Back in April of this year Anne McKinnell released her first book of this series aptly named The Compelling Photograph – Techniques for Creating Better Images – Book 1. You can see my review of Book 1 here. Since the release of book 1 Anne has continued on with her adventures, exploring North America and creating spectacular imagery. She also introduced and launched One-on-One Photography Coaching sessions which sell out…quickly and her ebooks can usually be found ranked in 1st place on Amazon.
Book 2 follows the same format as the first, where each chapter is structured as a lesson on a particular topic. There are 8 chapters (or lessons) each focused on a different design element. McKinnell, always the teacher, takes great care in explaining how to achieve the design element and what makes for a successful image. This ebook isn’t just about sitting and reading. At the end of each chapter there’s an assignment to help you put into practice what you’ve just read.
Book 2 covers the following:
- Leading Lines
- Depth of Field
- Long Exposure
If you’re just starting out in photography or want a refresher on the basics then this should be in your library.
This eBook contains 85 full-spread pages and over 100 photographs to illustrate the lessons. It normally retails for $9.99 but there is a special introductory price of $7.99. Click Here to purchase the book.
The Bundle Deal
If you haven’t picked up Book 1 yet, there’s a great deal on the bundle of both eBooks. You can get both books for only $14.99. (You don’t need a discount code for the bundle deal.) Click Here for the bundle.
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
The Inspired Eye 3 – Notes on Creativity for Photographers by David duChemin
You know what I like about David duChemin besides him being a brilliant photographer? The man can write. In his newest release, The Inspired Eye 3, it feels like duChemin is giving you a private tutorial on how to embrace your strengths, fine tune your imagination and trust your process to lead you to your own creative style.
“Our measure of talent, or our feeling about the lack of it, are far less influencial in our own creative process than how hard we work.”
This is not a book that will lead you to technical proficiency, it’s a book about your creativity process. Regardless of the equipment you use, if you can make a good exposure and focus the camera the rest depends on the choices you make and the way you want to express yourself as an artist.
If you want to create great photographs, gear and technique won’t get you there. The continual focus on gear at the expense of creativity is why so many who love this craft become frustrated. After all, a camera, for all the bells and whistles, is just a box with a hole in it. Add a lens and there’s little else. Spend too much time on the peripherals – gear and technique – without tending to the core, and we risk ending up really proficient at creating photographs that are uninspired and uninspiring. If you have any interest in expressing yourself and creating beauty, if you’re more than just a camera-collector but a photographer, then creativity is your core asset. Investing in that asset, and understanding how it works, is key.
The Inspired Eye, Volume 3, is the third and final installment in the Inspired Eye series, an eBook full of discussion about the way we think and create – it’s about what happens before and during the time the camera comes to our eye and the shutter is pressed. It’s about how we deal with constraints, challenges, and inspiration; it’s about how we light and feed the fire of creativity.
The Inspired Eye 3 is now available for PDF download for $5, or pay just $4 if you use coupon code EYETHREE4. You can also download 5 or more PDF eBooks at 20% off when you use the discount code EYETHREE20. These codes expire Saturday, September 24 at 11:59pm (PST). Click Here to purchase your copy now.