For budding photographers and professionals alike, learning something new should always be at the top of the agenda.

Discovering new techniques and expanding your photography knowledge is an important part of finding success as a photographer.

Here are ten photography books that would make a great addition to any photographer’s bookshelf. Adding these reads to your collection can help to develop your skills and grow as a photographer.

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1. How to Photograph Absolutely Everything: Successful Pictures From Your Digital Camera

Author: Tom Ang

This is a great book for both beginners as well as those with more advanced knowledge, providing an easy-to-read overview of the basics. If there are any holes in your knowledge, this book will help you to brush up on your skills. Not overly technical; this book is full of beautiful photography examples.

2. The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression

Author: Bruce Barnbaum

If you are looking to make a statement with your photography, this book is for you. An updated version of the classic book “The Art of Photography,” this book serves as both a textbook and a magnificent art book. But while this book is an in-depth guide on photography, it also goes beyond the technical instruction, and delves into the deeper issues as well, allowing the reader to discover the philosophical, expressive, and creative aspects of photography.

3. Photo Inspiration: Secrets Behind Stunning Images

Author: John Wiley & Sons

If you are looking for an inspirational book to help you aspire to new levels of photography, this book is it. Featuring about a hundred different photos by different photographers, with explanations on how the photographs were created, this book is sure to inspire.

4. The Negative

Author: Ansel Adams

A comprehensive photography book from the master himself. “The Negative,” by Ansel Adams contains everything you will ever need to know about exposure. This book is advanced, but it contains clear explanations. An important, informational guide.

5. Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography Using Available Light

Author: Ibarionex Perello

Light is one of the most transformative tools that a photographer has. Great lighting can make the difference between a snapshot, and a powerful photograph. This book is filled with great photos, and addresses important elements that are essential for taking great photos.

6. Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera

Author: Bryan Peterson

This updated, third-edition of “Understanding Exposure” provides photographers with everything that they need to get the right exposure, every time. In this book, Peterson explains the relationship between aperture and shutter speed in an easy-to-understand format. This book will help you learn how to achieve the right exposures, in difficult situations.

7. On Being a Photographer: A Practical Guide

Author: David Hurn, Bill Jay

This book isn’t a how-to guide on photography technique; it doesn’t even have any photos! It is, however, an inside look into the world of professional photography. This book is a transcribed version of conversations between two photographers at the top of their game, as they discuss common issues that photographers face.

8. Successful Self-Promotion for Photographers

Author: Elyse Weissberg, Amanda Sosa Stone

This book provides expert advice for pro photographers on successful marketing, selling services, staying on top of market trends, and much more; providing pro photographers with the tools they need to thrive in this competitive field.

9. The E-Myth Revisited

Author: Michael E. Gerber

While not a photography book per se, this book is essential for any small business owner, freelance photographers included. This book dispels myths and common assumptions on starting a business, and walks readers through the steps that a business goes through to reach maturity. Finally, it draws the all-important conclusion on the difference between working on your business and working in your business. This book can help any entrepreneurial-minded photographers to grow their business in a productive way.

10. Best Business Practices for Photographers

Author: John Harrington

This book is designed to help photographers who are serious about growing their company. This book emphasises the fact that it takes more than just talent to get ahead -strong business skills are equally important. This book covers important business topics that are essential for a professional photographer’s success.

What about you? Have a favorite book that we missed? Share your suggestions in the comments!