Archive for Book Reviews

Hold Still, a Book I Recommend for Summer Reading

Posted: July 24th, 2015

[by Richard Kelly] I like to read for inspiration during the summer. On my bedside table this week, is Hold Still, A Memoir with Photographs, by Sally Mann. I have been a fan of her photography since I saw her first book, At Twelve,  in the late 1980’s. I enjoy reading biographies and memoirs. Finding [...]

Sometimes The Best Things In Life Really Are Free

Posted: July 23rd, 2015

[by Barry Schwartz] I love it when the fact that something is free overcomes the main rule about such things, that you get what you pay for. These links are resources I get in the form of email newsletters that give me solid, valuable, and interesting notes on what’s happening in my professional world about [...]

Audio Alchemy

Posted: July 22nd, 2015

[by Judy Herrmann] As a still photographer, I spent most of my career pretty much ignoring audio. Sure, my partner and I invested in decent speakers for clients and talent to enjoy but beyond that, sound really didn’t enter the picture (no pun intended.) Today, though, most of us need to understand enough about audio [...]

The Value of Beautiful Constraints

Posted: July 21st, 2015

[by Charles Gupton] Creative people often don’t understand that to produce creative work, you need boundaries. While it’s true that too many limitations inhibit creativity, not having any boundaries reduces creativity in much the same way. Finding the sweet spot is what we all seek. In their book, A Beautiful Constraint, authors Adam Morgan and [...]

Summer Reading List

Posted: July 20th, 2015

[by Michael Clark] The axiom Never Stop Learning is a good one to follow for professional photographers. To that end, here are some top-notch books that will enlighten, educate and entertain. The Road to Seeing Dan Winters I read this wonderful book earlier this year and it is one of the best photography books I [...]

Don’t Ignore This Book Review

Posted: May 1st, 2015

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t have a conversation with a photographer about explaining the value of professional photography or their services to clients.  Now in its 3rd edition, Value Added Selling – first reviewed here seven years ago today – may help you address that issue and more. ~JH [by Blake Discher] [...]

Developing “The Creative Habit” as a Path to Mastery

Posted: December 19th, 2014

[by Tom Kennedy] Recently, I have been re-reading one of my favorite books on creativity, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, by the amazingly talented dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp. I originally purchased the book shortly after it was published in 2003 when I was looking to strengthen my own creativity [...]

Inspiration for Any Season

Posted: December 18th, 2014

[by Jenna Close] I’m a big collector of photography books and films that focus on the topics of industry & environment, travel, and climate change. They are a great source of inspiration for me, especially at the end of every year as I begin my habitual project planning and day-dreaming. Here are a few top [...]

Go play. Go to a play.

Posted: December 17th, 2014

[by Carolyn Potts] The holiday season can be a great time to catch up on inspirational reading. I’ve a list of perennial favorites I recommend to my clients when they’re looking for books that provide a big return on their time investment. High on that list is Julia Cameron’s best-selling book on creativity, The Artist’s [...]

May Your New Year Have A Freak-y New Perspective

Posted: December 16th, 2014

[by Charles Gupton] Are you able to say the words “I don’t know” when you really don’t know the answer to something you think you should? Until you’re able to admit what you don’t know, it’s virtually impossible to be open to learning what you need to know. In the early chapters of their newest book, [...]

A Delicate Balance: The Mashup of the Art and Business of Photography

Posted: December 15th, 2014

[by Richard Kelly] I discovered photography, when I was around ten years old. I was in the process of reading my way around the Ellwood City Public Library when I stumbled upon the Time-Life series, you know that collection of books – silver and black. From that day forward, books have guided me and my [...]

Three Reads of Varying Breeziness

Posted: June 27th, 2014

[by Colleen Wainwright] I’ve been laid up with an annoying illness for about a month now, but my loss of ambulatory excitement will hopefully be your gain in interesting picks for summer reading. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt is peppered with excellent characters–scoundrels and angels and lost souls and an anxious killer–and a few [...]

In My Book Queue This Summer

Posted: June 26th, 2014

[by Richard Kelly] These days I bounce between reading printed books to reading on my iPad. I like both for different types of books and different types of reading. I have always been a reader with a number of books in progress, not to mention my magazines, blogs and newspaper adventures. This summer I am [...]

Enhanced Consciousness = More Creativity

Posted: June 25th, 2014

[by Tom Kennedy] This summer, I’m reading books by creative talents I admire to see what insights they offer about the creative process and how they gain the inspiration to get started. By chance, I started with Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch, one of my favorite filmmakers. Part autobiography, [...]

Freak Out! And Show It!

Posted: June 24th, 2014

[by Charles Gupton] If you’re the owner of a small business, it’s easy to feel isolated – on the margins of activity – from time to time. As an artist working in the commercial field, I’ve frequently felt like the misfit in the room of corporate suits. The trick in that situation is to turn [...]

