Reference Books

There is no substitute for getting out with your camera, but the study of photography in terms of history, technique and masters of the craft is undoubtedly helpful.  These are the photography reference books on my shelves.

Trajan's Column, RomeHistory

20th Century Photography (Taschen)

Icons of Photography, The 20th Century (Peter Stepan)

History of Photography from 1839 to the  Present (Taschen)

A History of Photography in 50 Cameras (Michael Pritchard)

Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography (Lonely Planet, Peter Eastway)

The Landscape Photography Field Guide (Carl Hellman II)

Landscape Photography (The Expanded Guide, Steve Watkins)


Exposure Manual (Chris Weston)

Understanding Exposure (The Expanded Guide, Andy Stansfield)


Portraits – World’s Top Photographers Series (Fergus Greer)

The Essential Guide to Portraits (MagBook, 4th Edition, Daniel Lezano)

Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People (Henry Carroll)

Black and White

Digital Black and White Photography (The Expanded Guide, David Taylor)


A-Z of Photographers (Taschen)

Masters of Photography: A Complete Guide to the Greatest Artists of the Photographic Age (Reuel Golden)

Sebastiao Salgado – Photofile (Christian Caujolle)

Bill Brandt – Photofile (Ian Jeffrey)

Henri Cartier-Bresson – Photofile (Michael Brenson)

Brassaï – Photofile (Roger Grenier)

William Klein – Photofile (Christian Caujolle)

What Makes Great Photography: 80 Masterpieces Explained Paperback (Val Williams)

Composition & Rules of Photography

Focus On Composing Photos (Peter Ensenberger)

The Rules of Photography and When to Break Them (Haje Jan Kamps)


Photographic Lighting (The Expanded Guide, Steve Harrington)

The Nikon Creative Lighting System (Rocky Nook)

Night & Low Light Photography (The Expanded Guide, David Taylor)


The Film Photography Handbook: Rediscovering Photography in 35 Mm, Medium & Large Format (Chris Marquardt & Monika Andrae)


The Digital Photography Book, How To Make your Photos Look Like the Pros Volumes 1-4 (Scott Kelby)

The Digital Photography Book, 5, Photo Recipes (Scott Kelby)

Fundamentals of Modern Photography (Tom Ang)

The Photographer’s Vision (Michael Freeman)

Photography Beyond Auto (Chris Gatchum)

Photo Idea Index (Jim Krause)