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Looking for great books on the photographic theory? 

Browse this collection of my favorites.

These soulful discussions of photography will remind you of why you do it and how to go further and deeper with your practice.

Enjoy!

Find more great books here.

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Looking for great books on the photographic theory? Browse this collection of my favorites.

There’s technique and there’s history, but what’s it all mean? These books will give you many insights. They’re helpful for photographers at any level – and it’s likely you’ll find yourself revisiting them for many years to come.

Enjoy!

Find more great books here.         

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Looking for great books on the history of photography? Browse this collection of my favorites.

Anyone who understand the history of the medium will understand it better and appreciate it more. This is extremely helpful for practicing photographers. (And who isn’t one these days?)

Enjoy!

Find more great books here.

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Looking for good books? Browse my Recommended Reading lists.

Topics include …

Creativity, Color, Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Photography Appreciation, Photography Theory, Photography Business, Important Thoughts, Cultures, Climate Change, Meditation and Journaling.

If you’re looking for great books on these subjects look at these books first.

Yes, these lists are missing some of the  important classics in these fields that are less accessible and require more effort. Essential, clear, actionable – these are the criteria I’ve used for this selection.

These are some of the books that have changed my life. One of them might change yours too.

Enjoy!

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.”

Find more bookmaking resources here.

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


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