The Sony Alpha NEX-7: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide – New Book

The Sony Alpha NEX-7: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide is a new book from Carol F. Roullard and Brian Matsumoto that delves into the features and capabilities of the Sony NEX-7.

“It guides you through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a friendly manner, with suggestions and tips for setup according to various shooting styles.”

The Sony Alpha NEX-7: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide retails for $34.95; however, it is currently available for $18.43 from Amazon.com.

The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer – New Book

The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer is a new book from photographer NK Guy.  The Lens “is a momentous handbook that demystifies optical technology, decodes arcane terminology, and provides practical tips for both amateur and professional photographers to help them make smart purchasing decisions and build the perfect lens collection.”

The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer retails for $44.95; however, it is currently available for $23.96 on Amazon.com.

Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Composition Field Guide – New Book

Understanding Composition

Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Composition Field Guide is a new book from from the author of the wildly popular Understanding Exposure.

“In this handy, take-anywhere guide, renowned photographer, instructor, and bestselling author Bryan Peterson frees amateur photographers from the prejudices of what is “beautiful” or “ugly” so that they can instead focus on color, line, light, and pattern.”

Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Composition Field Guide retails for $22.99; however, it is currently available for $12.63 on Amazon.com.  It is also available in a Kindle Edition.

Photographing Shadow and Light – New Book from Joey L.

Photographing Shadow and Light

Photographing Shadow and Light is a new book from photography superstar Joey L. due for release on December 4, 2012.

“In Photographing Shadow and Light, Joey lifts the curtain on his dramatic, creatively fearless approach to portraiture, sharing his personal philosophy and a behind-the-scenes look at 15 striking photo sessions—from personal projects shot in Africa, India, and Brooklyn to commercial shoots for 50 Cent, the Jonas Brothers, and Project Runway All Stars. Joey provides readers with a step-by-step description of how he visualized each shoot, formed meaningful connections with his subjects, and “built” his signature dramatic lighting effects—one light at a time.

Featuring more than 85 stunning portraits, detailed lighting diagrams, and a foreword from industry icon David Hobby (aka Strobist), Photographing Shadow and Light shares the creative process behind one of today’s most exciting photography talents, providing serious amateurs and professionals a fresh perspective on creating compelling, professional quality portraits.”

Photographing Shadow and Light retails for $29.99; however, it is currently available for $19.39 from Amazon.com.

Photoshop Elements 11: The Missing Manual – New Book

Photoshop Elements 11: The Missing Manual

Photoshop Elements 11: The Missing Manual is a new book from Barbara Brundage, who has been the author of Photoshop Elements: The Missing Manual since Elements 3.  The new book covers new features like the Organizer component and the revamped Editor – as well as providing step-by-step guidance on making the most of Photoshop Elements 11.

Key topics from Photoshop Elements 11: The Missing Manual, include:

  • Get to work right away. Import, organize, and make quick fixes with ease.
  • Retouch any image. Repair and restore old and damaged photos.
  • Add pizzazz. Use dozens of filters, layer styles, and special effects.
  • Share photos. Create online albums, email-ready slideshows, and web-ready files.
  • Find your artistic flair. Use tools to draw, paint, work with blend modes, and more.
  • Use your words. Make text flow along a curved path or around an object or shape.
  • Unleash your creativity. Design photo books, greeting cards, calendars, and collages.
  • Make yourself comfortable. Customize Elements to fit your working style.

Photoshop Elements 11: The Missing Manual retails for $44.99; however, it is currently available on Amazon.com in a Kindle edition for $28.79.

Lighting for Digital Photography by Syl Arena Due Next Month

Lighting for Digtal Photography

Lighting for Digital Photography is Syl Arena’s next book, which is due out at the end of October.  Syl wrote the excellent Speedliter’s Handbook on Canon Speedlites last year and I expect him to nail this one as well.  (You can read my review of Speedliter’s Handbook here.)

Lighting for Digital Photography will go beyond just the Canon Speedlite system and also dig into lighting with Nikon speedlights, bigger strobes and continuous lights.  Additionally, the book will cover use of light modifiers such as umbrellas, softboxes, flags and gels.

Syl is a great teacher and Speedliter’s Handbook proved he knows how to teach in written words in addition to the workshops he’s known for.

Lighting for Digital Photography is currently available to pre-order for $14 on Amazon.com.  This book would make a great stocking stuffer this holiday season for the photographer in your life.

Tabletop Photography – New Book

Tabletop Photography

Tabletop Photography is a new book from photographer and designer Cyrill Harnischmacher.

“Affordable compact flashes offer a number of creative lighting options within your tabletop studio; and the appropriate lighting and backdrop, and the creative use of your camera’s features are key to a perfect image.

Author Cyrill Harnischmacher guides you through a variety of exposure and lighting techniques, and covers how to achieve excellent results using compact flash units.”

Tabletop Photography retails for $24.95; however, it is currently available for $18.21 on Amazon.com.  It is also available in a Kindle edition for only $7.53.

Great Photos – Simple Cameras – New Book

Great Photos - Simple Cameras

Great Photos – Simple Cameras is a new book from self-taught photographer Bernd Daub.

“This book teaches us how to focus our attention on the motivation behind our chosen image and develop a strong image impact without the need for high-tech equipment and flawless exposures.

Learn about a variety of reasonably priced, low-tech cameras-such as the Holga, Diana, and Blackbird-as well as single-use cameras, the good old Agfa-Box, and the pinhole camera.”

Great Photos – Simple Cameras retails for $34.95; however, it is currently available for $24.15 on Amazon.com.  It is also available in a Kindle edition for $9.99.

Mastering the Nikon D800 – New Book

Mastering the Nikon D800

Mastering the Nikon D800 is a new book from Darrell Young, who has authored several other books in this series on Nikon DSLRs.

“This book explores the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user’s manual. It guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; color illustrations; and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup according to various shooting styles.”

Mastering the Nikon D800 retails for $39.95; however, it is currently available for $21.07 from Amazon.com.