Best Books to Learn Professional Photography

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Best Professional Books

The best books to learn professional photography are ones that give you tips and techniques for better quality photographs, and provide tools for navigating the business end of your photography career. Build your own library of professional photography books in a range of subjects.

The Illustrated Dictionary of Photography: The Professional's Guide to Terms and Techniques by Barbara A. Lynch-Johnt and Michelle Perkins is a book that offers a comprehensive look at photography terminology. It includes more than 5,000 popular photo terms.

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Build Your Business

Once you've mastered how to take a good picture, you need to figure out how to build your business. The Photographer's Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business by Vik Orenstein will do just that. Get ideas for marketing plans and ideas for networking to keep your business booming.

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Sales and Marketing

Getting people through the door is the first step in gaining customers, but good marketing and salesmanship will keep them coming back. The Kathleen Hawkins Guide to Sales and Marketing for Professional Photographers by Kathleen Hawkins provides tips for running special promotions and offers other ways to build relationships as a professional photographer.

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ASMP Business Practices

ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography, 7th Edition by the American Society of Media Photographers gives advice from the business end of the photography business. Learn how to price, negotiate and even publish your own photography book with the tools provided in this book.

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Professional Posing Tips

Professional studio photographers need to be well versed in various poses for their subjects. Doug Box's Guide to Posing for Portrait Photographers by Douglas Allen Box gives tips on posing individuals and groups to enhance their best assets. Box uses side-by-side comparison shots to illustrate his tips.

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Wedding Photography Professional

The wedding industry is big business, and professional photographers should learn the ins and outs of the bridal business before taking on their first weddings. The Step-by-Step Wedding Photography: Techniques for Professional Photographers by Damon Tucci offers ideas from posing traditional shots to lighting tips for professional wedding photographers.

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Professional Landscape Photos

The National Audubon Society Guide to Landscape Photography by Tim Fitzharris gives tips for producing professional quality photographers of outdoor and landscape scenes. Post-production tips are given as well.

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Advertising Photography

The advertising business is highly competitive, so those who want to learn how to get into the field should consult Advertising Photography: A Straightforward Guide to a Complex Industry by Lou Lesko and Bobbi Lane. Though the business is glamorous, you should still master the basic tips found in this book.

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Photojournalism

Photojournalism, Sixth Edition: The Professionals' Approach by Kenneth Kobre tells not only how to take photos in a journalistic style, but also gives professionals updates on the newest laws and trends to stay abreast of in order to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

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Make Money with Photography

The Photographer's Guide to Making Money: 150 Ideas for Cutting Costs and Boosting Profits by Karen Dorame gives professional photographers plenty of ideas for cutting their overhead costs and earning more money. Running your own business can be extremely profitable, but only if you have the knowledge to make it so, and this book can help you along the way.

In addition, you can learn more about photography careers and businesses in the LoveToKnow article How to Become a Photographer.

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Best Books to Learn Professional Photography