25 Jul, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

Review and recommendation by Fred J. Eckert

A quick, easy and fun way to turn your images into a collage.

Review and recommendation by Fred J. Eckert

Looking for a quick and easy way to put together a collage of your images?

Perhaps you aren’t that good with Photoshop. Or maybe you are but wish for a quicker and easier way.
Then you might want to check out a neat little software program called Fotor. You can’t beat the price – it’s free.
While Fotor bills itself as an image editing program that also features the ability to add a variety of creative effects as well, no way do I suggest that it likely meets your image editing needs. It’s certainly not remotely comparable to my favorite image editing choice of using Lightroom 5 in combination with Perfect Photo Suite 8.
But you might want to check it out as an easy tool to have on hand for quickly assembling collages of your images. The Collage section is the only feature I use, but family and friends with no image editing software and no desire to go beyond basics might find this program quite appealing.
When two recent shoots from our backyard porch included a two-photo sequence of a young bluebird asking to be fed and later a six-photo sequence of a similar behavioral scene, I wanted to share them with my family. Rather than attach two photos or six to an email message and asking recipients to view them in sequence instead I created two collages in Fotor and, for added fun, added text to one of them. It was a snap to do so.
Again, this is a free download:

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Fred J. Eckert, a retired former US Ambassador and Member of Congress, is author/photographer of three coffee table books, a published novelist, and has written feature articles for such national publications as Reader's Digest, Outdoor Life, Family Weekly and The Wall Street Journal. His travel articles covering all seven continents, illustrated with his images, have appeared as the lead travel feature in more than 100 major newspapers. His images have appeared throughout the world in books, magazines, advertisements, postcards and major travel company and tourist board brochures. Fred[at]EckertImages[dot]com

11 Jul, 2014 | Posted by: bswenson

A PhotoSource International book review
by Geralee Sullivan

The Right Light, Photographing Children and Families Using Natural Light, by Krista Smith.

If you’re looking for a road map to success in natural-light portrait photography, this is your book.
Krista Smith covers the entire process of designing customer-pleasing portraits using natural light, indoors or outside. Shooting either in the early morning, or the challenging midday hours, or end-of-day sunset, she shows you where to find the best natural light and how to use it the best way.
Whether working with couples, children, or families, Smith gives insight into background and lighting refinements that contribute to successful portraits. She also discusses the ways weather can impact the quality of natural light, and shows how you can use changing weather and light to your advantage.
When indoors, learn how to create classic portrait lighting patterns using one simple window source. Smith demonstrates how with proper preparation you can make sure your results are relaxed and productive.
This book also addresses marketing and scheduling, product design and branding.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60895-693-7
230 full-color photographs 128 pages
Amherst Media
175 Rano Street Suite 200
Buffalo NY 14207
800 622-3278

27 Jun, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

Day Job to Dream Job: Practical Steps for Turning Your Passion into a Full-Time Gig.
Kary Oberbrunner is launching his new book Day Job to Dream Job: Practical Steps for Turning Your Passion into a Full-Time Gig and he is sharing his process that he has used for his last two books.
Kary Oberbrunner (Author), Mike Rohde (Illustrator)


20 Jun, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

WAR PHOTOGRAPHER -- David Rosenburg: “Since he was a child, Peter van Agtmael has been interested in going to war, though he admits he wasn’t sure exactly what he would be doing once he got there. It turned out he would go to war as a photographer. Some of his work from both Iraq and Afghanistan, taken from 2006–13 has recently been published as a book titled Disco Night Sept.11 by Red Hook Editions.” http://www.editorandpublisher.com/Newsletter/Article/Life-Through-the-Eyes-of-a-War-Photographer

30 May, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

San Francisco 1950’s 2–‘60’s. - Alex Wain: “American Fred Lyon has been mastering the art of photographer for seven decades. Even today, he's considered one of the most prolific and sought-after photographers of a generation. http://sobadsogood.com/2014/01/04/extraordinary-photographs-of-1940-1950s-san-francisco-by-fred-lyon/

23 May, 2014 | Posted by: bswenson

A PhotoSource International book review
by Geralee Sullivan.

Photographing the Child

Natural Light Techniques for Beautiful, Profitable Portraits,
by Jennifer George.

Jennifer George, photographer-author-lecturer, brings her considerable experience and expertise to this book for photographers who wish to develop the craft of child photography.
She has created an invaluable resource packed full of useful tips, techniques, and information.

No matter what your skill level, the advice and how-to’s in this book will elevate the quality of your portraits. Beginning with how to interact with children as subjects, the book discusses how to let personality dictate the photo session, how to avoid tantrums, how to capture expressions.

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The author explores what good natural
is, how to find it, how to use
it, and how best to pose a child in it.

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Exposure and design fundamentals are explained. Each topic is covered from beginner level to advanced. George presents ideas for working with children of all ages, in studio, location,and outdoor locales. Clothing and background selection,retouching and finishing techniques, are covered in detail. Also brought in are illustrations culled from other top children’s photographers. You’ll come away with what you need, to master utilization of natural light, settings, and rapport know-how to make beautiful portraits of childen.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60895-590-9
160 pages 225 full-color photographs

Amherst Media
175 Rano St Ste 200
Buffalo NY 14207
800 622-3278
Kate Neaverth or Adam Richards

16 May, 2014 | Posted by: bswenson

Shaping Light – Use Light Modifiers to Create Amazing Studio and Location Photographs,

by Glenn Rand & Tim Meyer. The authors show you how to take control of your lighting for exceptional portraits and still-life images.

Starting with the basics of understanding the physics of light, Rand and Meyer move on to offer a comprehensive approach to the tools and techniques that you can use to shape light, to create style, energy, emotion, and feeling, that make a photograph exceptional.

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The book illustrates how light alone is not
It’s the way light is modified
and shaped that brings an image to life. You
get an understanding of how to control the
light that you use in your photographs, by
learning to predict how the surfaces
in your image will interact with the light
you’re using, and how to use modifiers and
shapers of light to best advantage.

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Whether you want to add contrast with highlights and shadows or use the softness of diffuse light to add volume to your subject, the fundamentals of these concepts are covered. Images, diagrams and descriptions are used to illustrate how to modify light.

