Entries from Professional Photographer Magazine Web Exclusives tagged with 'books'

Creativity and Inspiration, an Excerpt from "Inspiration in Photography" by Brooke Shaden

What is it speci­fically about creativity that so many people shy away from? Why is it normal to think that creativity is something reserved for the obviously artistic? The reason lies in our perception of creativity and how we interact with that notion. Creativity is often nothing more than problem-solving. To come up against a problem during a project—be it an obstacle or a desire—and then ­figure out a way to resolve the issue: that is being creative.

Excerpt: Color, Dodging, and Burning Tips from "Digital Image Editing and Special Effects"

The following is an excerpt from Michael Freeman's "Digital Image Editing and Special Effects" (Focal Press, $24.95).  Color adjustments There could be any number of reasons why you may feel it necessary to adjust the colors in an image. It...

"Capturing Love" Delivers Sage Same-Sex Wedding Photography Guidance

 By Joan Sherwood, Senior Editor “Capturing Love” By Thea Dodds and Kathryn Hamm   Authentic Weddings, $32.95 Same-sex wedding photography, which has been a very small niche market, has the potential to grow exponentially in the next decade and beyond....

Review: "The Digital Negative" by Jeff Schewe

By Ellis Vener“The Digital Negative”  By Jeff Schewe Published by Pearson / Imprint: Peachpit Press As an admitted perfection freak of a commercial photographer, an unpaid alpha tester of Photoshop since the early ’90s, and one of the original drivers in the...

Review: "The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great"

By Ellis Vener “The Passionate Photographer, Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great” By Steve Simon Published by New Riders  This book may change your life. Newspaper photographers are by their nature storytellers who most often must collapse a complex narrative into...

How To Plan, Produce, and Sell Your Photo Book: Part 2 - Producing

Producing Your Photo BookBy David FitzSimmonsIn Part 1 of this series, I covered planning your photo book, namely picking a subject, identifying your audience, determining how many books you can sell, selecting your publishing option, and researching publishing. Here I...

Book Review: Visual Stories - Behind the Lens With Vincent Laforet

Visual Stories: Behind the Lens With Vincent Laforet By: Vincent Laforet with Ibarionex Perello New Riders/Voices That Matter Reviewed by Ellis Vener Until his recent migration to being a full-time director, Vincent Laforet primarily worked as a photojournalist—most prominently as...

Words of Experience, a Review of "Sketching Light" by Joe McNally

By Ellis Vener“Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash” By Joe Mc Nally Part of the series, “Voices That Matter,” published by New Riders PressRead an excerpt from “Sketching Light"Every well-known successful photographer you can think of...

Here's Sunshine Up Your Skirt! An excerpt from Joe McNally's "Sketching Light"

Excerpted from “Sketching Light” by Joe McNally. Copyright © 2012. Used with permission of Pearson Education, Inc. and New Riders.Read the Professional Photographer review of “Sketching Light”Every once in a while, you try something on a wing and a prayer,...

A How-to Photoshop Retouching Guide for Face and Body

By Betsy Finn, Cr.Photog., CPPPhotographers looking to refine their retouching skills should consider adding Bodyshop: The Photoshop Retouching Guide for the Face and Body, by Birgit Nitzsche and Karsten Rose, to their library. Bodyshop focuses on practical ways to refine...

Practical Photoshop Instruction for Nature Photographers Is Applicable for All

By Betsy Finn, Cr.Photog., CPPEllen and Josh Anon, a mother-son photographer team, have partnered to write “Photoshop CS5 for Nature Photographers.” The book is written specifically for nature photographers who want to fully utilize features in Adobe Photoshop CS 5....

Book Review: "Skin" by Lee Varis

By Betsy Finn As portrait and wedding photographers, it's important we understand how to retouch our subjects’ skin in a realistic manner, and that we understand the concepts behind achieving believable skin tone. "Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting,...

Book Review: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers

Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographersby Harold DavisO'Reilly, 2008By Ron EggersHarold Davis’ “Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers” blends the techniques of traditional photography with the tools of digital imaging. As Davis says, “In recent years, the...

Book Review: Minimalist Lighting, Professional Techniques for Location Photography

Minimalist Lighting, Professional Techniques for Location Photographyby Kirk TuckAmherst Media, 2008Kirk Tuck is a long-time advertising and corporate photographer hailing from Austin, Texas. Around the time digital photography started changing all of our lives, he realized that, among other things,...

Book Review: Light - Science and Magic, An Introduction to Photographic Lighting

Light—Science and Magic, An introduction to Photographic Lightingby Fil Hunter, Steven Biver and Paul Fuqua 3rd Edition, Focal Press, 2007 “What we do have to offer you is a set of tools. This book is about technology. Science … Learn...

Book Review: "Photoshop CS3 RAW," by Mikkel Aaland

Essential information for the working photographerBy Ron EggersThere are more than 100 graphic file formats, but none as important to professional photographers as the RAW format. It's in a class by itself. Unlike the other image file formats, RAW files...

Book Review: A Digital Photographer's Guide to Model Releases

“A Digital Photographer's Guide to Model Releases: An Important Reference Book for Understanding the Legalities of Selling and Using Photographs,”by Dan Heller (Wiley, $29.99)By Ron EggersSuccessful professional photographers need to not only be good at photography and have business sense,...

Review: "The Creative Digital Darkroom" by Katrin Eismann and Sean Duggan

By Ron EggersSo many new digital photography books reach the market that it's sometimes difficult to tell one from another. Every once in a while, though, a new title comes along that distinguishes itself, either by the author’s slant or...

The Designer's Apprentice: Automating Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign in Adobe Creative Suite 3, by Rick Ralston

Rick Ralston's "The Designer's Apprentice" (Adobe Press, $39.99) shows you how to use the Automation tools in Creative Suite 3 to save time and effort, freeing you for more creative work. Though written for a graphic designer audience, this book...

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