Books Make Great Gifts for the Holidays

One question I get from readers from time-to-time is “when are you coming out with a new book?” The answer is: I wish I knew.

Mark Toal and I talked with the publisher of my last four books about co-writing a book about mirrorless photography, specifically on Micro Four-thirds system cameras and lenses and the publisher initially considered our proposal but lost interest after a while. Book publishers, like photo magazines (and even newspapers) are struggling in these post-Web days and tend to bet on sure things, when in the past they might have published the book Mark and I proposed.

So in the meantime, here are some book recommendations that would make gifts to give during the holidays and some of them are downright bargains:

You can learn about my posing techniques in Posing for Portrait & Glamour Photography and, as I write this, brand new books are available from for $18.45 (non-Prime) with Kindle versions selling for $11.99 because I know some of you might prefer to have the book in digital form.

If you’re interested in shooting portraits and how I use cameras, lenses and lighting in my in-home studio, please pick up a copy of Studio Lighting Anywhere” which is available from with, as I write this, new non Prime copies selling for $17.50 (plus shipping,) cheaper than the Prime price.

To me the best kind of photo book is not a how-to book telling you how to use your camera or explain Photoshop techniques; While these books can be useful in helping you lean the vocabulary and craft of photography, my preference is for books that make you think about your photography and inspire you to make better photographs. Vivienne Gucwa’s NY in the Snow is just such a book. As I write this, Prime copies are selling for $16.47 with Kindle versions at $9.99. Creating great images under less-than-ideal lighting conditions is one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, experiences in photography. Mirrorless Photo Tips contributor and co-host of our video podcast, Barry Staver and I are co-authors of Better Available Light Digital Photography it’s currently out-of-print but new new copies are available from Amazon for $19.95 (non-Prime) or used copies at giveaway prices, less than $5.19 as I write this.

The new book, One Face Fifty Ways by YouTubers Imogen Dyer and Mark Wilkinson is an idea book about portraiture using one subject—Ms. Dyer— and one photographer—Mr. Wilkinson demonstrating lighting, posing and other techniques to capture the many looks and moods of a single person. This book was the inspiration of my Portrait Wednesday series that you can follow on my Saving the World, One Pixel @ a Time blog and that I plan to run for a full year. As I write this, copies of One Face Fifty Ways are available from Amazon for $11.55 with used copies available for the bargain price of $6.86.

Books make wonderful gifts for the holidays and I hope you find that one or more of the above books will make a thoughtful gift for your favorite photographer and maybe just yourself. Happy Holidays.

Author: Joe Farace

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