Photography books that changed your life?

yakky

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I'm interested to hear about books that have changed your (photography) life. I've probably ready 100+ books on photography but nothing really profoundly changed the quality of my photographs until I read "Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots" by Syl Arena. I literally was blind to this whole "light thing." I understood how light created pictures but not how it impacted my overall presentation. I learned I could alter light and make my images pop. Now I'm having fun playing with strobes and cheap P&S cameras that make my old pictures with bulky cameras look like crap.

Now I'm wondering what other great books I might have missed. Please share books that have profoundly changed the way you take pictures.
 

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Stephen Shore; Uncommon Places
William Eggleston; The Guide
Charlotte Cotton; The Photograph as Contemporary Art

I have enjoyed books that are of others work especially with in the urban environment, I have found them very inspiring.
 

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The one book/guide that I have drawn the most inspiration from is "Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images" by David duChemin. It was a wonderful change from the nuts & bolts approach of so many other photo books I have read. Highly recommended.
 

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From all the books I have forgotten from what it was, but there was opening phrase that was (rough translation):

"Never raise anything else on the pedastal than your camera".

That hit well as it well tells that no matter how many books or photographs we read and look, they don't matter but only our own eye what we see and what we want to capture.

It is same as for life, "never mistake speaker and spoken words".
 

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Kirk's recommendation on "Photographically Speaking" looks like a good one, getting that book right now. I have read some of duChemin's other books and he is an excellent author.

It is an often recommended book, so it may be in the 100's you've already read, but I think "The Photographer's Eye" by Freeman is one of the most excellent books on composition around. I come back to it over and over again. Looks like it and duChemin's have some overlap.

For a landscape photographer in particular a unique book is "Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style" by Briot. I recommend this with caveats, rather than repeat here I'll give a link to my Amazon review:

Amazon Review
 

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From all the books I have forgotten from what it was, but there was opening phrase that was (rough translation):

"Never raise anything else on the pedastal than your camera".

That hit well as it well tells that no matter how many books or photographs we read and look, they don't matter but only our own eye what we see and what we want to capture.

It is same as for life, "never mistake speaker and spoken words".
See, I was of that belief, but as mentioned, the lighting book caused a profound change for me, maybe its temporary, but I have to say that now I'm more obsessed with light than the actual subject matter.
 

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[h=1]Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting[/h]
 

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