Working On The Interior To Get Better On The Exterior

Posted: December 20th, 2013

[by Carolyn Potts] What goes on between a someone’s ears can oftentimes be a more important component to their success than their photographic talent and/or their business savvy. How do we come to finally and consistently do what we need to do to achieve our goals? What sabotages us? Can we really make the changes [...]

Holiday Reads

Posted: December 19th, 2013

[by Charles Gupton] I frequently use the holiday breaks as an opportunity to catch up on some more intensive reading that I’ve put off because of the busyness of the everyday tasks that are screaming for priority. Among the books I’ve read but plan to revisit are: Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by [...]

Great Reads

Posted: December 18th, 2013

[by Gail Mooney] The War of Art by Steven Pressfield Pressfield talks about overcoming the resistance in our lives so that we can do the “work” we are meant to do.  Resistance comes in many forms.  Sometimes it’s the people around us and sometimes it’s our procrastination or our pursuit of perfectionism that sabotage us.  [...]

In Which Our Writer Divulges Diversions, Entertainments, And Exclamatory Wonders To Make The Holidays Memorable Beyond All Measure (Or At Least Something To Do Between Over-Indulging Beyond All Limits)

Posted: December 17th, 2013

[by Barry Schwartz] In a perfect world, I would be sleeping 18 hours a day over the holidays, but that’s not practical because when else would I have the time to catch up on Breaking Bad? Whenever I’m not cringing at Walter White and his fellow characters’ preoccupations, here’s a few of the things keeping [...]

Paring Down to What Serves You

Posted: December 16th, 2013

[by Colleen Wainwright] My bookshelves are a testament to both my good intentions (I want to learn everything!) and my unrealistic expectations (time will expand itself to accommodate me!). So at the start of the holiday season, I began paring down my stuff—mostly, reading material—ruthlessly tossing, recycling, and regifting. (If you’re looking for a fun [...]

6 Books to Read this Summer

Posted: June 7th, 2013

[by Richard Kelly] I always have two or three books going. I like to have a little inspiration, a little intelligence and a little intrigue in my books at all times which is why I seem to have an open book, a dogeared magazine or a bookmarked blog on every surface in my studio.  Currently, [...]

Great Blogs for Summer and Beyond

Posted: June 6th, 2013

[by Luke Copping] I read a lot of blogs, some might say that I even have a small addiction to my RSS reader – and as that summer heat creeps in I find that I will regularly sneak away to hide out in cooler rooms of my house and really sink into some of my [...]

Summer Reading for Evolution and Enjoyment

Posted: June 5th, 2013

[by Selina Maitreya] A reader since I was 5 years old, and addicted ever since. Hopefully this lifelong habit will continue on…  Here are some of my recent reads,that I loved and found extremely worthwhile. Believing is Seeing Observations on The Mysteries of Photography by Errol Morris Award winning director Errol Morris examines selected documentary [...]

What You Can Learn On Your Summer Vacation (and beyond!)

Posted: June 4th, 2013

[By Colleen Wainwright] As a lifelong self-improvement junkie with more ambition than time to realize it, I was thrilled to get my advance reader copy of Josh Kaufman’s The First 20 Hours: The Toughest Part to Mastering Anything. At halfway through the book, I’d recommend it on the strength of the first three chapters alone. [...]

Summer Reading

Posted: June 3rd, 2013

[by Charles Gupton] Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath When most people have an important decision to make, it’s surprising to realize how few have a logical process to follow in making that decision. Even in the case of critical business matters, the final decisions are most often swayed by emotional bias based on the [...]

The Signal and The Noise

Posted: November 21st, 2012

[by Jay Kinghorn] In case you haven’t yet heard his name, Nate Silver is a statistician with rock star status who writes the FiveThirtyEight blog for the New York Times. In Silver’s new book The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-But Some Don’t he highlights the difficulties we have at predicting the [...]

Art Without Compromise

Posted: November 20th, 2012

[by Irene Owsley] Let me be the first to confess that I usually prefer fiction and literary memoir for light holiday reading.  But I’m also fascinated by big picture thinking as we photographers find ourselves in such a period of rapid change in the industry. In her book, Art Without Compromise, Wendy Richmond exhorts the [...]

Your Best Year Yet!

Posted: November 19th, 2012

[by Charles Gupton] Thanksgiving week is a good time to catch up on reading. Often the days leading up to the holiday are a bit slower as many people gear down for their own time off. It’s an ideal time to review the year to date and evaluate what adjustments we need to make for [...]

Selling in the New Economy

Posted: October 16th, 2012

[by Blake Discher] My chapter in The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography is titled “Selling in the New Economy.”  I start the chapter with the sub-topic that I’ll tell any photographer I talk with these days about business: that we’re salespeople first and photographers second.  Sometimes they’ll agree, other times not.  But eventually, [...]

