I have always been around books. My father always had a big library at home and in a research career you constantly need to read plenty of science papers.
Professionally, since I drifted away from research, it’s not different: database, software development, management or project management, they all require a lot of reading.
When I want to learn something, I study it. It’s like this professionally, it was like that with cycling and photography was no exception.
Nowadays the Internet provides you with a ton of good information. It’s actually difficult to read all the interesting content and still read something else.
On general photography my suggestions are the following:
Then comes specific sites. In this area I like a lot one about Lightroom. Lightroom is 90-95% of my workflow, so it deserves some special love.
On people sharing their experiences I follow a couple of blogs like:
I compile the interesting part in a Cris da Rocha’s Photography News – Flipboard magazine. Also follow a couple of magazines in Flipboard 🙂
Then comes the books. I like reading hardcopies. Call me old school, I call myself vintage hehehehehe But I’m surrendering to the electronic formats. It’s much easier. I’m basically aways reading 2 or 3 books at he same time.
At the moment I have in my night table “50 portraits“, from Gregory Heisler, over my night table. Not in a hurry to finish it. Fantastic book. To enjoy each page. In the iPad I have “The moment it clicks“, from Joe McNally, very similar to Heisler’s. Also to enjoy each page. And I’m always either with a more technical book, the Photoshop User Magazine or a photography one around.
At the moment I’m reading online Scott Kelby’s new book “How do I do that in Lightroom“. It’s and Lightroom advanced cookbook and Scott has made the whole book available in the web (for limited time). The book is great and I want it in hardcopy. Just waiting for and opportunity to get it.
That’s a lot of material. If made good use can be very helpful.
And you? What have you been reading?