The National Parks: Our American Landscape by Ian Shive and Tom Kiernan (Earth Aware Editions, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-60109-045-4). Visit America’s natural treasures through this large-format hardcover that contains more than 200 stunning photographs. Shive travels from Appalachia to Alaska, capturing the landscape with fresh eyes.
Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera by Bryan Peterson (Amphoto Books, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-8174-3225-6). Master creative techniques like making “rain” and capturing “ghosts” along with getting practical advice on gear, equipment and postprocessing software.
The Painted Desert: Land of Wind and Stone by Scott Thybony and David Edwards (University of Arizona Press, 2006; ISBN: 0-8165-2480-7). Take an intimate look at a place that, for many people, remains inhospitable and inaccessible. The book offers insights about the geology, paleontology, anthropology and human history of the region.
The Photographer’s Survival Guide: How to Build and Grow a Successful Business by Suzanne Sease and Amanda Sosa Stone (Amphoto Books, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-8174-7677-9). This practical guide is packed with tips on how to keep your images fresh, marketing yourself to clients and general advice on how to navigate the industry.
First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story by Noriko and Don Carroll (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2006; ISBN: 978-0-7407-5707-5). Whether you’re a bird enthusiast or not, this tale offers a fascinating look at the birth and development of two young hummingbirds. The book is a mix of hummingbird field guide and personal narrative.