The book reviews in detail the main tools available for light modification, presenting techniques for using reflectors, spotlights, softboxes, diffusers, umbrellas, barndoors, gels, scrims, and more.

Each chapter provides images of the tools discussed, with diagrams and examples for the use of the tools in both commercial and portrait photography. You get insight into variations in control, and problems that may occur and how to solve them.

ISBN-13: 978-1608957057
128 pages
Amherst Media
PO Box 586
Buffalo NY 14226

06 May, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

A PhotoStockNOTES book review by
Geralee Sullivan

Storytelling Techniques for Digital Filmmakers, Plot Structure, Camera Movement, Lens Selection, and more, by Ross Hockrow.
This guide for the digital videographer examines the key elements of creating an effective film narrative.

The approach involves a significant
shift in mindset from still photography
to motion.

The author, an award-winning feature film director, writer and editor, outlines classic cinematic techniques for storytelling, and how to handle contemporary digital equipment.

The book focuses on high-definition filming, how to chart the plot, and introduce and develop characters. Also covered are how to create ideal lighting, use of camera movement to enhance the moment, building anticipation through conflict and resolution, and effective use of wide and medium shots, close-ups, and B-roll.

Included is valuable information on obtaining high-quality audio and how to make the most of video editing.

Three readers give their take:

“There are plenty of resources out there about equipment, etc., but not quite as many that teach you how to THINK about things. It’s definitely given me a new approach to many of my projects!”

“Storytelling Techniques for Digital Filmmakers helped me make more than one breakthrough in the development of my cinematic style, and I feel like my cuts and audio are crisper and more meaningful.”

“Full of tips I didn’t learn in film school. Definitely a great resource for any filmmaker!”

$19.95 6x9 inches 128 pages
159 full-color photographs

Amherst Media
175 Rano St Suite 200
Buffalo, NY 14207
800 622-3278
Kate Neaverth or Adam Richards

29 Apr, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHS - 'How Fine Art Photographs Are Sold' By Alain Briot - T. Michael Testi: ‘In How Fine Art Photographs are Sold,' fine art photographer, teacher, and author Alain Briot brings together the stories as well as real-world examples of how fine art photographers sell their work. The contributors come from a wide range of backgrounds and take a number of different techniques with how they sell their works. SOURCE:

18 Mar, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

A PhotoSource International review by Geralee Sullivan

Photographing Families
– Use natural light, flash, posing, and more to create professional images. By Tammy Warnock and Lou Jacobs Jr. A “Quick Lessons” book from Amherst Media, that teaches simple approaches for producing client-pleasing family portraits, in any location and with minimal equipment.
While tips on modifying and manipulating studio light are included, the authors feature working with natural light.
They show how natural light locales can eliminate the intimidation ad strict posing of traditional portraiture, letting children and families be themselves in front of the camera. Learn how to design maternity, newborn, child and family portraits with professional posing strategies, and how to coordinate background and clothing. Benefit from tips on establishing rapport with your subjects, from babies to teens; using physical elements as posing aids; and what tools you need for location shooting. Sixty family group portrait examples are dissected, from concept to background selection, lighting, posing and expression.

This book provides all you need to know to produce authentic images that capture your clients’ personalities and relationships.

Tammy Warnock specializes in family, wedding, pet, and intimate portraiture; Lou Jacobs Jr. has authored 38 books on photography and is a contributing writer for Rangefinder magazine.

$27.95 128 pages 225 full-color photographs
ISBN – 13:978-1-60895-645-6
Order number: 1997
Contact: Kate Neaverth
Amherst Media, 175 Rano St, Ste 200, Buffalo NY 14207
800 622-3278
kneaverth[at]amherstmedia[dot]com www.amherstmedia.com

04 Mar, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

Grand Teton Photography and Field Guide - Jake Nichols: “What should you look for in a good wildlife/landscape photographer? What are the qualities inherent to all men and women who point a Nikon at elk? Light is best early and late. Wildlife tends to be active before and after that. It makes for a fragmented day, or at least a very long one. SOURCE: http://planetjh.com/2014/02/18/book-review-grand-teton-photography-and-field-guide/

11 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

The Best and Easiest Way
to Master Lightroom® 5

For learning Lightroom 5,
you just can’t beat the
Laura Shoe Video Workshops.

And the best book for Lightroom 5 users – the only one you truly need, the indispensable reference – is Victoria Bampton’s Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5: The Missing FAQ

A PhotoSource International Review by Fred J. Eckert

Adobe Lightroom just keep getting better and better, so much so that for most of us it now makes having to use Photoshop unnecessary most of the time. It’s that good.

Any professional photographer still using Lightroom 3 or earlier versions is well advised to upgrade to Lightroom 5.

While users of Lightroom 4 could pass on upgrading without any great harm to their efficiency, most would find it a good idea to go ahead and upgrade to the faster and better Lightroom 5 if for no other reason than the take advantage of its advanced non-circular healing brush feature.

For more detailed information on Lightroom 5 advances, click here and here .

In a review published here last April, I made the point that while skill with Lightroom enables us to make our images look about as good as we can possibly make them look and keep them well organized so we’re also able to almost instantly locate just that right image that we know a photo buyer is searching for and nearly just as quickly make any cropping or other tweaks to that image to make it an even more perfect fit before we send it out -- mastering Lightroom is a whole lot easier said than done.

What had worked for me
in my effort to learn how to take far better advantage of what Lightroom could do for my images, I reported in that review, was a two-volume DVD video workshop on Lightroom 4 by Laura Shoe – click here.

Everything I said in praising her Lightroom 4 lessons as the best and easiest way to master Lightroom is equally true of Laura Shoe’s Lightroom 5 two DVD set video workshop. It’s superb and a great value. Laura Shoe is a natural as a teacher with a gift for anticipating all likely questions and the ability to deliver explanations in a pleasant-to-listen-to, precise, easy-to-follow manner.
The lessons are well thought out, well organized and flawlessly executed. They’re the next best thing to having a great expert at your side. It’s so easy to learn at your own pace – simply pause a lesson, practice what you just learned and, if necessary, repeat until you’ve got it down pat. It’s very easy to locate any particular topic anytime you need to refresh your memory. It’s perfect for both beginners and intermediate level Lightroom users and will impress advanced users as well.
You can buy one or both DVDs. Here’s a summary and how to buy at the best price:
Lightroom 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond – 61 video lessons covering importing, organizing and managing images, fixing and enhancing them, etc. Get best price ($45.20) by ordering from Amazon.

