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There’s nothing like some inspirational photography books to reignite your interest in photography. There are just about a million reasons why photography is an amazing and moving craft.

Many people—whether photographers or not—are drawn to the art of seizing life and capturing moments, and pictures truly have the innate capacity to spark all sorts of different emotions.

But among the best things about photography is that it is essentially inexhaustible—there is simply no way to run out of images to create, nor is there an end to the means you can represent a slice of life.

Without a doubt, you can simply spend some time opening your senses to anything around you, wait for your imagination to start churning, and expect to be inspired to create.

If inspiration is just the thing you are looking for, there are many ways to get exposure to a spectrum of images and visuals that may spark the artist in you.

One great way to stir your imagination is to look through photography books, because where else would it be best to find tons of engaging, delightful, and awe-inspiring photographs than in some compilations of best works?

Perhaps you are hoping to come up with a fun concept for a fun portrait session, or maybe you are planning to pull of some boudoir photography, it will surely help to take a peek at what other photographers have tried before.

To air you in pressing on towards your quest for inspiration and creativity, here are 10 books that can certainly inspire you.

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The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman

the-photographers-eye-1-x-sesh_photoeye_jkt_uk-n22-copy-976x976Though mostly educational, The Photographer’s Eye is a great place to start.

On top of some directive information, this book by Michael Freeman also covers the psychology behind composition and design, as well as the different ways to spark emotions through your images.

The book explores some of the thought processes that could come before you snap a photo, and hopefully, familiarising yourself with these ideas could inspire you to always have some insight behind every shot.

The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression by Bruce Barnbaum

51jyktCvAzL._SX258_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Though The Art of Photography also touches on some techniques, Bruce Barnbaum did not leave out the discussion on philosophical and creative aspects of photography.

A remarkably uncomplicated read, this book manages to explain the expressive side of the art, while also providing some of the best illustrations for full effect.

Ansel Adams at 100 by Ansel Adams and John Szarkowski

41OCdY1UMvL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Ansel Adams being among the most-loved American photographers, as well as a prominent figure in the world of photography, it would only be sensible to explore his work.

Ansel Adams at 100, specifically, is a great compilation of his best works—many of which are unfamiliar to most—and contains a wonderful collection of photos that will illustrate his play of light and perspective.

In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Photographs by Leah Bendavid Val

484ec060ada0a6180b473210.LIf you are looking for the kind of inspiration which only comes with photographs that tell such profound stories, this National Geographic compilation will not disappoint. This book contains some of the most gripping photographs you’ll ever see, as well as commentaries to accompany them.

Light Lines by William Ewing

51f58daWjLL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Taking things to a more experimental sphere, Light Lines is a window into the mind of 1950s avant-garde photographer Ray K. Metzker.

This book includes works that will illustrate his experimentation with manipulation of both camera and dark room techniques.

The Art of Boudoir Photography: How to Create Stunning Photographs of Women by Christa Meola

51WoC0F+wWL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Though not too many people will be able to draw the line between pornographically obscene and artistically suggestive, boudoir photography is actually a more accepted form of risqué imagery.

Rather than dwelling on making the female form appear seductive and provocative in the most stereotypical of ways, this book emphasizes bringing out the confidence in women, that they may exude their own true beauty in photographs.

Vivian Maier: Street Photographer by by Vivian Maier

5181w66oEVL._SX258_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Among the best places to find interesting subjects and stories are the streets around us.

There is something very real and raw about street photography and its everyday-ness that makes every image all the more relatable to audiences.

This book by Vivian Maier will encourage you to keep your eyes open for details, be aware of your surroundings, and work on your timing when it comes to watching out for moments to capture.

If will also familiarise you with the truly amazing story about her photographic journey and how her images came to light.

Beyond Portraiture: Creative People Photography by Bryan Peterson

51OIt39mxeL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Although portraiture is loosely understood to entail photographs of human subjects’ faces, there truly is much more to it.

In Beyond Portraiture, photographer Bryan Peterson discusses portraiture in its rightful light, emphasizing the stories and moments behind every photo. He shares how to spot those moments that deserve capturing and immortalizing.

Immediate Family by Sally Mann

41hOQUQ7IqL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_If you’ve never thought much of family photographs in terms of art, then this is one book you have got to get your hands on.

Author and photographer Sally Mann shares intimate photographs of her family, specifically those of her children growing up.

Instead of snapping away only when her children were happy, she captured everyday moments—including times when they were sick or crying—that would evoke memories of childhood.

The Photography Book by Editors of Phaidon Press

51B1BQRV46L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_With a great collection of 500 unique photographs, The Photography Book is precisely the kind to inspire. If you are not quite sure where you would like inspiration to lead you, this is the perfect photo book to browse.

Containing photographs from sports events, fashion, different cultures, and tons of other things, you will be left motivated to shoot and create.

Of course, you must not stop at simply going through the images in these inspiring books. Seize the opportunity to take your imagination and your camera with you.

After all, there is no end to the works of art you can create through the art of photography.


Today’s post comes from a guest author. If you would like to write for ExpertPhotography, please click here to find out more information.

Author Bio:

Danielle Santiago is a freelance photographer with a marketing diploma. On her spare time, she enjoys reading the Russian Classics and Fitzgerald’s flapper girls. 3 Personality Tests testify that she is a sanguine spirit.

This has enormously helped girls to be in total ease and comfort as they journey to find their inner and outer beauty with Danielle as their boudoir photographer. A little old fashioned, Danielle is a strong advocate of killing television and other virtual distractions – nothing beats a walk in the park! Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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