I found three – need one more!

An upcoming (and much needed) vacation has me ready to unplug from the internet, twitter, email, and all that jazz.  There’s still some time between now and then so as the time slowly approaches towards Margaritas, Mojitos and Coronas, plans are underway for the un-plugging from the grid for a week.  First off, content is slowly being built up and scheduled to run for the week of the absence so fear not dear readers, things shall continue both here and on the podcast unabated.

The goal of the vacation is to really unplug – from work, from the continued work on both the blog and the podcast, from everything…  So, with the goal being to disconnect completely, in order to keep the brain entertained, I am not reading an of my photography magazines, and am looking for some photo books to read.  Since the trip will be roughly nine days, I figure 4 books would be a good things come in threes, I figured it would be a nice set of texts to take with me on the trip.  Three have entered my list thus far:

  • The Hot Shoe Diaries by Joe McNally (what can I say, The Moment It Clicks was probably my favorite read last year..)
  • Fast Track Photographer by Dane Sanders (I heard about this on TWIP, from Scott Bourne, episode 101)
  • Stop Stealing Sheep by Erik Spiekermann (I heard about this from my friend, Dave Zarzacki on the NAPP forums)

So, in need of one more to round out the top three, I’d like to throw the doors open.  Any good books out there?  Keep in mind, four books in nine days, so I am looking for a book with some interesting criteria.  Here’s what I’d like to see…

  1. I want to take something to read – perusing images is fine and dandy and a great source of inspiration, but sometimes it’s nice to sink your teeth into a narrative or two to give some depth to the content.
  2. I want to take something with depth, but not too much.  If I have to get my camera out to see what the author is saying because I can’t grasp it without the assistance, then it’s too technical and requires too much thought.  So, nothing too technical that requires a lot of attention (remember, it’s about margaritas, mojitos and Coronas this trip!)
  3. I want to take something that can be read in a day or two – nothing like War and Peace that will take up too much room in the bag.

The three above sound like they’ll fit the bill, but there’s got to be a fourth out there.  Rather than scour the internet for a fourth, I’d like to open it up the the reading audience here.  Clearly you like to read – so what can you suggest for me?  If I end up taking a book suggested in the comments, there could be a gift card from B&H for some lucky listener!  (Just give me the suggestion by next week Friday, the 21st so I can order and get it in time).

Thanks in advance for any and all input.  Until tomorrow – Happy Shooting!

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13 comments for “I found three – need one more!

  1. August 13, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Within the Frame by David DuChemin

  2. August 13, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Dang! Andie beat me to it. That’s what I was going to suggest.

  3. August 13, 2009 at 8:14 am

    If you really want to unplug, maybe read some fiction…

  4. August 13, 2009 at 8:23 am

    An excellent point Dustin – I have my John Grisham and Terry Brooks books packed already! The Appeal and The Gypsy Morph respectively. The thing is, in order to keep my photo curiosity at bay I have to have something to pass the time in that vein too (plus it makes for good review material on the blog! *grin*).

    If you have any suggestions for some good fiction reading, I am all ears (or should I say “eyes”?)!

  5. August 13, 2009 at 8:36 am

    While not completely photo-related, the book I always recommend is “The Non-Designer’s Design Book”, by Robin Williams (not that Robin Williams 🙂 ).

    It changes how you look at everything, especially design. There haven’t been many books that have had a greater impact on how I view things/my work life.

  6. August 13, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I forgot to mention – one of the best parts is that the book is cheap ($20 or 25) and a pretty quick read.

  7. PG
    August 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Got to third Andie’s suggestion. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my Christmas list and I’ve heard nothing but raves about it. It should fit your criteria nicely.

  8. August 13, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Understanding Close Up Photography by Bryan Peterson. He’s got some great ideas and I can’t wait to see your pics when you get back!
    .-= sharon´s last blog ..[feet hands fingers toes] feet in the morning =-.

  9. August 13, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    if you are wanting non photo try “Enchiladas, Rice and Beans” by Daniel Reveles

  10. August 13, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    For fiction, my favorite fun book this year has been “Beat the Reaper” by Josh Bazell. Wonderfully written, a quick read, great fun.

  11. August 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I got a lot from Tao of Photography: Seeing Beyond Seeing.

    I see you enjoy Terry Brooks so if you want to try some heavier fantasy there’s The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch and of course George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.
    .-= Rob Weiher´s last blog ..Day 224 of 365 =-.

  12. Ken Zuk
    August 14, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Fiction…anything by Randy Alcorn (Christian fiction)… Safely Home is a must read.

  13. August 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Yeah, David duChemin’s is a must read for vision oriented photographers. If you want some artistic motivational type books (not necessarily photography based); try “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield or Twyla Tharp’s “The Creative Habit”. If you really, really need another technique photography book – Michael Freeman’s “Perfect Exposure” or “The Photographer’s Eye” both well worth a read.

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