Lightroom 5: Producing Great Output – 57 video lessons about how to use Lightroom 5 for producing prints, photo books, slideshows and web galleries. Get best price ($43.47) by ordering from Amazon.
Ordering directly from Laura Shoe’s website gives you the ability to purchase by download for immediate delivery and the ability to order both a DVD and a download together – click here.
Each of these two DVDs contains more than 12 hours of training on high resolution (1024x768) MP4 tutorial videos playable on your PC or Mac with QuickTime, Windows Media Player, iTunes or any media player and are compatible with iPads, iPhones and any other mobile device that supports download and playing of MP4 videos. Sound is top quality, not always the case in instruction videos, and the images Ms. Shoe selects to illustrate her points are carefully chosen to help you learn more quickly and easily and never, as so often occurs in instruction videos, just to show off the instructor’s work.

Read More: http://www.photosource.com/lightroom5.html

07 Jan, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

THE ART OF IPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY. -- Kirk Hiner: iPhones come and go. They get bigger, they get lighter, they get faster, they get colors. And sometimes, when we’re lucky, they get better . Always ready, your iPhone has likely become your most important camera, if not your best, and that’s why it’s important to know how to maximize its abilities and get creative with its limitations. This book isn’t a how-to, it’s a “how-we-did.”

17 Dec, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

FILLER UP! --New Book Illustrates Retro Americana Through Gas Station Images
A London-based writer has given gas stations the star treatment in his latest book. David Campany, a writer, curator and artist, turns his focus to gas stations in his photobook, "Gasoline," just as the modern gas station turns 100 years old.
PHOTO: David Company

Best Photo Books of 2013: Part 1 – PDN: “The editors of PDN (Photo District News) present a collection of some of the most intriguing photography books we've seen this year.” SOURCE: http://www.pdnonline.com/features/Best-Photo-Books-of--9667.shtml

12 Nov, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

Need a guide book for the

Nikon D7100 ?

– you can’t beat Busch.

A PhotoStockNOTES review by Fred J. Eckert

While David D. Busch is referred to by his publisher as the “#1 selling camera guide author,” referring to his latest work as a ‘guide book’ for the Nikon D7100 somehow doesn’t quite do it justice.
At 487 pages, David Busch’s Nikon D7100 Guide to Digital SLR Photography is a whole lot more than some ordinary camera-specific guide book.

As I always advise family and friends: If you are going to invest in a top-quality camera, one of the best ways to insure that you get the greatest return from that investment is to purchase and study the David D. Busch guide to that camera, if he’s done one for it.

Chances are he has, since there are more than 1.5 million of his 140+ photography books in print, a great percentage of them specific to a major brand camera model.
What I like so much about his Nikon D7100 book is exactly what I liked so much about the Busch book I bought to go with my Nikon D3s: he thoroughly covers what each of the camera’s settings and features is by very clearly explaining the why to use and the when to use (as well as the when not) behind each of them, and he shows you exactly how best to bring to bear the camera’s capabilities for any likely situation.

David Busch’s books are even better than others when it comes to showing you where to find each of those buttons, dials and displays that you need to master to get the camera to do the best job it is capable of doing. That is, this book contains plenty of large – large – close-up color images of the camera’s buttons, dials and displays. Because of the size and color, it is so much easier to read the accompanying brief identifier definitions, and also so much easier to see and better understand the accompanying in-depth coverage of what you need to learn about these buttons, dials and displays. What a pleasing contrast between Busch’s way and the norm. With the latter, you have to strain to try to make out a (too often) black-and-white image of a button, dial or display with accompanying itty bitty print that cries out for a magnifying glass.
An author/instructor who is wise enough to take such great care to make certain that a comparatively small detail such as showing and explaining one of the camera’s buttons, is covered so perfectly, can usually be expected to cover the major details to perfection as well – and David Busch does.

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Clearly great thought, time and effort
went into the creation of this
outstanding guide to this new flagship
model of Nikon’s DX line. It is well-organized
and abundantly and superbly illustrated.

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The combination of its great large color illustrations and Busch’s combination of terrific technical expertise and exceptional skill as an instructional writer, makes it easy to understand what does what and why, and how to do anything you need to do to get the best possible images from this great new camera that has such extraordinary capabilities.

Anyone – novice, expert or anywhere in-between – should consider this ‘guide’ an essential accessory for the D7100.

While the manual Nikon provides with the D7100 is considerably better than their usual, that’s damning with faint praise because Nikon’s manual is still inadequate and should be supplemented with Busch’s greatly more comparative guide and its much easier to understand step-by-step approach to mastering each feature of the camera.

Note the book’s title: David Busch’s Nikon D7100 Guide to Digital SLR Photography What the author and publisher are saying – correctly – is that this book should be viewed not just as a guide to the D7100, but as that plus more -- a learning experience about both this camera and digital SLR photography in general as well.

To that end, Busch goes above and beyond camera-specific advice and gives the reader huge bonuses of helpful instruction about exposure, autofocus, lighting (including electronic flash), etc. He even includes instructions about the Nikon Creative Lighting System's wireless/multiple flash modes, and reviews of all current Nikkor lenses that could be used with the D7100.

Also of great appeal is the fact that Busch is so forthcoming in giving his recommendations, even when they disagree with Nikon’s, and he always explains his reasons for why or why not to do things a certain way. I find that I always end up following his recommendations.

D7100 owners might also want to check out David Busch’s Compact Field Guide for the Nikon d7100, a spiral-bound, lay-flat, on-the-go reference into which he has packed the most essential information about the camera.


Fred J. Eckert, a retired former US Ambassador and Member of Congress, is author/photographer of three coffee table books, a published novelist, and has written feature articles for such national publications as Reader's Digest, Outdoor Life and The Wall Street Journal. His travel articles covering all seven continents, illustrated with his images, have appeared as the lead travel feature in more than 100 major newspapers. His images have appeared throughout the world in books, magazines, advertisements, postcards and major travel company and tourist board brochures. Fred[at]EckertImages[dot]com

12 Nov, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

At Work in the Fields: Seeing Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas through the eye of a master photography. A photographic review of David Plowden's "Heartland: The Plains and the Prairie." http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304069604579153451960024232-lMyQjAxMTAzMDAwNDEwNDQyWj

05 Nov, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

Need to help some folks learn photography?
tell them about this great course.

