Books for Inspiration

I believe that ongoing education is important to continue to advance in your craft whether it be a hobby or a profession. Below are additional resources that have inspired me and provided educational insight on my creative journey.

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Light Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting


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Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

Amazon.com Top Best-Selling Book of 2012. This book is one of a kind and opened up my eyes and helped me to move forward as an artist even though I didn’t understand who I was creatively when I read it.


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CMYK 2.0: A Cooperative Workflow for Photographers, Designers, and Printers

This book was key in teaching me how to edit images and create the best file for printing on vinyl banners.


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Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs by Roberto Valenzuela

Without constant practice, we can never create our best image.


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The Headshot: The Secrets to Creating Amazing Headshot Portraits by Peter Hurley

Peter Hurley is the premier headshot photographer in New York City and is an expert at the headshot.


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Mastering Photographic Histograms: The key to fine-tuning exposure and better photo editing by Al Judge


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The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly


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Called to Create: A Biblical Invitation to Create, Innovate, and Risk


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Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

New York Times Top 100 Best Selling Education Books of 2014. If you are an artist of any sort, this book hits a home run by giving teaching you how to build an audience by sharing your process


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Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom by Bruce Fraser & Jeff Schewe


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Picture Perfect Lighting: An Innovative Lighting System for Photographing People by Roberto Valenzuela

This book changed the way I looked at natural lighting and how to apply it when taking portraits.


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From Basics to Fine Art - Black and White Photography by Julia Anna Gospodarou & Joel Tjintjelaar

This, by far, has been one of the most educating books that I have read on the subject of black and white photography. The amount of information and how it is presented keeps you engaged and inspired.


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Zone VI Workshop by Fred Picker


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Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon


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Art & Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland

This book is about making art and the fears and rewards that come with the territory. The authors deep dive into how we process fear and the personal side of art making.


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Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models by Roberto Valenzuela

If you pair this book with Picture Perfect Lighting, you are bound to take your portrait game to the next level.


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New Power by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms

If you are an artist and on social media or using the internet to promote yourself, you should check out New Power.


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Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography by David Ulrich