Here are a few books that I have found helpful, informative and inspiring ...... plus a few more that are still on my wishlist! And you will need some hardware / software ... Will look at some eBook options soon for those that prefer to travel light ...
Letraset Handbook 93 - Not easy to find this sort of catalogue these days but before digital fonts it was almost an essential. The concept of buying sheets of stick-down text has had its day. But typefaces are more important than ever - so this is still a great reference source. Out of print Buy on eBay? More info .... as a result of feedback here is the index to the fonts it contains ....
Type - A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles - Volume 1 1628-1900. Buy - Amazon Type: v1
Volume 2 was on my wish list but is now in my library as well. Buy - Amazon Type: v.2
The HDRI Handbook by Christian Bloch My first purchase on the topic of high dynamic range images - and recommended reading for anyone with a similar interest. Buy - HDRI Handbook +DVD
Photography from 1839 to today by Taschen Out of print Buy on eBay?
Living in Yorkshire, even if just at the southern edge, makes for a strong bias towards the county when looking of places to capture. And to encourage some others I started a flickr group - HDR Yorkshire. Over time it may grow to provide some new ideas for good locations - to visitors or locals alike.
In addition to the shared images group I also started a Yorkshire Heritage web site - and even though I never seem to get time to develop it - it does have some of the more obvious places of interest listed.
Finally Yorkshire has plenty of events - from sporting to historic to pop - that provide plentiful opportunities for photographers in any genre.
It’s hard to know where to start, with so much available online ...