Category: Books

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Astrophotography Manual

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The Astrophotography Manual: A Practical and Scientific Approach to Deep Space Imaging by Chris Woodhouse is a new title from Focal Press. Beginning with a brief astronomy primer, the book takes readers through the full astrophotography process, from equipment choice and set-up, through image acquisition, image calibration, and processing. Along the way it explains how sensor performance and light pollution relate to image quality and exposure planning. The 288-page paperback is available for $49.95 / £31.99.

Cuba: This Moment, Exactly So

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Cuba: This Moment, Exactly So by Lorne Resnick is a new title from Insight Editions. During more than fifty trips to the island over the past twenty years, Resnick has sought to capture the experience of being in Cuba; the result is a collection of moments filled with passion, friendship, love and laughter. Featuring over 250 colour and black-and-white photos, this deluxe coffee-table book is organised around thirty-two lyrical micro-stories by Pulitzer Prize–nominated author Brian Andreas, works inspired by Resnick’s Cuba photography and Andreas’s own visit to the island alongside the photographer. Releasing in November, Cuba: This Moment, Exactly So is priced at $75.

Learning to See Creatively, Third Edition

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Amphoto Books are set to release the third edition of Bryan Peterson's classic guide, Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color, and Composition in Photography. Fully revised with all new tips, photos, and exercises drawn from his international workshops at the Bryan Peterson School of Photography, veteran instructor Peterson takes a radical approach to creativity by explaining how it is not just an inherent ability but a skill that can be learned and applied. Using inventive images from his own portfolio, he details the basic techniques that go into not only taking a particular photo, but also provides insights on how to improve upon it — helping readers avoid the visual pitfalls and technical dead ends that can lead to dull, uninventive photographs. On sale from 4 August 2015, the 160-page paperback is priced at $25.99 USD / $30.00 CAN.

Monday, July 27, 2015

22 Landscape Photography Mistakes

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PhotoWhoa has released a new ebook entitled, 22 Landscape Photography Mistakes And How to Avoid Them. Offering 22 lessons that promise to help you shoot a landscape "as a veteran landscape photographer would," this publication describes a number of techniques that emphasise and magnify the environment; and shows you how to modify your visual instincts so that you avoid common mistakes. The book is available now from PhotoWhoa, and free for a limited time only.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People

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Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People by Henry Carroll is a new title from Laurence King Publishing. This introduction to portrait photography covers topics such as composition, context, street photography, black-and-white versus colour, the psychology of different types of light, plus more. The book is punctuated with “technical tangents,” which provide invaluable practical guidance for basic lighting set-ups, equipment, camera modes and more. Also included is helpful advice regarding legal rights whenever taking photographs of people. The 128-page paperback will go on sale on 29 September 2015, priced at $17.95.

Monday, July 20, 2015

ICELAND. An Uneasy Calm

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Film
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ICELAND. An Uneasy Calm is a new hardback coffee table book featuring 98 toned black-and-white photographs taken in Iceland over the last eight years by landscape photographer Tim Rudman. Tim, who describes his fascination with the country as “a land of myth and magic, of fearsome subterranean power and spectacular scenery,” is well known internationally for his pioneering work in Lith Printing and distinctive toning methods of black-and-white silver gelatine prints, authoring a number of books and hundreds of articles in this field. The images featured in his latest book were captured on Ilford film (mostly Ilford Delta Professional 120) and printed on Ilford Multigrade FB Warmtone paper developed in Ilford multigrade developer, processed using a variant of the Ilford Archival Process. ICELAND. An Uneasy Calm is available to preorder from the website below. The standard edition costs £45 + shipping (regular price: £55), and the Deluxe Collectors' Limited Edition, which comes in an elegant black silk-bound clamshell box with a handmade limited edition silver gelatine print, is priced at £285. Shipping is anticipated mid September 2015.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bridges of Paris

