I’ve finally had enough time to take a look at the latest crop of photo books to cross my desk, and I’d like to suggest a few that I think stand out and  that would be worth your time. These are all winners and would also make great stocking stuffers this upcoming holiday if there’s […]

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Rafael Concepcion or (RC) as he’s known to his friends, is a natural born teacher and story teller. Don’t get me wrong. He’s also an accomplished photographer and visual artist. And there’s probably nothing he can’t do with any piece of Adobe software. But his true calling in my opinion is teaching. In his new […]

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Nat Coalson’s book, Nature Photography Photo Workshop simply floored me. I’ve seen other people try to do this, but never so well. What Nat is offering (via Amazon anyway) is a virtual workshop in a book for less than $20. If you have ever wanted to go on one of those fancy outdoor nature photography […]

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Anytime Scot Kelby’s publisher sends over a new book, I get excited. Scott works really hard on all of his books and they are almost universally big hits. Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop is almost certain to be another. If you make portraits and want to deliver the best possible image to […]

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BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro This is a book is tied to and somewhat based on a website called BetterPhoto. It is aimed at absolute beginners. If you are just starting out or want a refresher, this book is well worth your consideration. There are assignments and real […]

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Get Your Photography on the Web Wouldn’t it be great if you had a pal who knew all the ins and outs of graphic design, Photoshop, the web, blogging software and all the other tools you need to get your photo portfolio online? Well you do. And his name is RC Concepcion. You may know […]

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DISCLOSURE – Tamara Lackey is a regular on Photofocus. Tamara is also a friend of mine. In order to remain objective, I had a member of my staff who does not know Tamara help write this review. Tamara Lackey has recently released a collection of products that includes a DVD, book, and quick reference guide. […]

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KUBOTA ARTIST SERIES STYLE BOOK & DVD TUTORIAL Artist: Michael Corsentíno $125 This is a combo book DVD that shows you – step-by-step, how to take photographs with your camera that end up looking like fine art masterpieces. There are 25 “recipes” that help you refine the way your images look. I have met Michael […]

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I’ve read one book by Mike Fry called The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite. It is the best guide to Yosemite I’ve ever seen. So I was excited to pick up a copy of Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Masters. Fry knows this subject well and I wasn’t disappointed. The […]

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This isn’t really a review per se. It’s more of a heads up. It’s about photo-related books and DVDs that I am checking out. I have opinions about these things but they are just first-blush impressions. First up – Welcome to Oz 2.0: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop (2nd Edition) (Voices […]

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Author: Zeke Kamm Publisher: Peachpit Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon The Strobist blog has achieved an almost legendary status amongst photographers concerned with using flash to take pictures. Now the Strobist seems to be moving into the print field with “Strobist Photo Trade Secrets Volume 1: Expert Lighting Techniques (One-Off)” by Zeke Kamm. The […]

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Author: Stephen Shore Publisher: Phaidon Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon There are a few books about photography that are so fundamental that every serious photographer should read them. These include books that discuss the underlying assumptions of photography that many photographers just take for granted. The Nature of Photographs: A Primer by Stephen Shore […]

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Authors: Phil Malpas and Clive Minnitt Publisher: Aurum Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon Bird migration is over and the last leaves have fallen from the trees. It’s still a while until ducks arrive and snow falls. I’m in the photographic doldrums. “Finding the Picture: A Location Photography Masterclass (Light & Land series)” by Phil […]

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Author: Thomas Struth Publisher: The Monacelli Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon Most thoughtful photographers know that the very act of putting a frame around the world when they capture an image is part of the process of conveying one’s vision. As I read Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978-2010 I began to wonder if hanging a […]

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I’m getting email from folks who want book suggestions for gifts. I may get time to work on an extensive list, but for now, here are three I like representing three different genres of photography. My first pick is a book by Rob Sylvan Taking Stock: Make money in microstock creating photos that sell Rob […]

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Author: Michael Freeman Publisher: Focal Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon In the introduction to “The Photographer’s Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos”, Michael Freeman notes that art criticism, photography or otherwise, seldom addresses itself to the practitioners of the particular art, photography or otherwise. He sets himself the ambitious goal of explaining how […]

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Author: Susan Bright Publisher: The Monacelli Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon The photographic self-portrait is vastly different from the photographic portrait. The union of photographer and subject leads to an effort by the photographer to create an image that is more revealing of the inner aspects of the subject or offers greater examination of […]

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Authors: George Lepp and Kathryn Vincent Lepp Publisher: Lark Photography Books Review by Conrad J. Obregon George Lepp has been a mentor to thousands of outdoor photographers through his monthly column in “Outdoor Photographer” magazine. He has been a pioneer in the field of digital photography. He has provided photography instruction in his two “Beyond […]

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Author: Lee Varis Publisher: Course Technology Cengage Learning Review by Conrad J. Obregon Once the setting of aperture, shutter speed and ISO to get an exposure is learned by a photographer, a major problem of exposure is getting the larger range of light seen by the human eye to fit into the more limited range […]

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Author: Joe Cornish, Charlie Waite et al. Publisher: Argentum (Aurum Press) Review by Conrad J. Obregon I’ve long felt that travel photography doesn’t exist as a separate genre and it’s nice to see that the editor and authors of Travel Photography Masterclass (Light & Land series) agree with me. Instead they feel that travel photography […]

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Author: Gerry Badger Publisher: Aperture Foundation Review by Conrad J. Obregon I’m always amazed that a visual medium like photography sometimes requires a verbal explanation to understand. I suppose that’s because image literacy is not innate but learned. The Pleasures of Good Photographs contains photography criticism by Gerry Badger, who is a critic, photographer and […]

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