These recommendations probably wouldn’t be books you’d bring to the beach, but if you have a little time to catch up on your professional reading they all will pay you back handsomely for the time you give them.
I’m not writing reviews. You can go to a site like Amazon and read better stuff than I can offer. What I’m giving you are the books I found to be worth the time to read. All of them are currently in print and I personally rate them all with five stars.
The Simple Secret to Better Painting: How to Immediately Improve Your Work with the One Rule of Composition, by Greg Albert
This is written for artists who work in two dimensions (like painters and photographers). I re-read this book at least once a year. It’s short and digestible. There really is only one rule you should memorize to guide your approach to composition. All the rest is correllary!
Mastering Landscape Photography: The Luminous Landscape Essays, by Alain Briot
Written for the advanced photographer, this is a somewhat technical but not overbearing collection of essays, illustrated with fabulous images photographed by the author.
Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style, by Alain Briot
This is an excellent supplement to Albert’s book and is directed explicitly toward photographic artists, especially those dealing in landscapes.
Vision Mongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography, by David duChemin
If you ever wondered how one person makes a living as a travel photographer, this book will tell you how. I enjoyed the book so much I sent the author an e-mail telling him.
Best Business Practices for Photographers, Second Edition , by John Harrington
This book is over 500 pages long and almost every page is a joy to read. Harrington’s style is engaging and anecdotal. The book covers just about every aspect of running a business as a photographer. Pay particular attention to the chapters about copy right, licensing and user fees.
Only have time for one book? Then get Harrington’s and you’ll have enough left over to get you into the fall.