Category: Books

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Book of GIMP

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything is a new title from No Starch Press. Written by Olivier Lecarme and Karine Delvare, this 676-page, full-colour guidebook begins with step-by-step tutorials that cover the most useful features of GIMP 2.8, like retouching photographs, creating illustrations, and website design. The second part of the book offers a comprehensive reference to nearly every aspect of the software, so that users can find what they need without hours of trial and error. This two-pronged approach makes the book suitable for readers of any skill level—the tutorials will help new users get started with GIMP, and the extensive reference portion will answer the questions that pop up for even the most seasoned GIMP users. Distributed worldwide by O’Reilly Media, The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything is available for $49.95.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Digital Capture After Dark

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Digital Capture After Dark by Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler and Philipp Scholz Rittermann is a new title from Rocky Nook. This guide goes beyond the “how to” of capturing digital images at night and addresses the “why to” of long-exposure photography, including the importance of understanding how we think and see at night compared with during the day. Detailed descriptions cover colour balancing, expanding dynamic range, controlling flare, dealing with noise, converting to black-and-white, toning, and much more. The 192-page volume sells for $39.95, with an e-book version available at $16.95.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Panobook 2012

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Panobook 2012 is a new title from Rocky Nook. Presenting 150 winning pictures from Kolor’s 2012 Panoramic Photography Competition, Panobook 2012 offers breathtaking landscapes, cityscapes, beaches, buildings, people, and street scenery, taken by day and by night. “This collection of images provides an introduction to the best of today’s panoramic photography and serves as inspiration for the interested photographer,” the publisher says. Distributed by O’Reilly, the 240-page volume sells for $39.99 / £30.99 / €32.00.

Website: O’Reilly

Monday, January 14, 2013

Photo Restoration and Retouching Using Corel PaintShop Pro X5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Photo Restoration and Retouching Using Corel PaintShop Pro X5, by Robert Correll is a new title from Course Technology PTR.  This completely new edition is a comprehensive guide to using the latest version of Paintshop Pro to improve your photographs. The 384-page paperbackincludes tips on solving color problems, removing specks and dust, retouching people, and more. Available from Amazon, the book retails for $44.99.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Mastering the Fujifilm X-Pro 1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Mastering the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 by Rico Pfirstinger is a new title from Rocky Nook. The book’s author explores the ins and outs of the X-Pro 1 as he covers topics such as the camera controls and menu system, the hybrid viewfinder and monitor, exposure, metering, focusing, flash photography, and more. Also included is information about third-party lenses, system flash units, and practical accessories. The 276-page volume sells for $29.95.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tone Poems

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Rocky Nook has published a new collection by author Bruce Barnbaum - best known for his book, The Art of Photography -, titled Tone Poems, Book 1: Opuses 1, 2 & 3 and Tone Poems, Book 2: Opuses 4, 5 & 6. “The large-format books are a visual symphony with 181 superbly reproduced black-and-white nature photographs, from the abstract and often ethereal Dune Dome of Death Valley to the corporeal lyricism of the Caineville Buttes in Capitol Reef National Park,” the publisher says. “Each book is divided into sections that represent a different theme showcasing the magnificence of our glorious universe and offering a celebration of the natural world that is sure to elicit a visceral response.” Each book contains a CD with music recorded in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall by classical pianist Judith Cohen. The music was chosen to mirror and expand on the emotional content of the imagery in each of the two volumes. Sold separately, each book is available for $79.95.

The HDRI Handbook 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The HDRI Handbook 2.0: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists by Christian Bloch is a new title from Rocky Nook. “The HDRI Handbook 2.0 reveals what was once Hollywood’s best-kept secret, and includes all you need to know from the basics, such as understanding the foundation of HDRI, to advanced topics such as automatic bracketing controllers, flawless ghost removal, extracting all exposure detail from a single raw file, shooting HDR video, and more,” the publisher says. Also included is a DVD containing a new breed of HDR software along with all the original photographs from the tutorials. Distributed by O’Reilly, the 672-page volume is available to pre-order for $59.95 including the accompanying DVD.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Canon EOS 5D Mark III: The Guide to Understanding and Using Your Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III: The Guide to Understanding and Using Your Camera by James Johnson is a new title from Rocky Nook. This book provides step-by-step instructions for setting adjustments; colour illustrations; and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each menu option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup. Screenshots and example images are placed throughout the book, making it easy to follow along. Distributed by O’Reilly Media, the 276-page volume is available for pre-order at a price of $39.95 through the website below.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Digital Zone System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Digial Zone System by Robert Fisher is a new title from Rocky Nook. The Digital Zone System is an innovative methodology for editing digital images that mimics the Zone System created by Ansel Adams. With this book, author Robert Fisher presents a practical guide for editing digital images with a level of control previously unattainable without significant manual work. This book covers how to use the Digital Zone System for editing colour images, converting images to black and white, and tone mapping HDR images. Distributed by O’Reilly Media, the 160-page volume is available in print form ($39.95) and as a downloadable PDF ebook ($16.95) via the website below.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective, Second Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The book “Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective”, 2nd Edition, by Lensbaby expert Corey Hilz, is now available. Published by Focal Press, this edition is a follow-up to the one published in 2010, and covers new additions to the Lensbaby product family—the Composer Pro, Sweet 35 and Edge 80 Optics, Scout and Macro Converters. The book also includes an entire chapter devoted to video by guest author Clint Milby, who has over 15 years in the film and television industry. The book retails for $30.

