The third issue of PHOTOGRAPH A Digital Quarterly Magazine for Creative Photographers hit the stands today or more appropriately your inbox. Craft & Vision has put out another outstanding issue and this 113 page ad free magazine is full of thought provoking articles and beautiful imagery.
Issue 3 features insightful Q&As and featured portfolios from Hengki Koentjoro, a nature photographer who specializes in fine art black & white photography; Kevin Clark a food photographer who can make crumbs on a plate look appetizing and Dave Delnea a commercial, travel and landscape photographer and author.
You’ll also be treated to a number of excellent articles that includes (and this isn’t all of them):
Without The Camera – David duChemin
Creative Composition – John Paul Caponigro
The Art of the Print – Martin Bailey
Camera Craft – Nicole S. Young
Gear is Good – Al Smith
Portraits in Northern Kenya – David duChemin
You can purchase Issue 3 of PHOTOGRAPH for USD $8 here. As with all of Craft & Vision’s offerings, they aim to knock the content out of the ballpark and do so at exceptional value. That’s why you can also get a one-year subscription for $USD 24—that’s four issues for the price of three.
Last month I reviewed “Beyond Thirds – A Photographer’s Introduction to Creative Composition” by Andrew S. Gibson. This month Andrew has just released his latest e-book “Square – The Digital Photographer’s Guide to the Square Format”.
In Square, Gibson delves deeper into creative composition but this time with the intent of producing an image with an aspect ratio of 1:1. The rule of thirds doesn’t apply here…so what does? This book isn’t just about cropping your images (although he does discuss this). It’s about composing your shots and making conscious decisions that will have an impact on the final image.
Some of the topics that Andrew covers are as follows:
- The History of the Square Format
- Going square (three ways to create square format images)
- Square Subjects
- The 35mm problem
- Cropping Square
- Design & Balance
The Four S’s (shape, simplicity, space, and subtlety)
In addition to this Gibson also includes case studies by photographers Matt Toynbee and Flavia Schaller and additional tutorials in the appendix.
Square retails for $9.97 and can be purchased directly from Andrew Gibson’s site here.
Rules are made to be broken and in Andrew S. Gibson’s latest Craft & Vision ebook he gives you permission to do just that. Beyond Thirds – A Photographer’s Introduction to Creative Composition is an easy read with practical information and tips on how to get the most out of your images. Whether you’re a novice, looking to improve the composition of your photographs or an experienced photographer this ebook covers the basics and beyond. While Gibson starts out outlining what the rule of thirds is all about he quickly moves beyond that and explains how to take a holistic approach to composition.
By discussing how to take into consideration all visual elements within a frame he quickly has the reader looking through his own viewfinder. For some photographers composing a scene is intuitive (or eventually becomes intuitive) Beyond Thirds helps you “see” the process that Gibson takes by breaking down each image in the ebook into the compositional elements that make it so pleasing to the eye.
The ebook explores important subjects like the creative use of balance and focal points, insights into how to shape a subject, and using aspect ratio to establish an ideal foundation for making photographs, and so much more!
Gibson also includes creative exercises which provides the reader with ideas and insights needed to compose more engaging photographs.
Beyond Thirds is now available for PDF download for $5, or pay just $4 if you use coupon code BT4. You can also download 5 or more PDF eBooks at 20% off when you use the discount code BT20. These codes expire Saturday, November 19 at 11:59pm (PST). Click here to get the book.