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Scott Bourne Skip Cohen Posted: Jan 18, 2012 Published: Dec 01, 2011 1 comments
While it’s true that anyone can buy a professional-quality camera, the necessary business skills for running a successful photography venture are often overlooked. Thousands of aspiring professionals falter because they lack the skills to turn their dreams into a profitable business. GOING PRO: How to Make the Leap from Aspiring to Professional Photographer (Amphoto Books; $29.99) is a comprehensive, up-to-date guide for beginning photographers on how to launch a business in any genre of professional photography.
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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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C.A. Boylan Posted: Jan 03, 2012 Published: Nov 01, 2011 2 comments
The New Complete Guide to Night and Low-Light Digital Photography: Updated Edition; by Lee Frost; Amphoto Books; $29.99; (ISBN: 978-0-8174-4968-1)
Don’t let low-light conditions cause you to miss another photographic opportunity. This informative guide solves that problem by providing information on gear choices, such as how to pick the right digital camera, lenses, filters, flash, and accessories for the job. Lee Frost then explores the fundamentals of understanding light, metering, exposure, and digital image processing. This wide selection of tips, tricks, and techniques are paired with sample images to make learning fast and easy.

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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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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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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
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C.A. Boylan Posted: Sep 06, 2011 Published: Jul 01, 2011 0 comments
Doug Box’s Flash Photography: On- and Off-Camera Techniques for Digital Photographers; by Doug Box; Amherst Media; $34.95; (ISBN: 978-1-608952-58-8)
Many beginners find that learning to properly use flash can be a complicated task. This guide takes the mystery out of the process by providing a wide variety of helpful tips and tricks for both on- and off-camera flash. Professional photographer Doug Box explores everything from bounce flash and light modifiers to sync cords, slaves, and wireless triggers. He also provides advice on working with flash in mixed lighting situations and using flash to create perfect portraits. Box supplies all the information you’ll need to harness the power of light and take your images to the next level.

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Robert Roper Posted: Jul 22, 2011 Published: Jun 01, 2011 0 comments
Photographers the world over have always admired the work of Galen Rowell. In this new volume, which focuses on his work in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, we get to see why. We thought this book deserved special attention, not only because of the work but also because the images so powerfully communicate Rowell’s dedication to and love for the outdoors. What follows is a brief description of the book with a selection of images, kindly supplied to us by the publishers.—Editor
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Jack Reznicki Posted: Apr 01, 2011 5 comments

The following is a brief excerpt from Photographer’s Survival Manual: A Legal Guide for Artists in the Digital Age. While it’s great to spend all your time making great images, the reality of the photo business and the legal aspects of the trade are an essential part of the knowledge required to succeed. Written by experienced photo pro Jack Reznicki and trial lawyer and member of the NY Bar Ed...

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Apr 01, 2011 0 comments

A few months prior to the publication of Moose Peterson’s new book, Captured: Lessons from Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer, he told me what to expect—or maybe, what not to expect. “It’s very unconventional,” he said. “I call it a romantic how-to.”

When I got the book I quickly figured out that the romance referred to Moose’s love of...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Mar 01, 2011 3 comments

The Art of a Wedding: How to Get Award Winning Photos at Every Wedding!; by Cherie Steinberg Coté of CherieFoto; www.bridaltipsbycheriefoto.com; $14.95.
In this informative eBook Cherie Steinberg Coté explains to brides why choosing the right photographer and knowing what you want is...

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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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C.A. Boylan Posted: Feb 01, 2011 0 comments

American Modern: Documentary Photography by Abbott, Evans, and Bourke-White; by Sharon Corwin, Jessica May, and Terri Weissman; University of California Press; $39.95; (ISBN: 978-0-520265-62-2)
American Modern explores the innovative reinvention of documentary photography that took place in the 1930s. Images crafted by noted photographers Berenice Abbott, Walker...

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Carl Heilman Posted: Jan 01, 2011 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from Contemporary Landscape Photography by Carl Heilman II (Amphoto Books, $24.99, paperback, published June 2010). In his first instructional book, Heilman II shares his experiences and techniques in capturing stunning landscape images. With nearly 300 color photos, this illustrated guide is a complete course in taking pro-caliber images of both urban and natural...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Dec 01, 2010 0 comments

Photography books make wonderful gifts because they have the unique power to educate as well as entertain. Some take us on amazing adventures. Some fill us with emotion and others teach us new techniques that raise our work to the next level.

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