Thursday, March 26, 2015
Focal Press has published the fifth edition of Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting. Featuring photographs, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions, this book speaks to photographers of varying levels. It provides invaluable information on how to light the most difficult subjects, such as surfaces, metal, glass, liquids, extremes (black-on-black and white-on-white), and portraits. The 382-page paperback is available for $44.95 / £28.99.
Photographer’s Guide to the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) by Alexander White is a new title from White Knight Press. Providing a complete guide to the use of this advanced compact camera, the 242-page book shows beginning and intermediate photographers how to capture excellent images and video sequences with the D-Lux. Containing more than 350 colour photographs showing the camera’s controls, display screens, and menus; the book includes examples of photographs taken using the creative settings of the camera, including the Photo Style settings; the Filter button picture effects, and the movie recording mode. The book is available now for $9.99 in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography by Glenn Randall is a new title from Rocky Nook. In this book, there are discussions about exposure and composition — providing the best techniques to calculate exposure in even the most challenging lighting conditions. Randall also dives into compositional techniques, moving beyond the basics to discuss colour, balance, and depth. He addresses key scientific concepts that impact landscape photography, such as geography, optics, vision, and psychology. The 240-page softcover is available for $39.95.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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. Pre-orders are being taken via a crowdfunding campaign which allows James to offer some great incentives including reduced price filters, Sprayway jackets, tuition and limited-edition prints. 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 os £23.95.
The 6th edition of Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels by Robert Hirsch is now available from Focal Press. Billed as "the thinking photographer’s guide to colour image making," this pioneering text clearly and concisely instructs students and intermediate photographers in the fundamental aesthetic and technical building blocks needed to create thought-provoking photographs with digital and film cameras. The book offers a number of stimulating assignments which encourage readers to be adventurous and to take responsibility for learning and working independently. "Colour photography continues to evolve as a flexible and permutable amalgamation of aesthetics, business, culture, psychology, and science," Hirsch says. "The book keeps striving to provide a stimulating introduction and commentary to the approaches, images, techniques, and history of color photography.” The 388-page paperback is avaiable for $59.95 / £37.99.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
From Darkroom to Daylight is a collection of personal narratives and portraits by photographer and filmmaker Harvey Wang. A beautiful and engaging book that explores how the dramatic change from film to digital has affected photographers and their work, From Darkroom to Daylight is organised into five chapters starting with "The Darkroom," where practitioners remember their early darkroom experiences and the magic of seeing an image come up in the developer tray, followed by "Materials: The Endangered and the Extinct," which addresses the early history of photography through the birth of Kodak roll film, to the recent demise of Kodachrome film beloved by so many photographers, and the disappearing photographic papers based on the silver-gelatin process. The third chapter, "The Digital Revolution in Photography," covers the invention of the digital camera and Photoshop, and chapter four, "Bridging the Divide," shows practitioners seeking to reconcile old and new work methods. The heart of the book is "Perspectives of the Digital (R)evolution," where photographic luminaries speak candidly about how the digital age has impacted on their careers and the photography world at large. The 180-page hardcover will hit the shelves in May.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The third FEP European Photo Book of the Year Award is now open for entry. Books can be entered in one of eight categories including Reportage, Portrait, Landscape, Nature photography, Nudes, Monographs, Commercial and self-published books. A single copy of each book must be sent by no later than 14 March 2015 to Adriano Scognamillo, via Bontempi, 2/a, 06122 Perugia-Italy. The entry fee for each book is 40,00 euros (60,00 € - for non-EU applicants). One winner will be chosen for each category and the winner will receive a diploma and a ceramic plate. One book from all the entries will be chosen as FEP Best Photographic Book 2015 and will receive the EUROPEAN BOOK PRIZE.
Friday, February 20, 2015
The Fujifilm X-T1: 111 X-Pert Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Camera is a new title from Rocky Nook. In this book, popular Fuji Rumors "X-Pert Corner" columnist Rico Pfirstinger teaches about the little-known capabilities of the Fujifilm X-T1, which he has discovered through months of in-depth research and experimentation with the camera. Topics covered include custom settings, infrared imaging, film simulations, panoramas, movies and much more. The 192-page volume is priced at $24.95.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
This month we are teaming up with our friends at FlixelPix to offer the FlixelPix Photography eBook bundle at a very special offer price of just £5 (normally £3.99 each, or £6.75 for both).
You get both The Long Exposure eBook and Shooting Shallow - Understanding Depth of field eBook at a bundle price. It contains both PDF eBooks and the set of Lightroom presets that comes with the Long Exposure eBook.
‘Shooting Shallow’ is a guide to understanding the concept of depth of field. The ebook is a 38 page guide to understanding the application of a shallow Depth of Field.
