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David Tipling Posted: Jan 25, 2012 Published: Dec 01, 2011 30 comments
More and more birdwatchers are capturing images of their favorite subject using digital techniques. But having the equipment is only half the battle to achieving stunning bird images. A good knowledge of your equipment, an understanding of both photography and field craft, and a firm basis in postproduction techniques are also essential if you want to capture and create high-quality bird photographs. All these topics are covered in this portable guide to bird photography. Although small enough to fit in a jacket pocket or camera bag, The Bird Photography Field Guide introduces and instructs on each stage of the digital photography process, describing all the necessary equipment, discussing specialist field-craft techniques, and showing you how to manipulate and enhance your photos. In this excerpt David Tipling shares his thoughts on perhaps one of the most important aspects of the craft—seeing and using light.—Editor
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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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Elizabeth Messina Posted: Aug 16, 2012 Published: Jul 01, 2012 1 comments
Natural light is by far the favorite choice of most amateur, wedding, and portrait photographers, but many stick to conventional approaches, leaving the myriad, gorgeous possibilities of natural light unexplored. In this first book by an award-winning wedding, lifestyle, and portrait photographer, Elizabeth Messina shares her secrets on capturing flattering natural light in any setting. The book (The Luminous Portrait, Amphoto Books, ISBN: 978-0-8174-0012-5, $29.99) is beautifully illustrated with accompanying text that offers an insider’s look into a wide range of subject matter and picture styles. This excerpt is part of an introduction to the many charms of working in natural light.—Editor

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Jan 06, 2014 0 comments
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition stems from two of the most famous institutions of the United Kingdom—the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. For nearly 50 years, talented artists from around the world have presented their work to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition hoping to be one of the chosen few who are lucky enough to stand out from the crowd and have their work selected. It is a great honor to obtain that goal and a prize well worth working toward.
Staff Posted: Dec 10, 2013 Published: Nov 01, 2013 0 comments
The New Art of Photographing Nature: An Updated Guide to Composing Stunning Images of Animals, Nature, and Landscapes (Amphoto Books, $29.99) is from world-renowned photographer Art Wolfe and writer and photo editor Martha Hill, with Tim Grey. In this revised edition, the text has been updated throughout to reflect the dramatic changes in photography since this classic was first released in 1993. More than 50% of the beautiful images are all new, and a new contributor, digital imaging expert Tim Grey, shares sidebars throughout offering tips on digital imaging and processing.
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Jeff Wignall Posted: Oct 14, 2011 Published: Sep 01, 2011 1 comments
The NEW Joy of Digital Photography, now revised and updated, is a complete guide to all the essential aspects of taking, sharing, and editing digital images—with information on the most recent technological advances.

Examining all aspects of digital photography, from how to use your camera to lighting and compositional considerations to downloading your pictures and enhancing color, author and photographer Jeff Wignall presents easy-to-grasp explanations of technique, introductions to exciting new imaging technology, fun diagrams, and spectacular pictures in a creative, inspirational approach. Here’s a short excerpt that might give you a sense of what this 288-page book offers.—Editor

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

Cats 24/7: Extraordinary Photographs Of Wonderful Cats; by Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen, Chronicle Books; 192 pages; $24.95; (ISBN 0-8118-4815-9) & Dogs 24/7: Extraordinary Photographs Of Wonderful Dogs; 192 pages; $24.95; (ISBN 0-8118-4816-7)
This book happily celebrates the special bond we have with cats who share our homes. It contains over 500...

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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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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, 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: 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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John Siskin Posted: Mar 01, 2011 1 comments

The following is an excerpt from Understanding and Controlling Strobe Lighting: A Guide for Digital Photographers by John Siskin, published by Amherst Media (ISBN: 978-1-608952-42-7). John has been a Shutterbug contributor and we were glad to see him bring his knowledge on the topic of lighting to this new book.—Editor

Hard Or Soft Light?
In the past, most...

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Bryan Peterson Posted: Aug 17, 2011 Published: Jul 01, 2011 0 comments
The following is an excerpt from Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition/Revised And Updated: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera (Amphoto Books, $25.99, August, 2010). The revised edition (ISBN: 978-0-8174-3939-2) brings this best seller up-to-date for the rapidly changing world of digital photography and brings readers information on how to learn the difference between a correct exposure and a creatively correct exposure. This new edition includes updated information on advances in digital photography, such as increasingly sensitive ISOs and HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, an expanded discussion of white balance, tips on using flash, and many new images. The section we are featuring with images and captions (there’s even more information in the accompanying text) is on night and low-light photography. This is one book that’s easy to recommend.—Editor
Howard Millard Posted: Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

Just when you thought that there really wasn't much more that Adobe could possibly cram into Photoshop, Version CS2, part of the Creative Suite, was released last year. Whether you're a seasoned digital pro or a newcomer, how do all these new features work and how can they improve your workflow and shorten the time you spend in postproduction? Check out the valuable...

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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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