Here are a few of my favorite books all about storytelling, photography, and filmmaking.
If you dedicate time to filling your mind with knowledge from those that inspire you, I guarantee you will see direct results in your work. Not only will you find a new spark of inspiration, but you’ll have the extra drive and motivation to make it happen. I’ve experienced this time and time again in my own creative world. If you find yourself in a slump, I highly recommend grabbing a new book and immersing yourself in some new knowledge.
These are also amazing gift ideas for the filmmakers and photographers in your life.
The Five C's of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques
A great start for beginners and seasoned filmmakers alike. This book breaks down the fundamentals, but also gets deep into making your films more cinematic. Highly recommend.
Master Shots: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques
A great resource for sparking your creative eye when it comes to brainstorming new and better ways to shoot. Includes tons of images and examples from other famous films so you can see the techniques in detail.
Hillman Curtis: On Creating Short Films for the Web
I stumbled across a few short films by Hillman Curtis online a few years ago that completely blew me away. He was a master of storytelling. Sadly he passed away several years ago, but he left a legacy of knowledge. One of my all time favorite books about filmmaking, especially for anyone struggling with how to come up with new creative ideas or how to evoke emotion through video.
Within the Frame: Journey of Photographic Vision
This recommendation actually came from my husband who also loves photography. The author does such a great job explaining what camera settings he used to achieve each and every picture. Each photo includes the exact aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Reading through gives you an amazing sense of how these factors can control the outcome for your photos. Highly recommend for anyone just getting into shooting with DSLR cameras.
Contagious: Why Things Catch On
I’m just generally curious about the human mind and why people act the way that they do. This one is especially interesting in terms of how people interact with social media, the internet, and communication as a whole. Why are we drawn to certain ideas? Why do things go viral online and what is it about them that makes us want to share that information? This concept applies to so many areas of life: general story-telling, marketing, branding, and pure curiosity.
How to Create Stunning Digital Photography
This book is for the absolute beginner photographer. You’ll learn everything you need to know in great detail. You can follow along at your own pace, see real life examples, as well as access to videos of the concepts in action. If you are ready to dig in and need a place to start, this is where I would recommend.
Thanks for checking out all of my favorite books. Not only have I read them all, I stand behind each and every one of them. As an amazon affiliate, I do receive compensation for mentioning my favorites, however any commission that I earn comes at no cost to you. I hope you end up enjoying some of these as much as I do!