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Bridges of Paris is a new large-format photography book by photojournalist Michael Saint James. Boasting over 350 original images of Paris and the bridges that lay at its heart, the book features glorious portraits of each bridge as well as intimate riverside moments. Themes explored in the book include Paris bridges as destinations, the history of Paris as told by the bridges, experiencing a ‘Parisian State of Mind,’ and much more. “My passion for Paris and my art compelled me to spend a full year living in the city. I was able to develop an intimate relationship with the culture, people and bridges that Paris has to offer,” says Saint James. “I hope my book helps people experience a new culture with an open mind.” The 280-page hardback is available for $85 from Amazon.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Night Photography and Light Painting: Finding Your Way in the Dark, 2nd Edition

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Night Photography and Light Painting: Finding Your Way in the Dark, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive reference book by Lance Keimig. This new edition presents the practical techniques of shooting at night alongside theory and history, illustrated with clear, concise examples, charts and images. From urban night photography to photographing the landscape by starlight or moonlight, from painting your subject with light to creating a subject with light, this book provides a complete guide to digital night photography and light painting. The paperback version is available for £21.99 / $34.95.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Peak District Through The Lens

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Peak District Through The Lens by James Grant is a comprehensive photography guidebook that provides information on where and how to take the most beautiful photos in the national park. Due for release on 15th July, the book is designed to aid readers in everything from teaching photography to revealing some locations they you may not realise exist. Photographic walks will also be included, to allow readers to make full days out with the camera. The recommended price of the book is £23.95.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mastering DSLR Travel Photography

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The second in the Mastering your DSLR series by Simon Watkinson, the iBook Mastering DSLR Travel Photography will benefit any photographer wishing to improve their travel photography skills. Simon has been teaching photography for nearly 15 years and has a way with explaining his subject in a simple and easy to understand manner. As well as explaining the techniques and technical aspects of photography this book considers all aspects of travel photography from what equipment to take, how to stay well and planning a trip. There are also tutorials of process techniques in Adobe Lightroom as well a exploring the world of black and white photography. The 200-page iBook is currently available at the discounted price of £2.99/$3.99 - for the Apple iPad and Mac computers only.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P900

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White Knight Press have released their newest camera guide book, Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P900: Getting the Most from Nikon’s Superzoom Digital Camera. This book, by Alexander S. White, is a complete guide to the operation of the Nikon Coolpix P900. Explaining topics such as autofocus, manual focus, HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, ISO sensitivity, memory cards and flash modes; it discusses techniques for using the P900’s superzoom lens to full advantage. The book also explains the camera’s features for remote control and image transfer using a smartphone or tablet with the P900’s built-in Wi-Fi capability, as well as the camera’s features for adding location data to images. The Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P900 is available now for $9.99 in PDF, iPad, and Kindle formats for download through the website below. The paperback version is available now for $24.95 from Amazon.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Photographing National Parks

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Sidelight Books today announced the upcoming release of Photographing National Parks: A Guide for Scouting and Shooting America’s Most Cherished Lands, the second book by photographer Chris Nicholson. Relevant for photographers of all levels, Photographing National Parks also guides the reader through the best ways to research a park shoot, including where to find information about both iconic and obscure locations, along with seasonal and up-to-the-minute tips about various destinations. The book details best practices for safely and effectively conducting photography work in the different environments found in the national parks, including desert, mountain, coastline and forest. Nicholson also walks the reader through photography techniques that are useful in many park locations, such as photographing night skies, working in fog, or using stacking techniques to optimize image-making. The 232-page paperback will be available from 1st August, priced at $27.95.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Living History: Bound Feet Women of China

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Living History: Bound Feet Women of China is a new book by photographer Jo Farrell. "There is a general presumption that the bound feet women of China came from privileged backgrounds and wore exquisite silk shoes but I discovered that many of the surviving women came from peasant backgrounds and had lived extraordinary lives working in the fields, despite their bound feet," Jo says. "All the women I have photographed are now between 80 and 100 years old from rural areas in Shandong and Yunnan Provinces. My work is about capturing traditions and cultures that are dying out, and therefore I chose to use black and white film and print silver gelatin prints - in tribute to these resilient, formidable women, some of whom are no longer with us." Jo will discuss her project with Pamela Kember, Head of Arts and Learning at Asia House in London from 6.30pm, 15th June and members of the public are welcome to attend. Copies of the book are available for purchase at £35 including postal charges on the publication's dedicated online website and signed copies will be available for purchase at a special price of £25 after her talk at Asia House.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Schatz Images: 25 Years

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Schatz Images: 25 Years is a magnificent and luxurious two-book boxed set by Howard Schatz. Published by Glitterati, the two volumes contain a total of 832 pages and 1083 original photographs. Beautifully bound in a custom slip case, and limited to 500 signed and numbered copies, it is a true collector's item. The set will be available next month, priced at $500.

