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Summer Reading: Photography Books To Bring To The Beach

Photography Books for Inspiration

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Who needs inspiration from photography books in the age of Instagram?

Think twice before you dismiss inspirational photography books. There is something about print that speaks to your inner soul. Don’t be surprised to find yourself looking at a print longer than a digital photo.

One of my favourite ways of experiencing photography is to read about it, to remove all of the technical challenges of when I’m in the field and to really focus on the art of photography. Here are four books I personally recommend, from my own book collection, that focus the reader on the art of making photos.

The Art of Photography: A Personal Approach to Artistic Expression,

by Bruce Barnbaum

This is an updated and newly revised edition of the classic book The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression. Featuring nearly 200 beautiful photographs in both black-and-white and colour, as well as numerous charts, graphs, and tables, this book presents the world of photography to beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographers who seek to make a personal statement through the medium of photography.

Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places,

by National Geographic

National Geographic takes you on a photographic tour of the world’s most spectacular destinations, inspiring tangible ideas for your next trip. Hundreds of the most breathtaking locales—both natural and man-made—are illustrated with vivid images taken by the organization's world-class photographers.

National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary,

by National Geographic

National Geographic's dazzling photography book of visual wonders, shot by some of the world's finest photographers, reveals a world very few will have the chance to see for themselves. This New York Times bestseller features striking images of places, events, natural phenomena, and manmade heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes. It's all here: 30,000-year-old cave art sealed from the public; animals that are among the last of their species on Earth; volcanic lightning; giant crystals that have grown to more than 50 tons; the engraving inside Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch. Rarely Seen captures once-in-a-lifetime moments, natural wonders, and little-seen objects from the far reaches of the globe.

Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton

Now an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010, when photographer Brandon Stanton set out to create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers and their stories. The result of these efforts was a vibrant blog he called "Humans of New York," in which his photos were featured alongside quotes and anecdotes. Based on the blog with more than four million loyal fans, a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, and inspiring collection of photographs and stories capturing the spirit of a city.

Do you have a photography book that inspires you? Let me know in the comments below.

Making Photos Podcast,

by David Sornberger

A photography podcast with travel and landscape photographer David Sornberger. David chats photography once a week bringing the live feed from his YouTube show.