A new book today came out of Rocky Nook, Take Your Photography to the Next Level by George Barr. It was written for photographers who want to learn what is needed in order to grow in their creativity, as well as gain a deeper understanding of their craft.
The book is based on a series of essays originally featured on the Luminous Landscape website. These essays were expanded upon and updated, and new essays have been added.
This is not a technical book: no f-stops or shutter speeds are spoken here. Instead, Barr explores the more difficult subjects; the ones that will help you to grow as a photographer.
Among the topics:
â€¢ Creativity and developing an eye
â€¢ Dealing with disappointment
â€¢ Making stronger images
â€¢ What photographs well and where to go looking for the best photographic subjects
â€¢ How to approach subject material
â€¢ Dealing with failure, mind games, and being stuck in a rut
â€¢ Framing, cropping, and manipulating prints to create mood and transmit your message
â€¢ Knowing your level in order to improve
â€¢ How to work the scene
â€¢ Sketching to create strong compositions
â€¢ Learn by looking at great images
â€¢ Assessing image quality
â€¢ Identifying your areas that need improvement, and becoming a self-aware photographer
The book retails for $40 in the US, Â£25 in the UK.