Summer Reading Suggestions

Posted: June 29th, 2012

[by Charles Gupton] As the days of summer grow longer, one of my favorite activities is to get outside early before the heat builds and read. Reading a great book feeds my mind and creativity and often bolsters my business resolve. Some recent books that may inspire you too: Spark by John Ratey When work [...]

This is War

Posted: June 28th, 2012

[by Kevin Lock] I believe photographers are soldiers in the creative world.  We fight for, and at times with, our editors, publishers, critics, the general public and even ourselves.  We fight hard to bring our art to life.  This summer I have War on my mind. The Art of War By Sun Tzu In the [...]

Summer Books For You!

Posted: June 27th, 2012

[by Selina Maitreya] As I began my quest to suggest books for this post, I realized that the books Ive  been reading are not photo books but all are indeed still perfect for photographers. Photographic vision and the act of photography are divine gifts….thus my suggestions for you to read this summer are: 25 Lessons [...]

Summer Reading List from a Book Hoarder

Posted: June 26th, 2012

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] OK, I will be the first to admit, most of my “recreational” reading is heavily influenced by the fact that I am a photographer and small business owner. If you’re like me, being photographer isn’t nine-to-five… it is who I am from morning to night. Maybe I am not completely balanced… is [...]

Summer Reading

Posted: June 25th, 2012

[by Jenna Close] Influence by Robert B. Cialdini, Phd. A very well written book dealing specifically with the psychology of persuasion.  It’s not as heavy as the subject implies and offers a lot of insight into behavior, influence and the science of skillful marketing.   Echolalia by Timothy Archibald This is one of my favorite [...]

Trading Shoes

Posted: February 13th, 2012

[by Jenna Close] There’s nothing like the other side of the coin to put things into perspective.  Earlier this year I found myself searching for a website designer.  In the process, I learned a few things about being a client. It’s stressful… The client’s colleagues and boss will be judging THEM based on how YOU [...]

Recommended Reading

Posted: December 15th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I know a lot of photographers are thinking about motion and video. This is a complex subject with many interdependent skills.  I recommend here several books that I personally use (or wrote) to keep my business running smoothly. The Visual Story, Second Edition: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital [...]

Turning the Page

Posted: December 14th, 2011

[by Selina Maitreya] As I wrote the title for this blog post, I realized that many of you are not turning pages you are “Kindling “your info these days. Regardless of the delivery, here are books that I suggest you consider owning. Do The Work – Stephen Pressfield A great follow up to The War [...]

The Lean Startup

Posted: December 13th, 2011

[by Jay Kinghorn]   Like many businesses, our company is in the midst of adapting to a changing world by finding new ways we can support our clients and new avenues for income. One of the challenges we face is pinpointing which of the many ideas we’ve explored are the best opportunities with which to [...]

A Few of My Favorite (Non-Fiction) Books

Posted: December 12th, 2011

[by Barry Schwartz] James Taylor – Timothy White. As a long time fan (I saw the original Troubadour shows with Carol King in 1970), seeing how an artist can maintain the quality of their work and continue to grow as an artist for a real, real long time provides a perspective I find more than [...]

Books to Get You Going

Posted: July 1st, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] Those lazy hazy days of summer yearn to lure you into complacency.  C’mon, they whisper, soft and low, lie out by the pool, read a trashy novel or two, relaaaaaax.  And before you were self-employed…Aaah, those were the days and that was the life. Now, though, we are on,  24/7, 365.  So [...]

My Summer Reading List for People Adding Video to their Workflow

Posted: June 30th, 2011

[by Richard Harrington] I am often asked by photographers which books I recommend to learn video.  There are several, but I wanted to offer you my top choices that I think are most helpful.  The links will take you to Amazon where you can read reviews and the publisher’s description as well. The Visual Story, [...]

The Creative Process Illustrated

Posted: June 29th, 2011

[by Charles Gupton] Would you like to have the chance to get a peek into the process of some of the most respected creative minds in the advertising business today? In the book, The Creative Process Illustrated: How Advertising’s Big Ideas are Born, you’ll have that opportunity.  The authors approached nearly 300 top creative directors, [...]

Summer reading for the type-A personality

Posted: June 28th, 2011

As an overachiever who doesn’t do well with heat, I like my summer reading breezy, but not mindless (I reserve that for air travel.) For me, that means stuff that I can dip into easily a bit at a time and still learn from — think “bathroom reading”, only useful. The Personal MBA (by Josh [...]

Summer Reading

Posted: June 27th, 2011

[by Sean Kernan] A great way to get inspired and to exercise your imaginative vision is to slip outside photography altogether. Which is why I recently disappeared into Isaac Babel’s Red Cavalry short stories for a few weeks. I lived in the grind and the confusion and the human-ness of partisan warfare. The experience raised [...]

