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7 Film Photography Books That Will Help Improve Your Craft

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Still photography is full of lessons — about framing, lighting, depth of field — that filmmakers draw from all the time. If you’re thinking of getting into the field, film photography books are a great way to help improve your craft. Regardless of whether you’re currently in school for photography, or are merely interested in the genre, you can’t go wrong by stocking up on some necessary reading materials. Below find seven film photography books that any photographer can learn from, and for more great reading recommendations check out our list of best screenwriting books, and essential books for TV writers. For additional shopping suggestions, check out our roundup of durable film photography cameras, and best cameras for any budget.

“The Film Photography Handbook” by Chris Marquardt and Monika Andrae

If you’re curious about film photography, “The Film Photography Handbook” is a good place to start. Authors Chris Marquardt and Monika Andrae offer an easy-to-understand, complete resource to shooting film, which includes important differences between film and digital photography, film formats, film cameras to buy, and how to shoot and process black-and-white film at home. This 2019 updated and expanded edition, addresses topics such as as the hybrid film/digital workflow, digitizing negatives, as well as using smartphones for light metering and to assist in film processing.

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