Inspiration in Photography: Training Your Mind to Make Great Art a Habit
By Brooke Shaden
Anyone can snap a shot, but it takes a certain talent to make images that stick with people and last through the ages. Artists who are good at their trade are able to create the types of images that stick—and Inspiration in Photography is your guide to get started in this vein. The book features tricks to help you take your snapshots to the next level, as well as hands-on exercises that force you to take your artistic thinking to the next level too. These include exercises that go beyond the lens to hone in on your personal style.
VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography
By David duChemin
If you’ve graduated from the point-and-shoot and decided you’d like to make a go for it as a photographer, this book was made for you. Don’t fret, though, VisionMongers doesn’t purport that professional or semi-professional photography is a one-size-fits-all journey. Instead, this book encourages readers to find their own photo path by using the author as example. Anecdotes are provided of other heavy-hitters in the photography field in an effort to provide contrast and illuminate different routes to success for all readers. It’s also a guide to the more tangible side of photography, such as marketing and finance.
Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography With Available Light
By Ibarionex Perello
It may seem basic, but light is the most complex and important thing to consider when it comes to taking great photos. No matter what type of photography you’re interested in, the quality of your lighting has the ability to make or break your image—especially if you’re dealing with a subject that wouldn’t otherwise hold his own. This book walks photographers of all skill levels through several scenarios and discusses how to use the light in each to pull out the best in your subject. Chasing the Light reminds us why it’s not all about the camera’s buttons and controls; when it really comes down to it, knowing how and where to frame your image makes all the difference in the world.
The Minimalist Photographer
By Steve Johnson
In a world saturated not only with products but product reviews, it can seem as if all hobbies required the time and effort to sift through a thousand things before beginning the hobby itself. With incredibly varied gear lists, types of models, and additional features, photography can be pretty complex to pick up. The Minimalist Photographer attempts to quell worried hobbyists by reminding them of basics. We love it because it helps us remember why we picked up a camera to begin with: for the love of images.
Pro Secrets to Dramatic Digital Photos
By Jim Zuckerman
We love this book for its many pages of full-color photographs that make us want to grab the camera and start shooting. Unlike your standard coffee table art photography book, however, Pro Secrets lets you in on the magic and provides plenty of hands-on tips to make your camera perform like you didn’t think was possible. The book is broken down into 15 major tips that are expanded in more general ideas, allowing you to take the ideas and figure out how to make them applicable to your own work. It’s meant for more advanced photographers, but not out of the league of beginners if you’re serious about improving the craft.