Scott Kelby’s Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques Available Now

Scott Kelby’s newest book, Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques, is now available.  Scott says this book “was designed expressly for photographers who do their own retouching.”  If you are familiar with Kelby’s past books, then you know he pretty much nails the subject matter of all of his books.

Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques carries a list price of $49.99; however, it is currently available for $29.31 on

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

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

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