Its that time of year! You may have your eye on some great photography items for Christmas.
I was recently asked what was on my Photographers wish-list for Christmas.
Truth be told, EVERY SINGLE YEAR I ask for books.
I already feel totally content with gear (you really don’t need much if you’ve got quality) but if you want to know more about gear recommendations, check out my gear post, or if you’re looking for a new camera, look at my camera recommendations.
Today though… I’d like to share my book list.
The internet is full of tons of information on photography… loads.
BUT… I have to admit that I love the focus that a book can give.
You aren’t pulled into a million different directions with links to click on, the distraction of checking your email or blogs, you’re not left with only brief tips that fit into a blog post or found searching for more through forums.
Books are in depth resources, and its somewhat harder to multi-task while reading a book, so I feel like I often retain a bit more of the information. I like to read with highlighters too. If I mark up my books, then I feel the points stick out more and I can easily refer back to what I found most helpful.
And besides, what better investment can you get for a hobby/business than education? You can probably tell by this list that I love to read, and I credit so much of what I know about photography to books, not just internet researching and trial and error experience.
Here’s my top favorites that I have read and love:
Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 (or purchased separately)
Editing/Software use for Photography
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers editions also available for older versions of Lightroom
The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers editions also available for older version of Photoshop
EBOOKS for Photography Business
General Business and Personal Achievement
What do I hope I get this year???? (you reading this Ben?)
Hope that helps some of you lovely photographers out there looking for some affordable things for the art!
Do you have a book that you totally love that didn’t make the list? Post it for us in the comment section!
Brooke Snow is a Lifestyle photographer in Cache Valley, Utah. She has book shelves in nearly every room of her home, and they are already maxed out to overflowing. Despite having a fireball one year old, she has learned how to read while pushing a stroller, as well as roaming around the house while supervising demolitions. She always keeps a book in the car, her purse, and by the computer so she doesn’t freak out at slow loading sites or software… you can always pick up a book and read while you wait 🙂