At my talk this weekend, I brought along a few books from my library that I highly recommend for anyone trying to become a better photographer – that would be all of us. Yes there are tons of books out there, and I certainly don’t own many of them. This is just a sampling of some that I hope inspire, educate, and are worth adding to your personal collection.
- The Hudson River School – Nature and the American Vision – great look at the painters and paintings of this art movement. Masters at light, allegory, personal vision – lots to learn for landscape photographer.
- The Art of Photography – An Approach to Personal Expression / Bruce Barnbaum- I’ve mentioned this book many times before, but it continues to be a favorite and classic.
- Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style / Alain Briot- another favorite book from a master photographer
- Examples – The Making of 40 Photographs / Ansel Adams – not much to be said here except anything from Ansel is always worth studying.
- Mountain Light – In Search of the Dynamic Landscape / Galen Rowell – a classic from the late, great photographer who redefined adventure photography and wrote so well about it too. This is the book that started it all for me, and the pages are almost falling out.
- The Making of Landscape Photographs / Charlie Waite – I’ve been drawn to British landscape photographers for some time, and Charlie has been an inspiration in terms of his images and his writing about photography.
Do you have any favorites to share? Please let me know so we can add them to our collections!