Category: Books

Friday, March 15, 2013

Blurb Teams Up with Samsung

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Camera Phones
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Blurb has partnered with Samsung to power world-wide book and magazine print production utilising the Story Album feature of the new Samsung Galaxy S4. The pre-installed Story Album offers auto-generated layouts that instantly convert into “print-worthy publications,” meaning that users of the Samsung Galaxy S4 can automatically create professional quality print photo books and magazines seamlessly from their camera phone images. “People love the convenience and immediacy of camera phone imagery, but they also prize the beauty and permanence of print media,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s CEO and Founder. “By combining the remarkable image quality that the Galaxy S4 offers with the easy production of books and magazines that Blurb brings, everyone gets the best of digital and analogue.” For more information visit the website below.

Famous

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Thames & Hudson is set to publish a new book entitled “famous,” a photographic expedition through the world of celebrity. Expected to be released in May, the book spans 40 years of legendary figures as they invite or avoid the inevitable attention of the camera. Photojournalists Bruno Mouron and Pascal Rostain, who first collaborated in the 1970s for Paris Match and later founded the photo agency Sphinx, captured the tension between performance and vulnerability, distance and tangibility, fiction and reality, transforming each photo into an inquiry into the function celebrity serves in our culture. The 195-page paperback will retail for $34.95.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

My Time With the Beatles

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Places I Remember: My Time with the Beatles by Henry Grossman is a new title from Curvebender Publishing. For over four decades, the vast majority of Grossman’s Beatles archive has been tucked away, awaiting rediscovery. Now, for the first time ever, over 1,000 of these images – most of which have never been published or even seen – are finally being made available in Places I Remember: My Time With the Beatles, published in a limited quantity of 1,200 numbered copies, the first 250 signed by the photographer. “This new book is the best of my many Beatles photographs,” says Grossman. “I’m happy to share some of my favourite work and thoughts on those scenes. These are souvenirs of places I remember and some very memorable friends.” Retailing for $495, Places I Remember can be purchased directly through the publisher’s website. The copies signed by the photographer are priced at $795 each.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pholium App Update Brings Multimedia eBooks to Print

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Software
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58 North has announced that the free iPad digital photo book app, Pholium, now offers the highest-quality hardbound photo book printing capabilities. By including QR codes in Pholium photo quality printed books, viewers can experience the same interactive sound and video contained in the eBooks. When a user hovers over a QR code with any smartphone or tablet, they are instantly directed to the multimedia content. “Printed photo books are great, but they are limited to whatever is on the page,” said Robert Sinclair, co-founder of 58 North. “With this update, we’re giving life to printed photo books and allowing our users to tell and share a richer story through multimedia assets.” The lay-flat printed Pholium books are available with glossy or matte finished image wrap covers and can contain up to 158 photos, audio captions and video links.  The up to 80-page printed books start at $42 (8-inch) and $47 (10-inch). Shipping is included.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Kolor Panobook 2013 Photo Contest Now Open for Entry

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The 2013 Kolor Panobook Contest, a major panoramic photography competition, is now open for entries. Interested readers have until 31st March to submit their best panoramic images to the competition, which will be judged by professional photographers Thomas Bredenfeld, Nicolas Mériau and Henry Stuart. Just like in 2011 and 2012, the best entries will be published in a beautiful hardcover book. For more information and to enter, visit the website below.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Vadim Gushchin – Everyday Objects / Cultural Treasures

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Everyday Objects / Cultural Treasures by Vadim Gushchin is a new title from Schilt Publishing. ‘An ode to the Russian Suprematist tradition, Gushchin’s photography reveals the fundamental duality of culture: the abstract nature of objects in it and the specificity of colour,’ the publisher says. “Gushchin offers us an image of the object that moves away from the banal mythology of the commodity. His photographs show us that fine line beyond which the ideal object mutates into a household item.” The 96-page volume is available for £45/$60/€50.

Friday, February 8, 2013

The New Art of Photographing Nature, Revised Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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A new and revised edition of The New Art of Photographing Nature by Art Wolfe and Martha Hill is going on sale on 4th April.  Against a backdrop of more than 250 photographs of nature, wildlife, and landscapes, they share insights and advice about what works and what doesn’t, and how small changes can take an image from ordinary to extraordinary. Throughout, all-new tips from digital imaging expert Tim Grey show readers how to make the most of digital technology, whether by choosing the right colour space, understanding sensor size, or removing distracting elements in post-processing. The 224-page paperback is priced at $29.99.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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White Knight Press has released its newest camera guidebook, the Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX7: Getting the Most from Panasonic’s Advanced Compact Camera. Using a patient, tutorial-like approach, the book provides guidance to beginning and intermediate photographers about how to accomplish things with the LX7, as well as when and why to use the camera’s numerous controls, menus options, and other features. The book contains approximately 400 photographs, almost all in full colour, illustrating the LX7’s controls, shooting screens, and menus. The images also provide examples of the various types of photographs that can be taken using the many creative settings of the camera. In addition, the book goes beyond the bounds of everyday photography, and introduces more advanced topics such as infrared photography, street photography, astrophotography, and High Dynamic Range photography. The Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX7: Getting the Most from Panasonic’s Advanced Compact Camera, is available for $9.95 as a PDF.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

PhotoShelter Releases 2013 Photo Business Plan Workbook

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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PhotoShelter has released a new free guide entitled The 2013 Photo Business Plan Workbook. This PDF e-book offers practical tips, to-do lists, and online resources to help you make smart decisions for your photo business in 2013. You’ll also learn from seasoned photographers like Ben Lowy and Jim Goldstein who offer tips on how to market your photo business with Facebook, attract readers to your blog, improve website traffic through search engine optimisation, get more work from old clients, manage your finances and create a lasting photo brand. You can claim your free e-book by supplying your e-mail address through the website below.

Website: Photoshelter

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.