Category: Books

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Legend and The Legacy

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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London-based Nikon-only store Grays of Westminster have published a superb 208-page full colour hardback volume to mark their 30th anniversary. Written by Gillian Greenwood, Grays of Westminster… Exclusively Nikon: The Legend and The Legacy chronicles the story of the world's only camera shop to have been granted a Coat of Arms by Her Majesty's College of Arms. The legendary shop, based in London, was founded 30 years ago by Gray Levett. Illustrated with over 180 images, many by master photographer Tony Hurst, the book includes contributions from major names in the world of photography and film production such as Heather Angel, Jim Brandenburg, Neil Lucas, Mike Maloney, OBE, Joe McNally, Tristan Oliver, Moose Peterson and Richard Young as well as celebrity customers such as Michael Bond (creator of Paddington Bear), Stanley Kubrick and David Suchet, each giving their impression of the shop and the level of service and help they have received over the years. There is also a chapter on the history of photography and the development of the Nikon brand, as well as a biographical profile of Gray Levett.

Monday, January 11, 2016

X-Rite i1Display Pro Now Comes with a Free eBook

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Books
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Until February 28th 2016, the X-Rite i1Display Pro (£207.60) comes with a free Colour Management Pro eBook written by colour management specialist Ashley Karyl. Usually priced at £18, the eBook helps photographers - whether a frustrated amateur battling with a photo lab, or a professional who requires a fully developed colour workflow across multiple forms of visual media - cut through the confusion with practical advice and solutions that can be adapted to their needs. To claim a free copy of Colour Management Pro, customers can visit the X-Rite website and follow the instructions.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX10 II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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White Knight Press have released their newest camera guide book, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX10 II: Getting the Most from Sony's Advanced Digital Camera. This publication, by Alexander S. White, is a complete guide to the operation of the Sony RX10 II. The book covers all of the features that are new for this model, including its electronic shutter, faster continuous shooting, 4K video recording, and ability to shoot video at up to 960fps for super slow-motion playback. In three appendices, the book discusses accessories for the RX10 II, including cases, power sources, remote controls, and external flash units, and includes a list of websites and other resources for further information. The paperback version is available now for $26.95 through Amazon and other online sellers. The book is also available in PDF format and in downloadable versions for the Kindle, Nook, and iPad for $9.99 each.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Handcrafted Moleskine Leather Albums

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Moleskine have launched their newest handcrafted leather albums. Handbound in quality Milano leather, these beautifully made albums are available in black or ivory and created individually to order on the Moleskine + MILK online platform. At 13.5 x 10.26” / 343 x 261 mm, the Moleskine Leather Album comes in 20-, 30-, and 40-page versions; and launches tomorrow, 11th November. All purchases made before 21 November 2015 will receive Moleskine’s new Classic Leather Backpack free with every album.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones

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Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones by Eric Cheng is a new field guide that includes everything a new pilot needs to know to safely and proficiently capture still images and video from the air. Cheng is known for his thought leadership in the drone industry and spent nearly two years as Director of Aerial Imaging at DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer and creators of the Phantom quadcopter. “I am asked many times every day what drone to buy, and how to get started in aerial imagery. There’s a lot of confusion out there.” Cheng said. “I wrote this book to address that confusion. The content took me many years in the field to learn - it’s full of useful and pragmatic advice about storytelling using drones in the air.”

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Professional’s Guide to Food Photography

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PhotoShelter has released a new PDF guide entitled, "The Professional's Guide to Food Photography." From this free publication, readers can learn about the secrets of shooting great food photos, the benefits of entering contests, plus how to build a portfolio to showcase their unique style and appeal to an audience. Additionally, the ebook contains several in-depth interviews with food photographers succeeding in this specialty, including tips to break into the food photography industry, inspiration for creative food photography projects, and a look at shooting in-house for Bon Appétit. To claim your guide, simply visit PhotoShelter and provide your email address.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Briefly Seen: New York Street Life

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Briefly Seen: New York Street Life is a new title from Schiffer Publishing. Containing 172 timeless black-and-white photographs taken by Harvey Stein between 1974 and 2014, Briefly Seen is the last in Stein's trilogy of books about New York. The first monograph, Coney Island 40 Years (Schiffer Publishing, 2011), documents the photographer's ongoing fascination with the eccentric and exuberant aspects of this famous Brooklyn beach community. The second title, Harlem Street Portraits (Schiffer Publishing, 2013), is a series of more formalised environmental portraits of the people who live in this historically significant African American neighborhood. In Briefly Seen, Stein turns his lens on some of the most densely populated areas of the city -- midtown and downtown Manhattan. The book is available for $45.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 IV

