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Slow – The Magic of Long-Exposure Photography

Acadia National Park, Thunder Hole, long exposure, waves, sea, Maine

As you can tell from the images above I love long exposure photography and creating effects with intentional camera movement. So you can image how excited I was when I found out that this month’s Craft & Vision ebook release was entirely about this topic.

With Slow – The Magic of Long-Exposure Photography by Andrew S. Gibson,  Craft & Vision adds another well written and informative ebook to its ever-expanding photographic library.

If you enjoy long exposure photography or are looking to get started then this is a great resource to include in your personal library of photography books.

While I’ve been using the term “long exposure” and the subtitle of the book states it as well there is so much more that Andrew Gibson delves into. Andrew covers various topics such as:

Recording Motion using a slower shutter speed to convey motion in your photographer in order to tell a story.

Panning with and without people.

Intentional Camera Movement covers different techniques where the photographer deliberately moves the camera during an exposure thus creating interesting blurs and abstract images.

Long Exposures (admittedly my favorite section)  discusses the equipment, techniques and the types of  locations to seek out in order to create striking compositions and images.

Andrew also covers off camera settings; using the correct exposure (and how to calculate it); exposing to the right; different types of light for long exposures and more.

In addition, there are also two case studies included by Outdoor Photographer  Dough Chinnery and Fine Art Photographer Joel Tjintjelaar.

Andrew S. Gibson is a photographer and writer who has written many titles for Craft & Vision as well as his own releases.

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Up Close – A Guide to Macro & Close Up Photography

Talk about good timing. If you’ve been following this blog for a few months, you’ll know that I purchased a new Tamron 90mm Macro lens over the Christmas holidays.  I’m really enjoying this lens but quickly realized that I had a bit of a learning curve when it came to macro photography. Understanding depth of field and focusing techniques when getting very close to a subject isn’t as simple as one might think. I’m still working on mastering macro photography but I still have a lot to learn so the release of Craft & Vision’s newest ebook, Up Close – A Guide to Macro & close Up Photography by Andrew S. Gibson couldn’t have come at a better time. 

Gibson really covers all his bases in this new ebook. He discusses the different types of equipment that you can use in close up photography from the obvious macro lens, extension tubes and close up lenses to the reverse macro lens. This was completely new to me. I had no idea that you could take a lens and with a simple reversing ring mount the lens with the front element attached to the camera in order to increase magnification. What I really useful was his detailed overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the different tools.

In the latter part of the book Gibson discusses technique and lighting and this is really the meat and potatoes of this ebook. Focusing, creating sharp images and depth of field are techniques a photographer must understand in order to create stunning macro images and through his detailed explanation of all these topics and more photographers of every level will find they’ve just learned something new.

Included in the book are two case studies featuring the gorgeous close-up work of photographers Mandy Disher and Celine Steen that will really inspire you to explore smaller worlds.

I’ve always said that Craft & Vision books are a great value and Up Close is no exception. For the next six days only, the PDF version of Up Close is just $4, use the promotional code CLOSE4 when you check out  OR use the code CLOSE20 to get 20% off when you buy 5+ PDF eBooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm PST June 24, 2012. Click Here to Purchase

“Square” – An eBook by Andrew S. Gibson

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
  • Shape
  • The Four S’s (shape, simplicity, space, and subtlety)                                                                                
  • Creative layout
  • Framing

 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.

Beyond Thirds – A New Craft & Vision eBook by Andrew S. Gibson

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.

New eBook from Craft & Vision – “Andes – The Print & Process Series”

Craft & Vision just released a new ebook in their Print & Process Series, Andes by Andrew S. Gibson.


Andrew takes us through multiple trips that he took to the Andes starting in 2002 to the present. Using both film and digital capture, he captures the natural and majestic beauty of places like Machu Picchu; as well as, the rich culture and struggles of the Incas and their mountain lifestyle in a raw and intimate journey that is as much about photography as it is about adventure. Andrew takes the reader through his many journies starting on that first one, with a film camera and 2  prime lenses and the challenges he encountered. Andrew is a gifted teacher and photographers will learn from this journey if they’re willing to join him.

ANDES is available now as a downloadable PDF for just $5USD.

Special Offer on PDFs
For the first five days only, if you use the promotional code ANDES4 when you checkout, you can have the PDF version of ANDES, The Print & The Process Series for only $4 OR use the code ANDES20 to get 20% off when you buy 5 or more PDF ebooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm PST August 6th, 2011.

Click Here to go to the Craft & Vision site to pick up your copy.