Recommended Photography Books

Photographing Scotland


this guidebook will take you to the most beautiful and photogenic places  in Scotland. In this extensive photo-location and visitor guidebook,  award winning Scottish photographer Dougie Cunningham explores and  describes the most beautiful places in Scotland to visit and photograph.  

From Glencoe to Glen Torridon, Skye to Shetland, Callanish to  Cairngorm, this guidebook reveals the islands and mountains, glens and  lochs, rivers and coastline and visits ancient stone circles, fortified  houses, medieval castles, crofts and peel towers. The classic views are  included and many more lesser known and hidden gems amongst the  Lowlands, Highlands and Islands of this spectacular country. Also  included are photographic tours of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a handy  list of the best Scottish whiskey distilleries to visit.

Photographing the Lake District


Photographing THE LAKE DISTRICT is a comprehensive  photographic-location guidebook to the most beautiful places to take  photographs in the English Lake District. The book guides the reader to  beautiful places and gives advice on how to take the best photographs  when there.

Detailed directions with maps and sat nav  information are given, along with access information including whether a  location is accessible by wheelchair.

The locations include:  Lakes, Fells, Valleys, Waterfalls, Cottages & Farmhouses ,  Woodlands, Rivers, Bridges, Boats, Jetties, Wildlife, Classic Views,  Landscapes & Panoramas, Villages, Shows and Events, Historic Houses,  Castles & Gardens.

The second section consists of chapters  offering photographic advice on how to improve your photography  including: camera and lens choice, composition, exposure, depth of  field, sunrise and sunset photography, how to catch a rainbow and how to  photograph waterfalls.

Photographing Dorset


PHOTOGRAPHING DORSET is a photography-location guidebook that guides the reader to the best places for photography in this beautiful county.


Dorset is home to some of the most beautiful photographic locations in  the UK. On its 95-mile long Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, you  will find the pinnacles of Old Harry Rocks and the famous arch of Durdle  Door. Just inland is the 11th century Corfe Castle, the moored boats at  Wareham harbour and the rolling hills and villages of Thomas Hardy's  Wessex. 

Over 60 locations and 250 beautiful photographs are featured together  with detailed maps, directions and co-ordinates for each location. The  guide suggests the best time of day and year including seasonal  highlights. There are accessibility notes, a sun compass, a list of  shows, events and Dorset villages.

Photographing Cornwall and Devon


PHOTOGRAPHING CORNWALL AND DEVON is a photography-location  guidebook.Boasting much of the UK's most spectacular coastline, together  with endless rolling hills of patchwork countryside and the high  moorland of Exmoor and Dartmoor, the South West is renowned for its  beautiful landscapes and is rich with photographic potential.

Author and  professional photographer Adam Burton describes 70 of the best locations  in Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset for photography in this lavishly  illustrated photography-location guidebook featuring 300 stunning  photographs, including detailed advice on how to take great  photographs.

The book features seascapes and beaches, Cornish tin mines,  headlands and cliffs, villages and harbours, taverns and inns, packhorse  bridges and megalithic sites, churches, rolling patchwork countryside,  waterfalls, streams and mystical woodlands, granite tors and moorland.  There are detailed OS maps with directions and co-ordinates for each  location, location accessibility notes, best time of day and year  including seasonal highlights, sun compass, photographic tips and  techniques, special advice on long exposures for seascape photography.

Photographing North Wales


PHOTOGRAPHING NORTH WALES is a comprehensive photo-location  guidebook including: Snowdonia National Park, the Isle of Anglesey, the  North Wales Coast, Llyn Peninsula, Llangollen and the North East.

Author  and local North Wales photographer Simon Kitchin describes over 100  locations and several hundred viewpoints for the reader to visit. Each  location chapter starts with an overview describing historical,  literary, geological, and natural history features including the  photographic potential of a location. Suggested photographic viewpoints  are described at each location along with advice on how to take the best  photographs whilst there. It is lavishly illustrated with over 300 high  quality colour photographs of North Wales landscapes. This guidebook  will appeal to both keen photographers and anybody with a camera who  visits North Wales.

