Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters’ Guide to Shooting from the Heart Authors: Tracey Clark et al. Publisher: Focal Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon When my daughter was 14, her best friend and she borrowed flutes from her school’s music room, even though neither had ever played the instruments. As they sat trying to learn […]

Rate this:

Authors: Tim Grey and Mikkel Aaland Publisher: Adobe Press/Peachpit Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon Some people learn more by watching than by reading. I know that I first learned about how to use Lightroom in videos by the redoubtable Michael Reichmann and Jeff Schewe, but that was mostly because they were the first out […]

Rate this:

Review by Scott Bourne Book by Nicole Young I think I am pretty sure that I received one of the first production Canon 7D models sold in the USA. I received the camera at Photoshop World last year in Vegas. In the one year that this camera has been available I have shot video and […]

Rate this:

Author: Niall Benvie Publisher: Photographers’ Institute Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon It’s been almost ten years since Niall Benvie released a book. I’ve always thought of him as the thinking person’s outdoor photographer, more concerned with vision than technique. Now, at last, he has written a book for the digital age, Outdoor Photography Masterclass. […]

Rate this:

Author: Stephen Laskevitch Publisher: Rocky Nook Review by Conrad J. Obregon When I first learned to use Photoshop, there was no Bridge, no Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and no Lightroom. Even so, it took several books and advice from more experienced users to get a handle on the software. As new features were added, I […]

Rate this:

Author: Lance Keimig Publisher: Focal Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon As an optical instrument, the human eye is generally better than the camera, with a wider dynamic range. But in one case, night photography, because of the ability of camera media to keep gathering light over time, the camera may actually be better able […]

Rate this:

Photographer: Jake Rajs Publisher: Monacelli Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon From William Henry Jackson to Robert Adams, the American West has been a source of inspiration to photographers. Now, in Carved by Time: Landscapes of the Southwest, Jake Rajs, a photographer who has established his credentials by wonderful photographs of the northeastern part of […]

Rate this:

Author: Scott Kelby Publisher: New Riders Review by Conrad J. Obregon Don’t blame Scott Kelby if his Lightroom (“LR”) instruction books keep getting larger. Blame Adobe for adding more and more capabilities to this piece of software. But at least the software hasn’t yet become “bloatware”. And the new capabilities really do add something to […]

Rate this:

EDITOR’S NOTE: We usually run book reviews on Sundays but since our Photofocus Podcast publish date falls on a Sunday this month we’re running the book review on Saturday. Vision & Voice Author: David duChemin Publisher: New Riders (Peachpit) Review by Conrad J. Obregon Most of the books about using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop explain […]

Rate this:

Authors: Edward C. Greenberg and Jack Rezniki Publisher: Lark Books Review by Conrad J. Obregon It’s easy to think that all one has to do to be a successful photographer is put together some techniques like exposure, composition and post processing. Unfortunately, in this day of internet images, even amateurs have to know something about […]

Rate this:

Author: Bob Davis Publisher: Wiley Review by Conrad J. Obregon When reviewing a technical book, one always has to keep the skill levels of the reader in mind. This was particularly important in reviewing Lights, Camera, Capture: Creative Lighting Techniques for Digital Photographers because this book is aimed at the novice photographer with little or […]

Rate this:

Authors: Ellen Anon and Josh Anon Publisher: Sybex Review by Conrad J. Obregon 10 years ago, Photoshop (PS) software included a booklet of almost 200 pages. Even so, getting comfortable with PS meant that one still had to read two or three books about the software. Over 10 years the software has increased in complexity […]

Rate this:

Authors: David Busch and Alexander S. White Publisher: Course Technology Cengage Learning Review by Conrad J. Obregon Both for people interested in moving up to a camera that gives them more control than a point-and-shoot camera and for serious photographers interested in finding a more convenient walk-around camera than a digital single lens reflex camera, […]

Rate this:

Authors: James Ball, Robbie Carman, Matt Gottshalk and Richard Harrington Publisher: New Riders Review by Conrad J. Obregon DISCLAIMER – Scott Bourne wrote the foreword for this book and is also featured in it. Scott had no input whatsoever into this review and it appears here completely unedited as written by Conrad Obregon. It must […]

Rate this:

Editor: Rosamund Kidman Cox Publisher: BBC Books Review by Conrad J. Obregon Each year BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Natural History Museum (located in London) sponsor a competition for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Entries come from around the globe and the entrants include some of the foremost professionals in the business of wildlife […]

Rate this:

Author: Dane Sanders Publisher: Amphoto Books Review by Conrad J. Obregon One of the most popular self-helps books for job-seekers has been “What Color is Your Parachute.” This updated version of “Fast Track Photographer, Revised and Expanded Edition: Leverage Your Unique Strengths for a More Successful Photography Business” takes the same approach aimed at professional […]

Rate this:

Editor: Scott Walden Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Review by Conrad J. Obregon I’m a photographer who will do anything to try to improve the quality of the images I capture. That includes looking at all kinds of books that at first might appear to have little to do with photography. However, a book entitled Photography and Philosophy: […]

Rate this:

Authors: Lindsay Adler and Rosh Sillars Publisher: Course Technology Review by Conrad J. Obregon Over four hundred million people have accounts on Facebook. Thousands, if not millions, of tweets are sent each day. Personal web sites are common. With all this traffic flying over the Internet, it’s easy to see why some photographers believe that […]

Rate this:

The Wedding Photographer’s Planner Book By Kenny Kim Publisher Wiley Review by Scott Bourne Conrad has the week off so you’re stuck with me reviewing Kenny’s book. Kenny Kim is a very popular young man on the wedding circuit. He’s good at relationship building and social media. He’s also good at business. So if you’re […]

Rate this:

Author: Rob Sheppard Publisher: Lark Photography Books (Sterling) Review by Conrad J. Obregon I would guess that at some time almost every photographer has tried to make a photograph of a landscape, and that often the results are disappointing. That is probably because, to paraphrase Rob Sheppard, the photographer tried to capture the scenery rather […]

Rate this:

Review by Scott Bourne Normally Conrad does our Sunday book review, but he’s off this week so your stuck with me. While he’s better at this than me, I do read many photo books and feel qualified to chip in. Today I want to talk about Captured by the Light: The Essential Guide to Creating […]

Rate this: