Architectural Photography Author: Adrian Schulz Publisher: Rocky Nook Review by Conrad J. Obregon Architectural photography is an area full of competing factors that affect the picture. Architects want their work reproduced accurately. Photographers want it presented in a photographically artistic manner. Wide angle lenses and telephoto lenses offer different results. Photographing from close to the […]

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Authors: Duncan Evans & Tim Shelbourne Publisher: Lark Books (Sterling Publishing Co.) Review by Conrad J. Obregon Creative Photoshop Portrait Techniques is a book of tips that contains instructions for adjusting portraits in Photoshop by creating a number of special effects. The chapters are devoted to color correction and enhancement, creative lighting, personal improvements, lens […]

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Digital Masters: Travel Photography

Author: Bob Krist

Publisher: Lark Books (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc

Review by Conrad J. Obregon

I sometimes wonder if there is such a thing as travel photography. Isn’t what the travel photographer does already covered by such genres as landscape, architectural and portrait photography, among other things?

Bob Krist obviously doesn’t think so. He’s been taking wonderful photographs during his travels and writing about travel photography for years. In his latest book he discusses the gear to use for travel photography; the workflow of a digital photographer on the road; the nature of light; composition; what he calls “moment” which seems to be the picture element that deals with exciting or interesting content; the use of flash; portraits; archiving and sharing; and survival tips. He even includes an afterward that stresses that exciting content is far more important than technique. Continue reading

The Digital SLR Expert Landscapes

Authors: Tom Mackie, William Neill, David Noton, Darwin Wiggett, Tony Worobiec

Publisher: David and Charles

Review by Conrad J. Obregon

One of the problems of books about landscape photography is that there are many different audiences for such books ranging from the photographer who is just learning about the subject to experienced hands looking to pick up a few tips. This book seemed more aimed at the new landscape photographer who understands how to use his or her camera and understands the basic principles of exposure.

The book is written by five of the world’s great landscape photographers with each offering a chapter on a different subject. Darwin Wiggett writes about controlling exposure; David Noton about understanding light; William Neill about composition; Tom Mackie about landscape locations; and Tony Worobiec about black-and-white landscapes. Continue reading

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2: A Digital Photographer’s Guide

Authors: Dave Huss and David Plotkin

Publisher: Focal Press

Review by Conrad J. Obregon

I suspect that as the Lightroom image processing software matures, users will be looking for different kinds of information to best use it. As a consequence, a book that may be perfect for new users may be too simple for experienced hands.

Huss and Plotkin provide us with an approach to Lightroom that may appeal to people already familiar with the software. The chapters of the book follow the format of most other authors, working the way through each of Lightroom’s five modules. When discussing the Library function they further divide the tasks into getting photos into Lightroom and organizing the photos, as well as using the quick develop functions. They examine the tools for adjusting photos in the development module, with a separate chapter on using the local adjustment tools introduced in Lightroom 2. They finish up by covering the slideshow, web and print modules. Continue reading

Inside Lightroom 2

Author: Richard Earney

Publisher Focal Press (Elsevier)

Review by Conrad J. Obregon

With the introduction of Lightroom 2 (LR2), the software has evolved into a mature tool with a number of adherents. Naturally, as users have become experienced in the use of the sliders and buttons, they are looking for ways to push the software further. “Inside Lightroom 2” is aimed at filling this need.

The book includes chapters on LR2 basics; a description of the ideal computer system on which to run LR2; the new features of LR2; file management; a Develop workflow; presets; and a listing of on-line resources.

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Night and Low-Light Photography: Professional Techniques from Experts for Artistic and Commercial Success

Author: Jill Waterman

Publisher: Amphoto Books (Watson-Guptill)

Review by Conrad J. Obregon

Many photographers put away their cameras when the light grows dim or dark, thus forfeiting at least half the opportunity to take photographs. This book seems aimed at those photographers.

Jill Waterman has assembled a team of 30 top professionals to talk about low-light and night photography. The book begins with the usual mandatory discussion of equipment, although this chapter contains many tips on equipment use, such as stabilizing one’s lens against glass if shooting through it. There are also some unusual pieces of equipment mentioned, like large portable spotlights for painting with light. Other chapters include discussions of color temperature; black and white photography, which emphasizes the role of the chemical darkroom in extending range; lighting techniques, which emphasizes light painting; weather, night time phenomena, like the aurora; and post production tools. There is a chapter that analyzes the styles of seven of the photographers and a final chapter that talks about the availability of workshops. Continue reading