Today, instead of a lesson on the technical details of how to shoot a portrait, I decided to post a video. I've watched this video numerous times. Why? For motivational purposes.
Another book, and my absolute favorite Joe McNally publication, is "The Moment it Clicks." I choose this one to be my favorite of the Joe McNally library for a few reasons. First, this book is jam packed with the awesome work Joe has produced over the years (sometimes words in books can interfere with my reading). Next, Joe gets down and dirty about specific photographic techniques, lighting, in camera settings etc. The dirt that he spills about his techniques is usually limited to your run of the mill text books, not one you would have out on a coffee table for guests to browse through. Finally, and what I find most important about this book, is that it inspires.