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C.A. Boylan Posted: Nov 01, 2010 0 comments

Lighting and Photographing Transparent and Translucent Surfaces: A Comprehensive Guide to Photographing Glass, Water, and More; by Dr. Glenn Rand; Amherst Media; $34.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-244-0)
Dr. Glenn Rand is a professional photographer and professor of photography at the Brooks Institute. His years of experience have been transformed into a guide that...

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Alain Briot Posted: Oct 01, 2010 0 comments

This is an excerpt from Alain Briot’s Mastering Composition, Creativity and Personal Style, published by Rocky Nook, Inc. Briot states, “The personality of the photographer must be present in the image for an artistic photograph to have value.” And in this book he sets out to teach what is essential in achieving this goal.

Briot approaches fine art photography as being a...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Aug 01, 2010 0 comments

BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like the Pros; by Jim Miotke; Amphoto Books; $21.99; (ISBN: 978-0-8174-0502-1)
Getting started in photography isn’t easy and most books are geared for amateurs who have a certain amount of basic skills and knowledge. The title is an accurate description of this guide because it really...

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Nick Onken Posted: Jul 01, 2010 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from Photo Trekking: A Traveling Photographer’s Guide to Capturing Moments Around the World (ISBN: 978-0-8174-3280-5). Copyright © 2010 by Nick Onken. Published by Amphoto Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.—Editor

Planning Your Images In...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Jul 01, 2010 0 comments

Hidden Napa Valley; photographs by Wes Walker, introduction by Linda Reiff, edited by Peter Beren; Welcome Books; $19.95; (ISBN: 978-1-59962-080-0)
Explore the lush green and fertile landscape of California’s Napa Valley with noted photographer Wes Walker. For this book he assembled a beautiful collection of well-crafted images that tell the story of the rich...

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Elizabeth Carmel Posted: Jun 01, 2010 0 comments

The following is a book excerpt from “The Changing Range of Light” by Elizabeth Carmel. When we first saw the book we were very impressed with the vision and image quality. When we read through the text we understood why there was such love and appreciation of nature coming through in the images.—Editor

When John Muir coined the phrase...

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: May 01, 2010 0 comments

Sports photojournalist Dave Black wants his photographs to attract and hold your attention. And he wants them to be as different from the next guy’s as possible; the next guy is, after all, the competition.

In search of the big differences that make for high impact photographs, Dave uses ideas as much as he uses technology.Here are four examples of his thinking about...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Apr 01, 2010 0 comments

Professional Commercial Photography: Techniques and Images from Master Digital Photographers; by Lou Jacobs Jr.; Amherst Media; $34.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-269-3)
Author Lou Jacobs Jr. provides valuable insight into the demanding world of professional commercial photography in this informative guide. He uses a collection of 160 color images to highlight special...

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Joe Buissink and Skip Cohen Posted: Apr 01, 2010 0 comments

This article is an excerpt from “Wedding Photography from the Heart: Creative Techniques to Capture the Moments that Matter,” by Joe Buissink and Skip Cohen, with a foreword by Denis Reggie, published by Amphoto Books (2009; $29.99; ISBN: 978-0-8174-2454-1).

Voted as one of American Photo’s Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World, Joe...

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Jeff Wignall Posted: Mar 01, 2010 0 comments

The following is a book excerpt from Jeff Wignall’s new book “Winning Digital Photo Contests.” Have you ever daydreamed about having your photo featured in a major publication, or displayed on a giant screen in Times Square? Do you want to compete for top prizes and worldwide recognition? Digital photo competitions are everywhere and this in-depth guide will show you how to find...

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Lou Jones and Bob Keenan and Steve Ostrowski Posted: Mar 01, 2010 0 comments

“The difficult chore of lighting has been made easier using speedlights. Speedlights have the capability of being used wirelessly, automatically, and without additional accessories.

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Mar 01, 2010 0 comments

Empty Quarter: A Photographic Journey to the Heart of the Arabian Desert; by George Steinmetz; Abrams; $40; (ISBN: 978-0-8109-8381-6)
Aerial photographer George Steinmetz captured this breathtaking collection of 150 full-color images while strapped from the harness of a motorized paraglider drifting hundreds of feet above the blazing hot sand. His bravery offered...

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Norman McGrath Posted: Feb 01, 2010 6 comments

This is an excerpt from Norman McGrath’s “Architectural Photography: Professional Techniques for Shooting Interior and Exterior Spaces”, a definitive and up-to-date guide to modern architectural photography.

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Jon Canfield Posted: Feb 01, 2010 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from “Camera Raw 101: Better Photos with Photoshop, Elements, and Lightroom” by Jon Canfield. This is a revision of the popular introductory book on using Adobe Camera Raw and is updated to include all of the new Raw image-processing features in Photoshop CS4 and Elements 7. Because the Raw-processing features are identical in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Feb 01, 2010 0 comments

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