Speedliter’s Handbook Review

Have you ever looked at those buttons on the back of your flash and wondered what exactly that they do?  What about understanding flash exposure compensation?  Or, high speed sync?  Want to dim the sun?

The Speedliter’s Handbook is a killer resource from Syl Arena that is primarily for Canon DSLR shooters who want to integrate Canon Speedlites into their repertoire.  That said, photographers using any other brand of gear will get their money’s worth out of this book. [Read more...]

Strobist Photo Trade Secrets Vol. 1 & 2 – Book Review

The Strobist Photo Trade Secrets books are quick-hit lighting books, featuring stunning flash photography from a variety of individual photographers.  Both volumes are edited by Zeke Kamm and published by Peachpit Press.

Essentially, the books each contain a collection of a couple dozen great images.  Each image covers a full page with a diagram and description of how the image was made on the back of the page.  Consequently, the photos suck you in to try to reverse-engineer the lighting setup in your head before you turn the page. [Read more...]

Serial Photography – New Book

Serial Photography is a new book from photographer Harald Mante.  In the book, Mante “explains how to focus your photographic work on themes, objects, shapes, colors, and moods, rather than randomly searching for that one great shot.”

Serial Photography retails for $39.95; however, it is currently available for $25.47 on Amazon.com.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide – New Book

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide is a new book from Brian Matsumoto and Carol F. Roullard.  As you may know, the Panasonic G2 is an entry-level Micro Four Thirds camera.

This new book retails for $29.95; however, it can currently be found for $19.29 on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Create Great iPhone Photos – New Book

Create Great iPhone Photos is a new book from Allan Hoffman that covers iPhone photo apps, tips and tricks to help users get the most out of their iPhone cameras.  I don’t know that I’ve seen a book solely dedicated to using your iPhone’s camera, but if you’re really wanting to do more with your iPhone photography, you can find the book for about $19 on Amazon.

GIMP 2.6 for Photographers – New Book

GIMP 2.6 for Photographers is a new book from Klaus Goelker that guides beginning GIMP users through the open-source image editing software.  GIMP 2.6 is free, open-source software compatible with Windows, OS X and Linux.

GIMP is considered a rather powerful alternative to Photoshop; however, educational info on GIMP has sometimes been difficult to find.  This book “has evolved from classroom materials that the author developed and taught in courses and workshops on image editing with the GIMP.”  Conveniently, the book includes a software DVD that contains a full version of GIMP and other open-source photo programs for those with slower Internet connections.

GIMP 2.6 for Photographers carries a retail price of $39.95; however, it is currently available for $26.37 on Amazon.com.