Required Reading 2.10.2012

Required Reading is a weekly listing of all the bits of visual inspiration, cool videos, news, hip links, and miscellaneous information that rattles my head during the week. The stuff that’s worth bookmarking and gets my brain-juices flowing.

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• Attorney and consultant Leslie Burns is raising funds for her new project – The Plain English Legal Handbook for Photographers on Kickstarter. This could be a greatly needed tool to help creatives better understand and communicate the legal needs of their business. | Kickstarter

• I am not normally one to share photo roundups like this, but I do love me some minimalist beauty, I love those lonely wintery images  | 25 Examples of Minimalist Photography

• Some strong suggestions for bloggers about some new rules you might want to integrate into your blogging program. | If I Were the Blogging Police

• It seems like animated music videos are surfacing all over the past few weeks, one of my favorites has been this one by M.Ward – The First Time I Ran Away – directed by Joel Trussel.

• Another animated video that has been on my mind this week is Jonsi’s Gathering Stories. created by Crush Creative.

• Leonard Cohen – How to Speak Poetry | The Grumpy Owl

• The top five regrets of the dying is short but sobering look at traits that many embrace during their life and regret as death draws near – perhaps we should strive to learn these lessons earlier. | Five Regrets Of the Dying.

• Nick Cave on withdrawing awards nominations, treating your muse with respect, and refusing to compete with anyone but yourself. | Letters of Note

• For my fellow mobile photography enthusiasts – some tricks for shooting with the iPhone you might not know. | fStoppers

• There is something exceedingly beautiful about this collection of mug shots from the 20’s – I have shared posts and collections like this before, but there is something about this aesthetic that captivates me every time.  | Twisted Sifter

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