Fundamentals of Photography
featuring National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore
DVD course from The Great Courses

A PhotoSource International review by Fred J. Eckert

Anyone who is viewed by others as being accomplished in photography is certain to be asked fairly often by family and friends and others for advice on how they can produce really good images on their own.

While you may be able to devote a reasonable amount of time to a few close family members or best friends for fairly in-depth advice, you probably can’t find the time to do much more than merely offer a few tips to all the others who turn to you for advice.

So here’s a suggestion about advice you can give anyone – family, friend, stranger – that takes but a minute of your time and will greatly benefit anyone who wishes to learn the fundamentals of photography: Advise them to buy and study the Fundamentals of Photography course produced by The Great Courses and conducted by renowned National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore.

And here’s a suggestion that should make them appreciate your advice all the more: Advise them to buy it for $69.95 (or $59.95 as a digital video download) rather than for $254.95 (or $214.95 as a download).

To purchase it at that 72% off price, all they have to do is be patient and keep checking the Great Courses website. They are constantly offering specials – constantly. Not a month goes by that I don’t receive an email, a brochure or a direct-mail piece alerting me to such special sale prices. This seems especially true of their best-selling courses – and Fundamentals of Photography is one of their best sellers.

I’m a big fan of The Great Courses. Whatever the subject matter – history, literature, science, you name it – each course is conducted by an expert exceptionally gifted both in the field and in ability to communicate knowledge effectively.

No surprise then that last year when The Great Courses offered their first-ever course in photography they selected someone of the caliber of Joel Sartore. A free-lance photographer who is a frequent contributor to National Geographic -- more than 30 major features in the past 15 years! --

Sartore’s images have also appeared in a number of other equally well-known publications; he is author/photographer of some highly-regarded photography books; he’s a regular contributor to CBS’s Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood; and his photographic work has been the subject of major broadcasts such as NBC Nightly News, NPRs Weekend Edition, National Geographic Explorer and an hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range.

He began his career as a newspaper photojournalist and advanced to photography editor before going on his own. He still operates a studio in Lincoln, Nebraska. His image of a lion in a tree was voted the best National Geographic image of 2011.

So the man has superb credentials in the field – but can he teach photography? Can he ever!

An aspiring photographer would find it an enormous challenge to try to discover a better or equally good way to learn and begin to master the essentials well enough to make really good images of his or her own than these 24 thirty-minute DVD lectures by National Geographic contributing photographer Joel Sartore in Fundamentals of Photography from The Great Courses . It’s that good.

The course is well-organized and nicely-paced,from the step-by-step grounding in camera and lens basics onto how to think about such essentials as lighting, background, bring it all together in both simple and difficult situations.

Want to read more? http://photosource.com/fundamentals.html

21 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

HAPPY WOMAN, HAPPY WORLD -- Breaks the Women's Code – Alex Simon: “Beate Chelette isn't worried that Happy Woman, Happy World will get lost in the shuffle. What makes Happy Woman, Happy World and The Women's Code different is that it speaks to the whole person. I didn't want to slice and dice and cramp a woman's needs into one all-important category or aspect of her life. This is about taking all of a woman's needs and making them work together." SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-simon/happy-woman-happy-world-b_b_3973734.html

W. Eugene Smith’s ‘Big Book,’ His Way James Estrin: From 1959 to 1962 Mr. Smith worked on designing a book that would be his personal statement about the human condition and reflect his philosophy of art. But no one would print it. Until now. Four decades after his death. SOURCE: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/11/w-eugene-smiths-big-book-his-way
via Roy Iwaki

Eyemazing, The New Collectible Art Photography – “Masterfully curated by Eyemazing Susan, (Susan Zadeh) founder of Eyemazing magazine and one of the most original minds in the photography world today, this comprehensive book is just as groundbreaking as the magazine itself.” http://www.thamesandhudson.com/en/1/9780500516850.html

16 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

Perfect Photo Suite –

perfect keeps getting even better.

A review by Fred J. Eckert

Just about all recent books about photography advise that we get each image as great as possible right in camera so that we don’t have to spend so much time working on post processing tasks.

That’s a lofty goal -- but getting a photographic image perfect in camera is a rare event for almost everyone.
And even if you are one of the very few who gets nearly every image perfect in camera, that still means that there are some of your images, likely quite a few, which need work.

No one has always gotten each image perfect in camera – not you, not me, not anyone else. Which means each of us, no matter how much we have over time improved our photographic skills, has an inventory of older images for which we will need to skillfully apply some first-rate image editing if we want them to look their best.

Truth is, no matter how skilled you are with your camera and its accessories, post processing always has been, is, and likely always will be critically important in your effort to turn out your best possible photographic works. But it doesn’t have to be the dreaded ordeal that it is so often portrayed to be.

The reason those photography book authors harp about getting each shot as great as possible in camera is because they know that some errors cannot be fixed in post-processing and, of course, they realize that a professional attitude of trying to do something right in the first place beats a lazy attitude of relying on fixes to excuse sloppy work.

And. . .
they also know that many of us – indeed, a whole lot of us – are not all that skillful with Photoshop and likely never will be; that so many of us who are not computer geeks find using Photoshop much too time consuming; that we find it bothersome and frustrating. And, of course, it’s no fun overpaying for something you underutilize.

The good news -- really great news! – for those of us not all that good at Photoshop is a software product called Perfect Photo Suite.

Far less expensive and infinitely more intuitive than Photoshop, thus having a much easier learning curve, Perfect Photo Suite is an amazing image editing software program that gives you the ability to see and compare an incredibly wide range of possible effects before applying them. Because it can perform just about any photographic post processing task and yet is still easy to master, once I started using it suddenly image editing was no longer such a slow, annoying and often frustrating chore and became fast, exciting -- and fun.

Fun? Image editing? I can’t think of another software program that I’ve had so much fun playing around with and been so impressed by and enthusiastic about. It’s a real joy.

