Photography eBooks

Darren wrote this at 12:58 am:

I’ve just created a new page listing useful eBooks I’ve found on various photographic topics: Photography eBooks.

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The Making of a Photography Book

Darren wrote this at 8:00 am:

Bettina and Uwe Steinmueller of Digital Outback Photo have written an article about the making of their coffee table book, California Earthframes. The article is titled The Making Of California Earthframes.

This is an interesting article to read about the considerations that go into producing a great book, from layout, to photo selection, to text, and finally printing. It sounds like the Steinmuellers were quite hands-on in the creation and publishing of their book.

If you’d like to buy California Earthframes, check the link above for more information. There is a link to a German store for those living in Europe, and presumably you’ll be able to buy copies of the book in the US once the first shipment arrives from the printer. An ebook version is also available for USD$9.95.

If you’d like to read another account of self-publishing a photography book, have a look at Producing Your Own Photography Book, which describes Michael Reichmann’s publishing of his photos from a tour of Bangladesh.

And here’s another – BC, Canada, photographer Mike Yip recently published a book about birds from Vancouver Island, and wrote up an account of his self-publishing experience (kindly hosted by Edwin over at CameraHobby.com). You can see some of Mike’s photos at his site Vancouver Island Birds.

Selecting A Subject

Darren wrote this at 6:24 pm:

Here’s an excerpt from the book On Being A Photographer, by David Hurn and Bill Jay: Selecting A Subject.

One of the best ways to grow as a photographer is to take on a project of some type. Choose a subject, and produce a body of work to illustrate that subject.

Maybe the end result will be a portfolio or a gallery show, or maybe it’ll end up as a small photo album or a web presentation. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you spend time with your chosen subject, get to know it, get past the cliche shots of it and really make photographs that reveal something new about your subject to other people.

Presented as a conversation between the two authors, this book excerpt is loaded with good advice about how to select a subject for your photographic project.

Dan Heller – Two New Books

Darren wrote this at 8:25 am:

Dan Heller has started shipping the first of his two books on running a photography business today, Profitable Photography in the Digital Age. This looks like a great book for professional photographers, ‘weekend warriors’, and those who’d just like to make a little scratch from their photography to help pay for all those lenses and gadgets.

Dan’s second book, How to Make Money with Digital Photography, will be released in September 2005. This one is more of a coffee table book, with lots of full-color images and a bit lighter content.

These are not how-to books on setting up and running a photo business of any one specific kind, or even an internet-based one. Instead, they help you understand how things work, so you can decide on which of various business approaches are right for you.

The two books together will set you back USD$39.90 (plus $10 shipping within the USA, $20 outside the USA) if you pre-order now. And if you pre-order, Dan will even autograph them for you.

Producing Your Own Photography Book

Darren wrote this at 12:49 pm:

Michael Reichmann from The Luminous Landscape is currently in the process of publishing a book of his photographs from Bangladesh.

He’s using 100 Books Publishing Company to print the book, and seems very happy with the price and quality, even for small print runs (under 1000 copies).

There’s a lot to preparing a book for publication, and Michael describes the process in quite good detail. It’s not a small project to undertake, but it is within reach for any photographer with a portfolio of 75 or so high-standard photographs and the money to back it.

Down at the bottom of the article there’s a link to email Michael to register interest in this book. It’ll only cost USD$29.95 + shipping and handling, which is a real bargain for anyone interested in seeing the work of a prolific pro. I’ve signed up for my copy!

Magazine for Digital Pro Photographers

Darren wrote this at 4:32 pm:

Digital Pro Photo is a great magazine, well worth the relatively low subscription price. It’s not your usual fluffy consumer mag, full of beginner’s tips and digicam reviews. This is a magazine for professional photographers, although serious amateurs will love it too.

Filled with in-depth gear reviews, articles on technique and the best inspiring images, Digital Photo Pro is the professional’s guide to going digital. In every issue, you’ll find:

  • Profiles of and best images from top professionals and photography visionaries
  • Extensive pro-level equipment coverage to show you what’s new and how to use it
  • Detailed explanations of the latest technologies—everything from Digital SLRs to software to scanners to photo gear
  • Tips and techniques that will help you create a successful studio and run a profitable photography business
  • How-to articles that show you innovative ways to use your hardware and software

The current (July/August) issue contains articles on:

  • the challenges of shooting photographs in a war zone
  • using and controlling light (two articles)
  • making custom modifications to build the perfect camera
  • asset management and copyright in the digital age (two articles)

New RAW Conversion eBook

Darren wrote this at 7:27 pm:

Digital Outback Photo has just released the updated 2005 version of their eBook The Art of RAW Conversion 2005 (290 pages) by Uwe Steinmueller and Jürgen Gulbins. This new edition has been updated for Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Camera Raw 3.x. It also covers several other RAW converters including Pixmantec RawShooter, Phase One Capture One, Canon DPP, Nikon Capture, and Bibble 4.x.

Features of the eBook:

  • Photoshop CS2 Camera Raw 3.x
  • Pixmantec RawShooter, Phase One Capture One, Canon DPP, Nikon Capture, Bibble 4.x
  • Understanding the full RAW workflow
  • Introduction to DNG
  • Understanding basic color management
  • Converting to B&W with your RAW converters
  • Perfecting images by removing image artifacts like: Noise, Chromatic Aberrations, Lens Distortions, dust and sharpening
  • Upsizing, dark/light halo and edge mask sharpening
  • Based on real-world experience
  • Optimized for working on the screen

The eBook costs USD$39.95, or if you already bought the older version of it you can upgrade for USD$27.95.

New Sunday Morning Photographer

Darren wrote this at 7:12 am:

Mike Johnston has just released another issue of his Sunday Morning Photographer column. This one contains:

  • personal and subjective bokeh ratings of 35 lenses
  • brief review of Rangefinder Photography, a book published by Lulu, a print-on-demand publisher
  • announcement that The Empirical Photographer is available in print from Lulu
  • back issues of The 37th Frame newsletter available on Lulu (PDF download only)
  • Lenses and the Light-Tight Box will soon be available on Lulu
  • First Annual 37th Frame Lens Awards

‘The Empirical Photographer’ Finally Published?

Darren wrote this at 11:27 pm:

According to Imaging Resource and Photography Blog, Mike Johnston has finally gotten his book The Empirical Photographer published.

Mike writes The Sunday Morning Photographer (SMP). This column has visited almost all aspects of photography over the years, from rangefinders to digital SLRs, image critiques to interviews, and inkjet printing to developing a personal style. It’s always thought-provoking and interesting, and I’m hoping The Empirical Photographer will be more of the same.

I originally paid for this book on June 22, 2003. It kept getting delayed, and delayed, and delayed. Even the book’s web site still says it “has been delayed somewhat, to October 2003″. Maybe he lost the piece of paper that said “to do: publish book and update web site”.

In the end, I wrote to Mike and asked for my money back as it didn’t look like the book would ever be published. He ignored my email. Several further attempts were also ignored.

Despite the quality of his customer service, Mike writes well and is very knowledgeable about all things photographic. Now that it’s published, I’d prefer to get the book than a refund – I’ll update this entry if and when it does arrive.

Let’s just hope that the list of people who pre-purchased the book isn’t filed in the same place as that piece of paper with the “to do” on it!