Author: Tim Daly Publisher: Aurum Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon Even after he retired, my father, who was a printer, kept setting type for another printer who specialized in self-published books. Also, a relative self-published a boring book of his ideas on geo-politics which everyone in the family was forced to read. I developed […]

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Author: Wayne Rowe Publisher: Rocky Nook Review by Conrad J. Obregon In the first Star Wars movie, Luke Skywalker is piloting a rebel aircraft through enemy fire to deliver the bomb that will destroy the Deathstar. He hears the voice of the Jedi Knight, Obi Wan Kenobi telling him to “use the force” and “let […]

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Editor: James Elkins Publisher: Routledge Review by Conrad J. Obregon Even though I’ve studied philosophy and semiotics extensively I consider myself a photographer rather than a philosopher or semiologist. Yet I believe that photography, or at least art photography, should have meaning. Photography theory as a field has seemed to work at the intersection of […]

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Authors: Paul Fuqua and Steven Biver Publisher: Focal Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon Although there are many different books on portrait photography, most of them are organized in a similar format. For example, explanations of lighting ratios are immediately preceded by descriptions of the roles of main lights, fill lights, hair lights and so […]

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Author: Sue Bishop Publisher: Photographers’ Institute Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon A photographic portfolio is a presentation of a photographer’s work designed for the viewer’s aesthetic appreciation or for marketing purposes. An instructional photography book is designed to teach the reader how to make better photographs. Photographers can improve their skills by studying a […]

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Author: Larry Volk and Danielle Currier Publisher: Focal Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon Visual professionals usually introduce themselves to prospective clients and employers by presenting a portfolio. No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Portfolio Guide for Photographers and Designers calls itself a complete guide to portfolio preparation. The authors claim it is aimed at both […]

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Author: Peter Watson Publisher: Photographers’ Institute Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon Most landscape photographers who are serious about their work easily learn how to expose film and focus properly. After that, the difficulty is learning how to arrange the landscape, or more properly, arrange oneself with respect to the landscape, so that a beautiful […]

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Author: Chris Gatcom Publisher: Amphoto Books Review by Conrad J. Obregon What serious photographer doesn’t want to improve his creativity? With a title like Camera Creative: Professional Photography Techniques for Innovative Images, this book sounds like an ideal tool to use. The book is organized into six sections with 52 chapters, each two to four […]

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Author: Robert Correll Publisher: For Dummies (Wiley) Review by Conrad J. Obregon I’ve always had a problem with the “For Dummies” brand. I often read on the subway and I didn’t want strangers thinking I was dumb. If you suffer from this syndrome and want to learn the basics of High Dynamic Range photography (HDR) […]

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Author: Joseph R. Meehan Publisher: Lark Books Review by Conrad J. Obregon A movie can capture time and motion; that’s why it’s called a movie. But a still photograph, taken in a single instant, freezes time and can’t capture motion. Or can it? That’s the question that Joseph Meehan answers in the affirmative in Capturing […]

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Author: Michael Frye Publisher: Focal Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Eliot Porter were amongst the greatest landscape photographers of the twentieth century. Unlike many of today’s photographers, they used film. The book Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Masters tries to translate their techniques […]

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Author: Matthew Bamberg Publisher: Course Technology PTR Review by Conrad J. Obregon One of the best ways to improve photography skills is by looking at the works of master photographers. By seeing what their vision had to offer and by examining how they used the formal elements like exposure, depth of field and framing one […]

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Author: David Clark Publisher: Focal Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon Here’s what I would classify as a high-concept photo book. In “Photography in 100 Words: Exploring the Art of Photography with Fifty of its Greatest Masters” the author has collected one photograph from each of 50 photographers and then interviewed each, asking the source […]

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Author: Loe Beerens Publisher: Rocky Nook Review by Conrad J. Obregon Three Songs, No Flash!: Your Ultimate Guide to Concert Photography I generally object when a photographer’s portfolio is presented as an instructional manual. But when the pictures are as good as those in “Three Songs, No Flash!:Your Ultimate Guide to Concert Photography” and I’ve […]

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Authors: Glenn Rand and Tim Meyer Publisher: Rocky Nook Review by Conrad J. Obregon Most photographers take pictures of people. What is it that transforms these images from snapshots to portraits? Glenn Rand and Tim Meyer offer their ideas on how to make this transformation in “The Portrait: Understanding Portrait Photography.” In clear, textbook-like language […]

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Author: Tad Crawford Publisher: Allworth Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon Nothing is more boring for a photographer than paging through a form book of contracts. Nothing is more important for a photographer who derives income from his pictures than having written agreements with his clients. Business and Legal Forms for Photographers, 4th Edition (Business […]

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Author: Michael E. Stern Publisher: Rocky Nook Review by Conrad J. Obregon Michael Stern probably has a lot to tell us about making photographs, both with a camera and with Photoshop. Unfortunately, he doesn’t convey much of this knowledge in this book, and what he does convey is ill organized. Build a Better Photograph: A […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Since Trey and I are leading a workshop together, I won’t be reviewing this book since some would see it as a conflict of interest. However, our regular book reviewer, Conrad Obregon has a review, which we publish now. Author: Trey Ratcliff Publisher: New Riders Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon There are […]

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Author: Kirk Tuck Publisher: Amherst Media Inc Review by Conrad J. Obregon It was said that after Napoleon, every French corporal carried a field marshal’s baton in his haversack. Similarly, many photographers who have captured great images have wondered about becoming professionals. However, a collection of great images is not enough to earn a living […]

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Author: David duChemin Publisher: New Riders Review by Conrad J. Obregon David duChemin’s Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision was a great hit with many photographers, engaging difficult subjects to write about, vision and creativity. Based on the success of his first book I was eager to read VisionMongers: Making a Life and […]

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Author: Ralph A. Clevenger Publisher: New Riders Press Review by Conrad J. Obregon It always seems strange to me that one of the best ways that we can find to keep in touch with the natural world is by using a high tech tool like a digital camera and a computer. Yet I find, as […]

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