When I met Steve Simon in Hawaii last year we became fast friends. I was already familiar with, and a fan of, his work. And I knew going into his lecture called The Passionate Photographer, that this was a man I shared a lot with. And then we met, shared some meals together and my respect for him deepened. Now I’ve got a copy of his book The Passionate Photographer, on the couch beside me, and I want to introduce you all to him. I try not to flood you with book reviews or “you gotta get this new gear” posts, Lord knows I flog my own stuff enough, but you really should consider getting Steve’s book; it’s that good.
Steve’s a veteran of 30 years in the trenches. He loves what he does with a rare zeal. And his work is excellent. He’s got the cred to write this book, and the subtitle – Ten Steps to Becoming Great – is more than just marketing hype. Steve gets down to basics, and while other books will fill yer brain to busting with information about advanced lighting or technique, it’s the fundamentals that will make the most significant difference in your work.
The table of content is deceiving, you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s not much to this book – only 10 steps? Just tell me what they are and move on, right? But it’s what Steve says about these 10 steps, in 250 pages, that contains the gold. Steve’s book is both deep and wide. It’s got it all, and I’m convinced there is no photographer out there, of any discipline, who will not benefit from reading it, if you’ll also put the time in to applying it. If I were teaching photography in a classroom, at anything more than a basic technical level, I would make The Passionate Photographer one of my standard texts.
Steve Simon’s The Passionate Photographer is published by Peachpit Press and available on Amazon.com HERE. Highly Recommended.