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C.A. Boylan Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

How to Photograph Absolutely Everything: Successful Pictures from Your Digital Camera; by Tom Ang; DK Publishing, Inc.; $24.95; (ISBN: 978-0-7566-4308-9)
Award-winning photographer and author Tom Ang uses his years of experience to provide a wealth of tips and tricks that are certain to greatly improve the quality of your work. The easy to understand step-by-step...

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Katrin Eismann and Sen Duggan Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

Enhancing photographic color is emotionally similar to painting, in which a painter applies a brushstroke and then reflects, reacts, and responds to the brushstroke by adding complimentary brush strokes. In the process the image grows and changes and gains an identity of its own. In the case of sophisticated color blending, working with layers, masks, and blend modes enables you to experiment...

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Steve Sint Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Editor’s Note: Steve Sint has been making portraits for as long as I’ve known him, which is a long time, and his latest book contains a host of great tips and techniques from the many years he has been at his craft. Here’s a sampling from this beautiful 220-plus page book.

Digital Portrait Photography: Art, Business & Style by Steve Sint; $24.95;...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

The Oxford Project; photographs by Peter Feldstein, text by Stephen G. Bloom, preface by Gerald Stern; Welcome Books; $50; (ISBN: 978-1-59962-048-0)
This fascinating project started in 1984 when photographer Peter Feldstein set out to capture candid black and white portraits of the residents of Oxford, Iowa. He returned 26 years later to reveal how the passage of...

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Steve Anchell Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

Since the first edition of “The Darkroom Cookbook,” there have been an increasing number of photographers who have become interested in alternative processes. The interest has become so great that in 1999 the Photographers’ Formulary, one of the leading providers of photographic chemicals, established a school largely dedicated to teaching alternative processes. Because of the...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
—The Buddha

Italian publisher FMR recently produced an art book called Michelangelo: La Dotta Mano which, I believe, translates into “You ‘da Man, Mike” or “The Wise Hand” for...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

Each year there are many new photographic books covering everything from nature to photojournalism to destination photography. Here are some that came across my desk that caught my eye:

Faces of Sunset Boulevard: A Portrait of Los Angeles; by Patrick Ecclesine; Santa Monica Press; $39.95; (ISBN-10: 1-59580-040-9)
Photographer Patrick Ecclesine provides the...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

The Essence Of Photography; with John Upton, Calumet Imagemaker Series; $39.99; (ISBN: 978-0-9798629-2-2)
Designed for beginners and advanced amateurs, The Essence Of Photography With John Upton is part of Calumet's instructional DVD series. This highly informative video focuses on developing your technical and visual skills. Upton covers a...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

Dog Days; by Gandee Vasan; Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC, 160 pages; $24.95; (ISBN-13: 978-0-7407-6919-1)
Dogs are truly man's best friend. They're beloved family members, trusted companions, and highly skilled comedians. Their expressive faces mirror our own emotions and endear them to us in so many ways. Gandee Vasan's book does...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

Lighting And Posing Techniques For Photographing Women; by Norman Phillips; Amherst Media, 128 pages; $34.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-221-1)
This guide offers a bounty of advice from such talented photographers as Rick Ferro, Tom Lee, Tony Corbell, and Sheila Rutledge to name a few. Norman Phillips uses 240 full-color images from these top professionals...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

Vanishing Point: Fifty Years Of Photography; by David Plowden, introduction by Steve Edwards; W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 352 pages; $100; (ISBN: 978-0-393-06254-0)
Photographer David Plowden has traveled across America on a quest to document the surviving pieces of our past. His well-trained eye captured the relics of our ever-changing...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

"From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it."
--Groucho Marx

According to a recent Associated Press-Ipsos poll, one in four adults read no books in the past year. Of those who did read, women and older people were the most avid readers and their top choices were religious works...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

Each year we present our annual guide to some of the best photography books published in the past year. This year's selection spans a wild variety of topics, all expressed through beautiful images and thoughtful words. I'm pleased to offer you a brief glimpse at what I consider to be the best photography books of 2007.

Ansel Adams: 400...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors: A Photographic History by Gertrude Käsebier; by Michelle Delaney; Smithsonian Books, 160 pages; $34.95; (ISBN: 978-0-06-112977-3)
In 1898 New York photographer Gertrude Käsebier became fascinated by the proud Sioux performers of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Their breathtaking stunts...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

The World Of Lith Printing: The Best Of Traditional Darkroom And Digital Lith Printing Techniques; by Tim Rudman; Argentum, 160 pages; $24.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-902538-45-7)
Most photographers are fascinated by Lith printing process because it produces amazing results. In this book, Tim Rudman explores recent developments in techniques and materials...

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