Category Archives: Photography Book Review

The Photographer’s Vision: Understanding and Appreciating Great Photography by Michael Freeman

Folks who have read Michael Freeman’s books, “The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos” and “The Photographer’s Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos” might well assume this is another well-conceived, how-to book. But it is so … Continue reading

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Understanding Flash Photography: How to Shoot Great Photographs Using Electronic Flash by Bryan Peterson

I’d bet that the engineers at Canon and Nikon would be shaking their heads in wonder if they read this book. Even though thru-the-lens (TTL) flash has been around longer than digital cameras, Bryan Peterson is still advocating the exclusive … Continue reading

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Manet’s Modernism: or, The Face of Painting in the 1860s by Michael Fried

It has been said that images of Edouard Manet marked the beginning of modern painting. The great art critic and art historian Michael Fried explores the work of Manet and several contemporaries. The book opens with the republication of an … Continue reading

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The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great by Steve Simon

There are a ton of books about photographic technique, like exposure and composition, which are concerned with camera settings and even at what to point your camera. Fewer books deal with what I think of as photographic process, that is, … Continue reading

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Fine Art Photography High Dynamic Range: Realism, Superrealism, and Image Optimization for Serious Novices to Advanced Digital Photographers by Tony Sweet

Tony Sweet has long been admired for his imaginative approach to photography. In this book he turns his attention to HDR processing. Although the book can be studied as a lovely portfolio, I found that Sweet’s discussion of how he … Continue reading

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Bill Hurter’s Small Flash Photography: Techniques for Professional Digital Photographers by Bill Hurter

As I read through this book, I kept remembering that a giraffe is a horse designed by a committee. The book purportedly is aimed at users of small flashes, with emphasis on Nikon products, like the amazing D600, D700, D800 … Continue reading

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Photographer’s Guide to the Digital Lifecycle: Real-life workflow scenarios for managing still and motion photography assets by Ben Greisler

The birth of the personal computer freed computer users from control by Information Technology (IT) staff. Unfortunately it also came to mean that digital photographer had to become their own IT staff. As files multiplied and as the mortality of … Continue reading

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