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

The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants; by Wolfgang Stuppy, Rob Kesseler, and Madeline Harley; Firefly Books; $29.95; (ISBN: 978-1-55407-533-1)
Seeds, fruit, and pollen take on a strange almost alien form when seen in an extreme close-up view. The minute abstract details that were once hidden from our eyes are revealed in this collection of crisp and vibrantly...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Dec 01, 2009 2 comments

Giving and receiving photography books can yield benefits all around. They can serve as inspiration for you and other photographers in your family and circle of friends.

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2009 0 comments

Growing up there were few books in my house—I learned to read from newspapers—and the only one I remember seeing was my Dad’s copy of Richard Henry Dana, Jr.’s Two Years Before the Mast.

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Nov 01, 2009 0 comments

Headwaters: A Journey on Alabama Rivers; photographs by Beth Maynor Young, text by John C. Hall, foreword by Rick Middleton; University of Alabama Press; $39.95; (ISBN-10: 0-8173-1630-2)
If you would like to explore the hidden world of Alabama’s rivers, simply pick up a copy of this book. Photographer Beth Maynor Young’s collection of crystal-clear...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Studio Photography; by Kirk Tuck; Amherst Media; $34.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-250-1)
Photographer Kirk Tuck uses his years of professional experience to take an in-depth look at studio photography. He dispels the myths by providing advice on purchasing the proper lighting equipment, even if you happen to be on a...

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Juergen Gulbins & Rainer Gulbins Posted: Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

Editor’s Note: This excerpt is taken from “Photographic Multishot Techniques” written by Juergen Gulbins and Rainer Gulbins, published by Rocky Nook, Inc., and available in bookstores and online bookstores, including http://oreilly.com. Filled with hands-on guides, the book includes techniques for HDR imaging, super-resolution, focus stacking, and stitching of images. Tools used...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

Digital Outdoor Photography; by Stan Trzoniec; Xlibris; $61.99; (ISBN: 1-4415-0943-7)
Photographer, teacher, and author Stan Trzoniec used his years of professional experience to create this highly informative guide on capturing stunning outdoor shots with your digital camera. In the first few chapters he offers valuable advice on choosing the right camera, lenses...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

LIFE with Mother; by the Editors of LIFE Books; Time Inc. Home Entertainment; $17.95; (ISBN 10: 1-60320-057-6)
This little book features a lovely collection of candid images in black and white and color that explore the ever-lasting bond between mother and child. Captured around the world, the images evoke the same feelings of safety, comfort, and joy, which is...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: May 01, 2009 0 comments

Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point; by Alex S. MacLean, introduction by Bill McKibben; Abrams; $45; (ISBN: 978-0-8109-7145-5)
Photographer, author, and pilot Alex S. MacLean has been capturing the ever-changing face of America’s landscape from the air for over 20 years. His goal is to examine the complex balance between manmade and natural...

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Katrin Eismann and Sen Duggan Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

Enhancing photographic color is emotionally similar to painting, in which a painter applies a brushstroke and then reflects, reacts, and responds to the brushstroke by adding complimentary brush strokes. In the process the image grows and changes and gains an identity of its own. In the case of sophisticated color blending, working with layers, masks, and blend modes enables you to experiment...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

How to Photograph Absolutely Everything: Successful Pictures from Your Digital Camera; by Tom Ang; DK Publishing, Inc.; $24.95; (ISBN: 978-0-7566-4308-9)
Award-winning photographer and author Tom Ang uses his years of experience to provide a wealth of tips and tricks that are certain to greatly improve the quality of your work. The easy to understand step-by-step...

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Steve Sint Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Editor’s Note: Steve Sint has been making portraits for as long as I’ve known him, which is a long time, and his latest book contains a host of great tips and techniques from the many years he has been at his craft. Here’s a sampling from this beautiful 220-plus page book.

Digital Portrait Photography: Art, Business & Style by Steve Sint; $24.95;...

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Steve Anchell Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

Since the first edition of “The Darkroom Cookbook,” there have been an increasing number of photographers who have become interested in alternative processes. The interest has become so great that in 1999 the Photographers’ Formulary, one of the leading providers of photographic chemicals, established a school largely dedicated to teaching alternative processes. Because of the...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

The Oxford Project; photographs by Peter Feldstein, text by Stephen G. Bloom, preface by Gerald Stern; Welcome Books; $50; (ISBN: 978-1-59962-048-0)
This fascinating project started in 1984 when photographer Peter Feldstein set out to capture candid black and white portraits of the residents of Oxford, Iowa. He returned 26 years later to reveal how the passage of...

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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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