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Lightroom Workflow for Better Landscape Photographs

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A Lightroom Workflow for Better Landscape Photographs is a free ebook written by British photographer and photography instructor Robert Rhead. Broken down to 7 main chapters, the book offers 44 pages of Lightroom tips and screenshots, and is illustrated with Robert's beautiful photographs. It can be downloaded without any kind of sign up or registration. Simply visit the download page at the website below.

Website: Robert Rhead Photography

Friday, May 15, 2015

Light and Dust

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Light and Dust is a new photo book featuring 120 colour and black-and-white wildlife photographs by Federico Veronesi. This book is a reflection on the subjects and places that made the deepest impression on the author during his years spent in Eastern Africa. His interest and skill in capturing the emotions of wild animals, their resilience and beauty make it unique. The author has sought out the most dramatic weather conditions for his photographs—morning mists, dust storms and heavy rains, or rays of light shining through the clouds—and followed the animals on endless journeys along ancient trails, accross dry lakes or raging rivers, documenting their never-ending fight for survival. The 240-page hardback will be available in September for £40/$60.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4: The Unoffficial Quintessential Guide

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide by Brian Matsumoto and Carol F. Roullard is a new title from Rocky Nook. This book teaches readers about controlling basic camera functions, acheving a range of artistic effects using various camera settings effects using various camera settings, navigating the menus, using the GH4 in its video mode and expanding the camera’s use by mounting it on a telescope. The 384-page softcover goes far beyond the manufacturer's manual to include richly illustrated pages and example images throughout, helping to guide the reader through every important camera function and setting with an easy-to-understand approach. The printed version sells for $39.95, and an eBook edition is available for $19.99.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Drivers in the 1980s

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Drivers in the 1980s by Chris Dorley-Brown is a new title from Hoxton Mini Press. On a hot morning in Hackney, 1987, photographer Chris Dorley-Brown set out to record the privitisation of Rolls Royce in the city. En-route he became fascinated by the faces of frustration and boredom from drivers on the gridlocked roads triggered by the sell-off. Almost 30 years later, these seemingly mundane portraits, published for the first time, capture a unique period in Britain’s history. The colours, the haircuts, the clothes and expressions recall a particular time and mood from Thatcher’s Britain. Each photo is accompanied by a description of the cars, many of which are now iconic: the Ford Capri, Cortina Mk 4, Mini Metro, the Ford Sierra. This is a humorous and unusual snapshot of a unique period in Britain’s history. The standard hardback edition is available for £12.95, whilst a Collector's Edition, signed by the photographer, can be yours for £45.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tamron Announce 2015 Photography eBook Series

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Tamron have announced their 2015 eBook series. The first book is "Road Trip Across the Southwest," a gorgeous pictorial journey with photographer Ken Hubbard through the mountains, tufa towers, and slot canyons of the American Southwest. In this edition, Hubbard and fellow Tech Team colleague André Costantini take the Tamron Tailgate Tour van on a side trip to test-drive the new Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC lens, the world's first F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with image stabilisation (pictured). The second eBook, "Sports Photography: A Guide to Camera Setup and Exposure" with Tamron Pro Photographer, Jillian Bell, was also posted last week. Four more eBooks are in the works and will be posted in May, June, July/August and September.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography

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Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography by professional adventure sports photographer Dan Bailey is a new title from Focal Press. This book teaches photographers how to think geometrically and how to pull together the elements that make for a successful shot, all while being immersed in the action. “Few styles of shooting bust your photography chops like adventure and action photography,” Bailey says. “You have to be on top of your game, because you might only have one chance to get it right. This kind of shooting requires skill, focus, and confidence, because in a span of split seconds you can do one of three things: miss the shot, get the shot, or actually nail the shot. Which one would you rather do?” The 312-page paperback is available for £21.99/$34.95.