The Sony Alpha NEX-7: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Sony Alpha NEX-7: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide by authors Carol F. Roullard and Dr. Brian Matsumoto is a new title from Rocky Nook. The book explores the capabilities and features of the camera with step-by-step setting adjustments and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. The text is illustrated with screenshots and example images throughout so readers can easily follow along. The 304-page print version sells for $34.95, with an ebook available for $14.95. Just like other Rocky Nook titles, The Sony Alpha NEX-7: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide is distributed by O’Reilly media.

CHINA: Portrait of a People, Second Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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CHINA: Portrait of a People is a hefty 638-page volume containing over 800 colour photos by American photojournalist Tom Carter. On a limited budget, and with just a backpack and a digital camera, Carter has visited more than one-third of all the cities and villages in China, encountering 56 different ethnic minorities, each with their own distinct languages, customs and lifestyles, learning everything he can about these people, their society, and their way of life. His book, now in its second printing, aims to portray modern China to the West candidly, fairly and objectively. CHINA: Portrait of a People is available for $24.95.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Great Photographers: William Klein

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Software
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Contrasto has released the second chapter of its iPad app series, “Great Photographers.” Dedicated to William Klein, the multimedia app contains 393 images, videos, lessons, essays, interviews and a virtual exhibition. Klein’s universe is explored by critical essays by prominent figures of the history of photography as Robert Delpire, Max Kozloff, Alessandra Mauro, Quentin Bajac and David Company. Priced at €9.90 / $10.99, the app is available in English, Italian and French via the iTunes App Store.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lomography Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Film
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Initially focussed on the allure of the Russian LC-A camera, the Lomographic Society was founded twenty years ago. The society has come up with various ways to celebrate their anniversary, including the launch of a 1000-piece limited 20th Anniversary Edition LC-A+ camera and the release of two new booksone showcasing every Lomographic camera they have ever invented or revamped; the other featuring exclusive, never-before-seen content from the depths of their archives. The two volumes can be purchased as one package for €39 through the Lomography Online Shop. Click through / read on to find out more.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The HDRI Handbook 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Rocky Nook has announced the upcoming release of The HDRI Handbook 2.0: High-Dynamic-Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists. Written by Christian Bloch, the book reveals what was once Hollywood’s best-kept secret. The author first walks readers through the basics, such as understanding the foundation of HDRI, and then moves into advanced topics such as automatic bracketing controllers, flawless ghost removal, extracting all exposure detail from a single RAW file, shooting HDR video, and more. Also included is a DVD containing a new breed of HDR software along with all the original photographs from the tutorials. Scheduled for a December release, the 672-page volume is available to pre-order for $59.95 via the O’Reilly online shop.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Masterclass: Professional Studio Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Masterclass: Professional Studio Photography by Dennis Savini is a new title from Rocky Nook. Covering an array of photographic subjects, including still life, industry, technology, food, jewelry, portrait photography, the book provides a comprehensive workshop on studio photography for professionals and aspiring professionals, and reveals the tips, tricks, and secrets the author has discovered throughout his career. The 240-page hardback is available for $59.95.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Email Marketing for Photographers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Photoshelter has published a new free ebook entitled Email Marketing for Photographers. “Email marketing is core to helping photographers reach more clients,” says Andrew Fingerman, PhotoShelter Chief Executive Officer. “Use this guide to learn how to engage an audience and stand out in an inbox.” The guide includes 8 email marketing tips direct from photo buyers, 10 questions to ask before hitting the Send button, examples of emails that work and more.

Website: PhotoShelter

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Photograph, Second Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Rocky Nook has released the second edition of The Photograph: Composition and Color Design. Written by Professor Harald Mante, the book explains the essential elements to achieving the highest level of visual design in photographs. Extensively revised and updated, the second edition includes 60 new images and illustrations. Also included are new chapters that cover analysing shapes and colours and a discussion of the square image format. In-depth lessons are beautifully illustrated with more than 750 images from Mante’s portfolio, plus over 160 diagrams. The 208-page volume is available for $49.95.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Blurb Introduces Print-on-Demand Brochures and Magazines

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Blurb has released two additions to its on-demand print products – Magazines and Brochures. “Until now, those looking to create high-quality product catalogues, promotional collateral, look books, brand presentations and brochures in small quantities were limited by minimum order requirements, resulting in high, unattainable costs,” the company says. “Blurb’s new on-demand offering allows consumers and businesses to print low-volume orders in one week, which can be easily updated and reprinted. This results in lower development costs, no inventory management or storage costs, and much less waste.” Blurb Magazines are perfect-bound 20-to-240-page publications developed for creative and editorial content, while Blurb Brochures - designed for business use - range from 4 to 48 pages and offer saddle-stitched binding and a selection of cover finishes. Magazines are priced from £6.95 for a 20-page publication whilst brochures are available from £3.95 for the 4-page option. Volume discounts for both start at 7 copies.

Friday, November 2, 2012

100 Ideas that Changed Photography

Mark Goldstein | Books
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100 Ideas that Changed Photography is a new book that chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped photography. Arranged in a broadly chronological order to show the development of photography, the ideas that comprise 100 Ideas that Changed Photography include innovative concepts, cultural and social incidents, technologies and movements. Each idea is presented through lively text and arresting visuals, and explores when the idea first evolved and its subsequent impact on photography. 100 Ideas that Changed Photography costs £19.95.