The only time I visited Britain’s most famous ancient site – Stonehenge – it drizzled non-stop the whole day. Shown here is one of my Stonehenge images from that dreary day. At no point did the view through my lenses look any better than this – nothing but drab. No way could I have come away with a decent image. And here’s how it looks after I took it from my old
files and in about two minutes enhanced it using Perfect Effects 4 in Perfect Photo Suite.

Want to read more? http://photosource.com/fredeckert.html

07 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

Alan S. Maltz, whose art photography book “Journey Through Paradise: Naples, Marco Island & The Everglades” will be released next month, is the October Artist of the Month at the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City. SOURCE: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2013/sep/25/maltz-is-everglades-artist-of-the-month/?partner=RSS
PHOTO: Alan S. Maltz

01 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

PRE-DIGITAL PHOTO ATLAS -- The Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles announced recently that it is releasing online “The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes,” the first installment of a vast atlas of scientific data about pre-digital photography – including processes developed more than a century ago, like albumen, carbon and salt prints – that will be updated continually as new information is discovered.
New Getty Atlas to Preserve Data on Nondigital Photography – (Randy Kennedy) http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/new-getty-atlas-to-preserve-data-on-nondigital-photography/

18 Sep, 2013 | Posted by: psn

NEW ZEALAND: Tuhoe: Portrait of a Nation - Kennedy Warne: In 2013, leaders of the North Island iwi Ngai Tuhoe signed an historic settlement with the Crown that promises to end a century and a half of injustice, animosity and mistrust. At the heart of the settlement is control of the mountainous region known as Te Urewera, the vital core of Tuhoe aspiration and identity. Tuhoe: Portrait of a Nation explores the relationship between Tuhoe and Te Urewera, the people and the land. It is the result of a multi-year project by acclaimed documentary photographer Peter James Quinn and Kennedy Warne, founding editor of New Zealand Geographic http://www.penguin.co.nz/products/9780143569442/tuhoe-portrait-of-a-nation

PUMP ACTION: Why images of gas stations capture all things American. The gas station is one of America's most evocative symbols. Holly Williams looks back on 50 years of life at the pump. SOURCE: http://tinyurl.com/k7egoof

A PhotoSource International Book Review
By Geralee Sullivan

Photographing a child? Here’s a guide book that will provide many useful tips. 500 Poses for Photographing Infants and Toddlers, A Visual Sourcebook for Digital Portrait Photographers, by Michelle Perkins.

This book is a ready reference you can use time and again. The author has packed its pages with images from some of the world’s most accomplished children’s photographers, which can spark and inspire you.

Flip through the images to give your creativity a jump start; pick a portrait and adapt it to your own style. The author gives ideas for studio and location portrait sessions, presents head-and-shoulders, waist-up, three-quarter and full-length portraits; gives examples of classic, casual, and editorial posing styles. You’ll see posing for standing, seated, and reclining groups. 500 Poses for Photographing Infants and Toddlers can help you design better poses and spice up your portraits.
Michelle Perkins is the author of numerous books and is a regular contributor to Rangefinder magazine.
ISBN-13: 978-1-60895-602-09 - 500 full color photographs 128 pages 8 ½ x 11 $34.95 Order number 1991
Amherst Media, 175 Rano St, Suite 200, Buffalo NY 14207
Contact: Kate Neaverth or Adam Richards 800 622-3278

11 Sep, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

A PhotoStockNOTES Book review by Geralee Sullivan.

Location Lighting Handbook for Portrait Photographers, by Stephanie Zettl and Peter Zettl. Traveling? To the other side of town, the state, the nation? Photographers on location are faced with constant lighting challenges, from unflattering mixed light sources indoors, to shifting sunlight outdoors. This book aims to equip you to create outstanding images anywhere with professional lighting solutions.

The authors of Location Lighting Handbook give you techniques to develop a plan to use and what you have at hand in any situation. They show you how to evaluate the existing light, and with small flash units and some simple, inexpensive modifiers, achieve professional, polished results.

You’ll discover how to refine your ability to evaluate the direction and quality of existing light; how to modify or augment the natural light for enhanced results; how to best position lights and reflectors.

Location Lighting Handbook gives new insights on how to enhance or balance image color with gels; what goes into making smart exposure decisions; and gives on- and off-camera flash techniques. 300 photos are included, with before and after images and exposure techniques.

Stephanie and Peter Zettl own an award-winning portrait and wedding studio in St. Louis MO. Stephanie is also an author and lecturer. More of their work can be seen at http://www.ZettlPhoto.com

ISBN-13: 978-1-60895-594-07
Order number: 1990
$27.95 U.S. $30.95 CAN.
160 pages 300 full-color photographs
Amherst Media, 175 Rano Street, Suite 200, Buffalo, NY 14207
Contact: Kate Neaverth or Adam Richards
1-800 622-3278 kneaverth[at]amherstmedia[dot]com

26 Aug, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

Five Inspirational Photography Books – Joseph Gamble: “There are many great photography books out there but this is a list of five of my all-time favorites, the ones routinely jockeying for space on my nightstand even though I’ve read or pawed through them numerous times. Each is a continual source of inspiration and provides welcome insight into the thought-process behind successful image making at the highest level.” SOURCE: http://fstoppers.com/five-inspirationalp-hotography-books

DREW BARRYMORE to publish first photography book. Margaret Eby: “Add "photographer" to Drew Barrymore’s voluminous resume. ing, ”There’s a definite theme to Barrymore’s work, too. All the pictures in the 96-page book will be of heart-shaped objects that the 38-year-old star has been snapping over the past decade. SOURCE: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/pageviews/2013/08/drew-barrymore-to-release-first-photography-book

13 Aug, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

THE PHOTOGRAPHY INDUSTRY -- Zack Arias's Real Answers to Real Questions on Photography – PDN: “Read an excerpt of photographer Zack Arias's new book, which is based on his popular blog where he provides straight-forward answers to readers' questions about the photography industry. The following selections from that book (slightly edited for space) have been reprinted with permission. http://www.pdnonline.com/features/Zack-Ariass-Real-An-8718.shtml

30 Jul, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

CREATE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY. A few years ago, long-time tech author Tony Northrup had a dream; he wanted to write a new kind of book that supported every kind of learner by including embedded videos, an online community with one-on-one support, and lifetime updates. How to Create Stunning Digital Photography, is topping the charts in its category.


