Keep on LearningAs a photographer and photography/Photoshop instructor, I know from experience that while there's no substitute for spending quality time with your gear, actually shooting and becoming familiar with it to the point where it is simply an extension of your creative vision. That said, one of the best ways to hone your art, to be inspired, and to expand your knowledge is to read and bask in the works of other photographers and educators. Over the coming weeks, I'd like to share some of my favorite photography books: some that have have changed the way I think about photography and lighting, some that have been invaluable for their technical or business aspects, and some that have given me new insight into why I do this thing I love. I'd encourage you to drop by your local library or bookseller to check them out for yourself.
Joe McNally's, "The Moment It Clicks"
"It's not about a particular place, people, time or cause. I't s not about one type of picture or another... It's about being a photographer. It's about your eye in the camera as the light hits just right. It's about the slight turn of your subject's face that speaks the truth. It's about holding your breath as you shoot. It's about the nerves, the joy, and the terror of wondering if you got it. And then dancing about, punching holes in the air when you know you did. It's about...the moment it clicks."I've had a few moments like that in my career. And I can attest to the deep satisfaction that comes with experiencing "the moment it clicks." I love this book, and return to it often for inspiration. And every time, I learn something new. Check it out here on Amazon.com, or stop by your local library or bookseller to see if they have a copy, and prepare to be amazed. So what's on YOUR bookshelf? Hit me up in the comments below, and let me know YOUR favorite photography or Photoshop books.