If the conditions prevent you from taking great images, dig a bit deeper into your creativity to come away with winners Text & Photography by Russ Burden
Words of wisdom come from places you least expect to hear them. Not in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be enlightened by a total stranger seated next to me at the airport. His words were something to the effect of, “My initial flight was canceled, my aisle seat was changed to a middle one, the weather delay is messing with my mind and the kid behind me on my first flight kept kicking my seat, but a bad two days of air travel is still better than two days at work when your destination is where you’ve dreamed about going all your life.”
Instagram is the fastest growing of all social media platforms, with 400 million monthly active users worldwide—half of whom are under the age of twenty-five. While some use the app as a personal networking tool, many also use it to build their creative business endeavours; whether in food and drink or fashion and lifestyle.
Sara Tasker has done just that, and since setting up her account whilst on maternity leave in 2013, has become an Instagram coach, iPhoneographer and social media influencer. Her chronicle of authentic everyday life and her mindful Me and Orla blog has developed into a business in which she provides access to free insta-tips, alongside some hugely popular paid for e-courses for independent creatives.
Hashtag Authentic draws on the lessons Sara has learned over the past five years to provide readers with tips, advice and guidance on how to turn their personal Instagram account into a profitable creative outlet. From visual storytelling and improving photography skills to archiving day-to-day life and changing the work/life balance, this book is both an inspiring manual and an interactive tool for finding an online voice, growing a tribe and becoming an influencer.
Hashtag Authentic: Finding Creativity and Building a Community on Instagram and Beyond by Sara Tasker
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Digital edition: 978-1-78131-8-881
Hardcover edition: 978-1-91112-7-611
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
Ever wondered what might happen when you push the creative boundaries of our iconic white frame? Polaroid: The Missing Manual offers seasoned instant photographers, creative mavericks and vintage camera enthusiasts alike with ideas of how to re-imagine what a Polaroid photograph can be. We chatted with the book’s London-based author Rhiannon Adam about her motivation to create such a book in today’s digital world, and the techniques she would recommend for newcomers to the instant photography world.
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The Missing Manual: All the techniques you’ve ever wanted to try with Polaroid
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Overview: Photography has been with us since the 1800s. It actually means ‘drawing with light’ and to become a better photographer, you need to know how to work with light to get those shots. A modern camera can do most of the thinking for you and take a snap, but to turn a snap into a masterpiece, you need to take control of both the camera and the light and understand how they work together.
Love photography? If you’re passionate about your craft, or someone who wants to take it to the next level, our guide has something for everyone. We have many tips and guides about equipment, techniques, and becoming more creative. Delve deeper into the world of photography and you’ll discover there’s more to it than you thought possible. You can finesse your core skills and then go have some fun on a creative project.
Let’s get technical This guide is designed to provide fresh insights behind the main technical aspects of photography that ultimately will let you flourish and become more confident and creative. All the main areas are covered including exposure, metering, composition and flash lighting. We also delve into some of the more advanced ideas behind hyperfocal distance and the inversesquare law.
New creative ideas When you’re ready, we have a collection of projects that we hope will fire up your creativity and get you excited about trying new things and exploring new photographic techniques. From promo photography for a rock band, creating your own custom bokeh images, to tips on how to make the most of the photographic potential of the winter months, it’s all here. Take a fresh look at your photography and get inspired.
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Digital Photography – The Complete Guide 2017
Overview: If you are new to digital photography or if you already have a camera, and want to get more out of this amazing art, our indispensable guide, written by professional photographers, is here to pass on the knowledge you need to get more creative. You will learn how to improve all aspects of your photography skills, giving you the confidence to shoot like a pro and produce images to be proud of.
Do Much More With Your Camera Take your photography to the next level with our fully illustrated user guides. Understand exposure, focal length, depth of field and equipment options. Take control of your camera’s shooting modes and explore important photographic concepts such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO, as well as guides to composition. Photography does not need to be difficult, it needs to be something you can enjoy to the full.
Learn and Get More Creative Learn the techniques the professionals use to shoot a wide variety of photographic subjects. Our tutorials cover such diverse subjects as high speed photography, bokehrama portraits and panoramas, as well as some very useful hints and tips that can keep you shooting even when you think you can’t. Photography should be fun and we hope to inspire you and get you passionate about such a creative medium.
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