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C.A. Boylan  |  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...

C.A. Boylan  |  May 01, 2004  |  0 comments

Extraordinary Pigeons; by Stephen Green-Armytage; Abrams, 115 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011; hard cover; 112 pages; $24.95; (ISBN 0-8109-4630-0)
Who would have considered a pigeon an exotic bird? It may seem outrageous, but that is because there is a lot that...

C.A. Boylan  |  Feb 01, 2006  |  0 comments

Digital Infrared Photography: Professional Techniques and Images; by Patrick Rice; Amherst Media; 128 pages; $29.95; (ISBN 1-58428-144-8)
Infrared photography can transform simple portraits and landscapes into scenes that seem to spring directly from your imagination. If you have the desire to harness the power of infrared for your work. You are no...

C.A. Boylan  |  Apr 01, 2008  |  0 comments

Vanishing Point: Fifty Years Of Photography; by David Plowden, introduction by Steve Edwards; W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 352 pages; $100; (ISBN: 978-0-393-06254-0)
Photographer David Plowden has traveled across America on a quest to document the surviving pieces of our past. His well-trained eye captured the relics of our ever-changing...

C.A. Boylan  |  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...

Jack Dykinga  |  Sep 12, 2014  |  0 comments

Capture the Magic uses a structured approach to teach the art of creating interesting, well-composed images. It provides solutions to problems that often get in the way of producing great photographs and emphasizes the importance of training the eye to exclude the extraneous. Examples of strong images are juxtaposed against flawed images, illustrating how to create a successful composition. Topics covered include light and shadow, lens choice, framing, negative space, and many more.

C.A. Boylan  |  Jul 15, 2014  |  0 comments
Captain Charlotte T. McGraw began her career as a talented studio photographer for MGM but when World War II began—and our country needed her—McGraw bravely walked away from the safety and glamour of Hollywood and joined the Army. She became the official Women’s Army Corps photographer and her assignment was to capture images that would have a positive influence on how American women viewed serving in the military. The Captain’s amazing—and often very dangerous—journey took her through Africa, England, Asia, the Pacific and military hospitals around the USA. Along the way, she met a variety of famous and interesting people from General Eisenhower to war correspondent Ernie Pyle all the while documenting the very real and important role the WACs played in the war effort.
Christopher Grey  |  Jun 11, 2012  |  First Published: May 01, 2012  |  0 comments
When it comes to lighting, the tools and techniques at the fingertips of a professional photographer are almost unlimited. Developing a sense of what is possible—and how to achieve it—is part of the fun of being a professional photographer and a critical aspect of developing your personal style as an artist.

In this book, Chris Grey takes you beyond the basics of lighting and shows you the tricks professionals use to create more visually complex effects. Some of these “tricks” are complex strategies that rely on a sophisticated understanding of the physics of light, but more are simply inventive solutions (the product of a lot of trial and error readers can bypass using this book!) that make it surprisingly easy to produce a very sophisticated result.

Carl Heilman  |  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...

C.A. Boylan  |  May 07, 2012  |  First Published: Mar 01, 2012  |  1 comments

Bay Photo Lab’s BayBooks are high-quality digital press printed photo books for any occasion. They are available in various sizes and in square, horizontal, or vertical formats with hard or soft full-wrap photo covers. There are 48 cover material choices and hundreds of customizable page templates to help you easily build a one-of-a-kind album.

David FitzSimmons  |  May 22, 2012  |  First Published: Apr 01, 2012  |  0 comments

In June 2009, Sigma Pro director Dave Metz contacted me, requesting some wildlife images for full-page Sigma advertisements. He knew that I had been working on my first book, Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools (Kent State University Press, July 2011), so he figured I could send him images fairly easily. He then made an interesting—and at the time slightly disconcerting—request: would I please photograph the animals not within their natural settings but against white backgrounds?

Joe Farace  |  Dec 01, 2000  |  0 comments

General Digital Reading.
The Art of Digital Photography
by Tom Ang. Published by Amphoto Books, 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036; 160 pages; $29.95; softbound, with flaps. (ISBN 0-8174-3794-0)

The big...

Joe Farace  |  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.

Joe Farace  |  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.

Steve Sint  |  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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