If you are here, I bet you like books as much as I do. While there are hundreds of books on photography, below are my favorite books that, I feel, will help you improve your photography, food photography and styling.

Food Photography Books

  1. Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Nicole S Young
  2. Lighting for food and drink photography by Steve Bavister

Food Styling Books

Photography Books

  1. $5 Photography Books by Craft and Vision
  2. Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

What Are Your Favorite Photography Books

Tell us in the comments below if there are any books that we should add in this list. Please leave the name and author in the comment below and few lines about the book.

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  • Good list.
    Here are two books both by Bryan Petersen which I have and think are pretty good. The one on exposure is something for every photographer, while the other one though not food oriented is good for close-up photography.
    1. Understanding Exposure
    2. Understanding Close-Up Photography

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  • Wow, what a great list of some awesome books! I’d say understanding exposure should be on the list too just like Aparna. That was my first photography book and is a must have for the beginners.

  • Hard to get but….
    Lighting for food and drink photography by Steve Bavister

  • My all time favorite is the Lou Manna “Digital photography” and “Food Styling for Photographers: A Guide to Creating Your Own Appetizing Art”. But can anybody suggest a book on food styling and photography for bloggers. In the books available in the market the food you are shooting becomes inedible, which is not wanted by somebody who shoots for her blog.

  • A must read.

    Light – Science and Magic

    • PDM

      This is a MUST GET book for anyone doing product/food/tabletop photography. It will give you a real understanding of lighting.

  • Hi

    I recently completed reading “Food Photography: Pro Secrets for Styling, Lighting & Shooting by Lara Ferroni”
    Amazing book with great case studies from famous food photographers.
    Gives a lot of insight into food photography.


  • Thanks for list of books. My favorite is Digital Food Photography by Lou Manna. This is of the best photography books.

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