Which books on digital photography do I recommend?

Check out this list of 29 books on digital photography.

Where do I recommend you start?

For Lightroom, start with Scott Kelby then move to Seth Resnick.

For Photoshop, start with Scott Kelby then move to Martin Evening.

Then move to books with a specific focus – Schewe for Sharpening, Eismann for Retouching, Concepcion for HDR, Arena for Flash, James for Alternative Process.

Find more books I recommend here.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

 

These are two book covers for projects I’m currently developing.

I create visual reminders for projects I’m currently working on. Then I place them in my working environment. They constantly prompt me to consider the work I’m developing at many times and in many moods. I sleep on it. I collect sketches and notes. I plan trips to make new exposures and list what I kind of material I’m looking for. I assemble relevant finished images in the series. I look for connections between images currently being made and images made in the past. I list many ways to develop the work.

What projects are you developing?
What kinds of visual reminders would be helpful to you?
What other things can you do to develop the work you want to do right now?

Find more in my free creativity ebooks here.
Learn more in my digital photography workshops.

“Have you played with Google Labs’ Ngram Viewer? It’s an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.”

Try Google’s Ngram Viewer here.

View more of my favorite TED talks here.

Get $10 off all Blurb books with this code BIGTEN.

Offer expires Nov 20, 2011.

Preview all of my Blurb books here.

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Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson’s book Publish Your Photography Book offers clear cogent advice that will help anyone interested in navigating the waters of book publishing. This is true whether your goal is to work with a major publisher or to self-publish or both.

The book covers everything you need to know; concept and mission, financing and contract negotiation, editing and sequencing, design and production, marketing and more.

The countless case studies in this book give it a flair unlike any other. David Maisel, Daniel Milnor, Alec Soth, and Alex Webb are just a few.

The voices of experts in the industry give this volume a broad diversity you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. Eileen Gittens (Blurb), Michelle Dunn Marsh (Aperture/Chronicle), Rixon Reed (PhotoEye) are just a few.

I can’t think of a better duo than Himes and Swanson to help you understand the world of book publishing.

I can’t recommend this book more highly.

Find Publish Your Photography Book here.

Visit Darius Himes’ website here.

Visit Mary Virginia Swanson’s website here.

Find more bookmaking resources here.

How to Sequence and Design Your Next Book Like a Pro from Blurb Books on Vimeo.

“Pro photographer and book designer Mat Thorne presents an introduction to book design principals. This webinar covers an overview of typography, essentials of cover design, and laying out front & back matter. Mat also shares examples and offers inspiration from published photography books.”

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Learn more in my digital printing and digital photography workshops here.

 

Landscapes Within presents selected images highlighting John Paul Caponigro’s many collaborations with nature.
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The artist’s life’s work is a call to connection. It’s a call to connection with nature – the matrix from which we are born, which sustains us while we are alive, and to which we return when we die. It’s a call to incite conscientious creative interaction with our environment. It’s a call to connection with us – with ourselves, with each other, and with the larger world surrounding us.
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These images function simultaneously as windows onto exterior landscapes and mirrors into interior landscapes. Pointing beyond objectivity and subjectivity towards intersubjectivity, it reveals how deeply involved we are in our experiences of the world. This work presents a series of invitations to look, to look again, and to look at looking.”
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Landscapes Within is a catalog for a traveling exhibit.
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Find more information about traveling exhibits here.

 

Now you can seamlessly flow the photos you edit in Lightroom 3 straight into your Blurb Bookify™ books with our new Lightroom plug-in.

Here’s how simple it is.

- Flow edited Lightroom images into Bookify™ (online).

- Choose your book’s layout and style from within Lightroom.

- Stream photo captions automatically into your book’s text boxes.

- Automatically capture file data for the images in your book.

Blurb’s BookSmart is also coming soon to Lightroom.

Find out more about Bookify.

Read more with my Bookmaking online resources.

Blurb recently updated their free bookmaking software BookSmart (3.0).

New feature highlights include …

Change book sizes automatically with one click, making it smaller or larger.

Create two-page spreads automatically.

Read more about the update here.
Watch more about using Blurb in these useful videos.
Learn more in my Bookmaking lessons.

As a fine artist, I advance my career with personal projects. Personal projects also create a clearer direction for and develop greater meaning in my life. My life would be unfulfilled without them

You don’t need to have a fine art career to benefit from personal projects. Many commercial photographers find personal projects reenergize them, add purpose to their lives and quite often lead to new assignments or whole new streams of income. Many amateurs, making images purely for the love of doing it, find greater satisfaction and personal growth through personal projects.

As an artist who mentors other artists in workshops and seminars, I’ve often been called to speak about the importance of personal projects; how to find them, start them, develop them, complete them, present them, and promote them.

Here’s an overview of what I share.

Personal Projects

Defining a project is one of the single best ways to develop your body of work. When you define a project you focus, set goals, set quotas, set timelines, create a useful structure for your images, collect accompanying materials, and polish the presentation of your efforts so that they will be well received.

Focusing your efforts into a project will help you produce a useful product. A project gives your work a definite, presentable structure. A finished project makes work more useful and accessible. Once your project is done, your work will have a significantly greater likelihood of seeing the light of day. Who knows, public acclaim may follow. Come what may, your satisfaction is guaranteed …

Read the rest on scottkelby.com.

Learn more in these related digital photography ebooks.

Develop your personal project in my digital photography workshops.


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