Yep I am a sucker for any photography book about birds. But in this case, I have a right to be. Alan Murphy is one of the premiere avian photographers in America. He’s published a book on CD Called “Guide to Songbird Setup Photography,” and it’s a good one. It’s a step-by-step guide on how […]

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Author: Harold Davis Publisher: Wiley Review by Conrad J. Obregon Instructing photographers about creativity is hard. It’s not like technique where there are rules, like use a large f-stop if you want to limit depth of field, or use a shutter speed equal to one over the focal length for a hand-held shot. It’s not […]

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Author: Harald Woeste Publisher: Rocky Nook Review by Conrad J. Obregon Aside from the obvious benefits of digital over other photography media, like greater control over exposures and post-processing adjustments, digital photography has enabled us to improve older techniques so that photographers are better able to convey their vision. Images that covered more than the […]

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Nikon DSLR: The Ultimate Photographer’s Guide Authors: Jim White and Tony Sweet Publisher: Focal Press (Elsevier) Review by Conrad J. Obregon Every new Nikon digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) comes with a detailed manual explaining the camera’s controls and capabilities. These manuals have little information on the practical application of the controls and capabilities […]

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Author: Bruce Fraser Publisher: Peachpit Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon I consider myself a fairly competent user of Photoshop (PS), Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) which is a plug-in that comes installed in PS, and Lightroom (LR), but one area where I didn’t feel post-processing in my bones was image sharpening, which is the process […]

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: Usually I rely solely on our tremendous in-house reviewer, Conrad Obregon for book reviews – which we publish every Sunday. Conrad is better at this than I am, but once in a while a book comes out that I feel the need to comment on. I assume Conrad will also review this title […]

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Living Landscapes: Creative Visions of the Wild Author: Andy Rouse Publisher: Argentum (Aurum Press) Review by Conrad J. Obregon Andy Rouse is one of the greatest wildlife photographers in the world. His pictures have been honored by most of the important world competitions. The best are stunning and breathtaking. Both lovers of wildlife and photographers […]

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Authors: Michael Freeman and John Beardsworth Publisher: Focal Press (Elsevier) Review by Conrad J. Obregon I guess I was being flippant when I once said about using an Epson printer “just read the instructions!” I still feel almost the same way, but I also acknowledge that there are a few things that you have to […]

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Success with Wildlife Photography Authors: Steve and Ann Toon Publisher: Photographers’ Institute Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon Wildlife photography is just different enough from other photography genres that it would probably pay for even an experienced image maker to learn something about it before setting forth to the field for the first time. Steve […]

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Author: Anne-Celine Jaeger Publisher: Thames & Hudson Review by Conrad J. Obregon It would seem that both photographers and patrons of photography could benefit from reading interviews about photography with both prominent photographers and purchasers of photography. That is the premise of Image Makers, Image Takers. The book consists of 24 interviews with successful and […]

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I took my turn first, now our regular book reviewer gives his opinion of Within the Frame. Author: David DuChemin Publisher: New Riders (Peachpit) Review by Conrad J. Obregon Taking a picture is easy. You aim the camera, fiddle a few dials if you have a digital single lens reflex camera, and press a button. […]

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Author: Ian Jeffrey Publisher: Abrams Review by Conrad J. Obregon Photography (like painting or writing) is not an art. It is a mechanical process of capturing light on sensitized media. On the other hand, some photographs are art while others are merely snapshots. The ones that are art have an overlay of meaning beyond the […]

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This is not an in-depth review of Within the Frame. I’ll leave that to our regular book reviewer, Conrad. I wanted to chime in with a mini-review on some of the important messages I took away from reading the book. Photojournalist Steve Simon has a saying. “Go an inch wide and a mile deep.” That […]

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afterphotography

After Photography

Author: Fred Ritchin

Publisher: W. W. Norton and Company

Review by Conrad J. Obregon

Photographers certainly know how to simplify their subjects and how to put a frame around a portion of the world so that nothing impinges on their image. However, perhaps because they look at the world through a viewfinder, they sometimes seem to miss not only the larger world around them but the place of their photography in that larger world.

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The Nikon Creative Lighting System Author: Mike Hagan Publisher: Rocky Nook/Nikonians Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon Amidst all the hype about megapixels and flicker, a new technology seemed to slip in under the radar. The Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) arrived and gave users of the brand an unprecedented way to control large numbers […]

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Photographic Multishot Techniques Authors: Juergin and Rainer Gulbins Publisher: Rocky Nook Review by Conrad J. Obregon Digital photography has replaced film. It’s not just because it’s cheaper. There are things that can be done with a digital camera that were difficult or impossible with film. These include the ability to extend the light range of […]

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The Elements of Photography Author: Angela Faris Belt Publisher: Focal Press (Elsevier) Review by Conrad J. Obregon Here is a book that may be highly useful for one kind of reader but perhaps useless for another kind of reader. The author offers just four topics in her book: frames, borders and multiple frames; apertures, lenses […]

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Understanding Photoshop CS4
The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals (2nd Ed.)

Author: Richard Harrington

Publisher: Peachpit Press

Review by Conrad J. Obregon

Here’s an introductory text on the use of Adobe Photoshop CS4 aimed at graphic artists. It includes a number of special features that may be of use to the tyro.

There are chapters on all of the basic functions of Photoshop from bringing images into Photoshop through the use of layers and text to printing. The method is to introduce a tool, and then provide a brief tutorial using images that are available on the included CD. The CD also includes interactive quizzes on each chapter and access to on-line video training. Continue reading

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers

Author: Scott Kelby

Publisher: New Riders

Review by Conrad J. Obregon

When Lightroom 1.0 was introduced, everyone who tried it was a new user, even the folks who had tried the beta editions that Adobe had offered. That meant that it was easy to say that Scott Kelby’s older book, “the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers” was one of the best of the hoard of Lightroom books for all users. Lightroom 2 (LR2) is a different matter. There is already a large base of competent Lightroom users who are mostly interested in learning how to use the newest upgrades to the software. As a result, recommendations for Kelby’s Lightroom 2 book have to be slightly tempered. Continue reading

Mastering the Nikon D300

Author: Darrell Young

Publisher: Rocky Nook/Nikonians Press

Review by Conrad J. Obregon

“Mastering the Nikon D300″ is a joint effort of the publisher, Rocky Nook and Nikonians, a web site and bulletin board for about 150,000 Nikon enthusiasts. In the interest of full disclosure I have been a member of Nikonians almost since its inception in 2000.

Because Nikon’s “D300 User’s Manual” is not the easiest book to read, many users have looked for some other information that will make the use of this very sophisticated piece of machinery easier. The author presents us with a summary of the features of the D300; explores the many modes of the metering, focus, and white balance systems; explains how to use the menus to select the approximately 300 options that configure the camera; and finishes with a brief explanation of the camera’s use as a part of the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS). Continue reading

Up To Speed: Photoshop CS4

Author: Ben Willmore

Publisher: Peachpit Press

Review by Conrad J. Obregon

Every 18 months Adobe issues a new version of Photoshop. Every 18 months Ben Willmore produces a new version of “Up to Speed”, describing the new features of the newest version of Photoshop. Every 18 months I write a review saying that, for experienced Photoshop users, upgrading from the prior version to the newest version, this book is the quickest way to learn the new features. It’s that time again. Continue reading