The locations include big landscapes and  panoramas; lighthouses; beaches; mountains; villages; castles &  abbeys; churches; waterfalls; lakes; wildlife; slate quarries; heritage  steam railways; industrial heritage; military aircraft; shows and  events; gardens; historic houses; seaside resorts.

Photographing the Peak District


This guidebook will take you to the  most beautiful and photogenic places in the Peak District.  PHOTOGRAPHING THE PEAK DISTRICT is a photography-location and visitor  guidebook. The Peak District is a beautiful upland area at the southern  end of the Pennines stretching from Ashbourne in the south to the M62 in  the north. The northern Dark Peak is an area of wild heather-clad  moorland lined by gritstone edges and boulders that contrast with the  limestone plateau and deep dales of the White Peak. Cut by sparkling  rivers, populated with beautiful villages, a rich industrial heritage  and home to Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, the UK's first national  park has photographic opportunities around every corner, all year round.  

FEATURING: - 150 locations including all the classics - 750 photographs  - Detailed maps, directions and co-ordinates for each location - Best  seasons and time of day to visit - Sun compass - Accommodation and best  pubs - Roadside and short walk locations - Longer photographic walks -  Accessibility information.

Locations includfe: Ladybower & the Derwent Reservoirs,  Bamford Weir, Stanage Edge, Hathersage, Surprise View & Padley  Gorge, Froggatt Edge & the Eastern Edges, Dove Stones Chatsworth  House & Haddon Hall, Tideswell & Litton, Peter's Stone &  Cressbrook Dale, Monsal Dale & Ashford-in-the-Water, Bakewell,  Hartington, Lathkill Dale Dove Dale, Vale of Edale, Winnats Pass, Mam  Tor, Cave Dale and Peveril Castle Kinder Downfall, Three Shire Heads,  Lud's Church, Parkhouse and Chrome Hills, The Roaches, High Tor &  Matlock Bath, Peak Rail, Black Rocks of Cromford and Derwent Valley Mills.

Mastering Composition


What makes a great photo? Flicking through the pages of most popular  photography magazines you might get the impression that theres only one  rule of importance: the rule of thirds. Indeed it appears that some will  judge the merit of a photograph based almost solely on this. Rarely do  you hear discussion about visual weight, balance, negative space, depth  and so on. Author and professional photographer Richard Garvey-Williams  argues that success lies in a combination of four elements: an impactful  subject; dynamic composition; effective use of lighting; and, perhaps  the most crucial, ability to invoke an emotional response in the viewer. 

Digital Photographer's Handbook


This digital photography guide is  jam-packed with inspirational images and jargon-free tips to demystify  the technical elements of photography and get you taking great shots  every time. 

Includes the latest  developments in digital cameras, equipment and software, this stunning  guide explores the pros and cons of all types of camera, from camera  phones to top-of-the-range DSLRs. Learn how to manipulate your pictures  to perfection and pick up trouble-shooting advice to make the most out  of your camera. 

The Adobe Lightroom CC Book


Since Lightroom 1.0 first launched, Scott’s Kelby’s The Adobe Photoshop  Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers has been the world’s #1  bestselling Lightroom book (it has been translated into a dozen  different languages), and in this latest version for Lightroom 6, Scott  uses his same award-winning, step-by-step, plain-English style and  layout to make learning Lightroom easy and fun.

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom


Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Photoshop choose Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2017 release)  from Adobe Press. The 15 project-based lessons in this book show users  step-by-step the key techniques for working in Photoshop and how to  correct, enhance, and distort digital images, create image composites,  and prepare images for print and the web.

