eBook Review: Seeing the Unseen by Alister Benn
I first learned of Alister Benn’s amazing night photography in 2010, when an article of his was published by a nature photography website.
At the time it was the most thorough explanation of night photography technique I’d come across, and I found it extremely useful.
His eBook, Seeing the Unseen, far exceeds the utility provided by that article and in my view, stands as the most comprehensive resource on night photography available today.
I said goodbye to a beautiful friend today.
Taj was a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and we travelled many, many miles in each other’s company, literally and figuratively. In some ways, we grew up together.
We bring animals into our lives for companionship, joy, and love. Taj gave each in boundless quantity.
When you interact with an animal in all the situations a life together presents, what emerges goes beyond these fundamentals. It’s the animal’s inner character, and the kind of relationships this creates.
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It has been an excruciating long while since I’ve posted here. I wish I could say this silence results from being busy taking photographs, but that’s not the case.
My girlfriend, Tammy, is fond of the term seasons of life, which refers to periods of time marked by changes to our day-to-day experience. I’ve been in a season, for sure, and this post is one way I’ll enter the next one, I suppose.
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The best books and eBooks come from true authorities, authors for whom we can enjoy unquestioned trust because their insights and information are authentic.
Martin Bailey is just such an authority, and he has authored an excellent compendium on photography technique — Sharpshooter: Proven Techniques for Sharper Photographs.
This post review’s Martin’s eBook, and you can pick up your copy of Martin’s eBook here.
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If you pay attention to the evolving definition of photography, you know that time lapse has become quite the rage.
This is exemplified by the dozens of photographer-shot videos that a quick web search reveals.
Many of these are repetitions of a theme–slow-panning natural scenes set to soothing instrumental music, but notable exceptions exist.
Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT by photographer Rob Whitworth is one (you can see his work here), and a second notable work that I enjoy is Finding Oregon (I’ll admit to a PNW bias).
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Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2013!
A very quick post to make you aware that an interview I did with oopoomoo (Darwin Wiggett and Sam Chrysanthou) has been posted to Ron Martinson’s photography blog. You can read it here.
We discussed what the use of tilt-shift lenses (they’re serious tilt-shift proponents) has meant for their photography business, and of course their recently published (and totally awesome) eBook The Tilt Shift-Lens Advantage, which I review here and that you can purchase here.
Happy Tuesday, everyone.
As a species we are healthier merely through the awareness that there are places we could go that we have never gone before, that places exist where no other human has trod.
From the Forward of An Honest Silence: A Celebration of Wilderness
David Leland Hyde
In the preface of An Honest Silence: A Celebration of Wilderness, author Greg Russell poses an important question: Do we really need another book about wilderness?
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I recently moved my home office from one room to another and in the process refound “SHIPIT – A little pamphlet for people who can” by Seth Goddin.
On it’s back is a paragraph that I think is beffitting of this Thanksgiving Day:
Stop settling for what’s good enough and start creating art that matters. Stop asking what’s in it for you and start giving gifts that change people. Then, and only then, will you have achieved your potential.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
eBooks have become plentiful, to say the least, and it’s no wonder.
Easy to produce and distribute, great for building brand and community, eBooks done well can drive serious revenue. They’re an important marketing vehicle that has a firm place in the customer journey.
Of course, plenty of eBooks fall into the ‘get what you pay for’ category. You know the ones I mean.
They’re poorly written and edited, and recycle information. Even at the low end of the eBook cost spectrum (those that cost $4 or less) it’s disappointing when your purchase doesn’t meet expectations.
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