Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Book Reviews

The last couple of days have had a number of new e-books published and one re-published.  I have been reading them and I will offer you my opinions.

The first book is being republished by Ians Plant's Dreamscapes Company.  It is on mastering Photoshop workflow, a great complement both to Ian's Creative Digital Processing videos and Michael Frye's Landscapes in Lightroom 5 ebook, which we have added to our Digital Darkroom Mastery Suite.  This book was written by my friend Glenn Bartley and I have reviewed it previously on my blog http://photobee1.blogspot.com/2013/10/post-processing-simplified-by-glenn.html

As before, this is a great book with an easy to follow guide plus time-saving and expert tips and at the end of each chapter, there is a homework assignment to help you improve and learn how to use Photoshop.

Ian also released a new Mini Guide "Wildlife Photography Mini Guide" in the mini guide series Ian takes a subject along with a photograph and tells you how to do it.  An example is "mixed light" in which he tells you that it can be tricky to work with but if you can find an animal spot lit and surrounded by areas of shadow that will make you wildlife subjects standout in sharp contrast to the surroundings.

There are three other guys in this set: slot canyons, sand dunes, and coastal photography.  Each one of them are available at a cost of $4.95 each or $16.95 for the complete set of four.

You can order any of the above books or all of them at  Click here to visit Ian Plant Photography.

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that I am very interested in photography of the night sky. David duChemin, Craft & Vision is offering a 120 page PDF e-book by David Kingham entitled "Nightscape A Complete Guide to Photographing under the Night Sky."  The book also includes a download link to 22 of David Kingham's custom Lightroom presets..  Until May 26 the book is being offered at a 20% discount for $9.60 and you do not need a code.

In the book David Kingham expertly explains every aspect of this style of photography as he covers topics like: stars, constellations, meteors, moon phases, galaxies, scouting, gear, field work, shooting technique and post-processing.  

Original Processed Version
New Processed Version
The book is written in clear English and I did try out some of his presets and they really made the picture pop.  This book can be ordered by  Click here to visit Craft And Vision.