[Editor’s Note: Today we’re introducing this new feature, A Photographer’s Bookshelf, here on The Discerning Photographer. About once a month I plan to recommend a handful of books that have caught my eye. Some will be how-to, some inspiration. Please drop me a comment or email and let me know what you think of this new offering. –DiscerningPhotog]
There was a time early in my development as a photographer when I struggled with a basic question: buy photography books or camera equipment? Frequently the books won out, as I knew even in those early days that reading voraciously about my passion would do as much for my development as actually shooting….well, almost as much.
Now, while the internet has made information easier to find, I still think that reading and absorbing as much about this craft/passion/hobby/profession of ours is critical to your ongoing development as a photographic artist. So I plan, from time to time, to suggest some books for your perusal and study.
There’s something inherently more satisfying in holding a book, turning its pages, discovering what is has to offer you, than in staring at your computer screen.
You may decide to buy some of these, or simply to look them over with a cup of coffee at your local Barnes & Noble. Either way, slow down, take your time, and enjoy the process and joy of seeing another fine photographer’s work.
Digital Photographer’s Handbook, by Tom Ang
Ang has written a number of excellent how-to books on photography. This one is no exception, comprehensive in scope, attractively laid out and presented. From image creation to printing. $24.95
Oceanscapes, by Debra Bloomfield
Ocean landscapes by a fine art photographer. Simply stunning, the ocean as you’ve never seen it. With commentary and an interview with the photographer. $40.00
The Photographer’s Eye, by Michael Freeman
A basic book on composition and design. All aspects of composition addressed. Attractively packaged and laid out. A nice book! $29.95
Manchac Swamp: Louisiana’s Undiscovered Wilderness, by Julia Simms
Now a plug for a local compatriot of mine. Julia Simms is a consummate nature and wildlife photographer and these photographs are lovely. If you thought you’d seen the Louisiana swamp after seeing C.C. Lockwood’s photographs, you need to take another look. $40.00
Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs, by Ansel Adams
This is a great book. Adams takes you inside his head as he explains his thought process and working approach to creating some of the most famous photographs ever made. This should be mandatory reading for anyone serious about pursuing nature photography as a specialty. $39.99
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