I thought I’d make a list of five inspirational books that have helped me on my journey to improve my photography. I hope they help you as much :)

101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs — Discover how to take compelling photographs utilizing all the awesome features of your digital camera. 101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs shows you how to use composition and technical methods and creative and artistic applications to achieve amazing images, using both in-camera and post-processing techniques. Every chapter covers a different overall theme, with each technique laid out in a two-page spread that features easy-to-follow instructions to achieve the shot and stunning, full-color photographs showing the results. You’ll learn how to manipulate images with light and shadow, make people and animals look more lifelike, create a mood using the weather, make colors pop, and even add unusual effects to your photographs. Each image incorporates different photography skills or specific camera features so you really discover how to get the most out of your digital camera. One part photo essay collection and one part how-to, 101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs is perfect for new digital camera owners who are eager to learn how to get amazing photographs.

The Photographic Eye: Learning to See with a Camera — This book was writtem in 1998 and as such was written with film photographers in mind, although the purpose of the book is to teach the reader to ‘see’ the world through the camera. The Photographic Eye: Learning to See with a Camera is devoted, first and foremost, to the goal of teaching photography as a medium for creative expression.

 

The Book of Photography — Whether you are a complete novice or proficient amateur, this classic guide is now updated and expanded to help you to take even better photographs. Features practical, easy-to-follow advice on everything from taking still-life portraits to shooting exciting action sequences. With new images and all the latest information on digital and manual cameras, plus developments in image manipulation, this is the must-have guide to taking not just good pictures – but great pictures.

Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide — Want to finally understand exposure? Interested in learning to “see” and composing your images more creatively? Ready to master the magic of light? It’s all here, the techniques every amateur photographer needs to take better nature, landscape, people, and close-up photos. You’ll even get creative techniques, like making “rain” and capturing “ghosts,” and practical advice on gear, equipment, and postprocessing software. Filled with Bryan’s inspirational photographs, this is the one essential guide for every camera bag.
This all-in-one guide from renowned photographer, instructor, and author Bryan Peterson will help you take better photos anytime, anywhere–with any camera.

Learning to See Creatively — Almost everyone can “see” in the conventional sense, but developing photographic vision takes practice. Learning to See Creatively helps photographers visualize their work, and the world, in a whole new light.

Now totally rewritten, revised, and expanded, this best-selling guide takes a radical approach to creativity. It explains how it is not some gift only for the “chosen few” but actually a skill that can be learned and applied. Using inventive photos from his own stunning portfolio, author and veteran photographer Bryan Peterson deconstructs creativity for photographers. He details the basic techniques that went into not only taking a particular photo, but also provides insights on how to improve upon it—helping readers avoid the visual pitfalls and technical dead ends that can lead to dull, uninventive photographs.

This revised edition features the latest information on digital photography and digital imaging software, as well as an all-new section on color as a design element. Learning to See Creatively is the definitive reference for any photographers looking for a fresh perspective on their work.