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, NPR’s 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
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.
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
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
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
Presentationzen – 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.”
$34.99 U.S. $36.99 CAN
18 Jun, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos
BOOST THE VALUE
-- Pricing Photography -“Ten Ideas To Help -- Angela Pointon:: To Help Boost The Value Of Your Photogr
aphy (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
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”
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
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
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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
$24.95 US $27.95 CAN
PO Box 586
Buffalo NY 14226
19 Feb, 2013 | Posted by: st
-- 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.
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.”
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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
Rockynook.com. ISBN: 978-1-937538163 - Cover price $ 59.95 and at www.Amazon.com
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.