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This is a discussion on books within the General photography forums, part of the Photography & Fine art photography category; I recently purchased a book for a friend of mine on creative writing. The book was very good, provided fun ...

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    I recently purchased a book for a friend of mine on creative writing. The book was very good, provided fun ways of looking at things, projects, goals, all kinds of different things. It covered such a wide array of things while still being concise that it got me thinking. I have read a lot of photography books but have never read a book that I saw cover as much as this simple writing book did for its medium. The majority I have read are either specific to a certain topic (how to shoot X, lighting) or books more geared towards beginners and spend 1/3 of the book out more on equipment. I've hit a bit of a creative block and am looking for an inspirational book that can give me ideas or shots to go out and try and get (get this shot on a rainy day, get this shot near a lake). I saw a book about 52 ideas or 50 projects by they had low reviews. Anyone know of any books that might be up my alley? Something I can easily pick up at a chapters or Amazon or something. Any ideas are appreciated.

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    Hi Bloodside and welcome to the forum.

    I too like looking through books for ideas and inspiration. I agree that is very hard to find something like you describe for intermediate photographers, and we each have our own take on what we are looking for.

    These are a few I got last year that may fit your requirement. It isn't so much projects are discussion about creative techniques

    Amazon.com: The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos (9780240809342): Michael Freeman: Books

    The Photographer's Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos: Michael Freeman: 9780240815176: Amazon.com: Books

    Photography and the Art of Seeing: A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and Digital Photography: Freeman Patterson: 9781554079803: Amazon.com: Books


    If you find anything else please let me know as I too am always on the lookout for the type of books you mention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodside View Post
    looking for an inspirational book that can give me ideas or shots to go out and try and get (get this shot on a rainy day, get this shot near a lake)
    Also consider taking part in the assignments here on the forum. It is a good way to shoot some stuff you may not normally do.

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    Actually, I wasn't getting any replies so I spent about an hour at chapters and just as I was about to leave I saw a book that sort of (not completely but I took what I could get) found what I was looking for. I've only looked at a couple pages and it seems OK. When I get home I'll post the name as forget.

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    Sorry for the slow replies, bloodside. I've been busy shovelling snow! :(

    I'm not much of a photo book person but if you've got an iDevice you might find https://okdothis.com/photos/trending a useful resource for inspiration.

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    Fredericton here Iguanasan. Lol, I know all about the snow. It's all good. Actually the day I went to chapters was on Sunday with supposedly like 60 or 80 km blowing snow. Loved it! Haha.

    I'm not normally one for books too much either but I really liked the inspirational ideas my friend was getting from hers, and was hoping to find something to get me up and going as I have been kind of lazy now just doing the same kind of thing. Trying to reconnect with the days when I first got my hands on a camera.... 20 years ago lol. This way if I had a book I couldn't ignore that said "foggy day, go do this. Find a bridge, go do this."

    Thank you both by the way for the input. I look forward to looking all your recommendations. The book I found is the complete photo manual. Seems like a book for advanced beginners or hobby photographers, but from what I've read so far it is very light on the actual teaching how to shoot, instead offers supposedly 300+ tips on spring different things. If I can glean 100 little ideas to play with out of the 300 they have, then I call it worth it.
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    If you have any interest in eBooks you may want to check out
    Craft & Vision

    And of course Marko has his eBook "Exposure Exposed"
    Exposure exposed - Easily master camera exposure and make stunning photos | Photography.ca

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