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I couldn’t be more excited! The 2009 version of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World has been released. The Unofficial Guide is my favorite WDW guidebook and loads of Disney fans can’t wait to get the newest version. But, that’s not what has me dancing around my office.

For the first time this book includes full color photos of Walt Disney World. Now that’s very cool and it’s another good reason to be excited. But, again, that’s not why I’m telling you about this book.

So, what’s the big deal then? Well, some of the photos that are included in the book were taken by ME! That’s right, I’m published! Woohoo!

I love taking photos in Disney World and sharing them online. This is the first time that someone actually solicited my work and paid me to publish my photos in a book. How cool is that?!

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The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally

I pre-ordered a copy of The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally and received it last week. What a wonderful book for anyone interested in photography! I just love it and highly recommend it. 

Aside from being a fabulous photographer, the author is also a great story-teller. With every turn of the page he shares a new photograph and tells a story about it. And, as if that weren’t enough (and really, just the stories and the photos are worth the price of the book), he also shares tips on how he got each shot.

There is a lot of hype around this book and it’s well-deserved. Already in its second printing, it’s sure to become a classic. If you’re looking for an inspiring read, this is it.

Here’s a short video that gives you a peek at what you’ll find in the book.

One of the most impressive shots in the book was taken atop the Empire State Building. This 8 minute video shows how he got that shot. It’s very cool.

Composition and Design for Better Digital PhotosI recently bought several photography books. One of them was The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman. I am really enjoying this book.

I had been wanting to read a photography book that isn’t just about the mechanics of photography, with a few composition tips thrown in. I wanted to read a book that would help me think like a photographer. This one fits the bill.

The author of this book does a great job of explaining how to compose photos in interesting ways. He shows several compositions of a particular scene and then shows a diagram of each example that makes it really easy to follow what he is talking about in his chapters.

I am not finding it to be a quick read – but that is what I was looking for. I read a bit of it, study the photos and diagrams that he includes and then spend a lot of time thinking about and practicing what I learned before reading more. It’s just what I was looking for.