Workflow. It’s not a dirty word but it is an area of a photographer’s life that contains some of the more unpleasant aspects of creativity. The boring and repetitive stuff that is no less essential than the fun stuff. We all have to do it, no matter whether photography is responsible for our income or whether it’s just something we do as a hobby. You go out with camera in hand, create a lot of pictures, most of which are likely to be destined to never see the light of day. How do you get those ones that you do want to publish out there into the world? What about when you’re stuck working on a cold, rainy winter’s day and want to relive the trip of a lifetime you took five years ago to a tropical island? Can you even find those photographs after all this time? An efficient workflow is a must for any photographer, and where better to learn about the steps involved than from a successful travel photographer who has been refining his process for years? The Photographer’s Workflow by Gavin Gough has just been released and is packed full of handy advice. Subtitled “A Practical Guide To Digital Post-Production Using Lightroom 4″ the guide will take you through all the steps involved in getting your photographs from camera to completion, including management of metadata, archiving and backup strategies, captions and keywords, and refining your images to meet your personal vision.
It’s hard to believe but three years have gone by since David duChemin released Ten, his first eBook and what became the start of Craft & Vision. Since then, more than 40 eBooks have been published from 15 authors and a thriving community has grown alongside. Each month, a new release comes along and this latest one is entitled Portraits of Earth – An Introduction to Landscape Photography, written by David duChemin.
Like all releases, if you buy early, you get a discount. For the first few days, if you use the promotional code EARTH4 when you checkout, you can have Portraits of Earth for just $4 OR use the code EARTH20 to get 20% off when you buy 5+ PDF eBooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm (PST) September 9, 2012. Click here to view more details
Focus. In some cases the right focus is all that’s needed to create a compelling image. Finding that focus can be a matter of technical skill, ranging anywhere from pointing the camera toward the subject in an automatic mode to careful selection of focus points and decisions on depth of field for the more advanced photographer. For some photographers that’s all the thought that ever needs to go into focus, and if that works for you, great. Keep at it. There are a lot of technical aspects to focus and in the latest release by Craft & Vision, Finding Focus, Nicole S. Young walks you through them. But that’s not all she talks about and in my opinion, it’s the additional, oftentimes overlooked elements of focus that really make this an eBook worth having.
For the first six days only, if you use the promotional code FOCUS4 when you checkout, you can have Finding Focus for just $4 OR they can use the code FOCUS20 to get 20% off when you buy 5+ PDF eBooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm (PST) August 19, 2012. Click here to view more details
Last week I mentioned Andrew S. Gibson’s latest eBook “Understanding Lenses : A guide to Canon wide-angle and kit lenses“. I’d hoped to get quick review out earlier than this but didn’t get a chance to fully go through the book, so rather than post a rushed review, I decided it better to wait. For those of you who want to dive right in and grab it, if you use the code august2 you can get it for £5 throughout August, a discount of £2. Click here to view more details
Ansel Adams once said that
Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.
Those words, spoken at the time about film and darkroom work, still ring true today. We might consider adding something about dodging and burning helping bring out the photographer’s intent and vision, but for the most part, what was true decades ago remains equally true today in the digital world. For a photographer who came of age before digital and learned darkroom processes, dodging and burning is not mysterious at all. How best to achieve it digitally might be, but the concept and need for it is well known. For those whose photographic journey began with pixels, dodging and burning may be a foreign concept ….. in part. The term may be unknown but some of the practice may be familiar. Still, whether you class yourself as novice or expert, there is always more you can learn.
You may like doing it the way you like to do it but that doesn’t mean that’s the only way to do it. – Jay Maisel