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With essays by Michael Somoroff and William A. Ewing Posted: Feb 07, 2013 Published: Jan 01, 2013 1 comments
From 1977 to 1983, Michael Somoroff, then a gifted young New York photographer in his twenties filled with passion, drive, and unbridled enthusiasm, had the privilege of photographing some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, including Brassaï, Elliott Erwitt, Andreas Feininger, Ralph Gibson, André Kertész, Duane Michals, Arnold Newman, Helmut Newton, and Jacques Henri Lartigue, among others. He was first introduced to many of these icons through his father, Ben Somoroff, who studied under Alexey Brodovitch, and was one of the most influential still life photographers in the history of the medium. These photo sessions granted to Michael were deeply personal, and it was never his intention to make the resulting images public.
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C.A. Boylan Posted: Mar 07, 2014 0 comments
Alphabet Everywhere; by Elliott Kaufman; Abbeville Press; $14.95; (ISBN: 978-0-7892-1115-6)
Our daily environment is full of thousands of very tiny details. They can be found in many forms from light and shadow to colors, patterns and textures both natural and man-made. All of these tiny bits and pieces make up the big picture that is our world but is often hidden in life’s mosaic. Architectural photographer Elliott Kaufman has a very sharp eye for detail and a highly developed sense of whimsy. These are extremely valuable traits that every artist works hard to develop as part of their artist’s eye. It’s clear that Kaufman expertly exhibits these hard won traits—along with his extensive photographic skills—in his book, Alphabet Everywhere.
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Norman McGrath Posted: Feb 01, 2010 2 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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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: Jul 15, 2014 0 comments
With the swift advances and the continuing simplification of technology (smart phones, laptops, tablets and more), the Internet has been transformed into the ideal venue for artists of all sorts. The Internet can now be used as a gallery and a marketplace with unlimited potential. As a result, photographers by the thousands flock to various sites to showcase and share their work while others build their own websites to advertise their studio and attract new clients. With the potential to be seen by—very literally—millions of people, this is a wonderfully golden opportunity but for the beginner it can also be a bit confusing as to exactly where and how to get started.
Lindsay Adler Posted: Apr 21, 2014 Published: Mar 01, 2014 0 comments
A powerful portfolio involves so much more than just a strong grasp of the technical aspects of photography—it’s a complex mix of style, techniques, and intriguing ideas. Many photographers struggle to achieve a high-impact portfolio, feeling that they lack the creative spark to invigorate them and move their work forward.
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Lindsay Adler Posted: Dec 29, 2011 Published: Nov 01, 2011 12 comments
In Fashion Flair for Portrait and Wedding Photography (304 pages, Course Technology, ISBN: 978-1-4354-5884-0, $34.99) Lindsay Adler shows photographers how to apply the concepts of fashion photography, including preparation, styling, props, lighting, posing, and post-processing, to their portrait and wedding photography. This practical guide demonstrates how to prepare for a shoot, including choosing the location, wardrobe, hair, makeup styling, and poses, as well as considering the lighting and equipment. You’ll also find in-camera techniques, fashion lighting essentials, Photoshop techniques, and a variety of other tricks to achieve the fashion flair aesthetic. Also included are business and marketing tips, including useful social networking sites, products, and services to help you maximize the fashion flair approach and make it work for you. Chock full of great shots and extensive how-to and lighting diagrams, this can easily serve as a study and workbook that will help elevate anyone’s portrait and wedding work. In this excerpt we’ve chosen just a few of the many lighting diagrams and tips found in the book.—Editor

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Rod and Robin Deutschmann Posted: Dec 22, 2011 Published: Nov 01, 2011 0 comments
There is something magical about macro and close-up images. They provide a glimpse of a world few ever see and fewer still understand. In this book, acclaimed photography instructors Rod and Robin Deutschmann show all the ins and outs of creating outstanding images of small subjects. They begin with an overview of the key challenges of macro photography, including achieving correct focus, maximizing the depth of field, and providing optimal lighting.
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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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C.A. Boylan Posted: Sep 01, 2007 0 comments

The Education Of A Photographer; edited by Charles H. Traub, Steven Heller, and Adam B. Bell; Allworth Press, 256 pages; $19.95; (ISBN: 1-58115-4450-X)
In order to become a great photographer one must acquire many skills but it takes much more than technical expertise to rise above the competition. This informative book contains 51 comprehensive essays...

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

Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point; by Alex S. MacLean, introduction by Bill McKibben; Abrams; $45; (ISBN: 978-0-8109-7145-5)
Photographer, author, and pilot Alex S. MacLean has been capturing the ever-changing face of America’s landscape from the air for over 20 years. His goal is to examine the complex balance between manmade and natural...

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

LIFE with Mother; by the Editors of LIFE Books; Time Inc. Home Entertainment; $17.95; (ISBN 10: 1-60320-057-6)
This little book features a lovely collection of candid images in black and white and color that explore the ever-lasting bond between mother and child. Captured around the world, the images evoke the same feelings of safety, comfort, and joy, which is...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

Digital Photo Art: Transform Your Images With Traditional And Contemporary Art Techniques; by Theresa Airey, Lark Books; 208 pages; $29.95; (ISBN 1-57990-580-3)
This fascinating guide explores the ways in which computer technology can be harnessed to transform your images into amazing works of digital art. The various mixed media techniques utilize...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Jun 29, 2012 Published: May 01, 2012 2 comments
Photography and the Art of Seeing: A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and Digital Photography, Fourth Edition; by Freeman Patterson; Firefly Books Ltd.; $24.95; (ISBN-10: 1-55407-980-2)
Author Freeman Patterson created this guide as a workshop designed specifically to train you to see artistically, to allow your eyes to pick out those special colors, shapes, and fine details that others would normally miss in order to find the art in the everyday objects that surround us. He provides a variety of tips and examples that help you think creatively and find ways to express your imagination in a unique and purely visual way. This is a wonderful resource for those who desire to expand their horizons and take their photography to the next level of creativity.

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