14 Best Photography & Creativity Books for 2017

Best Photography & Creativity Books for 2017

The year is ending and new year’s resolutions are beginning to take shape.

What will motivate you in 2017 and allow your photography to progress?

One of the best ways to grow as a photographer is to put down the camera and pick up a thought provoking book.

Do you want to be a more thoughtful photographer? Pick up Letting Go of the Camera by Brooks Jensen. His essays will motivate you to push your creativity beyond the rule of thirds and Instagram likes. He will have you understanding yourself and what YOU like to photograph.

Photography is MORE THAN hearing the clack of the mirror on your DSLR or standing at arms length from the viewfinder on the back of your point and shoot or mirrorless camera.

For 2017, learn first, shoot later.

Photography & creativity books are an endless source of inspiration to guide you in the art of making more beautiful photos. Books can help you develop your craft, approach your subject from a changed perspective, and push you beyond the limitations you put on yourself.

 


 

Best Photography Books for 2017

 

1. Letting Go of the Camera
by Brooks Jensen
Kindle
“Must read essays on photography and the creative life. This book will have you inspired and kicked in the pants at the same time.”


2. 72 Essays On Photography
by Scott Bourne
Kindle
“What this book won’t do for you is tell you which camera, lens or tripod to buy. It won’t teach you which shutter speed, ISO or aperture to use. What it will do is help you with the hard part of photography. It helps you work out the thoughtful side of the art form.”


3. The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs
by David duChemin
Kindle | Print
“Simply having a certain camera or lens isn’t going to make you a better photographer. So, what will? Understanding your camera. Thinking differently. Studying photographs and knowing what they provoke in you, and why. Giving the craft time to grow. Looking to painters, designers, and others who work in two dimensions and learning from them.”


4. Studio Anywhere: A Photographer’s Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations
by Nick Fancher
Kindle | Print
“You’ll learn how to get portfolio-ready photos while working in some of the most problematic scenarios imaginable. Whether shooting a corporate portrait, a test shoot with a model, or a promo shoot with a band, you’ll discover that most of the time, there’s no need for an expensive studio–you just have to get creative.”


5. Group f.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists Who Revolutionized American Photography
by Mary Street Alinder
Kindle | Print
“Comprised of strongly individualist artists, brought together by a common philosophy, and held together in a tangle of dynamic relationships. They shared a conviction that photography must emphasize its unique capabilities-those that distinguished it from other arts-in order to establish the medium’s identity. Their name, f.64, they took from a very small lens aperture used with their large format cameras.”


6. Ansel Adams: A Biography
by Mary Street Alinder
Kindle  | Print
“Alinder is a respected scholar, and also had a close connection to Adams, serving as his chief assistant in the last five years of his life. The portrait she creates of him is intimate and affectionate; it is also clear-eyed. She takes on his difficult childhood in San Francisco, the friendships and rivalries within his circle of photographers, his leadership in America’s environmental movement, his marriage, his affairs, and his not-always-successful fatherhood.”



Get Ready for 2017 by Focusing on a Photography Project Theme Each Month


Best Creativity Books for 2017

7. What It Is
by Lynda Barry
Print
“How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? What It Is demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful, and accessible…”

 

8. The War of Art: Break Through Your Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
by Steven Pressfield
Print


9. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life
by Twyla Tharp
Print  | Audiobook 
“Tharp leads you through the painful first steps of scratching for ideas, finding the spine of your work, and getting out of ruts and into productive grooves.”


10. Ignore Everybody
by Hugh MacLeod
Print  | Kindle
“How do new ideas emerge in a cynical, risk-averse world? Where does inspiration come from? What does it take to make a living as a creative person?”

 

11. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
by Mason Currey
Kindle  | Audiobook
“Poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.”


12. Bird by Bird
by Anne Lamott
Print  | eBook  | Audiobook
“‘Bird by bird, buddy.  Just take it bird by bird.'”


13. Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews
by Calvin Tomkins
Print  | eBook
“Duchamp reveals himself as a man and an artist whose playful principles toward living freed him to make art that was as unpredictable, complex, and surprising as life itself.”


14. Lives of the Artists: Portraits of Ten Artists Whose Work and Lifestyles Embody the Future of Contemporary Art
by Calvin Tomkins
Kindle  | Print
“Ten major artists are captured in Tomkins’s cool and ironic style to record the new directions art is taking during these days of limitless freedom.”


Now, pick up a Cool Camera Bag and drop a few photography books in it

– or download them onto your Kindle.


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