For the photographer, a photography-related book is a good bet. Here are some you might want to consider:
Masterclass: Professional Studio Photography by Dennis Savini. This book provides a comprehensive workshop on studio photography aimed at aspiring professionals. Richly illustrated, it covers an array of photographic subjects including still life, industry, technology, food, jewelry, portraiture, and more.
The first part of the book focuses on concepts of studio planning, lighting, perspective, and camera and lens choices. The workshops that follow include 50 full-page photographic masterpieces, each with a detailed description of how the image was created.
The Photograph, 2nd Edition, Composition and Color Design, by Harald Mante. Mante, one of the most distinguished teachers of the photographic arts in Germany and an internationally recognized master of photography, brings his teaching to us in the English language for the first time in more than 30 years.
In The Photograph, Mante explains the elements that are essential to achieving the highest level of visual design in photographs. This book is geared toward the serious intermediate and advanced photographer who strives to create outstanding images.
The Sony Alpha NEX-7; The Unofficial Quintessential Guide by Carol Roullard and Brian Matsumoto. The book provides a wealth of experience-based information and insights for owners of this exciting new camera. The authors team up to help the new user navigate past the confusion factor that often comes with complex and powerful camera equipment.
This book explores the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user’s manual. It guides you through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a friendly manner, with suggestions and tips for setup according to various shooting styles.
The HDRI Handbook 2.0; High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists by Christian Bloch. High dynamic range imaging (HDRI) takes photography to a whole new level (although it can be misused, in my opinion). It opens the door to unprecedented creative freedom in digital post-processing by capturing everything from the darkest shadows to the brightest highlights. HDRI means truly lossless image editing, full exposure control, and the ability to master any scene’s contrast without artificial lighting and preserve all light from a scene so it can be digitally revisited anytime in the future.
Mastering the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 by Rico Pfirstinger. This book provides a wealth of experienced-based information and insights for owners of the new X-Pro 1 camera. Readers will learn about the features and capabilities of the X-Pro 1 and will discover numerous tips and tricks for how to maximize its potential.
The Digital Zone System: Taking Control from Capture to Print by Robert Fisher. There is an ongoing debate among photographers whether digital photography processes will ever be able to reach the pinnacle of image quality and tonality achieved by Ansel Adams decades ago. The Digital Zone System (DZS) is an innovative methodology for editing digital images that mimics the Zone System created by Adams.
With this book, Fisher presents a practical guide for editing digital images with a level of control previously unattainable without significant manual work.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III: The Guide to Understanding and Using Your Camera by James Johnson. The 5D Mark III DSLR cameras has an impressive array of capabilities and advanced controls allowing the photographer ever more influence over the final image. With this comes more menus, buttons, and dials that the photographer must learn how to use to take full advantage of the camera.