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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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C.A. Boylan Posted: Dec 12, 2013 0 comments
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.
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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.
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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C.A. Boylan Posted: Nov 01, 2013 0 comments
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.
Steve Sint Posted: Jul 05, 2013 Published: Jun 01, 2013 2 comments
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
Harold Davis Posted: May 30, 2013 Published: May 01, 2013 1 comments
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.
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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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Joey L. Foreword by David Hobby Posted: Apr 11, 2013 Published: Mar 01, 2013 0 comments
Serious amateur and professional photographers get a master class in lighting and portrait techniques from acclaimed photographer Joey L. in Photographing Shadow and Light (Amphoto Books, on sale $29.99). In this behind-the-lens guide, Joey L., arguably the most exciting young talent in professional photography today, shares anecdotes, techniques, lighting diagrams, and postproduction notes for a wide range of his commercial and personal work.
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Staff Posted: Mar 29, 2013 Published: Feb 01, 2013 0 comments
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has announced the publication of Eliot Porter: In the Realm of Nature (Getty Publications/November 2012), presenting work from the acclaimed American photographer’s illustrious six-decade career spanning the 1930s to the 1980s. Known for his exquisite images of birds and landscapes, Eliot Porter (1901–1990) was a pioneer in the use of color photography during a time when most serious photographers were working with black-and-white film.
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Staff Posted: Feb 07, 2013 Published: Jan 01, 2013 0 comments
When we received a review copy of Pring’s Photographer’s Miscellany (Ilex, $12.99, ISBN: 978-1-907579-43-1) we felt there was so much fun information about photography included that it would be great to share this book with readers. The excerpts here are just a few of the many illuminating, humorous, and at times arcane information Pring’s delivers. The book also contains numerous quotes to ponder from photographers and philosophers alike.—Editor

Agent Provocateur
The Minox subminiature camera was invented in 1936 by Walter Zapp, a German living in Estonia (this modern Estonian stamp celebrates Zapp’s original patent). Unable to get it manufactured locally, he eventually established production in neighboring Latvia, but during World War II the factory was overrun, once by German forces and twice by the Russians. Production resumed in former West Germany in 1948, by which time the Minox had become the preferred equipment of real or imagined espionage agents worldwide. Grasping the attached measuring chain, the spy in a hurry could extend it to touch the secret item, shoot without using the viewfinder, and be assured of a sharp copy of, for example, an A4 or 8 1/2 x 11 inch document. The Minox uses specially cut, unsprocketed film which is advanced each time the case is closed, an action which also protects the viewfinder and lens.

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Al Satterwhite Posted: Feb 07, 2013 Published: Jan 01, 2013 1 comments
It’s getting harder and harder to find publishers for photographic coffee-table books. They cost so much to produce that most of them never make back their investment costs. Photographers, of course, want to see their work on the printed page, and books are the best venue for many of those projects.
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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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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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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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