Here it is – that time of year when holiday lists start popping up on the web…
This year – I thought I’d shake the list up a bit. Yes – I’m keeping to the 20 Photo Gifts under $100 theme – but I thought I’d keep this year’s list to books.
Well – first, books often offer a great value. There are lot of great teachers right now publishing a lot of great resources. And, second, most of these are filled with a healthy dose of “get out there and shoot”.
I also gave myself a second constraint: each of these books had to be on my shelf (or loaded onto the tablet).
Is this list exhaustive? Golly, no. There’s are a lot of good stuff out there today for photographers – but hopefully this gives you a running start.
So – in no particular order – here’s Camera 47’s Annual 20 Photography Gifts Under $100 List – The All Book Edition. If you have any to add – please don’t hesitate to list them in the comments. Enjoy!
- Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren. This is a cool book that’s on my reading pile right now.
- 2013 Photographer’s Market. If you’re looking for places to sell your work – this very well could be a great place to start with over 1,500 listings for stock agencies, print publishers, and more. There is also a collection of articles aimed at helping you with your business.
- The Americans by Robert Frank. I’m not going to say every photographer should have this one on the shelf. Not going to say it…
- Exposed by Michael Clark. The subtitle says it all: “Inside the Life and Images of a Pro Photographer”.
- Speedliter’s Handbook by Syl Arena. Shoot Canon? Want to get better with Canon Speedlites? Get this book.
- The Digital Photography Book 1,2, 3, and 4 by Scott Kelby. Are you a beginner / immediate photographer? For the love of sushi – please, just buy and read these books. The “advanced” folks will likely get something out of these, too.
- Storytellers by Jerod Foster. Moving from photos to stories. Good stuff.
- The Passionate Photographer by Steven Simon. The subtitle “Ten Steps to Becoming Great” probably isn’t the most descriptive – but I liked this book.
- Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images by David duChemin. ‘Cuz it’s duChemin …
- Going Pro: How to Make the Leap from Aspiring to Professional Photographer by Scotte Bourne and Skip Cohen.
- Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It by Scott Kelby. Good book.
- Hope in the Dark by Jeremy Cowart. I wish this book were still readily available but unfortunately it’s not. Check the used book stores. This is a good one.
- Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision by David duChemin. See #9.
- Lighting Notebook by Kevin Kubota. Great lighting book. Also – if you ever get a chance to hear Kevin talk – do it. I caught him up at WPPI U. Enjoyed it.
- Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom by David duChemin. See #9.
- All Access: Your Backstage Pass to Concert Photography by Alan Hess. If music photography is your gig – check this one out.
- Visual Poetry by Chris Orwig. I’m simply a fan of Orwig’s work.
- Fast Track Photographer by Dane Sanders. Most will say this book is focused on making a run at the wedding photography business – but I think it’s about building a photography business with wedding specific examples.
- The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally. Joe is a great teacher.
- Sketching Light by Joe McNally. Did I mention that Joe is a great teacher?
- Visual Stories by Vincent Laforet
- Vision Mongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography by David duChemin. See #9.
- People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs by Chris Orwig. Just good stuff.
- Anything from Craft & Vision. Seriously.
- Seeing the Light: Making the Most of Available Light and Minimal Equipment by Mitchell Kanashkevich
- The Essentials of Street Photography: A 21st Century Guide to Photographically Capturing the Streets by James Maher
- Captivating Color: A Guide to Dramatic Color Photography by Mitchell Kanashkevich. Published through Digital Photography School.
- Getting Published in Photography Magazines by Mitchell Kanashkevich. Published through Digital Photography School.
- Going Pro: How to Make Money Through Your Photography by Kelly Kingman. Another one from Digital Photography School.
- The Essential Guide to Portrait Photography edited by Darren Rowse
DVD’s: Hey, it’s my list … I can change the rules :)
- Jeremy Cowart’s Lifefinder. Chillin’ with Jeremy on location. How cool is that?
- Photo Recipes Live Behind the Scenes 1 and 2. Not sure where I learned more on lighting – from these or from Zack’s One Light stuff.
- OneLight by Zack Arias. Yeah – this one exceeds that whole $100 rule thing. This one also exceeds all expectations. It rocks.
- People Pictures: Creating Authentic Photographs with Chris Orwig. This complements Orwig’s People Pictures book. Simply good stuff.
Hope that helps – but if your photographer has all of it (or wants none of it) – how about something like this? It’s great for making smoothies. :)
Looking for more ideas? Here are the first 4 editions: