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C.A. Boylan Posted: Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

As another year comes to a close, it's time to reflect upon some of the finest coffee-table books of 2004. Here is a collection of my personal favorites and I'm certain that you will enjoy them as much as I have.

Flying Flowers; by Rick Sammon; Welcome Books, 6 West 18th St., New York, NY 10011; hard cover; 100 pages; $40; (ISBN 1-932183-27-2)
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C.A. Boylan Posted: Mar 07, 2014 0 comments
Hotel Mariachi: Urban Space And Cultural Heritage In Los Angeles; by Catherine L. Kurland and Enrique R. Lamadrid, photographs by Miguel A. Gandert, Introduction by Evangeline Ordaz-Molina; University Of New Mexico Press; $29.95; (ISBN: 978-0-8263-5372-6)
East Los Angeles is virtually alive with Latin culture, pulsing to the red-hot beat of the music and glowing with all of its vibrant colors. Such is the world in which you’ll find the famous Mariachi Plaza de Los Angeles, a very popular gathering place for Mariachi bands for over 50 years. It is located near the Boyle Hotel—it was constructed in 1889 by one of author Catherine Lopez Kurland’s ancestors—the landmark hotel marks the gateway to East Los Angeles. Known as the “Hotel Mariachi” the building resonates with decades of music and that is what makes it dear to the residents of the neighborhood.

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Kevin Kubota Posted: Oct 12, 2012 Published: Sep 01, 2012 14 comments
Kevin Kubota is an internationally recognized speaker who has presented programs for every major photographic convention in the US. His Kubota Image Tools have won numerous “Hot One” awards and his Digital Photography Bootcamp workshops, and book by the same name, have been recognized as high energy creative environments in which photographers come away inspired and educated about the great creative potential of their work. In his new book, Kevin Kubota’s Lighting Notebook (2011, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ISBN: 978-1-118-03510-8), Kubota shares creative lighting techniques that help create mood, define the subject, and give unique dimension to your images. In this excerpt we show but two of the 101 teaching lessons in this handsomely done and fully illustrated 298-page book.—Editor

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Staff Posted: Feb 04, 2013 Published: Dec 01, 2012 0 comments
Colors define a lot about our world and ourselves—the season, our personalities and moods can be reflected in the colors surrounding us. National Geographic Books is showcasing the power of colors in a stunning new photography book, Life in Color: National Geographic Photographs (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-0962-8; on sale now; $40 hardcover) with a foreword by designer Jonathan Adler.
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Scott Kelby Posted: Oct 22, 2012 Published: Sep 01, 2012 2 comments
Each year, Scott Kelby trains thousands of professional photographers during his seminar tours and now he’s taken that incredibly popular style of learning and put it into book form. Among topics covered are step-by-step layouts for creating the most-requested and sought-after lighting looks; the camera settings, gear, and power settings for every shot; retouching techniques the pros really use to make their subjects look their very best; and a host of insider tricks, invaluable shortcuts, and special effects. Kelby’s book is unique in that he combines his myriad skills for a full range of workflow options, from setup to output. (Abridged from liner notes.)

We are pleased to bring you this excerpt from an excellent book that takes it all in-house, from setup to lighting to retouch and output. Time spent with this book is certainly time well spent, as Kelby is that rare photographer/author/Photoshop teacher who brings it all together under one roof.—Editor

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Dec 03, 2013 0 comments
Sylke Jackson is a writer and a teacher with a true passion for architectural preservation. This book clearly expresses that passion as we join Jackson on a virtual tour of the US and Canada to explore lighthouses. This is both an educational and a visual treat since Jackson wisely included a brief and high informative history of lighthouses from the Roman era to the twentieth century and a history of each of the structures photographed.
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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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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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Donald McCrea Posted: Dec 01, 2010 0 comments

In MIGRATION: Lost and Found in America (Michael Wiese Productions, November 2010, hardcover), 16 of our finest contemporary photographers train their cameras on America’s vast and varied land, while a band of stellar musicians provides the soundtrack. As you view the 120 photos in the book, you are directed to a website with accompanying songs composed by photographer and songwriter Donald...

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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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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Jan 01, 2010 0 comments

Eventually the upper basin states of Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming, to hold back water from the lower basin states of Nevada, Arizona, and California, began in 1956 to build the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Aug 04, 2014 0 comments

If you've followed the saga of Vivian Maier, you're probably familiar with her revealing, black-and-white street photos that captured a slice of life of Chicago in the 1950s and '60s.

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Stephanie Zettl Posted: Apr 05, 2013 Published: Mar 01, 2013 0 comments
Using Nikon system Speedlights, photographer Stephanie Zettl guides the reader through the fundamentals of flash photography then shows how to make the most of more advanced features such as flash exposure compensation, Nikon’s Creative Lighting System, setting custom flash functions, and using high-speed sync and off-camera flash techniques, including i-TTL radio triggers. Her text and images make the Nikon Speedlight Handbook (Amherst Media, ISBN: 978-1608954513, 160 pages, soft cover, $34.95) a handy guide.—Editor

Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash exposure compensation (FEC) is valuable when working in any of the automatic flash modes (auto or TTL), where the flash or camera’s meter determines how much output the Speedlight should give. You can adjust your exposure compensation on the camera or directly on the flash.

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Jul 15, 2014 0 comments
As a student Carole Noon soon discovered that her future would be greatly influenced, and altered, for the better when she attended a lecture given by the famous Dr. Jane Goodall. Inspired by this amazing and life-changing event, the young wildlife biology student soon found herself working with Dr. Goodall on her ChimpanZoo program. Using the many skills and valuable knowledge she gained from her time with the program, in 1997 Dr. Noon established the Save The Chimps Sanctuary. This book—Opening Doors: Carole Noon And Her Dream To Save The Chimps—chronicles this wonderfully inspiring true story of one woman’s passion and heartfelt dedication to saving the lives of these highly intelligent primates.
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Cecil Williams Posted: Mar 13, 2014 Published: Jan 01, 2014 0 comments
Painter Showcase is a collection of works by 40 artists who utilize Corel’s Painter software in their craft. The book features over 300 pieces that display not only the amazing tools provided by Corel Painter and Wacom but the many styles and approaches used by artists to create unique images that combine original photos with deft use of the tools. According to Cecil Williams, the book is the largest collection of paintings using these techniques, with the work assembled from contributors by invitation only. Corel Painter Master Heather Chinn was project director for the book, which was two years in the making. The book also includes a Foreword by Jeremy Sutton as well as contributed material from Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Painter WOW! books, Karen Sperling, Corel Painter Master and author of Painting for Photographers, and Michael Campbell, who writes about the future of art/photography.

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