Long exposure photography is about capturing space and silence, like visually holding your breath; it is about capturing the beauty and calmness of a scene.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Fujifilm UK has launched a new, app-based photobook printing service. POP Books are small, pocket or handbag sized photobooks made up of your own images from your phone, Facebook or Instagram feeds and printed on Fujifilm's silver halide photographic paper. They come in two sizes, 10x10cm and 13x13cm, and two surfaces, gloss and lustre/matt. The accompanying free iOS app (Android version launching in April) allows you to either order a printed POP Book or share a version online via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, email and so on. Fujifilm POP Books start at £4.99 including S&H.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Alex White has just published his latest camera guide book, the Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX100. The 248-page book shows beginning and intermediate photographers how to capture excellent images and video sequences with the LX100. The book explains the camera’s controls for autofocus, manual focus, aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, white balance, and ISO, as well as many other settings. In three appendices, the book provides information about accessories for the LX100, including cases, external flash units, and other items, and includes a list of web sites and other resources for further information. The Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX100 is on sale for $9.99 in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats at the website below; with the paperback version being available for $29.95 through Amazon.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Photo Productions, a UK company that produces Premium Photobooks for the public and professional photographers, have just launched its January sale and new permanent offers. During the sale, Premium Pocket Books and Parent Books can be ordered at a 50% discount. The permanent offers include a '50/50 Cashback' scheme on trade sample albums, a 'Double Discount' on additional copies of albums and a free Premium Pocket Book with every 12x15" and 12x18 album. To learn more, visit the website below.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Canon USA today announced hdAlbum, a new premium and professional lay-flat photo album service that allows professional photographers and consumers to create customisable photo albums. Printed exclusively on the Canon DreamLabo 5000 photo printer that uses FINE high-density printhead technology, hdAlbum offers five album sizes including portrait, 8 inches by 11 inches; landscape, 11 inches by 8 inches; and square, 8 inches by 8 inches, 10inches by 10inches, and 12 inches by 12 inches. With paper selections of Premium Canon Luster or Glossy inkjet media, all albums are produced using a post printing hinge-style binding process and can include up-to-100 pages. Customers can learn how to create their own personal photo album by visiting Canon Booth #13304 at CES 2015.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Creative Flash Photography by Tilo Gockel is a new title from Rocky Nook. In this book, Tilo uses 40 lighting workshops to teach his methods for producing impressive flash shots in portraiture, fashion, macro, food, still life, and high-speed photography. The richly illustrated, easy-to-understand workshops are filled with recommendations and instructions for flash setups, detailed lighting diagrams, and tips and tricks on how to achieve the look of high-end studio shots using simple, accessible equipment, even in your own home. The 304-page softcover is available for $44.95.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
PhotoShelter has recently published The 2015 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests. Readers can get a fresh look at over 25 photo competitions worldwide, including new insights on which photo contests are worth their time, and which they should skip. The competitions covered include the Sony World Photography Awards, the World Press Photo Contest, PDN Photo Annual, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the Smithsonian Photo Contest, the Communication Arts Photography Competition, Pictures of the Year International, and many more. To claim your electronic copy of the guide, visit the website below.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Adobe Photoshop for Photographers 2014 Release by Martin Evening is a new title from Focal Press. Updated to include detailed instruction for all of the upgrades to Photoshop CC 2014 on Adobe’s Creative Cloud, this guide covers all the tools and techniques photographers and professional image editors need to know when using Photoshop, from workflow guidance to core skills to advanced techniques for professional results. The 730-page paperback is available for $59.95 / £37.99.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Mastering Your DSLR Camera is a new iBook by Simon Watkinson. "In this book I have set out out all the key technical components, along with some great creative tips, to allow you to create images that impress," the author says. "Each section has been broken down into individual elements, so you learn one step at a time. There are example images throughout the book, with accompanying text that explains how that image was created. The 184-page ebook is now available for pre-order on iTunes, priced at £14.99.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Essence of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum is a new title from Rocky Nook. Included in the book are in-depth discussions on topics such as defining your own unique rhythm and approach as a photographer, the differences between realism and abstraction, translating the scene in front of you to the final photograph, the differences and similarities between how amateurs and professionals approach photography, learning to expand your own seeing and creativity through classes, workshops, and associating with other photographers, and much more. The 196-page volume will be available from 26th November for $39.95.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Photography as Meditation by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann is a new title from Rocky Nook. In this book, the author explores an approach to artistic photography based on Japanese Zen Philosophy, and shows how important it is to engage with your own awareness to act creatively. "Photographing busy scenes, especially, requires an inner calm that enables you to have intuition for the right moment and to compose a well-balanced image amidst the chaos," the publisher says. The 256-page softback is available for $39.95.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Photographic Composition by Albrecht Rissler is a new title from Rocky Nook. Illustrated with 250 beautiful photographs, this book presents the most important concepts of image design, including perspective, form, contrast, the effects of various aspect ratios, proportion and harmony, and much more. "[The] book's impressive images are in black-and-white, intentionally removing the distraction of colour and making it easy to focus on compositional elements and form," the publisher says. The 192-page softcover is available for $39.95.