Book club

These are the books that have been particularly useful and influential in my personal, creative, productive and intellectual development


Michael Freeman

The Photographers Eye: A graphic Guide

An elaborate work on composition. Each section is organized into discrete units that articualate a working method for communicating particular ideas and capturing certain subjects.

This book completely changed the way I look through the lens, and it improved my photography dramatically. A must read.

Scott Kelby

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Book

Lightroom Classic is a complex application with a great deal of features, many of which are hidden. This book does a great job of covering all the main tools and laying out an effective workflow.

Approachable and written in a light-hearted way. Start here if you want to learn how to edit your photos in Lightroom Classic.

Scott Kelby

The Digital Photography Book: Part One (2nd Edition)

This book lays out the basics of digital photography, and is filled with useful tips and tricks for different types of photography. It covers the photography of flowers, landscapes, weddings, sports, portraits, and more.

Fantastic reference guide. The first book to get when buying a digital camera.

Scott Kelby

The Digital Photography Book, Part Two

This book builds on part one. It is written in the same approachable style with practical tips in abundance. Part two covers flash, studio, and more in-depth exploration of portraits, landscape, weddings, travel, and macro.

Another great reference book. A solid addition to part One.

Scott Kelby

The Digital Photography Book, Part Three

Part three dives even deeper into flash, studio, people, landscape, and sports photography. A subject not covered before is product photography, as well as a deeper dive into lenses.

Useful addition to part one and two, but not as crucial. The flash and studio parts of this book contain the most new information. The section on lenses is interesting if you’re completely new to photography.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

The Decisive Moment

A collection of Cartier-Bresson’s best work, who is perhaps the greatest photographer of the twentieth century. This book, originally published in 1952, covers highlights from his sixty-plus year career and has influenced generations of photographers.

When studying masters of their craft, one can’t help but to learn. There is a lot to take away from Cartier-Bresson’s work.

Bruce Davidson


Bruce Davidson’s “Subway,” first published by Aperture in 1986, has garnered critical acclaim both as a documentation of a unique moment in the cultural fabric of New York City and for its phenomenal use of extremes of color and shadow set against flash-lit skin.

The most captivating photography book I’ve come across with people as the main subject. The photos in this book beautifully capture the rough darkness of mid-1980s NYC.


Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

A timeless business/lifestyle classic. It follows proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. There is no pop psychology, broscience, or hippie nonsense to be found in this book.

Required reading. This book teaches an effective mind-set no matter what field you operate in.

David Allen

Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done, or GTD, is a system to work efficiently while reducing stress.

To put it broadly, “The 7 habits of highly effective people” teaches you a mind-set. “Getting Things Done” teaches you a system. Combined, they will turn you into a productivity-machine. Tip: set up GTD-lists and folders in Microsoft To Do (free app on all platforms), it works brilliantly.

Sun Tzu

The Art of War

Sun Tzu’s ancient book of strategy and psychology has as much to tell us today as when it was first written 2,500 years ago. In a world forever at odds, his rules for anticipating the motivations and strategies of our competitors never cease to inspire leaders of all kinds.

Ancient, timeless wisdom. Read it. Absorb it. Use it. Win with it.

Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Workweek

The business bestseller of the dotcom boom-generation takes a look at work and life from a unique angle. From mini-retirements to outsourcing daily routines, it’s all here.

A rather esoteric, anything-is-possible take on work/life. It was an eye-opener for me personally in the way that it examplifies the endless possibilities the Internet has to offer.

More to come… fiction/literature up next

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