I think that our shelves show some insight into who we are.
Our priorities, our interests, etc.
Our tolerance for clutter, piles, and dust.
Plus, it gives me another excuse to practice taking pictures and experimenting with lighting. Here’s my third shelf:
From left to right:
Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography, by Dan Bailey (DanBaileyPhoto.com)
I just received this book a few days ago. I follow Dan on Twitter, because he’s a great photographer who writes great blog posts. I ordered this book, and I quickly received an email from Dan asking me a few questions, like who the book was for (me!) and what types of photography I was into.
When the book arrived ( just a few days later), I saw that Dan had written me a personal message in the book. What a nice touch.
The card leaning up against the books is a blank photo card he included as well. Good stuff.
I look forward to reading this soon.
The Best of the Digital Photography Book Series, by Scott Kelby (Amazon)
I recently got this book as part of my KelbyOne membership, and I got through it quite quickly. It’s well organized and would be a great starter resource for anyone who wants to start improving their photographs.
Photography Q&A, by Zack Arias (Amazon)
I love Zach Arias. He’s a talented photographer with a great personality, who is also very transparent about his life.
I find him inspiring, and his posts about the Fuji X Series cameras planted the seeds that ultimately led to my move from Canon to Fuji.
I bought this book in October. It’s a collection of question/answer posts that he’s done over the years, covering everything from technical to lighting, and business strategies to creativity. I enjoyed it a lot and will probably read it again someday.
Photographically Speaking, by David DuChemin (Amazon)
Vision & Voice, by David DuChemin
Within The Frame, by David DuChemin
David DuChemin may be the most talented writer among the photogs who publish books, if not the most prolific. His books are entertaining reads that focus on the creative process, rather than technical considerations.
His books cover things like having a vision, establishing your personal style, being aware to opportunities, and how to make sure your final images match what you saw when you captured them.
He’s a world traveler, humanitarian, and former comedian, and I love his books.
The Print, by Ansel Adams (Amazon)
Rachel got this book for me a few Christmases back. It’s the landscape master’s thesis on the art of printing photographs. What more can be said?
Photography and the Art of Seeing, by Freeman Patterson (Amazon)
This is a fascinating and beautiful book. The subtitle, “A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and Digital Photography”, gives you an idea that this not be your normal how-to-take-better-pictures book.
Understanding Exposure, by Bryan Peterson (Amazon)
I have an older edition of this book, but it’s an excellent resource for learning how to get out of automatic modes and understanding the basics of the exposure triangle (aperture/shutter speed/ISO).
When I first started showing more interest in photography, I asked my Dad, an excellent photographer, to give me a book to help me learn more about my camera and how to use it.
I guess that makes this my first photography book, and I still have it! I’ve read through it a couple times.
This is a picture of four-year old Leah that I took in May of this year. This is a good sample picture of why I moved to Fuji – this was shot with my X100T and I love those Fuji colors. Here’s the image: