12 Great Digital Photography Books for Your Christmas Stocking

12 Great Digital Photography Books for Your Christmas Stocking

Looking for a digital photography book for that special someone (or yourself) for Christmas? Here are 12 books that we’ve previously reviewed here on DPS to help you make your choice.

I’ve included links to the book on Amazon, our reviews and a quick quote from our reviews for each book. They are listed in no particular order. Enjoy!

1. The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby (volume 1)Book Review

“This book (pictured right) is one of the best selling digital photography books ever – and for good reason. It’s a must read for those starting out and intermediate photographers alike…. 9 out of 10”

2. Understanding Exposure by Brian PetersonBook Review

“Don’t let the dry title fool you. This book will help you with composition, depth of field and other aspects of photography.”

3. Understanding Shutter Speed by Brian PetersonBook Review

“It’s not a book that covers all aspects of photography but for what it sets out to do it does very well…. 4 stars out of 5”


4. Annie Leibovitz At WorkBook Review

“A good read for a cold winter evening or when you need a little inspiration.”

5. The Perfect Portrait Guide – How to Photograph PeopleBook Review

“If you’re looking for a technical book then this is probably not the book for you. If you’re looking for an easy to read book for beginners to help you improve your shots of friends and family – you’ll probably enjoy this one.”

6. The Digital Photography CompanionBook Review

“If you’re a beginner, go and buy yourself this book.”

7. The Creative Digital DarkroomBook Review

“a 400 page extravaganza filled with everything you could possibly want to know about the digital darkroom and the tools surrounding it.”


8. How to Cheat in Photoshop CS3Book Review

“I’m fairly new to photoshop CS3 and find this a really helpful book. Yesterday showed this book to my brother who uses photoshop all day every day and he couldn’t put it down either.”

9. Successful Self-Promotion for PhotographersBook Review

“Not only a great resource, but also an engaging read that wont leave you with anything less than dozens of ideas for expanding your photography business and your own marketing techniques. ”

10. Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop and Macro PhotographyBook Review

“Closeup Shooting is a great book if you’re just getting into the world of Macro or have given it a go and want to take things a step further. It would be helpful to have some knowledge/experience of photography though as there is a certain level of technical language that is assumed…. 8.5 out of 10”


11. The Photographer’s Eye by Michael FreemanBook Review

“While it won’t teach you how to use the different features of your camera (it’s a book about composition) – it is probably a book you need to read before (or at least while) you are mastering your camera.”

12. Complete Digital Photography by Ben LongBook Review

“I’m a fan of Complete Digital Photography and think it would recommend it to beginners through to intermediate digital photographers – particularly point and shoot users or those new to DSLRs wanting to get a little more manual control…. 4.5 stars out of 5”

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • Ben December 21, 2011 06:07 am

    I would also add volumes 2 and 3 of Scott Kelby's books

    Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3

  • John July 24, 2011 12:49 am

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  • Anthony Ginepro May 31, 2011 01:10 am

    Nice list and thanks for sharing in order to quickly look into it
    but what about "The Moment It Clicks" from Joe McNally ?

  • Fernando December 9, 2010 06:25 am

    Hi, which book would you guys recommend for intermediate skilled photographer? I need something more than rules, exposure.....


  • Jim December 18, 2009 07:00 am

    I agree with Jacek. The Freeman book is tops. Even the German translation is good!

  • Tessa January 7, 2009 06:07 pm

    this year for christmas my mother in law got me "The practical illustrated encyclopedia of Digital Photography - Steve Luck

    LOVE IT! ive never been the kind of person who learns best through reading text/how to/guide books but its broken down nicely and it segmented short and sweet yet super informative and illustrates all their explanations with photos. the only downside is the big size.

  • Shaman December 19, 2008 12:29 pm

    Thanks, I put The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby (volume 1)on my wish list.

  • Jacek Poplawski December 19, 2008 12:07 am

    The Photographer’s Eye by Michael Freeman is the best photography book I ever read. I already read two books by Brian Peterson and Scott Kelby's tips but this one is different. There is not a single word about setting your camera, it's fully about creating photos.