23 Jul, 2013 | Posted by: psn

THE FARMS OF CAPE COD - A review by Johanna Crosby. Harwich author/photographer Stephanie Foster was afraid she wouldn’t find enough farms to fill her new book. But she unearthed a bumper crop of them, both big and small, tucked in pockets all around this narrow peninsula. She profiles 28 of them in her 144-page illustrated book “Farms of Cape Cod” (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. $24.99) Foster celebrates the farming lifestyle on Cape Cod in interviews with local farmers and page after page of her color photography.

25 Jun, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

A PhotoSource International book review
by Geralee Sullivan

Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, by Garr Reynolds, 2nd Edition, revised and updated.

Reynolds shows there’s a better way to reach an audience, through simplicity and storytelling. The author is a leading authority on presentation design and delivery. The idea is to create and deliver the best possible presentation for your specific audience.

He tackles the conventional wisdom of making “slide presentations,” and shares his approach to designing and delivering successful and provocative presentations.

An informed reader comments, “this second edition is not a radical rewrite but a careful update. Things have been made clearer or explained in more detail… new content has carefully been injected… [It is] the book to read on modern presentation design and delivery.” He sums up, this book “contains all that you need” to really reach your audience, “backed up with scientific evidence where needed and supported with real-life examples.”

ISBN-13: 978-0-321-81198-1
ISBN-10: 978-0-321-81198-4
$34.99 U.S. $36.99 CAN
New RidersBerkeley CA

18 Jun, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

BOOST THE VALUE -- Pricing Photography -“Ten Ideas To Help -- Angela Pointon:: To Help Boost The Value Of Your Photography (and create photography businesses that perform better and are much more rewarding):

11 Jun, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

The Universe Next Door by Abelardo Morell - Elizabeth Siegel: “Over the past 25 years, Abelardo Morell has earned international praise for his images that use the language of photography to explore visual surprise and wonder. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/photography-book-review-abelardo-morell--the-universe-next-door-by-elizabeth-siegel-8650678.html

28 May, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

IPAD FOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHERS by professional photographer and business owner Derrick Story. Many photographers are turning to the flexible, easy-to-use tools of the iPad and relying on it to wear a variety of hats for photography and business needs. Whether portable portfolio, editing tool, payment-tracking system, or appointment calendar, the iPad melds together the best attributes of the cell phone and a laptop computer. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10719246.htm

14 May, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

IPAD FOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHERS -- Charlie Sorrel: “Derrick Story – photographer, Macworld writer, podcasts and the man who named his web site The Digital Story – has just launched a new book called iPad for Digital Photographers.The book proposes that the iPad is a slim and powerful computer that should be slipped into the gear bag of anyone who takes pictures.

IN ONE SUBURBAN BACKYARD -- Gardening Book Is Combination of Eye-Popping Photography, Instructive How-To and Poetic Observation - Rebecca Palumbo did something that one third of Americans might accomplish without any cost or resources, but that has never been done before. Beginning on the first day of spring and concluding on the last day of winter, she photographed, observed and wrote about the growth and evolution, the sex, the beauty, the violence – the entire Other World – right outside her door.

Everest - Summit of Achievement, By Stephen Venables -- Katte Grant: “On 29 May 1953, the New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and the Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of the planet's highest mountain, described by Hillary as "a symmetrical beautiful snow cone".’ SOURCE: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/photography-book-review-everest--summit-of-achievement-by-stephen-venables-8612247.html

07 May, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

PHOTOGRAPHY AMONG THE RUINS -- Lisa Tennenbaum: “A parrot behind a fence. The white caged bird draws the eye to the center of the image. Children cling to the outer side of the metal barrier. They are captivated by the animal, staring at it, motionless. The title reveals why the children are so taken with the caged bird. Its name is Adolf and the parrot says “Heil Hitler” in the Munich zoo. The year is 1949. “We Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim” SOURCE: http://www.nysun.com/arts/photography-among-the-ruins/88284/
PHOTO: David Seymour

30 Apr, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

Figure Photography, Techniques for Digital Photographers, by Billy Pegram. Professional fashion photographer Billy Pegram adds his extensive sports photography experience to present how to approach capturing the many possibilities of the human form. This book is a start-to-finish course on how to create nude and semi-nude portraits that showcase the beauty of the female form.
Readers will learn techniques for shooting figure images that make a statement, grab attention, and create an emotional impact.
This guide begins with undertanding basic concepts of lighting, location selection, posing, exposure, and styling. Pegram examines a broad spectrum of specialized genres of figure photography, including fashion, commercial, boudoir, erotic, fine art, glamour, and pin-up, pinpointing the unique hallmarks and techniques specific to each of these styles.
The author takes a variety of assignments and gives the reader a behind-the-scenes tour of each, covering concept to execution, showing how each image was imagined, the decisions that directed the styling of the set and model, how the pose was developed and refined, the lighting setup used to create the desired mood, and post production techniques used to enhance the final results.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60895-578-7 Amherst Media
Order # 1984 175 Rano St Ste 200
$29.95 US $32.95 Canada Buffalo NY 14207
160 pgs 300 full-color photographs Kate Neaverth
800 622-3278

09 Apr, 2013 | Posted by: st

The Best and Easiest Way to Master Lightroom® 4
It worked for me – and I’d bet it will work for you.
A review of the Laura Shoe Video Workshops

A Review by Fred J. Eckert

Lightroom has evolved into such an incredibly potent tool for both enhancing our photographic images and efficiently organizing our images inventory that it behooves any serious photographer to master it.

So far has it come since its release back in 2007 that for most of us it now makes having to use Photoshop unnecessary most of the time.

Master Lightroom and not only are we able to make our images look about as good as we can possibly make them look and keep them well organized, we’re also able to almost instantly locate just that right image that we know a photo buyer is searching for and nearly just as quickly make any cropping or other tweaks to that image to make it an even more perfect fit before we send it out.
But mastering Lightroom is a whole lot easier said than done.

Until just recently, I had for the past few years been wasting my Lightroom by not being able to take anywhere near full advantage of what it could do for me. I know this is true of many, perhaps most, other photographers.

Video lessons I had come across were of minimal help because they covered too little and covered it not all that well. Books generally covered all the important
details, but...

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Trying to master Lightroom from books is difficult because, while they can tell you what to do, they are not effective when it comes to showing you how to do it.

