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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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C.A. Boylan Posted: Mar 01, 2011 15 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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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2010 0 comments

Sony makes a svelte black-and-white-only eBook reader and claims that within five years half of all books and magazines will be delivered digitally. While electronics companies slug it out in the eBook reader arena, another trend appears ready to add negative synergy.

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

Lighting and Photographing Transparent and Translucent Surfaces: A Comprehensive Guide to Photographing Glass, Water, and More; by Dr. Glenn Rand; Amherst Media; $34.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-244-0)
Dr. Glenn Rand is a professional photographer and professor of photography at the Brooks Institute. His years of experience have been transformed into a guide that...

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

BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like the Pros; by Jim Miotke; Amphoto Books; $21.99; (ISBN: 978-0-8174-0502-1)
Getting started in photography isn’t easy and most books are geared for amateurs who have a certain amount of basic skills and knowledge. The title is an accurate description of this guide because it really...

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

Hidden Napa Valley; photographs by Wes Walker, introduction by Linda Reiff, edited by Peter Beren; Welcome Books; $19.95; (ISBN: 978-1-59962-080-0)
Explore the lush green and fertile landscape of California’s Napa Valley with noted photographer Wes Walker. For this book he assembled a beautiful collection of well-crafted images that tell the story of the rich...

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Nick Onken Posted: Jul 01, 2010 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from Photo Trekking: A Traveling Photographer’s Guide to Capturing Moments Around the World (ISBN: 978-0-8174-3280-5). Copyright © 2010 by Nick Onken. Published by Amphoto Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.—Editor

Planning Your Images In...

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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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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: May 01, 2010 0 comments

Sports photojournalist Dave Black wants his photographs to attract and hold your attention. And he wants them to be as different from the next guy’s as possible; the next guy is, after all, the competition.

In search of the big differences that make for high impact photographs, Dave uses ideas as much as he uses technology.Here are four examples of his thinking about...

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