A few books from my bookshelf. These are books that have helped me or from which I've learned a lot. With more time, I'll be adding to this list and including hyperlinks.


Photoshop related books

Photoshop LAB Color by Dan Margulis
This has got to be one of the most interesting and powerful Photoshop books I've read. Some of it is hard to follow but well worth the ride

Real World Camera Raw by Bruce Fraser
An invaluable companion to Adobe's Camera Raw converter

Real World Image Sharpening by Bruce Fraser
Lots of insight into the mysteries of sharpening. Great book
(any of the Real World books will help you)

Photoshop Restoration and Retouching by Katrin Eismann
Well written, informative, and easy to follow.

Adobe Lightroom Missing FAQ by Victoria Bampton
The first place I turn to when I have Lightroom questions

And though I haven't read them yet, here are some others that come highly recommended

Anything by Tim Grey and Ellen Anon

John Shaw's Photoshop CS3 Guide


Digital Asset Management

The DAM Book by Peter Krogh
Simply the bible of DAM


Photography books

John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide by John Shaw
One of the best places to start for the new nature photographer

John Shaw's Business of Nature Photography by John Shaw
One of the best places to start for the accomplished nature photographer looking to sell his or her work

Anything else by John Shaw

Bill Fortney's Great Photography Workshop by Bill Fortney
Another great resource for the beginner and experienced shooter alike.

Light Science & Magic by Fil Hunter and Paul Fuqua
Essential for any photographer who wants to understand lighting. This book is designed with studio photography in mind
but its lessons are applicable to any type of photography.

Beyond the Basics  and Beyond the Basics II by George Lepp
A collection of great photo techniques. Just fun to read.

The Art of Photographing Nature by Art Wolfe and Martha Hill
A unique concept for a book. Wolfe comments on his images from the perspective of a photographer while Hill comments from the
perspective of an editor. Very educational.


Books on writing and creativity

Woe is I and Words Fail Me by Patricia O'Conner
A pair of great books, written in a light, humorous fashion, that help any of us for whom writing is not a first calling.

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
One of the best books on the craft of writing

On Writing Well by William Zinsser
One of the classics on, well, writing well.

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
For all the artists within

Callings by Gregg Levoy
For anyone trying to follow a dream, or anyone who thinks they're too afraid to follow a dream

Making a Living Without a Job by Barbara Winter
For anyone thinking of making that leap.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
How to describe this book....From the title page: "Some Instructions on Writing and Life". Guess that about sums it up.

Cows of our Planet by Gary Larson (or anything by Gary Larson)
Ok, so it's not about writing, photography, Photoshop, or anything like that. I just love that title.


Sweet Jesus I Hate Bill O'Reilly by Joseph Amann & Tom Breuer
Also not about photography, but O'Reilly is such an idiot and this book is just so funny, that it's on the list.

Fair and Balanced, My Ass! by Joseph Amann & Tom Breuer
Another great book by this duo.

Quantum Enigma by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner
A fascinating book on quantum mechanics