The Best of the Best: Photography Recommendations For The Best Photo Gear, Books, Software, and Online Photo Labs

The best of the best cameras, accessories, photo books and more.

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


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


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(Originally written Nov 19, 2012. Updated Dec 12, 2012.)