We love photography books here on the Clickin Moms blog and, according to your response to Sarah’s 19 Must Read Books for Photographers, you do too! We thought it would be fun to compile another list of books for photographers that the CM Team particularly loves. Now just to try not to spend too much on Amazon!
book suggestions for photographers
*image by Jodi Arego
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
This best-selling book of essays and assignments is an inspirational read for anyone who has struggled with creative blocks or gotten into an artistic rut. Though not specifically geared to photography, Julia Cameron’s series of Artist’s Way books are lyrical musings on the artistic life geared to help artists overcome the many mental and lifestyle obstacles that can come your way. Her books go beyond just inspirational, and provide practical tools to help your daily work flow and uncover your creative path.
Beyond Snapshots by Rachel Devine and Peta Mazey
Learning how to take your camera off auto mode can be difficult but Rachel and Peta have created a book to help you do so. This book is broken up well into small section and written in a way that is very easy to read and follow. Reading this book will get you started in the right direction to capturing beautiful moments in your life.
Exposure Solutions by Bryan Peterson
Many of us have read Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Exposure and here he’s back to expand on difficult exposing situations. Throughout the book he discusses the challenges that come with aperture choices, capturing motion, and more and how to get the look you want in those situations.
Fine Art Wedding Photography by Jose Villa and Jeff Kent
A captivating book full of stunning images created by Jose Villa. In it, he discusses his approach to wedding photography. From his cameras and lenses, to composition and how to use light, he shares how he makes some of his more well-known images. Beautiful imagery aside, the thought processes behind his work make this a great read for any photographer, wedding or otherwise.
Focus on Food Photography for Bloggers by Matt Armendariz
Your camera settings, location, lighting, etc are just as important in food photography as they are when photographing people. Matt is one of the best food photographers out there and this fabulous book is a great way to get inside his head and understand why he does what he does when he shoots.
The Luminous Portrait by Elizabeth Messina
A wonderful discussion on light, covering a range of genres and techniques. Predominantly directed at film shooters, but still very applicable to those shooting in digital. Includes settings for all images.
Personal Best by Elliott Erwitt
This book consists of a collection of photos that Erwitt put together himself of what he considers to be his best work, mostly consisting of photos shot solely for himself and not part of a job. It’s inspiring to see what one of the great photographers calls his best.
A Photographer’s Life: 1990-2005 by Annie Leibovitz
A very personal project from Annie Leibovitz. She is open and honest with every aspect of her life – sharing how she’s mixed the documentation of those closest to her along with professional assignments and portraits. This book is packed with honest, emotive and real images from Annie’s collection.
Photographically Speaking by David duChemin
Do you understand why you like a particular image? In this book, duChemin discusses the importance of understanding a photo and why you may like it. With this understanding comes the knowledge to create the images you wish to create by using the elements around you to execute your vision.
Photographing Shadow and Light by Joey L
Joey L is a genius when it comes to lighting and the opportunity to learn a few of his methods and thoughts behind an image is inspiring. This book takes us behind the scenes of a few select shoots where Joey discusses his process for the gorgeous images gracing the pages. Particularly inspiring is his work where he used one artificial light source.
The Practice of Contemplative Photography by Andy Karr & Michael Wood
An inspiring and thought provoking read covering planning and visualization, and also including plenty of visual demonstrations of the techniques that are covered. The option to complete assignments is also there for those that wish to put the information into practice.
Vivian Maier: Street Photographer by John Maloof
A visually inspiring collection of black and white imagery, documenting the life of Vivian Maier through her lens. Maiers works are presented as full page spreads, with little need for verbal commentary as the images speak for themselves.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
“Creative work is…a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” In this short and powerful book, Steven Pressfield shows us how to identify the inner barriers to creativity, and gives us advice on how to defeat Resistance, the “enemy within” that keeps us from doing our work. If you are in a rut, lacking inspiration, experiencing self-doubt or procrastinating about a project, this
book is the perfect kick in the pants.
A Year of Mornings by Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes
A Year of Mornings collects 236 images always taken before 10 am without discussion between the two women from this uniquely 21st-century artistic collaboration. The intimacy of these photographs discarded clothing, a view of a snowy day from the window, a tablecloth combined with their striking similarities in color and composition defies the reality of their long-distance collaboration. While clearly kindred spirits, the two women have met in person only once. Their friendship is maintained solely online, sustained by a shared love for moments of serenity, solitude, and peacefulness. The annotated photographs in A Year of Mornings radiate an aura of sweetness and light the promise of a new day.
And there you have it, just a few of our current favorite books!
Would you like to win a few of the books mentioned above? We have one copy of Focus on Food Photography for Bloggers by Matt Armendariz, The Luminous Portrait by Elizabeth Messina, Photographing Shadow and Light by Joey L, and A Year of Mornings by Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes to give away to one random winner! Simply comment below telling us what your favorite photography or creative book is by next Wednesday, March 13th at noon EST to enter to win. We will announce the winner back here on this post Wednesday afternoon!
Congratulations to Ruth who said, “Ooooo, I’d love to win one of these! And my fav creative book (ok actually cookery book but hey) for inspiration is What Katie Ate. The photo’s are just truly stunning.”! You are the lucky random winner and I will email you on how to obtain your new books!