A Year With My Camera, Book 1


This is more than a book - it's a unique way to learn photography. Grab  your camera and a pen, and start ticking off what you know, filling in  what you've learnt, and practising every week.  Every chapter has just  one skill to learn, and comes with a detailed explanation, plenty of  examples, and a project to complete. There are tests to make sure you  understand, and a Facebook group you can join to ask questions.  This is  Book 1 in a 2 part series: in this book are the lessons to take you  from January to mid-May, and Book 2 will finish the year.   This is a  practical workbook, printed in black and white, designed to be written  in and picked up every week - not a coffee table book to put on your  shelf and never look at. Be warned - there are plenty of photographs and  illustrations, but they are not colour and they are not fine art  quality. This workbook is designed for you to make progress with, not to  sit on a shelf looking pretty.

Digital Exposure Handbook


Exposure is a fundamental part of photographic technique, but is often  thought of as mysterious or difficult to understand. In this revised  edition of Ross Hoddinotts successful book Digital Exposure Handbook the  nitty gritty of this fascinating subject is unravelled and presented in  a clear and easy-to-understand way. This practical, handbook size,  jargon-free guide will be your essential companion out in the field, so  slot it in your backpack and start taking some stunning shots.

Outdoor Photographer of the Year: Portfolio II


Outdoor Photographer of the Year presents a stunning collection of the  winning, commended and shortlisted photographs from the 2016 Outdoor  Photographer of the Year competition. Featuring over 150 winning,  commended and selected images from entrants based all around the world,  it captures the magnificent diversity of our planet. The annual  competition, organized by Outdoor Photography magazine and now in its  sixth year, last year received over 12,000 entries from more than 35  countries.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 27


This powerful collection features the 100 winning images from the  Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 competition. They represent the  skill and talent of photographers from around the planet and the many  different ways of portraying the beauty, drama and diversity of the  natural world. The photographs were chosen by an international jury for  their artistic merit and originality, mindful of the high ethical  standards that the competition champions. The final 100, representing 22  nationalities, were selected from more than 42,000 entries from 96  countries. The book includes images of unforgettable behaviour, wild and  dramatic landscapes and thought-provoking reportage. This memorable  book also tells the often memorable stories behind the pictures and  serves as a reminder of the truly glorious nature of life on Earth.

Arc & Line - Charlie Waite


One of the most highly published and sought after British landscape  photographers, Charlie Waite has been widely acknowledged for redefining  the genre of landscape photography in the 1980's. Now, with his latest  collection Waite is once again sharing his unique vision and artist's  eye in ways that surprise, inspire and enthrall. Each of the 65  distinctive black and white and colour images made around the world  including the British Isles, encourages us to look with fuller awareness  at the world around us so that we too may recognise some of the  extraordinary juxtapositions of form, light, contrast and composition  that Waite's images are so full of.

This Land: Landscape Wonders of Britain - Joe Cornish


Explore the landscape wonders of Britain in this new collection of fifty  photographs by Joe Cornish, widely acknowledged as Britain’s finest  landscape photographer. Taking its cue from these Isles' extraordinarily  diverse geology, This Land ranges from the ancient quartzite rocks of  the Scottish Highlands to the gritstones and limestones of the English  Pennines and the rolling chalk downs of Southern England. There are  sections on Mountains, Islands, Forests and Coasts, as well as a  fascinating look at the ways in which British people have shaped the  landscape over thousands of years. Accompanying text by leading outdoors  writer and campaigner Roly Smith explains how each type of rock creates  its own distinctive landforms and vegetation, and how these have often  been made the subject of local folklore and legend.

-- Images of the Seventh Day -- Michael Kenna


A beautifully designed monograph surveying the works of the highly  acclaimed contemporary photographer. Kenna’s photographs captivate  viewers through their silent drama and magnetism: rather than being  accurate descriptions of a place, the photographer seems interested in  capturing the invisible lines which enclose space, and in so doing  arousing a viewer’s imagination and reverie. Michael Kenna is an artist  for whom the subject is above all the opportunity for a tremendous but  constant variation in his view of the world.

Personal Best - Elliott Erwitt


Originally published as a large format hardcover in 2006, this carefully  curated retrospective of Elliott Erwitt's work is now available in a  less expensive edition. This is a classic collection of images by a  master of the art form.

