We’ve already published our holiday gift buying guide for folks on a budget here at Photofocus. Now it’s time for a list of books every photographer will love. Books are portable, affordable and genuinely loved by most photographers. So without further ado, here is our list of must-have photo-related books this holiday season.

1. The Digital Photography Book, Vol 3 by Scott Kelby is number one on this list for a reason. It’s the perfect book for nearly every photographer, beginners or experts. Scott Kelby is the number one best-selling photo book author in the world because his work is tremendous.

Scott’s how-to approach, good humor, detailed descriptions and great photos make this book a steal at $13.49. The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3

2. Within The Frame by David DuChemin is on this list because it approaches photography from a different angle than most books on the list. David is all about vision. He’s a deep thinker with a knack for causing his readers to spend time really thinking about his message.

David shows photographers how to find and express their photographic vision. It’s as much inspiration as it is instruction, and will move shooters in ways few books can.

Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision

3. The Hot Shoe Diaries by Joe McNally is THE book to buy if the photographers on your list who need help with their flash, particularly if they are Nikon shooters. Joe McNally packs auditoriums with hundreds of photographers everywhere he goes. His dynamic and entertaining teaching style guarantees his students will retain the voluminous information he provides in every chapter. If your photographer owns a flash unit, you should buy this book. It’s one of the hottest books on the market this season.

The Hot Shoe Diaries

4. National Audubon Society Guide to Landscape Photography by Tim Fitzharris. I like any book I’ve ever read by Tim. He’s an outstanding nature photographer and although I’ve never met him, he seems like a nice guy. This book gives me the feeling I’m on a photo workshop with Tim. His writing style is relaxed and informative. His books aren’t heady by any means, but they are inspirational and if you know a photographer who’s into landscape photography, they’ll be pleased to receive this book.

National Audubon Society Guide to Landscape Photography

5. 2010 Photographer’s Market is an unusual choice for a list like this. But this year, I placed the ever-popular Photographer’s Market series on our must-have list because more photographers than ever before are trying to break into the professional side of photography. And this is a great place to start. With 1,500 market listings, “2010 Photographer’s Market” is the resource freelance photographers need to find markets for their work. No other book contains as many market listings for magazines, book publishers and stock agencies all over the world.

2010 Photographer’s Market

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