The Most Popular Digital Photography Books of 2012 [Among dPS Readers]

The Most Popular Digital Photography Books of 2012 [Among dPS Readers]

Over the last 12 months we’ve reviewed and mentioned a lot of great photographic books (real paper ones) here on dPS.

So today I thought I’d dig into the stats that Amazon give us as to what our readers have purchased after clicking through from our site to showcase the 15 most popular books bought by our readers. Hopefully it gives those of you shopping for presents for photography loving friends and family some ideas!


  1. Beyond Snapshots: How to Take That Fancy DSLR Camera Off “Auto” and Photograph Your Life like a Pro (co-authored by dPS eBook author – Rachel Devine
  2. Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
  3. The Digital Photography Book
  4. The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
  5. Understanding RAW Photography (The Expanded Guide: Techniques)
  6. HDR Photography (The Expanded Guide: Techniques)
  7. Digital Photographer’s Guide to Dramatic Photoshop Effects
  8. Visual Stories: Behind the Lens with Vincent Laforet (Voices That Matter)
  9. The Luminous Portrait: Capture the Beauty of Natural Light for Glowing, Flattering Photographs
  10. Speedliter’s Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites
  11. Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set
  12. Complete Digital Photography
  13. Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography
  14. Digital Wedding Photography: Capturing Beautiful Memories
  15. BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro

Want more?

Check out the current best selling digital photography books on Amazon where they currently have most books at 30-50% off retail price!

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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

  • kevin January 24, 2013 06:32 pm

    I am by no means a pro at photography, but with the help of these books and lots of practice I managed to learn to take some good shots of my jewelry.

    thank you.

  • Darren Rowse November 29, 2012 09:56 am

    Chitra - we only included 'hard cover' books in this lineup. Click is great too - but only an eBook.

    Scottc and clickstation - we love Davids eBooks too and have featured many of them previously (in fact from memory they were in the top selling ones among our readers in 2011) - they just didn't make the list this year for some reason with our readers.

  • clickstation November 25, 2012 05:01 pm

    Ha! The very reason I visited this article (after reading it thoroughly through Google Reader) is to comment on the absence of David Duchemin's book, Within the Frame, which I think is an absolute must-have for anyone serious enough in photography. Lo and behold, somebody else has just done the same thing! (Well, kind of)

    The other books I recommend are The Photographer's Eye and How to See Creatively, both mentioned here.

    Caveat: those are books intended for people who are more interested to take (good!) pictures instead of fiddling with their cameras. If you want to learn how to operate your camera, look elsewhere!
    (Understanding Exposure is one of the best ones, I heard. I myself didn't really need the book since I use a Sony SLT, the exposure is WYSIWYG).

  • Scottc November 25, 2012 08:47 am

    I'm amazed that none of David duChemin's books made this list. He's a very inspirational photographer and he doesn't rip people off with his e-books.

  • Chitra Sivasankar Arunagiri November 25, 2012 07:09 am

    You missed Rachel Devine' Click. It is an awesome book on how to photograph Kids. I love it so much.