In Honor of National Photography Month, here are some curated picks to help you either learn more about photography, or go out and start taking photos yourself!

Compiled by:
Annise B.
Beginner's guide to photography : no jargon--just great photos

Haje Jan Kamps.
770 Kam

Beginner's Guide to Photography includes tips of the trade to help you begin your journey of photography.

Good Pictures: A History of Popular Photography

Kim Beil
770.1 Bei

This book shows photography as it changes from the past to present day.

Make better pictures : truth, opinions, and practical advice

Henry Horenstein
770 Hor

100 pieces of advice on making your pictures more noteworthy and popular

Paper promises : early American photography

Mazie M. Harris
770.973 Har

This publication is issued on the occasion of the exhibition Paper Promises: Early American Photography, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, from February 27 to May 27, 2018.

The photographer's black & white handbook : making and processing stunning digital black and white photos

Harold Davis
778.3 Dav

This book includes inspiration, ideas, and pro tips to help make your black and white photography unforgettable.

The photographer's eye : composition and design for better digital photos

Michael Freeman
771 Fre

This book is an essential for developing new style techniques and recognizing different styles within photography. 

The photography storytelling workshop

Finn Beales
New Arrivals 771 Bea

By following his five-step course -- Pitch, Prepare, Shoot, Edit and Deliver -- and a series of guided projects, you will develop the same successful, reliable working methods that earn influence and delight audiences, regardless of what genre you're working in.

Through a lens darkly : black photographers and the emergence of a people
Audiovisual 770.8996 Thr

The film embraces both historical material (African-Americans who were slaves, who fought in the Civil War, were victims of lynchings, or were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement) and contemporary images made by such luminaries as Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems. The film is a cornucopia of Americana that reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations while expressing joyous, life-affirming sentiments about the ability of artists and amateurs alike to assert their identity through the photographic lens.