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Nine Great Books for Learning Photography

I’ve learned a lot about photography from books. I thought I’d share a list of my favourites: the ones I think have been the most useful. I’ve divided them into a couple categories for you.

General Photography

Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 by Scott Kelby

Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It by Scott Kelby

Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography NOW! by Michelle Turner

Digital Wedding Photography by Glen Johnson

Small Flash

The Hot Shoe Diaries by Joe McNall


Light: Science and Magic by Fil Hunter, Steven Biver, and Paul Fuqua

Business Practices

Best Business Practices for Photographers, Second Edition by John Harrington

Photoshop & Editing

Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop by Scott Kelby

Skin by Lee Varis and Rick Sammon

These are the books I’ve found to be very valuable and well laid out. I will continue to update this post with more descriptions and a couple more books.

About Tim

Tim is a passionate photographer who runs Firefly Photo. He has over ten years of experience photographing weddings, couples, families, business, dance, sports, and more. He attended SFU for graphic design & Douglas College's Self Employment Program for business.

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