Category: Books

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The 2015 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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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.

Website: Photoshelter

Friday, November 14, 2014

Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2014 Release

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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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

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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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

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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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

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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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

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

NY Through the Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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NY Through the Lens by Vivianne Gucwa is a new title from Ilex Press. Nearly a decade ago, Vivienne Gucwa began walking the streets of New York with the only camera she could afford, and started taking pictures. Choosing a direction and going as far as her feet would take her, she noticed lines, forms and structures that had previously gone unnoticed. Having limited equipment forced her to learn about light, composition and colour, and her burgeoning talent won her blog thousands of readers – and wide recognition in the photographic community. Based on her blog of the same name, NY Through the Lens is filled with spectacular photographs and Vivienne’s own insightful commentary. the 192-page hardback will be available in October for £20.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Photoshop CC and Lightroom: A Photographer’s Handbook

Mark Goldstein | Books
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Photoshop CC and Lightroom is a new book that provides a clear and effective workflow for editing photographs in the 2014 release of Photoshop CC and its companions, Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom 5.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

From my Land to the Planet

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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From my Land to the Planet by Sebastião Salgado is a new title from Contrast Books. In this book, the photographer tells us the story of his most famous reportages: the black and white portraits of unknown men and women, workers or refugees, and more recently his Genesis project aimed at the conservation of the most beautiful places of our planet. Inside the book there are fascinating stories of Africa, Brazil, the Americas, Mozambique and Rwanda, and then again the birth of the Instituto Terra, of Genesis project, of the agency Magnum Photos until Amazonas Images. The 160-page hardback, which goes on sale in October, is priced at US $24.95 / CAN $27.50 / £16.95 €16.92.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Underwater Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Underwater Photography by Tobias Friedrich is a new title from Rocky Nook.  This book's award-winning author teaches us how to create stunning underwater images, covering everything from the equipment needed, to creating powerful compositions, to processing the final image. He uses case studies to show how his own images were created, and provides detailed explanations for specific techniques that can be applied to your very next dive. The 216-page volume is available for$39.95.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera by Robert Shore is a new title from Laurence King Publishing. Examining key strategies employed by some of the most innovative, contemporary artist-photographers from around the world, the book is split into five sections – Something Borrowed, Something New; Layers of Reality; All the World Is Staged; Hand and Eye; and Post-Photojournalism. Featured artists include Mishka Henner, Eva Stenram, Broomberg and Chanarin, Cristina De Middel, Dan Holdsworth, Joachim Schmid, Olivo Barbieri, and Valérie Belin. To be released in October, the 320-page hardback is priced at £24.95.

Elliot Ross: Other Animals

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Other Animals by Elliot Ross is a new title from Schilt Publishing. A sequel to Ross' critically acclaimed book of photographic animal portraits titled Animal, this book is a visual study of other species’ similarities and differences, their textures, physiques, and apparent physiognomies. The 104-page hardcover is available for £30 / $60 / €40.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III is a new title from White Knight Press. Available in paperback and ebook formats, the book explains all shooting modes, menus, functions, and controls of the camera in clear language, accompanied by more than 400 mostly colour photographs and illustrations. The Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III is available now for $9.95 in PDF, iPad, and Kindle formats for download through the website below. The paperback version is available now for $26.95 through Amazon.com and will be available from other online sellers in coming weeks.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hasselblad Masters Volume 4 Evolve

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Competitions
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Hasselblad has announced Hasselblad Masters Volume 4 Evolve, a 240-page hardback priced at €79.90 / $95.00 / £65.00, which will be published by teNeues in September 2014. Over the past few years, the company has provided funding the prestigious Masters photography contest, which honours both established top photographers and outstanding newcomers. In 2014, the theme of the competition was “Evolve.” In Hasselblad Masters Volume 4, twelve photographers present their stunning images on the subject, with accompanying text in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese. The winners were selected from nearly 4,000 applicants and were given the opportunity to portray their ideas with high-end Hasselblad equipment.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained by Grant Scott is a new title from Focal Press. Topics covered in this book include practical examples and detailed advice on designing and maintaining a well-structured website, exploring personal projects to find new clients, managing print sales and exhibiting, and of course being well-versed in creating both still and moving images. The accompanying podcast interviews with some of today’s top professional photographers provide additional insider information to help photographers understand their place in both the commercial and creative worlds, the publisher says. The book is available for $38.95.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography by J. Chris Hansen is a new title from Rocky Nook. Topics covered in this book include the recommended photographic equipment, camera set-ups and the use of backgrounds and photo blinds, composition styles, step-by-step projects for the do-it-yourselfer and techniques to attract birds using feeders and perches. The 128-page volume is available for $24.95.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Fujifilm X-E2: Beyond the Manual

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Fujifilm X-E2: Beyond the Manual by Rico Pfirstinger is a new title from Rocky Nook. Providing experience-based information for owners of the Fujifilm X-E2 compact system camera, this new book focuses on insights that you won’t find in the manual, skipping tedious explanations of basic camera functions and operations. Instead, Rico cuts to the chase and provides readers with a plethora of tips and practical instructions that will enable them to fully explore the capabilities of the X-E2. The 130-page ebook is available from the website below, priced at $16.95.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Chicago Portraits

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Chicago Portraits is a new book featuring an assortment of photographic portraits compiled from the Chicago Tribune’s vast historical archives. The photos are a mix of black and white and full-colour, drawn from the early 1900s to the present day. Notable subjects include Jim Belushi, Oprah Winfrey, Studs Terkel, Rev. Jesse Jackson, John Malkovich, Harold Washington, Walter Payton, Billy Corgan, Vince Vaughn, Gillian Flynn, Tavi Gevinson, John C. Reilly, Tracy Letts, members of the Chicago Blackhawks, Barack and Michelle Obama, and many more. The 288-page volume will go on sale on 15 September, priced at $35.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rebecca Litchfield: Soviet Ghosts

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Soviet Ghosts is a new book featuring a unique set of photographs by Rebecca Litchfield. On a journey funded by Lowepro, Rebecca captured many abandoned locations, which were either part of the Soviet Union or its satellite states.  ‘I refrain from having personal opinions about the era and try to remain relatively neutral.’ Rebecca added: ‘Whilst the period had bad times, the people living in the communities still got on with life and also had good times, it was not a period of pure black and white and so my aim of the book was to just capture it as it is now. Some places would have been thriving and others horrible places to be and you can see this reflected in my book and some of the accompanying text.’ Priced at £19.95 the book is available via Rebecca’s website.

Friday, August 8, 2014

10 Branding Secrets for Photographers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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PhotoShelter has released a new, free guide titled "10 Branding Secrets for Photographers." Available as a PDF e-book, this publication will help photographers define and build a strong brand that will set them apart from the competition and attract the clients they want. Additionally, it offers ideas on communicating their photographic style and personality, determining what aspects of their business are unique and more. You can claim the e-book at the website below.

Website: PhotoShelter