Book Review: In Camera: Perfect Pictures Straight out of the Camera
Apr03

Book Review: In Camera: Perfect Pictures Straight out of the Camera

I must confess that I was unaware of the SOOC movement until my friend Mark Toal told me about it. Mark also wrote a post about SOOC that you can read here. Wedding and portrait photographer Matthew Saville wrote about the concept telling us that, “SOOC means ‘straight-out-of-camera’ and denotes zero Photoshop. No Bridge / Lightroom / Aperture, etc…” You can read Saville’s thoughts and see his images here. Along comes Gordon Laing’s...

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Book Review: 50 Paths to Creative Photography
Oct18

Book Review: 50 Paths to Creative Photography

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”—Buddha Michael Freeman has probably written more books about photography than Ansel Adams and what makes his work different than some other photographer/writers is that he appeals to a wide range of people from the casual Happy Snapper to the serious photographer—the kind of people who read this blog. Yet, I must confess that this is the first...

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Book Review: Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography
Jun06

Book Review: Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography

I’ve always been interested in trying bird photography and have long admired those practitioners of the discipline needed to create these kinds of images. (See Barry Staver’s post on the photographing hummingbirds on our sister blog, Mirrorless Photo Tips.) But I didn’t know where to start. Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography by J. Chris Hansen takes the stress out of getting started with bird photography by first making it...

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Book Review: Picture Perfect Lighting
Mar31

Book Review: Picture Perfect Lighting

Let’s get this over quickly: Roberto Valenzuela is a heckuva portrait photographer but more importantly he’s a brilliant communicator who is just as comfortable taking you inside how he creates his striking images as he is giving you the theory and concepts of why he does it. Picture Perfect Lighing is filled with three kinds of photographs: There are the behind-the-scenes shots (and some of them will surprise you by the environment...

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Book Review: We are All Snowflakes
Jan21

Book Review: We are All Snowflakes

It’s appropriate that as I write this post, it is snowing outside… One of the most formative events in my life was when my second grade teacher, sadly I don’t remember the nun’s name, took her class from St Katherine of Sienna’s elementary school to a library. It was the Clifton Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and is still on the corner of 20th and Wolfe Streets in Baltimore. It as built in 1916 with funds donated by...

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Book Review: The Command to Look
Apr13

Book Review: The Command to Look

Everybody and their cousin has ideas about the “rules of composition.” Even me. But only one man—William Mortensen— created a system that starts with what looks like three simple rules and then expands each of them into many corollaries and sub-rules and concepts that was explained in his 1937 nook “The Command to Look.” Long out-of-print with ratty copies selling for $200 or more, Feral House has published a...

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Book Review: Ralph Nelson’s Botanica
Feb08

Book Review: Ralph Nelson’s Botanica

Ralph Nelson’s new book Botanica is the perfect answer to a question that I’m often asked: What’s the best camera? The answer is and always was, “the one that you have with you.” If you are not familiar with Ralph’s work, chances are that you have seen his photographs and not even known it. That image of Sharon Stone from Basic Instinct, that photograph of Tom Cruise from Top Gun, and more recently...

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