Think Like Your Customer

Posted: September 22nd, 2010

[by Todd Joyce] There are a lot of resources out there on business that unless it’s about a photography business, we don’t seem to want to pick it up…  I have news for you.  If you’re not treating your business like a business, then you’ll likely be out of business soon.   There’s a great book [...]

Liber Liberum Aperit (one book opens another)

Posted: July 2nd, 2010

[by Sean Kernan] I’ve been riding a long slow curve from the activity of making photographs through the question of why I pursue it so hard, visiting the question of how we create, and winding up (for now) at the question of why we create in life-size our versions of how everything should be, using [...]

My Number One Reading Recommendation

Posted: July 1st, 2010

[by Gail Mooney] #1  Reading recommendation: From Still to Motion by Richard Harrington – Peachpit Press Harrington has written 27 books on everything from Photoshop tips to Final Cut Pro and other software applications.  In his current book “From Still to Motion” he documents a field case study creating a video with the hybrid camera [...]

Summer Reading List

Posted: June 30th, 2010

[by Jay Kinghorn] There’s no doubt that the business landscape is tough for photographers right now. Still, every day, green shoots are appearing in the publishing and advertising industries that will allow well-positioned and technologically savvy photographers to make and impact (and a good living) as the recession subsides. Here are a few books I’ve [...]

Our Data, Our Selves

Posted: June 29th, 2010

[by Judy Herrmann] Earlier this year, ASMP President, Richard Kelly, suggested I read Ken Auletta’s book, Googled: The End of the World as We Know It.   Thought-provoking and packed with facts, quotes and well-researched information – I actually pulled out a highlighter pen for the first time in years – it is so well-written and [...]

Big Changes can Happen while Reading on Long Summer Days

Posted: June 28th, 2010

[by Carolyn Potts] Instead of a best-selling mystery or a trashy summer novel, pack one of these into your beach bag and you’ll have more than a tan when you’re done. You’ll end up with some different perspectives regarding where business is headed–and how you fit in. I think it’s essential for any small business owner [...]

I Highly Recommend “Free, The Future of a Radical Price” by Chris Anderson

Posted: August 24th, 2009

Chris Anderson’s new book is a provocative look at the growing economy of free. I know many of you may roll your eyes at the thought that “free” is our new competition, but do not judge this book by it’s title. Anderson provides a careful investigation outlining the history and future of this economic driver, [...]

Vision And Art: The Biology of Seeing

Posted: July 24th, 2009

Many of the corrections we make to photos, burning and dodging, and adjusting contrast or saturation, are designed to exploit quirks in our visual system. In Vision And Art: The Biology of Seeing by Margaret Livingstone, you’ll learn the biological and physiological foundations behind image sharpening, selective focus, contrast and the rule of thirds. This [...]

Summer Book : TRIBES by Seth Godin

Posted: July 23rd, 2009

It is summer 2009 and while some of us are packing the car for vacations to the sea shore or the mountains, many of us are choosing to “staycation”, or rather staying close to home or taking day trips to area attractions. Today’s economy is forcing us to re-evaluate, not just the family summer vacation [...]

The Lean Forward Moment: Create Compelling Stories for Film, TV and the Web

Posted: July 21st, 2009

If you’ve been following Gail Mooney’s multimedia and video posts and are beginning to experiment with video, you’ve found that video and multimedia require different approaches than still photography. The pacing of cuts, pans or zooms through the frame, or edits in a timeline are foreign concepts to photographers. In The Lean Forward Moment, Norman [...]

Book Review Week

Posted: July 20th, 2009

I love reading biographies and these three very different stories are some of my favorites. Limelight is a memoir by Helen Gee and traces her history opening this country’s first photography gallery. If you love photography and photographers, you will enjoy this immensely. It is a charming tale of Greenwich Village and the coming of [...]

This DAM Stuff Is Important

Posted: June 4th, 2009

Managing your digital images can be a daunting task. Imagine a world where you can retrieve a specific image for a client in seconds or pull up everything you photographed on a specific theme instantly. You will not only save time, but you will improve the quality of your customer service, your marketing materials or [...]

Don’t Ignore This Book Review

Posted: May 1st, 2009

The second edition of Tom Reilly’s Value Added Selling: how to sell more profitably, confidently, and professionally by completing of value, not price (McGraw-Hill ISBN: 0-0714088-19, 256 pages) boasts 70-percent new content from the first edition.  I was given my copy by a fellow airline passenger who had finished it while on a flight we [...]

“Marketing Management is now Tribal Leadership” Seth Godin

Posted: April 29th, 2009

If you haven’t yet read TRIBES  - We need you to lead us by Seth Godin, today is the day to do just that, at 160 pages it is easily a weekend read. The basic tribe concept is that groups of people form  tribes around a person or an idea or a product to create [...]