2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Photography Books That Inspire

Great photography captures the imagination and pushes us to do ever-better work. It inspires us to try new things and explore new boundaries. Want to indulge and inspire the photographer on your holiday gift list this year? Check out one of these photography books written by one of their favorite CreativeLive instructors. 

Creative Calling by Chase Jarvis 

Renowned artist, author, and CreativeLive founder, Chase Jarvis, teaches us how to unleash our creativity, transform our lives, and add value to everything we do in his new book Creative Calling. It is an actionable book perfect for anyone trying to tap into their creativity, not just photographers. 

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For a limited time, if you buy his new book you get his Creative Calling companion class on CreativeLive for free

Borne Back by Victoria Will

Borne Back features Victoria Will’s tintype photographs of actors and directors at the Sundance Film Festival.

Impressed by Will’s ability to capture such compelling portraits in the busy environment of Sundance? Find out how she does it in, Portraits Under Pressure.

The Enthusiast’s Guide to Exposure by John Greengo

The Enthusiast’s Guide to Exposure: 49 Photographic Principles You Need to Know addresses what you “need to know” in order to shoot great images with powerful compositions.

Greengo has an extensive collection of classes in the CreativeLive catalog. If you are new to photography, don’t miss an opportunity to get a leg up with, The Photography Starter Kit for Beginners

The Dramatic Portrait by Chris Knight

In this book Chris Knight addresses portraiture with a unique approach to both light and shadow. His insights will help the reader improve and elevate their own portraiture.

Want to experiment with more darkness in your photographs? Knight demonstrates the techniques behind his moody images in the class, Exploring Low Key Portraiture.

The Lost Rolls by Ron Haviv

The Lost Rolls is a time capsule, representing over twenty years of respected photojournalist, Ron Haviv’s life and work. The images and essays offer a compelling and powerful look into life, before digital, toward the end of the twentieth century.

Curious how such a body of work could come together? Learn more about the experience and art of photojournalism in Haviv’s Your Photojournalism Survival Kit.

The Photographer’s Guide to Posing by Lindsay Adler

Posing is a crucial skill for photographers. Learn how to direct every personality, body type, and person who steps in front of your camera with the help of Lindsey Adler’s book.

Ready to dive deep on portrait photography? Look no further than Adler’s Portrait Photography Bootcamp.

Wedding Storyteller Volume 1 by Roberto Valenzuela

Every love story deserves to be told and in this book, Valenzuela teaches photographers how to tell it.

Good lighting makes all the difference. Learn how Valenzuela gets Picture Perfect Lighting.

Looking for a gift for another creative in your life? Check our our full selection of Holiday Gift Guides here:

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