The Portrait, 2nd Edition: Understanding Portrait Photography – New Book

The Portrait, 2nd Edition- Understanding Portrait Photography

The Portrait, 2nd Edition: Understanding Portrait Photography is a new book from photographers Glenn Rand and Tim Meyer.

The book discusses “lessons from the masters and the history of photographic portraiture. They build on this foundation and cover all of the technical and aesthetic components of understanding and producing outstanding portraits. Extensive illustrations illuminate the concepts discussed, and works of outstanding photographers serve as examples of how to apply the lessons in this book. This second edition offers even more illustrations and photographic examples as well as an expanded discussion on posing.”

The Portrait, 2nd Edition: Understanding Portrait Photography retails for $39.95; however, it is currently available for $28.59 from

It is also available as a Kindle Edition for $17.59 here at

Photographic Composition – New Book

Photographic Composition

Photographic Composition is a new book from Art Academy professor Albrecht Rissler, who “believes that a firm understanding of image design is as important as having an observant eye or having the technical knowledge to operate a camera. Photographic Composition presents the most important concepts of image design and offers 250 beautiful photographs to illustrate these concepts. By applying these concepts to your own work, you will greatly improve your photographic eye and your ability to compose an ideal image.”

Photographic Composition retails for $39.95; however, it is currently available for $28.03 on

How to Use the Patch Tool in Photoshop

Check out this video from Aaron Nace at Phlearn on how to use the amazing patch tool in Photoshop. Aaron covers the scenarios in which you want to use the standard patch tool and why it is often a better choice than using the content-aware patch tool.

He also breaks down the difference between source and destination selections for the patch tool, as well as what the transparency selection does when using the patch tool.

How to Adjust Lighting in Post Production Using Photoshop

Check out this video from¬†Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes as he walks through how to adjust lighting to a photo after the fact using some basic tools inside Photoshop. In this video he takes a midday photo and changes it to the appearance of a photo taken at dusk with new lighting elements within.

Adobe also showed off a demo at its MAX conference of some possible future technology that automates the process as well. Check it out below. [Read more…]

Is An Underwater DSLR Housing Worth the Expense?


Earlier this summer, I shot a wedding in the Abacos, Bahamas, and wanted to use my free time there to experiment with underwater photography. My husband has a Panasonic point-and-shoot camera that we have used on past trips for underwater fun, but the perfectionist in me wondered if the pictures would be dramatically better with a professional DSLR. [Read more…]