What [photography] books do you recommend?

I get asked this question a lot and to be perfectly honest, it kind of trips me up every time. I haven’t studied photography through books very much, so I always feel somewhat inadequate to address the topic. That said, there are some killer books out there that are worth a read. Here are two of my favorites by award winning photographer and author Michael Freeman.

The Photographer’s Eye

This is my number 1 book on photography. Mr. Freeman is a fantastic photographer, and in this book he lays bare the secrets to excellent composition in a way you’ve never seen before. He abandons the traditional approaches of the Rule of Thirds and Leading Lines and instead takes a relational approach, considering how the image works together as a whole and how the viewer’s eye is captured by the photo. This is a must read for anyone who wants to master the art of photographic composition.


Perfect Exposure

Perfect Exposure is required reading for our Digital Photograph 2 students. As in The Photographer’s Eye, Mr. Freeman does a fantastic job of approaching difficult lighting scenarios from a fresh perspective and giving his readers the inside track to understanding what is going on and how to be successful as a photographer. This book is, well… enlightening!


How about you? What are the number 1 and number 2 photography books in your life? Leave me a comment or a link.



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2 Responses to “What [photography] books do you recommend?”

  1. Wm III August 13, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    I really like Visual Poetry by Chris Orwig and Pilgrimage by Annie Leibovitz. They both have great, holistic approach of vocation and communication.

    • Rowan August 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Nice! I wasn’t familiar with Chris Orwig, so I just flipped through the book on Amazon. It’s got some good stuff!

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