Learning photography for beginners – Our book recommendations

Photography – nowadays a very common hobby, be it holiday photography, nature photography, portrait photography or fashion photography, there are more and more amateur photographers who work their way up into the league of amateur or professional photographers. A hobby that becomes a profession , or besides the job for a creative balance provides. But how do I actually photograph correctly? What are the tricks? How do I expose correctly and how do I adjust my camera to the environment? How do I work with apertures and how do I retouch my pictures naturally? These and even more questions are answered in the best possible way in the books listed below. You don’t need a photo workshop, you can just teach yourself photography with the help of these books. We have compiled the top 10 book recommendations for learning photography. We also have more book recommendations for Fashion & Beauty, Fashion Photography, Models & Style Icons and Health, Nutrition & Fitness.

10 Book Recommendations for Learning Photography

Here are 10 books to help you with your questions. Especially number 6 is highly recommended in our opinion!

Jacqueline Esen – The Great Photography Course

Learn to take better photographs (Galileo Design)

A photography school for all beginners of photography. A practical and easy introduction to the creative world of photography. Jacqueline Esen trains you and lets you get to know the world of photography. She starts with the basics and explains the functions of a digital camera. You will learn more about proper focus, exposure and the interplay of light & color. Easy and understandable explanations – perfectly structured for the beginner in the field of photography.

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Christian Westphalen – The great photography school

Digital Photography Practice (Galileo Design)

A new and comprehensive photography manual, suitable for both beginners and advanced photographers. The basics of photography are explained in more detail, they learn the technical aspect and get a good overview of how a digital camera works at all. In addition, the photographic practice is dealt with. How does the right lighting work, how do I work with flashes and which lens is suitable for which shots? All these questions are answered in an understandable way. A recommendable investment on the way to your photographic future!

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Cora Banek, Georg Banek – Learning to photograph

Volume 2: Image design and visual language

In the three volumes “Learn Photography” the student or amateur / hobby photographer gets a good overview of the entire field of photography. Starting with the technical knowledge, through the creative knowledge to the understanding of contexts in photography. This volume takes a closer look at image design and visual language. An important aspect on the way to professional photography. The image design tools are explained in more detail by two experts and you will learn what effects you can achieve with them. This knowledge will enable you to develop your own style. A goal-oriented book for goal-oriented photography enthusiasts.

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Benjamin Jaworskyj – Recipe Photos

Step by step to the perfect photo

Benjamin Jaworskyj is a photo guru, he is often described in the scene as the star chef Jamie Oliver of photography. In his book he explains photography in a simple and understandable way, especially for beginners and amateur photographers. He gives an excellent step-by-step guide to nifty photo ideas and tricks that make an idea, no matter how complicated, simple to achieve. Recommended for all amateur photographers, both rank beginners and somewhat advanced amateurs. Grandiose and ingeniously explained.

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Georg banek, Cora Banek – Photographing faces

In portrait photography, of course, the model, his facial expressions and the changeability of the representation of emotions is crucial. These determine the quality and message of a picture. Every little thing, whether it’s the tightening of the corners of the mouth, or the squinting of the eyes, change the message of the image. The photographer must try to “pull the trigger” at the right time to capture the perfect moment. In this book, the subtle features and differences of human facial expressions are explained and the communication with the model explained. The two successful photographers and authors convey their knowledge in an understandable way, so this book can be used by beginners. They give some good tips and support their explanations with example photos.

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Eliot Siegel – Fashion Photography: Basics, Practice, Techniques

Fashion photography has its own rules. Of course, the basic knowledge of photography counts towards the education of a fashion photographer, but this particular genre has specific guidelines. Not every professional photographer is a good fashion photographer. If you really want to become successful in this industry, you have to find your individual style, but you can’t ignore the basic fundamentals. In this book, author and fashion photographer Eliot Siegel explains the basics of fashion photography and gives good tips for all amateurs who want to get a foothold in the industry.

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Eliot Siegel – Photographing Models the Right Way – 1000 Poses

The handbook for photographers and models

An important part of a good fashion shoot and accordingly good fashion shots is the posing in front of the camera. For both the model and the photographer, it is important to know the good poses that put a woman in her outfit in the best light. Eliot Siegel explains in the individual chapters, among other things, how to choose the right model, the right lighting and the right posture. This book is an absolute must for photographers, designers and models.

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Chris Gatcum – Light & Shoot

Fashion photography in practice

In this book, the author explains on voon 50 different photos and photographers, the lighting effects that a photographer can achieve by the untercshiedigen lighting. The amateur learns what equipment he needs for the beginning and gets clever tricks regarding the light setting when photographing. Experienced photographers as well as newcomers talk about their experiences and tricks in fashion photography. They explain the differences between different locations and settings. Recommended book for beginners of (fashion) photography.

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Mia Royal – Beauty Photography

Beauty photography is a very comprehensive and multi-faceted field within the industry. The beauty photographer must be well versed in different areas. In this book, the author explains the varied and exciting work as a beauty photographer and gives fancy tricks. She explains various topics, such as lighting, technique, styling, make-up, idea generation, marketing and retouching, using practical examples. This book gives a very good insight into beauty photography.

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DomQuichotte – The picture looks of the pros

Creative image styles with Photoshop and Lightroom

With this book you will become a professional in image editing. Give your pictures the right look. DomQuichotte gives tips and suggestions for a cool look, a specific theme and exceptional, good photos. He explains simple settings in the programs Photoshop, Lightroom or Camera Raw, through which you can improve their images. A recommended book for professional and amateur photographers and image editors.

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