Being away for the last week and half has thrown me behind on some of the post I wanted to work on. Before I left I had download 2 new ebooks released by the team at Dreamscapes. I was planning on reading them and writing a review while I was away but I only got as far and doing the reading.
The first ebook is another in their new mini-guide series, Wildlife Photography by Ian Plant.
I love these mini guides. They’re the perfect length with just enough enough information to digest in one sitting. They’re also wonderful to have with you in the field and quickly be able to refer back to the information you’re looking for. This Wildlife Photography guide is no different. Photographing wildlife has its own challenges and while it’s vital to get it technically perfect there are other things to consider such as does your image tell a story. Ian’s mini guide touches on how tell that story by using light, providing context, positioning yourself and much more.
The 2nd release this month is Post Processing – A Guide for Nature Photographers by expert bird photographer Glenn Bartley.
If you’re a bird photographer you’re gong to love this new ebook if you’re not you’ll still get plenty out of this book because it deals with post processing of images and not the capture. If you feel bogged down with your workflow then this guide will help you get up and running in no time.
Glenn Bartley shares techniques t improve and simplify your image processing and photo management. Bartley covers the gamut here from the basics of file management, monitor calibrations, RAW processing, selective adjustment and and advanced techniques to name a few.
The book interspersed with video tutorials, expert tips and timesaving tips that will help you get the most out of Photoshop and BreezeBrowser but these techniques are transferable to any imaging software you use. I myself use primarily Lightroom and found the instructions and tips useful for LR as well.
In addition to the ebook itself you can download time-saving Photoshop actions and sample images to experiment with.
The Wildlife Photography Mini-Guide is available for $4.9 or purchase all 4 guides for $16.95. Post Process- A Guide for Nature Photographers is available for $24.95. Both books can be found at the Dreamscapes store here.
I just spent last weekend attending a landscape photography workshop; I read a lot of photography books, I follow other photographers blogs that I respect and admire and I go out and shoot, shoot, shoot. That’s how it is when you’re a photographer. You’re always striving to fine tune your craft. There’s always something new to learn even though you may think there isn’t.
Last year I came across a photographer that had just quit her job, sold her house, bought an RV and embarked on a year long adventure as a photographer, writer and nomad. I was enthralled at first with her decision to do this (don’t we all wish we can make a change like that). What kept bringing me back to her blog, post after post, were her images. I travelled with Anne McKinnell for the year, revelling in her adventures that she shared both through the written word and through her photographs.
When Anne asked if I was interested in a review copy of her latest ebook I thought to myself “are you kidding me?” yup I’m interested. Now just as a side bar, her email came to me at 1:00AM my time so when I woke up the next morning I said to myself (just for a second)…”oh my god what if I don’t like it.” (yes I talk to myself quite a bit). Well my moment of concern was unfounded.
8 Ways To Accelerate Your Photography is a book that you’re going to read and keep close by so you can refer to it every so often. Anne McKinnell does a wonderful job of taking the reader through (well) 8 ways to not only accelerate your photography but improve your technique and become a better photographer.
In the first half of the book Anne discusses topics such as composition and how to create a compelling image; techniques for nailing exposure especially in difficult situations, different natural lighting situations and how the quality of light will affect your images and processing your images. The second half deals with developing your portfolio; sharing your images on the web and making money with your photography.
This is where this book differs from so many others before it. Whether your just starting out in photography or you’ve been doing it for a while we all ask ourselves whether we’re good enough to sell our images. You’ll have to answer that question for yourself but Anne not only provides direction on how to capture the best images possible she also reveals what methods she uses to select her best images and create a comprehensive portfolio.
Anne’s easy conversational style writing makes the reader feel like they’re sitting in a room having a one on one discussion with her as she eases in to the topics at hand. This ebook, at 88 pages, is one that you’ll read and keep referring to for a long time.
8 Ways To Accelerate Your Photography is being launched with a special introductory price of $7.99 but, for a limited time, you can get 25% off by using the discount code “accelerate25″ in the cart. That brings the price down to only $5.99! Click here to purchase.