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016


Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 is the photographer's follow-up to her two landmark books, Annie Leibovitz: Photographs, 1970-1990 and A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005.  In this new collection, Leibovitz has captured the most influential and  compelling figures of the last decade in the style that has made her  one of the most beloved talents of our time. Each of the photographs  documents contemporary culture with an artist's eye, wit, and an uncanny  ability to personalize even the most recognizable and distinguished  figures.

Terence Donovan: Portraits


This is the first book dedicated to the portraiture of legendary  photographer Terence Donovan (1936-1996). Donovan's interest in  portraiture spanned the entirety of his four-decade career, when he  worked for major British and international magazines including Vogue,  Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar and Elle. Donovan undertook numerous  private portrait commissions, photographing public figures from the  worlds of arts, politics, and business, in addition to members of the  British Royal family. Some of his many sitters include Yasser Arafat,  Naomi Campbell, Sean Connery, Diana Princess of Wales, Laurence Olivier,  and Charlotte Rampling, among many others.

Terry O'Neill's Rock 'n' Roll Album


Terry O'Neill is one of the world's most celebrated and collected  photographers. No one has captured the frontline of fame so broadly -  and for so long. Terry O'Neill's Rock 'n' Roll Album  contains some of the most famous and powerful music photographs of all  time. At the same time the book includes many intimate personal photos  taken 'behind the scenes' and at private functions.

Vanity Fair 100 Years


Vanity Fair 100 Years showcases a century of personality and power, art  and commerce, crisis and culture--both highbrow and low. In the  sumptuous 384-page coffee table book, the editors of Vanity Fair have  created the definitive history of the most talked-about magazine of our  day. From its inception in 1913, through the Jazz Age and the  Depression, to its reincarnation in the boom-boom Reagan years (after a  47-year hiatus), to the image-saturated Information Age, Vanity Fair has  presented the modern era as it has unfolded--using wit, imagination,  peerless literary narrative and bold, groundbreaking imagery.

Luxury Toys: Classic Cars


This stunning volume showcases approximately 40 classic cars from 1945  on. Using the finest materials and craftsmanship available, some  literally are one-of-a-kind, built for statesmen, entrepreneurs and pop  stars. Interspersed with photographs of these iconic vehicles are  vintage images from celebrated races such as the Mille Miglia.

Mastering Wildlife Photography


Wildlife is one of the most challenging and popular subjects for  photographers. With strong emphasis on the ethics and legalities of  animal welfare, the protection of the environment and the  responsibilities of the photographer, Richard Garvey-Williams' concise,  comprehensive yet accessible text covers the practical techniques of  photography and how they relate to capturing stunning images of quarry  that is invariably erratic, often endangered, and typically shy and  elusive.

The Photographer's Vision


In The Photographers Vision, he examines the work of photographys  greats, explaining how to look at a photo and how to learn from looking  at it. The featured work includes some of the most distinguished names  in photographys history: Nick Knight, Frederick Henry Evans, Frans  Lanting, Tim Page, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nan Goldin, Paul Outerbridge,  Walker Evans, Cindy Sherman, Elliott Erwitt, Trent Parke, Jeff Wall,  Paul Strand, Romano Cagnoni, Horst Faas, James Casebere and many more,  making this book visually stunning as well as intellectually  authoritative.

Black & White Photography: The timeless art of monochrome


Beautifully illustrated and  far-reaching in scope, this guide is destined to be a standard reference  for years to come. Alongside the work of author Michael Freeman, you'll  find the classic photography of renowned black and white photographers  such as Ansel Adams, Ian Berry, Bill Brandt, Edward Curtis, Brett Weston  and Edward Weston.

Freeman covers all aspects of black-and-white  digital photography: the fine art tradition as well as the techniques.  Learn how to see and expose in black and white, digitally convert colour  to monochrome and develop a black and white digital workflow using the  latest software.

The Photographer's Eye


The Photographers Eye  shows how anyone can develop an eye for seeing great digital photos.  The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and  design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of  shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited,  manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very  different from the one seen in the viewfinder.

