Bookshelf Suggestions

I have to admit this post is somewhat inspired by Scott Kelby's Pimpy Thursday blog posts, with my own twist. I'm an avid reader and am always juggling books. I'm also looking out for new reading material, so I thought I'd share what I have and what I'm getting. Just don't confuse it with Oprah's Book Club.

Note: I have no self-interest here. I don't work for any of the folks mentioned, their publisher, Amazon, etc. I've provided a link to Amazon for each book, but I'm not on any kind of commission or referral program.

iPad: Fully Loaded by Alan Hess

iPad Fully Loaded

Alan Hess does a great job describing the kinds of content you can put on your iPad and how to use it. He goes beyond the basics to dive into getting the most out of your iPad with tips, instructions on using apps and relevant hardware. Want to know how to stream television to the iPad? Interested in keeping your books, photos or comics on the iPad? Need to find alternatives to the built-in apps or Apple's iWork? Alan has all of that covered in the book. He doesn't just tell you what the iPad can do, but he provides step-by-step instructions to help you get the most use out of your iPad.

iPad Fully Loaded
by Alan Hess


Captured: Lessons from Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer (Voices That Matter)

Captured: Lessons from Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer (Voices That Matter)

I love animal pictures as much as anyone, but I'm not a wildlife photographer. Also, this book came out with so much hype online that I almost didn't buy it. In fact, I was a little worried reading the first three chapters, which were rather biographical. Did I buy the wrong book?

Nope. Moose put that information in the first few chapters to show you how he came into the field and why it matters to him. That helps you later when he starts explaining his views on capturing an image. his perspective is different than the usual books on creating a perfect exposure. Instead, he shares insights on how to look at light, use it as your subject, and even know the best time of year to shoot prairie dogs..

Moose relates to photography the way the best musicians relate to music – by feel and emotion. You need to understand the basics of exposure, and then move beyond it. Moose shows you how he does it, so you can make the same leap.

Captured: Lessons from Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer (Voices That Matter)
by Moose Peterson

LIFE Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot Like the Pros

LIFE Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot Like the Pros

Everything you need to shoot like the pros. That's a bold claim to put on the cover of your book, so an author better be able to back up that claim. If you have any doubts about Joe's ability, head over to Google Images and search on “Joe McNally cover” to see why he has the talent to back up that title. Now that it's clear he can shoot, you have to wonder if he can teach you to do the same.

Apparently so. He puts buts in the seats whenever he lectures on lighting and photography. He shares that wisdom in print with his unique writing style, dropping hints, tips and advice with apoplectic insouciance.  This book is to take the beginning or intermediate photographer by the hand and show them how to make the most of their photography using the same tools and methods that pros have learned over the years. He explains how to understand light, use flash, creatively select depth of field, use color and refine your compositions. If you're starting out or wondering why your photos don't look like Joe's, then this is a good book to get some direction.

LIFE Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot Like the Pros
by Joe McNally

Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment

Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment

Floyd Abrams has unique insight to the First Amendment, based upon personal experience tryingcases before the U.S. Supreme Court on a number of cases. He begins with the Pentagon Papers; a topic similar to current news with Wikileaks. This isn't a book about photography or technology, but about a fundamental right in the United States Constitution.

Abrams details why First Amendment rights are so important, and how easily they can be trumped. Of particular note to photographers and artists is the chapter describing his battle against New York Major Rudolph Giuliani's efforts to bully the Brooklyn Museum into censoring an art display. While reading about his strategy on these cases, you think about issues in different ways. It challenges your priorities and makes you realize that the world is not black and white. If you're a photographer standing up for your First Amendment rights, then read this book.

Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment
by Floyd Abrams

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