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