Gerlach

Strobe Photography

1. The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes
2. Speedliter’s Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites by Syl Arena
3. Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Syl Arena

Websites Worth Visiting

2. Peter Lik Galleries
3. Art Wolfe Nature Photography
4. Thomas D. Mangelsen Nature Photography
5. Joe McNally Photography
6. Steve McCurry Photography
7. Henri Cartier-Bresson gallery at Magnum Photo
8. David “The Strobist” Hobby’s Blog
9. Patrick Smith Photography


8 thoughts on “Recommended Readings

  1. Very interesting. Seems like we are very simliar, in some ways. I too am a Scientist, and self-taught photographer. COol.

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