Since our last post of 5 Must-Read Photography Books was so popular we decided to add a few more books to the list.
1. The Luminous Portrait by Elizabeth Messina
Allison Jacob’s Favorite
It was so exciting to get to hear Elizabeth Messina speak at WPPI this past year. She reviewed how she set up some of her favorite images including her camera, settings, and thoughts behind creating the images. So, when I learned she had published a book, The Luminous Portrait: Capture the Beauty of Natural Light for Glowing, Flattering Photographs, I knew it would be on my list. She writes in details about the process behind getting her images including locations, lighting, and camera settings (she usually shoots film but she does discuss some tips for digital shooting in her book as well). Her work is truly inspirational and she talks about finding your own vision and style. In her book she discusses how to find your own vision by looking within and provides questions to ponder to help you shoot with authenticity. She goes through different types of portraits from children to weddings and provides insight into making the most of each type creatively. If you are looking for some beautiful images shot by an artist who truly knows how to use the light around her then this is a book to pick up!
2. Expressive Photography, The Shutter Sister’s Guide to Shooting from the Heart by The Shutter Sisters
Jen Bacher’s Favorite
Expressive Photography, The Shutter Sister’s Guide to Shooting from the Heart is a beautiful and inspiring photography book that is filled with touching images and words that speak to the soul. It is an extension of the Shutter Sister’s blog and includes chapters on shooting horizons, portraits, nature, stillness, documentary, childhood, and more. This book challenges you to see things differently and to approach your subjects with a more compassionate lens. One thing I really like about it (besides all the eye candy) is it has small highlighted boxes throughout that gives you tips on how you can create similar shots. It’s also the perfect size and has a captivating cover that anyone would be proud to display in their home as a coffee table book!
3. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby
Laurie Flickinger’s Favorite
Recently, I have started using Lightroom for editing my raw files. Another Click It Up a Notch contributor, Elicia, recommended Scott Kelby’s book: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 for Digital Photographers as a good place to start. While I had the basics of raw editing down from years of using Photoshop ACR, I was clueless as how to set up the Lightroom catalog and folders, as well as understanding what some of the new sliders that were different from ACR. This book saved me a ton of time and frustration. If you have ever read anything else from Scott Kelby, this book is the same. He is straight forward, simply stated, and easy to understand. His books offer step by step instructions as well as screen shots as visuals, which makes it easy to follow. It’s my Lightroom 4 manual and go to when I have questions.
4. People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs by Chris Orwig
Courtney Slazinik’s Favorite
I’m a sucker for a book that will give me daily assignments or tasks. That was one of the reasons I purchased People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs. Besides the amazing images throughout the book, I love the tips he offers to capture an authentic photograph. Isn’t that what we all want in the end? He covers a variety of topics and exercises to help push you to capture the best possible image. I have yet to work through the whole book but that is another reason I enjoy it. I can put it down and pick it up a few weeks later when I’m ready for another task. This is a great book to do with a few friends to help push your creativity and improve your photography skills. Maybe we can do it as a group here on Click it Up a Notch sometime in the future.
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