As the author of the Strobist blog, books just show up in the mailbox and doorstep several times a week. To be honest, far more often than I would like -- as Strobist is generally not a book review blog. Luckily for me, one of this week's crop was an advance copy of Steve Simon's The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great.
Simon's experience in his genre (documentary photography) rivals McNally's as a lighting photographer. But what makes this book special is Simon's ability to get his tenets across to the reader with clarity as well as passion. The bullet points in the promotional copy above give you a sense of what the book contains, and I won't repeat them here. But they really do not give the book justice.
This book is very hard to describe in a single sentence. The best I can do is this: Passionate Photographer is to the fieldcraft and compass point of being a photographer as Joe McNally's books are to small-flash lighting. And that is saying a lot. Suffice to say that "The Passionate Photographer" is one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. I give it five stars because Amazon won't let me give it six. I think it is destined to become a classic.