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Forget some point you had learned in a book about Lightroom and you’re likely to find refreshing your memory a time-consuming, difficult chore because as often as not what you are searching for is not where you’d expect to find it in the index.

What about attending a workshop on how to get more out of Lightroom? Far better than just reading about it, but still far from ideal. I attended one photography workshop that billed itself as including training in Lightroom, but they tried to cover too much in too little time and it increased my skill but slightly. The fact that the “expert” instructing us inadvertently deleted all his images while demonstrating how to delete those few he wanted to delete did not inspire confidence.
Of course there are workshops conducted by true experts that cover Lightroom in depth, but they can be quite costly, especially when, as is likely, you’d have to travel to attend. And cost would not be my only concern. Much of your time could be taken up listening to other people’s questions, which may or may not be of interest to you. You might have to divide your attention between listening to the instructor and trying to keep accurate notes covering details about what was just explained. And then, of course, there’s concern about how long are you going to be able to remember everything you just learned.
My trial-and-error approach to learning Lightroom simply did not work. Knowing that Lightroom has evolved into such an incredibly useful product while not being skilled enough to get the most from it was frustrating and annoying.

And then – what a stroke of good luck! -- I recently discovered what has to be the best and easiest way to master Lightroom – the the Laura Shoe video workshops

Laura Shoe is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom who has taught Lightroom at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and Seattle’s Photographic Center Northwest and has been awarded the Adobe Community Professional designation for 2013 which is bestowed upon only a select few highly skilled users who excel at assisting others master Adobe products. An award-winning fine-art photographer, she has been a Lightroom moderator for Adobe and was selected as a world-class expert to teach Lightroom for createLive.com

These two superb DVD video workshops are perfect for both beginner and intermediate level Lightroom users and will impress advanced users as well because they’d also make a great refresher course.
Part 1,The Fundamentals & Beyond, contains more than 10 ½ hours of instruction. Its 57 individual lessons cover the three core modules of Lightroom 4 – Library, Develop and Map.
Part 2, Producing Great Output, contains nearly 12 hours of instruction. Its 55 individual lessons cover how to use Lightroom to produce books, slideshows, prints and web galleries as well as what you need to understand about color management, sharpening, jpeg quality, etc. to ensure great output.

Lessons are well thought out, well organized, flawlessly executed.

Each is clear and concise and seems just the right length to impart a solid grasp of the aspect of Lightroom that it covers. Laura Shoe is a natural as a teacher with a gift for anticipating all likely questions and the ability to deliver explanations in a pleasant-to-listen-to, precise, easy-to-follow manner.

This is the next best thing to having a great expert at your side -- anytime that you want -- showing you exactly how to do things right. And it’s very easy to locate any particular topic anytime you need to refresh your memory.

The images Ms. Shoe selects to illustrate her points are carefully chosen to help you learn more quickly and easily and never, as so often occurs in instruction videos, just to show off the instructor’s work. Sound is also top quality, not always the case in instruction videos.

These high resolution (1024x768) MP4 tutorial videos are playable on your PC or Mac with QuickTime, Windows Media Player, iTunes or any media player and are compatible with iPads, iPhones and any other mobile device that supports download and playing of MP4 videos.

As you view these lessons, I recommend either having them next to your computer monitor on a second monitor or on a mobile device. This enables you to quickly and easily practice what you just learned before moving on to the next lesson. Within minutes of loading the first DVD, for the first time ever I felt confident that I really am going to master Lightroom and take full advantage of all the many ways it can help me enhance, manage and share my images.

Cost for each of the two parts on DVDs is $57.95 at Amazon and you can save by ordering them as downloads from Laura Shoe's website. If you think that’s high, actually it’s a great value when compared to the costs of the books and seminar costs you would incur to make any serious effort to master Lightroom.

And lest you think that my raving
about this being the best and easiest
way to master Lightroom might be
exaggeration, I urge you to check
out the extraordinarily high praise
these DVD video workshops receive
from Amazon customers.

Wish you could test drive the Laura Shoe’s Lightroom video workshop before investing in them?
You sort of can. Her website always contains a couple sample lessons.
If you are already highly skilled in Lightroom or if you are not yet ready to invest in these video workshops, you would still benefit from bookmarking Laura Shoe’s website and regularly checking out her Lightroom tutorials and tips. It would also be a good idea to sign up for her email updates.

Fred J. Eckert, a retired former US Ambassador and Member of Congress, is author/photographer of three coffee table books, a published novelist, and has written feature articles for such national publications as Reader's Digest, Outdoor Life, Family Weekly and The Wall Street Journal. His travel articles covering all seven continents, illustrated with his images, have appeared in more than 100 major newspapers. His images have appeared
throughout the world in books, magazines, advertisements, postcards and major travel company and tourist board brochures. Fred[at]EckertImages[dot]com

19 Mar, 2013 | Posted by: st

SAME SEX WEDDINGS: Tracy Baim: Are there different challenges for photographers of same-sex weddings? That's the premise of a new book by Thea Dodds and Kathryn Hamm. Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography (Authentic Weddings, $32.95) shows ways for photographers to innovate how they approach same-sex weddings, to make sure to capture the true essence of the celebrations. SOURCE: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/How-to-capture-the-love-Book-on-wedding-photography/41919.html

06 Mar, 2013 | Posted by: st

A PhotoSource International review by Geralee Sullivan

Try Available Light -- It’s Free!