Fifty Paths to Creative Photography


The eagerly awaited follow up to global bestseller The Photographer's Eye will show you the paths the greatest photographers took to excellence so you too can take stand-out drilling photographs.

By looking at the work of other great photographers, as  well as Freeman's own work, the book provides the reader with 50 "paths"  they can explore to think about taking photos, looking at subjects from  cliché to zen, so you will be able to hit the right point in surprise,  originality, insight and execution every time.

Michael Freeman's Photo School: Composition


A good-sense composition is what separates a phenomenal photograph from a  snapshot. In this title, Michael Freeman and Daniela Bowker teaches how  to use a photographic eye to not only seek out engaging subjects, but  also approach them from the best angle, in optimal light, for the  maximum effect. Going beyond the basics of how to capture images, this  title explains why certain photographs succeed, uncovering the mysteries  of abstract aesthetics to give practical rules and real-world advice to  push images to the next level.

Michael Freeman's Photo School: Light & Lighting


Learn to "read" light in this complete course on the building blocks of  photography. Michael Freeman teaches not only how to see the subtle  nuances of light and shade, but also how your camera views and records  them, to make sure you approach each scene with the optimal settings and  appropriate technical know-how.

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Deep South


The photographs in Deep South, many produced with the nineteenth-century  collodion process and a variety of toning techniques, capture what  Sally Mann calls the "radical light of the American South." Borrowing  methods favored by early masters of landscape photography, Mann bends  classic craftsmanship to serve the expressive needs of a heightened  contemporary sensibility.

Short essays by the photographer open the three main  sections of the book, and Mann's writing proves as engaging and poetic  as her images. Deep South evokes the strange beauty of the Southern landscape as seen  by one of our preeminent artists.

Todd Hido: Intimate Distance


Intimate Distance is the first comprehensive monograph charting the  career of acclaimed American photographer Todd Hido. Though he has  published many smaller monographs of individual bodies of work, this  gathers his most iconic images for the first time and brings a fresh  perspective to his oeuvre with the inclusion of many unpublished  photographs. Well-known for his photographs of landscapes and suburban  housing across the United States, and for his use of luminous color,  Hido casts a distinctly cinematic eye across all that he photographs,  digging deep into his memory and imagination for inspiration.

The Documentary Impulse


Award-winning photographer Stuart Franklin's exploration of  how we, as humans, are driven to visually document our experiences and  the world around us.

Stuart Franklin took one of the  most powerful photographs of the twentieth century - the 'tank man' in  Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 1989. From his insightful position as a  photographer, Franklin explores why we are driven to visually document  our experiences and the world around us. He focuses on photography but  traces this universal need through art, literature and science.

Faces of the North


Raised on an isolated farm in southern Iceland, Ragnar Axelsson (born  1958) became captivated early on by the brutal beauty of the North  Atlantic and the delicate interactions between its inhabitants and their  environment. Born of that fascination, Faces of the North, first  published in a small print run in 2004, established Axelsson as one of  the leading documentary photographers of our time. It contained about  100 lushly austere, powerful images of Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe  Islands, taken over two decades. Long out of print, Faces of the North  is now republished in a special anniversary edition that echoes the  format of Axelsson's latest publications, Last Days of the Arctic and  Behind the Mountains.

At the Heart of It All


Photography is generally considered the art of light, but Finnish  photographer Petri Juntunen (born 1975) is a photographer of  all-encompassing darkness. This publication showcases his At the Heart of It All series, which features time-worn objects, overgrown landscapes, wrecks and ruins photographed at night.

Irving Penn: Centennial


The definitive book on the work of a virtuosic and revered American  photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) was among the most esteemed and  influential photographers of the 20th century. Over the course of a  nearly seventy-year career, he mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio  photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to  composition, nuance, and detail. This indispensable book features one of  the largest selections of Penn's photographs ever compiled, including  famous and beloved images as well as works that have never been  published. Celebrating the centennial of Penn's birth, this lavish  volume spans the entirety of his groundbreaking career.