The arrival of a new year provides a new opportunity to do something new and exciting with one’s photography. Whether you practice photography as a business as a personal passion, it’s a good time to become reinvested in one’s passion and there is no better way to do that than to delve into books that not only educate but also inspire. Here are some titles that should help take your photography to a new level in 2014
Road to Seeing – Dan Winters
In his latest book, master photographer Dan Winters takes readers through a photographic journey not only through his own photographic career, but through the many sources of inspiration that have helped shaped him as a photographer. Beginning with his early career as a photojournalist, he takes you through the stages of his work which includes portraiture, illustrations and rarely seen street photography. The book is illustrated with Dan’s extensive body of work as well as photographs that Dan personally loves and draws inspiration from.
Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. – Zack Arias
There is no shortage of advice on creating a photographic career, but Zack Arias’s book provides straight-forward and honest advice on what it takes to make photography your career. Culled from questions posted on his photographic blog, Arias delivers answers that are filled with insight, common sense and a wonderful sense of humor. Responding to over 100 questions, he covers virtually every important topic from choosing gear, marketing and much more.
Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques from a Photographer’s Photographer Gregory Heisler – Gregory Heisler
Heisler has created some of the best and most iconic photographs of entertainers, artists, athletes and politicians. His photographs have helped to inspire generations of photographers. This book brings together 50 of his best photographs along with the stories behind the images and the techniques he used to create them. The unique book provides insight into how to make exceptional photographs of exceptional people and how a master photographer rises to the challenge each time.
Photographing Shadow and Light: Inside the Dramatic Lighting Techniques and Creative Vision of Portrait Photographer Joey L. – Joey L
Joey L is a young photographer who created a professional portrait career even before completing his teen years. He’s done it with a personal approach to creative lighting that he generously shares. It includes a diverse selection of studio and location portraits that demonstrate the how and why he has achieved each particular look. The stories behind the images help provide readers insight into not just the how of lighting, but also the why. It’s a book that will surely inspire your own photographic vision.
The Life of a Photograph – Sam Abell
This former National Geographic photographer has created some of the publications best and most memorable photographs. He is done that with a unique and personal style that have resonated not only with readers but other photographers. He takes us through his personal 40-year journey as a professional photographer and shares how he has developed an eye for building a great photograph. The book provides a great way to get into the mind of a master photographer and discover new ways to see and create photographs.
The Passionate Photographer: 10 Steps Toward Becoming Great – Steve Simon
If you’ve been frustrated by your inability to take your photography further, Steve Simon walks you through ways to take your photographs from good to great. Moving beyond mere photographic technique, he delves into what it means to be creative and how to use the camera to express your own personal vision. He shares wisdom and knowledge that he’s compiled in his 30+ year career as a professional photographer. In it, you’ll discover how personal projects can build quality bodies of work, which should help you take photography to the next level.
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