Just Available Light,

Techniques for Digital Photographers, by Rod and Robin Deutschmann. In this practical handbook, the Deutschmann’s show you that you don’t need a stylist, location scout, tech assistant, image editor, etc. or elaborate lighting gear. They spell out all the techniques you need to know to consistently produce outstanding images using only available light.
You’ll learn how to:
· Shoot in manual mode so you have control of every aspect of your photo
· Control the depth of field to get exactly the feel you want
· Design black & white and infrared images
· Get the right exposure with ambient light
· Adjust your camera’s contrast, saturation, and white balance settings to get top-notch results straight from your camera
· Add polarizers and graduated neutral-density filters to refine your images
· Add one or more reflectors to expand your shooting options
· Combine available light with flash when desired

Just Available Light
ISBN-13: 978-1608955565
$24.95 US $27.95 CAN
Amherst Media
PO Box 586
Buffalo NY 14226

19 Feb, 2013 | Posted by: st

PROGRESS -- 100 Ideas that Changed Photography – Chase Jarvis: “Every so often, I am reminded of the tectonic shifts in photography that seem to skip under the radar in our exploding world of photography. Mary Warner Marian’s book "100 Ideas that Changed Photography” does a damn nice job highlighting some of these shifts. It’s her personal take on the most influential ideas that have shaped photography, from the daguerreotype in the early 19th century up to the digital revolution and beyond. http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2013/02/100-ideas-that-changed-photography/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChaseJarvis+%28Chase+Jarvis+Blog%29

Satire: How To Be A Photographer In Four Simple Lessons - Michael Zhang: “Looking to jump into a particular genre of professional photography? Instead of shelling out money and time for lessons, workshops, and/or internships, check out the handbook,

PICTURING THE END OF ANALOG. David Gonzalez: “Robert Burley’s book “The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era.” chronicles the breakneck speed at which film and the huge factories where it was produced have almost vanished. He has pulled back the curtains and taken the viewer into places where film, paper and chemicals were cloaked in darkness — both literal and legal.
TAKEAWAY: A sentence in Mr. Burley’s book caught my attention.
“If you worked at Kodak Canada and had a cold, you couldn’t work in certain parts of the production area because they worried it would spread to the organic materials they used, though that might be a myth.”
Nostalgia aside, a hobbyist’s darkroom was a lethal chemical den. I feel myself lucky to have survived the chemical exposure to my innards (and the environment). I’m pleased the digital dragon arrived when it did to free us from the chemical hazards of the home darkroom. A good report to read on Google: “Health Hazards of B&W Photography.”
http://www.bw-photography.net/pdfs/Health%20Hazards.pdf -RE

12 Feb, 2013 | Posted by: st

The Digital Zone System

A PhotoSource International review by Geralee Sullivan

The Digital Zone System, Taking Control from Capture to Print, by Robert Fisher.

The Digital Zone System (DZS) mimics the Zone System created by photography great, Ansel Adams, applied to digital images. This makes it possible to edit digital images with a level of control previously unattainable without major cost in time and manual work.
Robert Fisher is an “in the trenches” working commercial and fine art photographer, photojournalist, and writer. In this book he shares his deep technical understanding of the subject matter. Publisher Rocky Nook’s mission is to focus on practical usage in cutting edge developments in photography and imaging. This book certainly advances that goal.
Fisher presents a practical guide on just how to produce a higher level of quality in your images more quickly and with greater ease than in the past.
The book is not for the faint-hearted, and is quite technical, geared for those already familiar with Photoshop and Lightroom. Readers will learn how to use these tools in a new way.
For example, by using luminance masks you can separate an image into “one-stop” zones of brightness that can be worked on individually or in groups. In this way you gain control over editing your images by isolating and adjusting colors and luminance values in specific targeted areas.
The DZS approach is quicker and simpler than the tedious work of using global adjustments and painting in layer masks to isolate the effects of an adjustment layer.
Exposure, converting color images to black-and-white, tone mapping HDR images, color management, Photoshop setup, and printing, are all thoroughly covered in this excellent book.

ISBN: 978-1-937538-13-2
$39.95 US $44.95 CAN
Publisher: Rocky Nook, Santa Barbara, CA

05 Feb, 2013 | Posted by: st

The HDRI Handbook 2.0

A PhotoSource International Review by Joseph Stanski

The HDRI Handbook 2.0 by Christian Bloch, and published by Rockynook at www. Rockynook.com.

This is a treasure-trove of everything you ever wanted to know about High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI).

It's the author's second edition, and as in the computer world, everything changes; the author brings us up to date with this new edition. It says "handbook" on the cover, but is more of a detailed textbook, with short quizzes, sample images, and "how to" tutorials at the end of each chapter.

My own beginnings with HDR photography started with Uwe Steinmuller of Outbackphoto.com in the early nineties. As HDRI was starting to reveal its charm, I hitched my HDR workflow to Trey Ratcliff of StuckIn Customs.com, and have run with it ever since.
Christian Bloch’s book gives you short histories of such ground-breaking individuals, between chapters, to help set the stage of development of HDRI over the years. The process of combining three to seven images of different luminous values (lots of sample images come with an image-rich CD in the book), thus producing an image that doesn't lose its highlights or shadow qualities, has always intrigued me.

The resulting image is always something new and different, and is usually manipulated with software to taste.

This photographic processing is exciting. It's simple, it's easy, and most of all, it's fun.
There are a variety of different software products available to process the images automatically, and are reviewed extensively in chapter 2. (Sample programs are included on the CD.)

My personal favorite is Photomatix, as I have personally bought and tested most of the other software packages mentioned to compare it with. Photomatix is also the most widely used program for tonemapping.
HDRI is an acquired taste, and once you stabilize that taste, it's exciting to work the magic on your images. This book is long on both general and specific information, with chapters beginning with: Capturing HDR images (chapter 3), Tonemapping (chapter 4), HDR Image Processing (tweaking the images - chapter 5), Panoramic HDR Images (stitching images together - chapter 6), and finally quite a good chapter on Image Based Lighting (chapter 7).
I particularly like the layout of the Table of Contents workflow, with its easy-to-find subject-driven content. The index helps with this as well.
After his software recommendations, the author takes the tonemapping (software driven) that extra step, by showing us how to tweak the images, both before and after tonemapping.
The advanced HDRI photographer will like page 317, subject: Double Dipping images by combining tonemapped photos from different software programs (Bloch includes a Photoshop action to help with this very creative process).
The book is a complete bible of high dynamic range imaging and is a great testament to Christian Bloch’s career in visual effects with such television shows as Star Trek Enterprise, Lost, NCIS, 24, Firefly and Chuck.
I highly recommend this book to have in your stock photography library. I use it at least once a week, to assist me in tweaking both my images and individual HDRI software programs.
The HDRI Handbook 2.0 by Christian Bloch, and published by Rockynook at www. Rockynook.com. ISBN: 978-1-937538163 - Cover price $ 59.95 and at www.Amazon.com for $34.81

Joseph Stanski has been an agricultural stock photographer for the last twenty-five years. He has published in many ag-oriented magazines as well as national publications. He retired as a schoolteacher and is currently teaching photography and running his stock
photography business in Southeast Iowa.