I am starting a new series of articles on a Tuesday from today, photography tips. I hope I can keep it up every week or at least most weeks. Todays tip is a simple one, read up and research on your subject.
With that in mind I want to recommend two books I came across recently.For me photography is all about telling stories. Now I realise that some of you will wonder why I didn’t chose books about technique, well the reason is simple: Its easy to figure out how to take an photo, most of us have been doing for years.
Whether it is in a single image or in a series of images the job of a photographer is to communicate. This is true whether you are a portrait photographer or a street photographer. In order to make your mark and stand out you need to present your work coherently and hone your visual message. Recently I came across two excellent books on the subject that I would like to share with you. The first is a traditional (paper) book called Context and Narrative and I have previously written a review of it here its a great book that will help you to better communicate your message whether you are trying to save the planet or tell your mates on Facebook about the company shin dig. One of the things I love about this series of books is the amount of work I discovered by excellent photographers I had never heard of before.
The second is an e-book called inside the story and its so cheap at £3.50, that if you even think you might be just a little interested you would be insane not to buy it. It features contributions from 25 of the worlds best digital story tellers. In addition all of the money goes to charity. The full details are on the website on the link above.