'Inspirational' photo books and/or how-to's
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'Inspirational' photo books and/or how-to's

Skip the lame photo how-to books and cheesy inspirational ones and instead opt for something that shows off a celebrated shooter's work.


Inspiration is obviously a very important part of the creative process. However, there are a ton of lackluster supposedly inspirational photography books on the market. The same can be said for photography how-to books: there's a lot of them out there, but many are out-of-date and / or dull.

So rather than pick any old photography-related book, I implore you to do a little research. Find out who that special someone looks up to photographically and purchase a photo book by that person. If you're unsure who their favorite 'tog is, put on you sleuth hat and check their Instagram 'following' list. Chances are they probably follow some of their favorite shooters. If you're still unsure, go for a classic like 'The Americans' by the late Robert Frank or 'Street Photographer' a collection of images by the late Vivian Maier.