The best of the best cameras, accessories, photo books and more.
This time each year I put together a collection of articles recommending the best photo gear, books, DVDs, software, calendars, online photo labs, and a whole lot more. The articles are revised every year, some of them extensively. Here’s the list of linked articles.
How To Get The Best Results From The Best Online Photo Labs
Great Deal? Don’t Get Burned!
“Gray Market” Photo Equipment
Inexpensive ($4 – $80) Gifts for Photographers
Best Digital Cameras – 2012 (Including 2009 – 2011)
Tripod Recommendations: The Best of the Best
Tripod Head Recommendations: Some of the Best of the Best
The Best Camera Quick Release System
Best Panorama Gear: Living In Pano Heaven
Light Modifiers (Softeners) for Accessory Flashes
AlienBees: High Quality, Economical Studio Lights
Recommended Incident Light Meters
Keeping Your World Straight With A Double Bubble Level
Best Memory Cards for Digital Cameras
The Best Digital Photo Storage
The Messaging Devices That Can Save Your Life
Best Image Editing Software
Calendars for Photographers
THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS AND DVDs
Some of the Best All Purpose Photography Books
Best Book On Photographic Lighting
Tim Grey Recommends Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies. This is my own, highly rated photography book. It is one of the most detailed and comprehensive “exposure” books on the market, and a great introduction to all things photographic with chapters on people, landscape, wildlife, flower, and sports photography.
Another Great Review from a Professional Photographer for Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies
A Great Magazine Review for Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies.
Great Set of DVDs: Joel Sartore’s Fundamentals of Photography
Best Advanced Exposure Book
Photographic Composition: The Best Books
“How To” Book Recommendations: People Photography
Great “How To” Nature Photography Books
Two Excellent Nature Photography Books by Tony Sweet
Jim Brandenburg: Chased by the Light. A book and video to inspire your nature photography.
Best Books on Finding Wildlife
Best Astrophotography Books
Books and Calendars from the Master: Ansel Adams
Basic And Intermediate Books On Photoshop And Digital Photography
The Best Books: Mastering Photoshop Series
Mastering Photoshop & Lightroom: Adobe Camera Raw (ACR)
Mastering Photoshop: Advanced Color Correction, Part One
Mastering Photoshop: Advanced Color Correction, Part Two
Mastering Photoshop: Retouching, Part One
Mastering Photoshop: Retouching, Part Two
Most of the items on these lists are available at my photography store (powered by Amazon.com) which you can find here and here. You will have Amazon’s great prices, fast delivery, excellent service, and first class guarantee.
(Originally written Nov 19, 2012. Updated Dec 12, 2012.)