photography books | spark your creativity

Photography books to spark your creativity:

After completing a few photography classes and really getting to know my DSLR, I began looking for photography inspiration in different places. I spent a lot of time researching websites and books and came to the conclusion that I no longer needed instructions and a ton of boring text because I had already mastered shooting in manual — woo hoo! No more snooze-fests for me! Needless to say, I wanted something more visually pleasing.

I found that Pinterest was a great resource for posing subjects, photography props, and even photoshoot outfit ideas, but I also wanted something that would inspire me to try new things for my blog because I love looking at other bloggers’ lifestyle photos and home photography projects.

Here are the five books I’ve really enjoyed these past couple of months.

photography books to spark your creativity
1. A Beautiful Mess | 2. Creative Photography | 3. 50 Photo Projects
4. Photojojo! |  5. This Is Happening

I have these books on a coffee table for easy access and daily inspiration, and the best part is that you can use these ideas with a point and shoot, DSLR, or even your smartphone camera — I love sharing my photos on Instagram!

A Beautiful Mess, Creative Photography, and This Is Happening contain great lifestyle photography ideas, the Photojojo! book is all about creative projects you can use with your photos, and 50 Photo Projects helps you to step out of your comfort zone. I highly recommend all of these for bloggers and photographers stuck in a rut. I know that sometimes we just need to look at beautiful photos to get motivated once again.

And there you have it — photography books to spark your creativity. Do you ever use photography books as tools? If so, leave your recommendations below.

P.S. Check out my post about improving your photography here. I’ll also be sharing resources that helped me learn how to shoot in manual, because the instruction books that came with my DSLR was the most confusing thing I’ve ever read. Really, though…


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  • Kailagh

    I have been looking everywhere for a good book to spark my interest in photography! I need to take more classes and really explore all that is around us. Thank for these resources!

    xo. Kailagh

  • Snappystreet

    Oh, thank you SO very much for this post. I find it can be so daunting out there searching for the perfect inspiration as the amount is limitless really! This has really helped, can’t wait to bury my nose in some of these so the creative juices can flow

  • Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

    I’ve been debating on whether or not to get the ABM book but now I’m sold :)

  • Lix Hewett

    I’ve been thinking about getting some of these just to have a reason to shoot around for fun, which I don’t do a lot of lately since I don’t get out much! I love the look of the Creative Photography one – may just hunt it down!

  • Carly Herring

    I love this post Rachel! I love the ABM blog (it’s one of many I have discovered since starting to blog myself four months ago!) and would love to see their book!

    I have read all your photography posts and they have been immensely helpful to me trying to learn how to use my DSLR. I bought my new camera just before leaving Australia to embark on full-time travel and of course I left the manual at home!! So I would love to read your advice about shooting in manual!! At the moment, I know I’m not even accessing three quarters of what my camera can do! I have thought about fiddling with settings and seeing how things turn out but I’m one of those people who fear I’ll touch with something I shouldn’t and have no idea how to fix it! In short, I’m very excited about all your photography advice! Your pictures are always so wonderful! Carly x

  • Dannielle @ Chic-a-DeeDee

    I got the book “Photocrafty” for christmas and read through the whole thing, it’s another good one to spark some creativity.

  • Molly @ The Move to America

    This is great! I am very new to the whole photography thing still and I am finding my feet, so I will check out your recommendations!

  • Lisette

    I’m gonna have to look into that Beautiful Mess book. Looks good!

  • Kayli Schattner

    These seem like great books! I’ve been wanting to check out that A Beautiful Mess one for a while now. Something about having an actual book I like too… no matter how many pins I may have. (close to 7k…yikes)

  • Jamie Greene

    Thanks for these recommendations! I can’t wait to read one of them. :0)

  • Fran

    thanks for the recommendations! I’ve been wanting to get back in to photography!

  • Ulrike Schulz

    My Canon is only two months old. Looking forward to learn more every day. Thanks for the inspiration! :)