Photographs made from above the earth cannot help but stir the spirit and this book, including photographs by astronaut Chris Hadfield that were sourced from NASA and the CSA (government of Canada) are among the best that I have seen from high above “the Blue Marble” we call home. The images in this 192-page book are beautifully reproduced and cover everything from cities to geographical features to the swirls in our vast seas.
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.
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.
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.
Mar 25, 2014
Published: Feb 01, 2014
Widely regarded as “a photographer’s photographer,” Gregory Heisler has been described as having “the mind of a scientist, the heart of a journalist, and the eye of an artist.” Known for his candor, humor, and generosity as a teacher, he is able to convey the most complex photographic concepts simply and elegantly. In the long-awaited Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits (Amphoto Books, October 22, 2013, $40) he takes us on a guided tour of his innovative editorial images and iconic portraits, engagingly illuminated by his insightful and highly personal perspective.
Experienced mountaineer, rock climber, author and photographer David Neilson is no stranger to the many dangers and dramatic extremes of the wilderness. For this stunning project, Neilson embarked upon 6 journeys to Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic to explore the wonders of this dangerous—and very beautiful—frozen landscape in search of new adventures and to capture the exquisite light of these southernmost lands.
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.
Mar 13, 2014
Published: Jan 01, 2014
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.
For this unique book, photographers Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe spent 5 years exploring the Grand Canyon searching for locations where others had created their images and recreating them with a fun twist. Their resources were landscape shots taken from old souvenir postcards, drawings and historic photos that they expertly recreated using todays technology. Klett and Wolfe wisely gave the images a wider view and placed them in context by adding cars and tourists illustrate the passage of time. This is an interesting and highly entertaining look the Grand Canyon, a beloved national treasure.
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.
Award-winning photographer Nick Veasey used his artist’s eye to move beyond the surface of every day objects in order to reveal the complex beauty hidden deep within them. His book, X-Ray, contains a wonderful collection of unique and well-crafted images that allow you to see the world like never before. With the aid of scientists and medical personnel, Veasey used X-rays to capture the inner workings of everything from musical instruments, animals, plants, various types of electronics and people. The results are both stunning and inspiring.
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.
Having worked with Steve in the past, and knowing him for many years, we are always pleased to feature his photography and writing. Recently a new book of his came across our desk (ISBN: 978-1-4547-0327-3, published by Pixiq, www.pixiq.com, 272 pages, $29.95) and we are happy to offer an excerpt of just a few pages of the tip and technique filled volume here. This is one book where Steve’s personality, experience, and expertise certainly comes through in each and every well-illustrated page.—Editor
May 30, 2013
Published: May 01, 2013
Photographing Waterdrops is a beautifully illustrated how-to photography guide that serves as both a technical tutorial and visual photography inspiration. Its collection of imagery explores the world within the tiniest droplets of water. Written by award-winning photographer Harold Davis, author of more than 30 books including the bestselling title, Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis, this photography book is intended to offer a fresh, creative perspective into the dynamic possibilities of natural waterdrop photography. Davis draws from his professional expertise and artistic perspective to offer advice on capturing extraordinary waterdrop compositions. Readers learn how to use light and reflections to their advantage, which tools and equipment work best for macro photography, and how to perfect their waterdrop shots both before and after shooting.
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.