I try to reference my books in this blog, as little as possible. I want it to be very clear that the blog is it’s own thing, it’s not here to sell my books, it’s here to provide a good way to get my backlog of essays out.
But I also get a lot of questions about the books, and very honestly, I think they all are designed in a way to give the reader something you can’t get anywhere else.
There are 12 photography books in my Universe. Right now three are in print. The one I’ve been promising for sooooo long, The Six Things is finally going to see the light of day on June 15th.
….the thing that has held up this book, is it’s simply BETTER for people NOT shooting SLRs. It’s a book that required an asterisk*
*this book is more helpful if you STOP shooting SLRs.
That’s all well and good, but until just this year, there was so much resistance from die hard DSLR users, that it was tough to even RECOMMEND anything but a DSLR. The blowback and negative reactions would have outweighed the benefits of what I think is a brilliant system. That sounds really arrogant, but I truly believe it….this is the simplest, most powerful system for shooting creatively. And now that DSLRs are genuinely on the rapid decline, I think this book’s time has finally come.
10 years after I wrote the first draft, lol.
The three books that ARE currently in print are:
The Mountain and the Pebble is a collection of short stories….anecdotes or parables, they’re designed to make you THINK about art, the creative process and the philosophy of good photography.
Understanding Sexy is a unique book, based on the conversations and interactions I’ve had with women over 35 years…it’s about how to think sexy, feel sexy and BE sexy. It’s disguised as a book about being beautiful for the camera, but it works just as well as a guide for feeling sexy any time.
…and The Composition Code is totally unlike any photography book out there. Rather than spelling out the information, the Code challenges you to solve the puzzle……not just finding the intended answers, but inventing your own tools of composition. It’s currently only available as an ebook, to enable the inclusion of all full color photographs.
All three books are available on Amazon.
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