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CRAFT AND VISION 2 More Great Ways To Make Stronger Photographs
I have to admit I have been slacking a bit when it comes to blogging. I am happy to get back in the swing of things with another free eBook offer from the people at Craft and Vision. Her is a nice summary by David duChemin on the book:
My team at Craft & Vision has done it again. Together we’ve created a gorgeous PDF eBook with 9 great articles, and we’re giving it away. Totally free. Craft & Vision 2, More Great Ways to Make Stronger Photographs, contains articles by Martin Bailey, Piet Van den Eynde, Nicole S. Young, Dave Delnea, Sean McCormack, and me, all written just for this book. Martin discusses making sharper images and learning to shoot in manual mode, Piet writes about developing smarter, Sean McCormack tackles balancing flash with ambient light, and Nicole S Young talks about learning to see light. Dave Delnea’s got a great article on developing style and consistency. I’ve contributed 3 articles: Learning to Isolate, Try it in Black & White, and Redeem the Light, an article about coping strategies for challenging light.
So don't delay and grab a cup of coffee, download your free eBook and enjoy some great writing from some of my favorite photographers.
PHOTOGRAPH A Quarterly Magazine for Creative Photographers
The second issue of Photograph, a beautifully published e-magazine from Craft and Vision has now been released. I am a bit late with this review but no matter, there are still plenty of copies available! There are of course many ways for us to hone our craft and one of these is to look at photos from others and learn. While this may seem obvious since we do it all the time via Twitter, 500 Pix, Flickr, etc., we don't always get the benefit of learning much about what went into creating that image. While the social media sites do provide some of this, to me there is nothing better than reviewing works by a few photographers and reading how they created there work without the distractions of endless comments from multiple sources.
This is where Photograph shines, by providing beautiful layouts of some very talented photographers and reading about their efforts and what goes into their creative process. This second issue of Photograph features portfolio work by Martin Bailey, Andy Biggs and Chris Orwig. In addition, John Paul Caponigro provides a thorough discussion on composition and David duChemin relates his thoughts on what it takes to capture the moment in his "Without The Camera" column. Martin Bailey continues his discussion on printing in his "The Art of The Print" Column with some reasoning behind the concept of resolution and why it matters (sometimes). Martin's column is becoming a favorite of mine as printing is some I am ramping up.
You can look at the table of contents here.
Photograph can be purchased for $8 each or a one year subscription (4 issues) can be had for a bargain at $24.
Here are a few images from the recent Bay State Cyclocross event in Sterling, Massachusetts. It was a really cold and windy day, but these riders and and this photographer enjoyed the day. While I did not succumb to the temptation to join the ranks of cyclocross participants, I continue to enjoy the sport entirely and look forward to continuing to photograph more events. Who knows, next year I may have to grab a new bike and join the fun. More images can be found in the Sterling Cycling Gallery.
A quick posted today after a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with family. I hope everyone enjoyed your day. I have much to be thankful for and wanted to once again say thank you to all of you who stop by the blog and make any of your Craft and Vision ebook purchases via my links here on my blog. I truly appreciate it and I do not take it for granted. I try to provide useful and honest reviews of the the books when I can and hope they help you to make a decision about your purchases.
I want to pass along a great deal going on for a short time (last day today) at Craft and Vision where they are selling all existing $5 titles for just $2.50 each.
I also wanted to make sure you are aware of a new and very significant ebook just released by Craft and Vision by Piet Van den Eynde. This is a complete soup to nuts reference work covering Lightroom 4 and is now available for just $15. Lightroom 4 Unmasked contains over 300 pages of detailed explanation and case studies using Lightroom 4 and covers new material through version LR 4.2.
From now through November 27, 2012 at 11:59pm(PST) you can purchase Lightroom 4 Unmasked for just $15 when you use the code LR4FIVE. Link below.
ESSENTIAL DEVELOPMENT 20 Great Techniques for Lightroom 4 by Sean McCormack
If I had just purchased Lightroom, I could not think of a better tool than Sean McCormack's Essential Lightroom to get me up and running in the develop module. It needs to be said right away that this book does not provide the nitty gritty about how Lightroom catalogs are setup or how to take use the other modules in Lightroom. For that you will need something like Martin Evening's Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book which I believe is the ultimate Lightroom 4 encyclopedia.
But if what you need is a focused look at the Develop Module for a bargain and getting the most out of it, then this book and the optional preset package do just that. I have been using Lightroom since its release and have to say the 95% of my time using it is spent in the Develop Module since that is where I perform all of my processing. I do not use Photoshop and therefore rely mostly on Lightroom to enhance and tweak my photos.
Sean takes us through the editing process in Lightroom by walking through the develop panels and providing examples on how to apply fixes and enhancements to your images. He also provides several processing techniques for portraits that should dock in handy for those looking to improve there capabilities in that area.
Again, if you are looking for a quick start to mastering the develop module you can't go wrong with Sean's book. The optional package includes a set of presets developed by Sean that will give you another head start to creating magic in the develop module.
From now through October 23, 2012 at 11:59pm(PST) you can purchase the Essential Development Package for just $6 when you use the code DEVELOP6. You can save 20% when you purchase 5+ ebooks when you use the code DEVELOP20. The top link os for the complete package. The bottom link is for the PDF book only and is available for $5
On a recent trip to the beautiful city of Montreal, my wife and I hiked up to the top of Mount Royal on a beautiful Fall day. From the top one is afforded a magnificent view of the city and what better way to capture that than with a pano image. And what better opportunity to try out the new pano feature built in to iOS 6 for the iPhone. I don't think Apple could have made this any easier unless they provided someone to move the phone for you, it is truly an amazing piece of technology. Click on the image for a larger view.
Having a little fun with this: Cyclocross Team Time Trial
10-1-2012 Update: Additional photos added to Gloucester Gran Prix
A few images from the early races today at the Gran Prix of Gloucester Cyclocross event. Cyclocross is one tough sport with the race starting on a paved road and quickly transitioning to dirt, mud, grass and sand. Throw in some wind and rain today and you have yourself a grueling bike ride.
More images from some of today's races can be found here: Gloucester Gran Prix
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