10 Top Recommended Photography Books

ePHOTOzine picks out ten recommended photography books released in 2012.

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Retromania: The Funkiest Cameras of Photography's Golden Age by Lawrence Harvey


If you love cameras as much as you do photography, then this book is a great read. We like it because it's funky, fun, and packed with loads of information about the coolest retro cameras around. It's ideal for nostalgia lovers.

The Photographer's Story by Michael Freeman

The Photographer's Story

Michael Freeman is a master at his craft, and nowhere is this shown more than in this book, where he takes us through some of his best projects and how he created a story from them. Truly compelling reading.

The Digital Photography Handbook - Doug Harman

the digital photography handbook

Ideal for beginners, or those making the transition from digital to film for the first time, this guide to everything digital camera and photography is useful to have. We like the easy to understand layout and useful tips.

20/20 Vision

2020 vision

This title isn't strictly about photography, but it features some stunning images and is all about different areas of Britain that are essential for wildlife and yet are being eroded away and changed by us. It really opened our eyes to how important our natural spaces are.

Elevate the Everyday - A Photographic Guide To Picturing Motherhood by Tracey Clark

elevate the everyday

This book stood out as one of the best guides to how to effectively capture shots of kids without them looking posed and uncomfortable. It is a real insight into what every parent can achieve with a bit of thought about how they use photography.

Michael Freeman's Photo School series

Micheal Freeman's photo school

This series from Michael Freeman is ideal for those learning photography. He actively critiques the work of students in his books and tells them where they can improve, whilst also providing loads of useful information and provising end of chapter challenges for you to try.

The Lens - A Practical Guide For The Creative Photographer by N.K Guy

The lens

The Lens is a great book for learning more about lenses, how they work and what to use different ones for. We like it for the acessibility factor, but also because of the amount of detail it goes into whilst still being easy enough to understand.

Food Photography for Bloggers - Matt Armendariz

food photography

This book is full of delicious and mouth watering looking shots of food, and food blogger extraordinaire Matt Armendariz guides us skillfully through how to create our very own tasty looking shots. We like his obvious passion for food, and how anyone can have a go at food photography in their own home.

Beautiful Beasties - A Creative Guide To Modern Pet Photography by Jamie Pflughoeft

Beautiful beasties

Beautiful Beasties is a very useful guide for those who are interested in pet photography, or are making a career out of it. It covers most animals you will be asked to photograph as a pet photographer, arming you with the tools you need to be able to take good shots of boysterous dogs and shy cats galore.

Painting with Light - Lighting and Photoshop Techniques for Photographers by Eric Curry

Painting with light

Painting with light is a book that takes a very sought after style of photography and makes it easy to understand and create yourself. The book talks you through how to create stunning images with light and how to merge your images to make that stunning effect.

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