I’ve finally had enough time to take a look at the latest crop of photo books to cross my desk, and I’d like to suggest a few that I think stand out and that would be worth your time. These are all winners and would also make great stocking stuffers this upcoming holiday if there’s a photographer in your life you’re trying to make happy.
In no particular order:
1. Canon Speedlite System Digital Field Guide
– Michael Corsentino
Michael is a gifted wedding shooter (and darn nice guy) who has mastered Canon’s speedlites. I think this is the best book on the subject, even though there are others out there that may be more well-known. If you own a Canon Speedlite, you need this book.
2. Shooter: Combat from Behind the Camera
– Stacy Pearsall
Simply the best of the best. One of the most moving photojournalistic essays I’ve ever seen. Should win the Pulitzer. Stacy is honest, transparent, organic, loving, compassionate, dedicated and a role model for ANY photographer, but especially for photojournalists and women. Every single time I see her work I cry. If you buy only one photo book this year, buy this one. It’s that good. Buy 10 and give them as gifts.
Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them
– Lindsay Adler & Erik Valind
A basic book that takes an unconventional approach, but I like it. I think it will resonate with people (especially newbies and young people) who find themselves in difficult lighting situations. Lindsay is very talented. I know less of Erik’s work, but both have something to share and this is a must-read for those of you just starting out . You will soon find out that shitty light is the norm.
My pal Scott Kelby is one of the best Photoshop teachers on the planet. He’ll share his secrets with you in a simple, straight-forward manner. He doesn’t hold back. He’ll show you what he does. With no apology and plenty of humor. I know a fair bit about Photoshop and even wrote a book on the subject myself, back in the day. But I learned plenty from this one.
My other pal, Rich Harrington is the co-host of Photofocus. So you might not be surprised to find out that I like his Photoshop book too. His approach is entirely different from Kelby’s. Both books compliment rather than compete with each other. Rich’s book comes with more than 100 training videos. A steal at $34.