It’s pretty easy to find good books on how to use a camera out there. After all, they’re not hard to write. All you need to know is a few basics of Aperture, ISO and the difference between Nikon and Canon controls and you’re set to go. But books on how to actually create photos that matter, or make “good” images aren’t so common. It’s much harder to help someone create the best photos they can. With that in mind, here are five books which I’ve read recently on Art (be that photography, writing or web design) that have really helped me (In no particular order).
Start by Jon Acuff
Start is about how to go about pursuing a dream and the different stages you will encounter in doing so. It has some wise words of wisdom for anyone at any stage along the path. If you are a creative just starting out, read start. If you’ve been at it for a while, there are lessons in start as well. Full review here
Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon is a must read for anyone in the least bit creative (which should be everyone). It offers practical ideas on how to find inspiration from the work of others and then use it in your own work while still remaining distinct and unique.
Louder than Words by Todd Henry
I’m still in the process of reading Louder than words (hence why there is no full review on my site yet) but it is probably the best book of the lot. As i’m getting to the end I’ve decided I’m going to reread it (but listening this time) and make sure that this time I really work out each step to apply to my life.
Louder than Words is all about developing a unique and powerful voice that will have impact in the world. It’s about making sure you have ideas and when you do, you project them in the right way. A must read.
Do the work by Steven Pressfield
Do the work is a short book by Steven Pressfield targeted at any creative who has faced creative blocks or ruts in their work (i’m willing to bet it is most of us). It talks about the resistance that faces us all and how we have to push through it to create something that really matters.
Scary Close by Don Miller
Scary close is not a book about art, but that makes it a book about art. It is a book about being true to yourself, opening up and being vulnerable. That is essential for creating works of great value. It is well worth reading.
If you need a book on how to use a camera, do an Amazon search for the dummies guide , if you need to learn the basics of Composition, watch this video . If you want to develop your art, buy one of the books above.