Serial Photography | Harald Mante

Using Themed Images to Improve Your Photographic Skills
Houses, Stairs, Tables and Chairs, Brushes, At the Market, Plastic, Balloons, Umbrellas and Sunshades, Water, Boats, Laundry, Traffic Mirrors, Street Lamps, Light and Shade, Palm Trees, Cacti, Views Through Buildings, People Photographed from Behind, Dolls and Mannequins, Shoes and Gloves, Manhole Covers, Doubling Up, Triples, Semicircles and Circles, Lines and Stripes, Checkered Patterns, Colored Doors, The Color Blue, Colors and Non-Colors, Complementary Colors: Red and Green, The Multicolored Spectrum, Monochromatic Pastels, Stencil Graffiti in Florence, Mirror Images, Automotive Reflections, Still Lifes, Glass Façades, Packaged Objects, Swarms, Color Runs…

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Harald Mante
Serial Photography
Using Themed Images to Improve Your Photographic Skills

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The Big Cloud

Our culture is addicted to weather: hourly forecasts, apps, radio, TV channels, alerts, warnings, and watches. And understandably—our food, clothing, livelihoods, and, increasingly, safety are tied directly to the weather and climate change.

In The Big Cloud, photographer Camille Seaman stands in front of tornados, at the edges of lightning storms, and in pelting hail under pitch-black skies to capture supercells and mammatus clouds in their often sublime and terrifying splendor. In these awe-inspiring photographs, Seaman’s work is a potent reminder that there is no art more dramatic, in scale or emotion, than that created by nature.

Big Cloud includes an introduction by award-winning New Yorker science writer and author Alan Burdick (Out of Eden, Why Time Flies).

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The Big Cloud
by photographer Camille Seaman

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The Art of Black and White Photography

Techniques for Creating Superb Images in a Digital Workflow by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann
Digital photography has conquered the market at breakneck speed despite the fact that in the early years of the technology, professional photographers eyed its development with skepticism. As photographers migrated from analog to digital, they suffered through more than their share of growing pains, struggling with the new technology and doubting its viability. The following questions were among those being asked:
• Is it actually possible to make large, quality prints from digital images?
• Don’t digital photos look artifcial?
• Do the colors look natural?
• How does digitalization affect black and white photography?

In order to answer these questions and to get acquainted with digital photography, one thing was certain: it was necessary for photographers to devote time to learn about the technology. Not only was it essential for photographers to become familiar with a new, and rather complex camera technology, it was also necessary to thoroughly understand the new image manipulation programs. Many photographers initially shied away from these efforts, and as a result, traditional analog photography had to be defended by those who had not even acquired an in-depth knowledge of the digital process.
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The Art of Black and White Photography | Techniques for Creating Superb Images in a Digital Workflow
by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

Mastering the Model Shoot: Everything a Photographer Needs to Know Before, During, and After the Shoot

For the first time ever, world-famous photographer and fashion lighting instructor Frank Doorhof takes you behind the scenes to reveal every step of his model-photography workflow–the same workflow that has made him a hero to photographers around the world thanks to his practical, budget conscious, no-nonsense approach.

In this groundbreaking book, Frank starts right at the beginning with how to find models, find great locations, work with backgrounds (you’ll be amazed at his tricks for creating stunning backgrounds for just a few bucks), and work by yourself or with a team (stylist, hair stylist, and makeup artist) to create an image that will get your photography noticed. Then, it’s on to an in-depth look at the lighting setups and looks that made Frank famous (complete with diagrams and detailed explanations).

You’ll see how Frank lights his images (you’ll be shocked at how simple most of his lighting setups are and you’ll be able to create these same setups yourself), plus he covers the critical little stuff nobody else is talking about, including: how to calibrate your monitor (and why it’s so important); how to use a color target to nail your color every single time; and why (and how) to use a light meter to get consistent, reproducible lighting each and every shoot.

Frank also shares his own retouching techniques through step-by-step tutorials, and he takes you from start to finish through a number of different looks so you can see exactly how it’s done, and recreate these same looks yourself. If you’ve ever wished there was one book that covers it all, the whole process of photographing models from start to finish, not leaving anything out, then this is the book for you.

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Mastering the Model Shoot: Everything a Photographer Needs to Know Before, During, and After the Shoot

by Frank Doorhof

Figure Photography

Learn to capture the beauty of the female form
Billy Pegram shows you how to design nude and semi-nude images that are both creatively challenging and marketable. From location selection, to lighting and posing, to image-design concepts for specialized markets, you’ll master the process from start to finish!

Learn how to:
Design figure images for a variety of markets—from fine-art to fashion.
Create outstanding results in the studio or on location.
Produce lighting effects that are both flattering and attention-getting.
Select locations to help your images stand out.
Isolate body parts for specialized markets.
Develop images in pinup, glamour, erotic, editorial, and commercial styles.
Style your models and sets in inventive ways for added appeal.
Work effectively with new models and more experienced ones.
Enhance your figure images in postproduction.
Design images for multiple usages—and enhanced marketability.
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Techniques for Digital Photographers
Figure Photography
by Billy Pegram

The Daily Book of Photography: 365 readings that teach, inspire & entertain

Designed for both the photography enthusiast and weekend warrior, this daily reader offers a broad look at life through the camera lens. From brief biographies of world-renowned photographers to techniques in fashion photography and trends, there is something for every reader inside.
Packed full of inspiring images and stimulating information, this book is a staple for everyone who loves to point and click. Ten categories of discussion rotate throughout the year: History of Photography, Famous Photographers, Photography 101, Fashion & Beauty, Photojournalism, Nature, Portraits, Social Commentary, Innovations, and Photographic Oddities.

Soul in the Window
by Chris Austerberry
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Eyes to the Soul
Louise Lombard, Actress
Photo © Simon Alexander
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Vanitas
by Kathryn Osgood
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Hong Kong from The Peak on a Summer Night
by Trey Ratcliff
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Bay Bridge
by Rick Szczechowski
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The Daily Book of Photography: 365 readings that teach, inspire & entertain

More Than a Rock: Essays on Art, Landscape, and Photography

Ostensibly about landscape photography, More Than a Rock is a passionate and personal book about creativity and expression. In this series of essays, photographer and teacher Guy Tal shares his thoughts and experiences as an artist who seeks to express more in his images than the mere appearance of the subject portrayed. Tal makes an argument to consider creative landscape photography―expressing something of the photographer’s conception through the use of natural aesthetics―as a form of visual art that is distinct from the mere representation of beautiful natural scenes. Tal covers topics such as the art of photography, approaches to landscape photography, and the experiences of a working photographic artist. His essays also include reflections on nature and man’s place in it, living a meaningful life, and living as an artist in today’s world. The book is decidedly non-technical and focuses on philosophy, nature, and visual expression. It was written for those photographers with a passion and interest in creative photography. Anyone who is pursuing their work as art, is in need of inspiration, or is interested in the writings of a full-time working photographic artist will benefit from reading this book. The book is visually punctuated with Tal’s inspiring and breathtaking photography.

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More Than a Rock: Essays on Art, Landscape, and Photography
by Guy Tal