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The Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 IV 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 450 colour photographs and illustrations. The Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 IV is available now for $9.95-$9.99 in PDF, iPad, Nook and Kindle formats. The paperback version sells for $26.95.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Rockabye - Photographs by Lili Holzer-Glier

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Rockabye is a new title from Daylight Books, featuring photographs by Lili Holzer-Glier. On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast coast of the United States engulfing homes and crippling communities. Among the worst hit neighborhoods in New York City was Rockaway Beach located in the Borough of Queens. In Rockabye,r Lili Holzer-Glier examines the condition of the Rockaways, post-Hurricane Sandy, through a series of colour landscapes and portraits taken between 2013-2015. The 112-page hardcover ($45) will publish in October coinciding with the third anniversary of the storm.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Canon UK Launches hdbook Service

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Canon has launched its hdbook service at a range of retailers across the UK and Ireland. Professionally printed and bound on a state-of-the-art Canon DreamLabo 5000 printer, Canon hdbooks are offered at a range of customisable sizes. The free hdbook software lets you easily design a photo book in minutes. Simply download the software to your PC or Mac from one of the hdbook retailers’ websites, lay out your photos and text, and send it to print. Canon is offering 25% off the first 100 books ordered via each of the retailers.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Grizzly: The Bears of Greater Yellowstone

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Grizzly: The Bears of Greater Yellowstone by Thomas D. Mangelsen is a new title from Rizzoli International Publications. Celebrating the most famous family of grizzly bears in the world — matriarch 399 and her offspring — Mangelsen has been tracking and photographing them for 10 years, amassing an incomparable portfolio that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of this celebrated bear family. With more than 150 breathtaking images, this is a dramatic tale of life and death, near annihilation and survival, and the relationship between people and grizzly bears. A treasure for naturalists and conservationists as well as photography enthusiasts, this 240-page hardback will be available from October, priced at $60 / £40.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Show of Hands

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A Show of Hands by photographer Tim Booth is an inspiring collection of the hands of Britain. A display of intricately striking monochrome images, the book was inspired by Tim Booth’s grandmother when he photographed her 94 year hands and found inspiration in the stories they could tell. Now spanning 20 years of photography, the labour of love has continued into a collection of over 110 hands dedicated to an art, job or tradition in the UK. Each portrait – shot only in natural light - is accompanied by a short story and quote from the sitter to put the hands in context of the history behind them.“I flick through this book and even now I feel humbled at the people I was able to meet and talk to and the memories these hands evoke,” explains Tim. “What started with my grandmother has taken me on an incredible and fascinating journey and I’m delighted to be able to share the hands of these wonderful people.” A Show of Hands will become available on 6 October 2015.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2015 Release

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Focal Press has released the 3rd edition of Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers by Martin Evening. The 2015 release has been revamped to include detailed instruction for all of the updates to Photoshop CC on Adobe’s Creative Cloud, including significant new features such as faster Camera Raw processing, Blur Gallery noise matching, and new export options for quick image-saving and layers as separate documents. The 730-page paperback is available for $59.95.

Photography Beyond Auto

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Photography Beyond Auto: Switch off auto mode and take better, more original photos by Chris Gatcum is a new title from Ilex Press. Billed as "an easily accessible guide which will set you free," this book does not attempt to explain each and every button, dial and feature on your camera, or explore precisely where each pixel comes from. Instead it concentrates on the key creative controls, including exposure, focus and colour; essential skills that’ll enable you to take pictures that are simply impossible to capture with the camera left on auto. The 144-page paperback is available for £9.98 / $13.88 on Amazon.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Photo Productions Offer 30% Discount on First Album for Professionals

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Photo Productions are offering a large discount for new professional customers. "ForAugust 2015 we're giving a huge 30% off every single album - and that's in addition to the usual 15% trade discount, and a further 10% discount if you want to provide your own design," the company says. Open to professional photographers only, the offer is valid on all eight sizes of their Premium Photobooks, and expires on 11.59pm on 31st August.

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

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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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.