12 Photography Books for Your 2014 Reading List

1) Lighting Notebook by Kevin Kubota: This guide features dozens of unique lighting and post-production recipes and techniques.

2) Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers: In Photography Q&A, Zack Arias answers over 100 questions that range across all aspects of the photo industry: gear, marketing, street photography, vision, pricing, branding, light, models, work/life balance, technical advice, and much more.

3) Classic Baseball: The Photographs of Walter Iooss Jr.
The photographs of veteran baseball photographer Walter Iooss Jr. are collected here, before PEDs and steroids dominated the sport.

4) Down The Shore: A Photo Tour of the Jersey Coast: The beauty, traditions, and offbeat culture of the Jersey shore is shown in this collection from photographer Bob Krist.

5) Dogs Make Us Human: A Global Family Album: Photographer Art Wolfe has chosen one hundred of his favorite photographs of dogs- including shots from every continent of the world-and teamed up with bestselling animal writer Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson to create a remarkable book that will be treasured by dog lovers far and wide.

6) Menagerie: Features Sharon Montrose’s beautiful photographs of wild and domestic animals displayed in unusual ways. From the baby porcupine to the kitten to the zebra, each animal has a pronounced identity—not unlike the eccentric uncle or prodigal cousin displayed among family portraits.

7) Portraits of Earth, Freeman Patterson:  - Patterson sees the Earth in terms of shape, line and texture. His appreciation of natural landscapes translates instinctively into composition for striking photographs.

8) European Installations, Spencer Tunick - From civic center to alpine glacier, man and woman are returned to a pre-industrial, pre-everything state of existence. Tunick has traveled the globe to create theses still images of multiple nude figures in public settings. Organizing groups from a handful of participants to tens of thousands, all volunteers, is often logistically daunting; the subsequent images transcend ordinary categories and meld sculpture and performance in a new genre.

9) The President's Photographer: An intimate story of the men and women who are both visual historians and key links between the public and the Presidents.

10) The National Parks: America's Best Idea:  A glorious celebration of an essential expression of American democracy.

11) The Art of Outdoor Photography, Boyd Norton: Tips on lenses, shutter speed, depth of field, and lighting are presented for professionals and experienced amateurs alike. This popular book has been revised and updated with a major revision to the films and filters material; films and filters mark the greatest advance in photography over the past few decades.

12) John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide

An updated bestseller, this book of extraordinarily beautiful photographs of nature contains state-of-the-art instruction on how any photographer can aim for equally impressive results every time a camera is focused on the great outdoors.

 

Chris Corradino