Last minute ideas


Nothing beats receiving a good book as a gift. Giving one, too. You’ll find plenty of suggestions on Zoom Street aimed at the photographer on your list, but here are four more. These titles arrived late, just under the door, the wire, the gun, and the deadline before Santa fires up his sleigh.


VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography
David duChemin
New Riders / Buy it on Amazon

This book tackles craft and commerce and wrestles them to the ground. Since there’s no single path to success, this book doesn’t provide a yellow brick road, but a helpful push in the right direction. The author brings along some talented friends (Chase Jarvis, Gavin Gough, Zack Arias, et. al.) to tell their stories of how they found their way.


Build a Better Photograph: A Disciplined
Approach to Creativity
Michael E. Stern
Rocky Nook / Buy it on Amazon

You can learn a lot by exploring the creative process, from initial concept to finished work.That’s exactly what Stern does here, letting you in on his own skilled approach to the medium. This is a thoughtful guide that inspires introspection and, perhaps, a new way of creating images based on an idea. Truly a guide for the mind.




A World In HDR
Trey Ratcliff
New Riders / Buy it on Amazon

This book is at the top of my list since I’m passionately interested in HDR (see my previous posts). Even if you’re not into technique, Ratcliff’s photos are so kick-butt cool you’ll love this book. Of course, for Hi-Dy diehards it’s essential reading.  Watch for our review in the January issue.

Mastering Filters for Photography
Chris Weston
Amphoto Books / Buy it on Amazon

Understanding how (and when) to use optical filters is essential for serious photography. This book brings you closer to the light…exploring critical techniques for using glass filters, as well as how to filter an image in the digital darkroom during post. It’s illustrated with 300 photos by master photographers—a vivid display of the various effects. Make room on your shelf for Chris Weston’s  fresh, inspring guide.


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