It’s the time of year that the number of photo questions I receive increases dramatically. Many of them have to do with “What is the best . . . .” They usually come from someone shopping for a photographer, or photographers shopping for themselves.
So once again here is my list of “best of the best” of articles recommending the best photo gear, software, books, DVDs, calendars, online photo labs, and a whole lot more. I will revise some of these articles in November and December, but most of the advice is good as it stands. The best books on photographic composition or the best photo labs haven’t changed in the last 12 months. As I rewrite articles I will update the links below. You can check the date at the top of each article.
Originally posted Nov. 21, 2015. Updated December 11, 2015.
How To Get The Best Results From The Best Online Photo Labs
How Long Will Your Photo Lab Prints Last?
Should You Buy “Gray Market” Photo Equipment?
Camera Choices: Using Full Size Test Images from DPReview.com
Best Digital Cameras – 2015 (Including 2010 – 2014)
GoPro Hero4: Amazing, Small, Inexpensive, HD Video (& Still) Camera
Basic Off-Camera Flash Equipment
Radio Controlled Speedlites: Yongnuo YN600EX-RT vs Canon 600EX-RT
Inexpensive ($7 – $130) Gifts for Photographers
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 Panorama Heaven
Light Modifiers (Softeners) for Speedlites
AlienBees: High Quality, Economical Studio Lights
Portable Studio in a Backpack. Everything you need to take a small, portable portrait studio on the road. And you may have some of the items already.
The Best 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
The Best Image Editing Software
Beautiful 2016 Calendars for Photographers (And Anyone Else)
THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS AND DVDs
All Purpose Photography Books
Some of the Best All Purpose Photography Books
The Best Book On Photographic Lighting
Tim Grey Recommends Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies. This is my own photography book. It is one of the highest rated photography books at Amazon.com. 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.
Jennifer Blakeley Recommends Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies
Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies Receives Apogee Photo Magazine’s Highest Rating
Best Book on Professional Exposure Techniques
History of Photography
The Best Illustrated History of Photography
Photographic Composition: The Essential Book
Advanced Photographic Composition: The Best Books
People Photography Books
Excellent “How To Photograph People” Books
Nature Photography Books
Nature Photography Books: The Three Essentials. If you only read three nature photography books, put these on your “must read” list.
My Favorite Introduction to Landscape Photography. If you only read one book on landscape photography, this should be it. This is my favorite to recommend to new landscape photographers.
The Best “How To” Nature Photography Books
Two Excellent Nature Photography Books by Tony Sweet
Great â€œHow Toâ€ Flower Photography Book by Tony Sweet
Jim Brandenburg: Chased by the Light. A book and video to inspire your nature photography.
How To Find Wildlife, The Best Books
How To Photograph Wildlife, The Best Books
Books and Calendars from the Master: Ansel Adams
Digital Photography and/or Photoshop Books
The Best Digital Photography Books
Photoshop, Lightroom, and Elements Books
The Best Introductions to Elements, Photoshop, and Lightroom
Lightroom & Photoshop: The Essential Books
The Best Books: The “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
The Best of the Best Photography Magazines
Great Set of DVDs: Joel Sartore’s Fundamentals of Photography
Jim Brandenburg: Chased by the Light – the story, the book, and the DVD
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