Would you learn photography from THIS man? Thanks to Chris Orwig for this uber-flattering photograph of me. Very nice. (the voices, the voices, make them stop!)
I’ve heard it said that two of the largest influences on who we become are the people we spend time with and the books we read. I went to Photoshop World last week to spend time with people that I believe have something to teach me. It was too short. I could wait forever to get time with all of the photographers I’d like to learn from. But books are easy; they can be taken anywhere, read anytime, and don’t require a trip to Vegas. Here is a collection of the voices that rattle around in my head on a daily basis. Some of them are old, some of them are new. All of them are on my bookshelf and are highly recommended. The links below will take you to Amazon in a new window and I’ll get a dime or two if you buy one. But don’t forget the library – they still let you borrow books for free 🙂
I know video learning is hot right now, and I know it’s convenient. Heck, I love video learning. But it’s the rare video that teaches what a book can. Books – I mean good books – can teach a mindset, a way of looking at things, that I have yet to see a video do. Videos feed the geek, books feed the artist, both are needed to improve as photographers. Looking for some new voices to listen to? Look up some of the above books.
The last three aren’t photography books but are must-reads, especially The War of Art, and Ignore Everybody. If you’re twiddling your thumbs waiting for VisionMongers to come out – these two books are absolute essentials for anyone who is even contemplating doing something creative for a living. I love these books and my own copies are marked up and dog-eared beyond recognition to prove it.
Have influencing voices of your own you want to share? Leave a note in the comments. If it’s been a couple days since you’ve been here, keep reading. Yesterday I announced a contest for a free DROBO and the response has been off the hook. I’m closing it at a random date and time, so get in on it while you can.