Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. I have two books for photographers I want to mention today. The first is by Photoshop guru and Kelby Media Trainer Matt Kloskowski – (Disclaimer – Matt has appeared on the Photofocus […]

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Author: Tim Grey Publisher: Sybex (Wiley) Review by Conrad J. Obregon Let there be no mistake about it. Photoshop (PS) is not an easy program to use, with all those menus, tools and panels. Yet anyone who aspires to master digital photography had better learn how to use Photoshop. The problem is compounded by lots […]

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The 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in New York City Author: Amadou Diallo Publisher: Course Technology Cengage Learning Review by Conrad J. Obregon This is a simple book that proved a pleasant surprise. This book of places to photograph includes chapters on New York City’s architecture, city life, events, urban oasis and secret NYC. There is […]

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Digital Portrait Photography Author: Steve Sint Publisher: Lark Books (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.) Review by Conrad J. Obregon If you want to catch the soul of a subject, this may not be the book for you. But if you want to take a portrait that will show the subject to his or her best advantage, […]

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You’ve collected hundreds of great images, you have something important to share and you’re ready to see your book pop onto the shelf at Borders. How do you get from where you are now, to the bookstore?

It all starts with a book proposal.

And it gets harder from here.

The ugly facts are that the recession is making it harder than ever to get a book deal. Photo books are even harder to promote to publishers since they typically don’t sell well compared with the average Stephen King novel.

But nonetheless, books will continue to be made and bought so why not take your shot?

The first thing you’ll need to do is craft a snappy title and come up with your best photo for the proposal. Then you need to write a proposal that convinces the publisher you can write the book.

Here are some suggestions as to format and content. There is no wrong or right way to do this, but the ideas I am sharing with you have worked for me when I pitched books. Continue reading

Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers

Author: Martin Evening

Publisher: Focal Press (Elsevier)

Review by Conrad J. Obregon

Blame it on Adobe. Each version of Photoshop (PS) gets more and more capabilities, and, as a result, each time Martin Evening writes a book about PS it gets longer. In fact not only has this book reached over 650 pages, but Evening tells us that he’s writing a second book to tell us how to use the software because this book just tells us what the sliders and button do.

Evening starts with a general introduction to PS CS4 and tells the reader how to configure the software. He then discusses every aspect of the latest PS version from the use of Camera Raw to printing. The chapters are organized along conceptual lines. For example, there is a chapter on sharpening and noise reduction, right after the discussion of Camera Raw, because of the input sharpening facility in Camera Raw. Even though the sharpening filters are part of the filter menu the author doesn’t mention them when he talks about filters, but he then returns to output sharpening in the chapter on printing. Continue reading

I am going to recommend a couple of books I’ve been reading lately. These aren’t going to be the in-depth reviews that you get here from Conrad almost every Sunday – just quick picks of stuff I like. The first book I want to suggest is Rick Sammon’s Top Digital Photography Secrets. This book also […]

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