Video and Editing Books

A Selection of Handy Reference and Training Books on Videography and Editing

Video and Editing Books Man With Retro Cine Camera

Welcome to our selection of video and editing books. Please check out the reviews that go with these recommended books from Amazon. I always find the book reviewers on Amazon pretty good and reliable. See the video books on:

  • Lighting Video Creatively
  • Shooting DSLR Video
  • Final Cut Pro Editing
  • High Definition Cinematography
  • How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck

The internet and websites like ours are a great place to start on your learning journey into photography and videography. However, having a great tutorial book to take with you for inspiration can also be very worthwhile.

Our Top Picks



From Still to Motion

With recommendations from industry giants such as Scott Kelby (photographer, author, president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)) and Scott Bourne (Publisher,, you can rest assured that this book won’t disappoint!

It talks about gear, planning, lighting, lenses, audio, editing, color correcting, exporting, media management. Plus shooting styles, including indoor, outdoor, studio, portrait, event, and available light. They go into detail about camera movement, multiple camera operation, low light video and synchronising sound. As well as stop-motion and time lapse photography. A must read for Video DSLR or mirrorless camera owners!



Lighting for Film and Digital

The high price may put a few people off buying this book but one reviewer puts it like this. It "demystifies the art of cinematography and lays a good foundation for the reader to understand both the craft and practice of cinematography".

Learn to explore all the necessary concepts required for implementing and designing professional lighting set-ups. You'll need a good understanding and knowledge of video equipment and lighting to make the most of this book.

Coverage inside includes lighting, color control, texture, exposure techniques. Plus elements that create image, ‘look,’ and mood for your video productions.



High Definition Cinematography

Author Paul Wheeler BSC FBKS (trained at the BBC) takes you to the next level of video production and High Definition Cinematography. This is the third edition of explanations, definitions, and workflows that today’s cinematographers and camera operators need to make the transition.

Paul has an entirely unbiased opinion on many of today’s High Definition video cameras. He explains the high-definition video process, suggests the best methods for shooting and filming, and will help you to choose the right camera and equipment for you and your crew with this in-depth book. You will also learn the different formats and when best to use them. How to create specific "looks" for different venues and environments. Plus learn how to operate and control a wide variety of popular digital video cameras.



Final Cut Pro 7 Advanced

Authorised by Apple, this guide with director and filmmaker Michael Wohl, teaches the most advanced skills that all editing professionals need to know most when working with Final Cut 7.

This book is based on professional documentary, broadcast and dramatic footage. He gives a comprehensive course in digital video editing and finishing. The book includes a DVD Rom containing media files and lessons which take you through "real world" projects in a simple to follow, step by step process. The book even has Chapter review questions which summarize what you’ve learned and help to prepare you for the Apple Certified Pro Exam.

Buy from Amazon: Final Cut Pro 7 Advanced



How to Shoot Video that Doesn't Suck!

With an average of 4.5 stars from Amazon reviewers, and at its low price, this book is a no brainer. It's great for anyone looking to improve their home videos or take their movie making to the next level.

It will teach you how to think like a director, regardless of equipment. You'll learn to think about shots whilst moving from place to place rather than standing in the same location for hours on end. The book covers framing, lighting, sound, editing, special effects. It offers advice on how to shoot a variety of situations such as sporting events, parties or family gatherings, graduations and theatrical performances. Plus, how to make instructional and promotional videos, music videos and much more.

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