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Photography books. I love what David Auer says about the many out there:

Photography is such an expansive subject and it’s quite impossible to cover everything in a single book. Some books focus on very specific topics, but contain in-depth information. Other books are broad, but just skim the surface. Regardless of the style, many informational photography books drone on page after page, leaving the reader in a haze of technobabble and jargon. [via Epic Edits]

Yet there is hope. It appears that Tom Ang’s Fundamentals of Photography is at least worth it’s price.

I received a copy of the Fundamentals of Photography by Tom Ang, and I must admit that I was skeptical of the book before I opened it. I assumed it would be one of those “talk about everything” books with a very shallow offering of knowledge. I was wrong.

I don’t know how he did it, but Tom Ang managed to pack an incredible amount of information into this small handbook. Not only is the information valuable, it’s extremely concise and well laid out. The book would be great as a front-to-back read or as a reference book for the occasional information search. Oh, and it covers both film and digital photography! [via Epic Edits]

You can read the review here or get your hands on a copy–Fundamentals of Photography.


NPPA member Tim Hussin of the University of Florida has been named the 63rd College Photographer of the Year during judging at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.

Hussin’s work was awarded the gold in the portfolio category as well as gold in multimedia – individual still image/audio story or essay. He also won silver in the same category, and bronze in the documentary picture story category.

For more details check out the NPPA website.

Alphatracks writes on this very topic. I found it interesting that according to the article all Sony Alpha lens are shipped to include a lens hood. I wish Canon did the same.

There are certain situations where a lens shade is unnecessary, or even detrimental to making good images. I’ll discuss the specific conditions when you shouldn’t use a lens shade in a moment. First, however, I want to look at why you should attach a hood almost every time you take a lens out of your bag. [via Alphatracks]

Essentially you should use a hood to avoid glare in your photos. That’s the why. In response to the when, I keep hoods on all of my lenses and have found no reason to take them off yet.

Thanksgiving 2008

Location: Caldwell, Id
Taken: 27 November 2008 at 7:32 p.m.
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm 1.8 II
EXIF: ISO 400; 1/80 sec at f/4.0

South Yuba River

Location: The South Yuba River near Reno, NV
Taken: 25 November 2008 at 11:44 a.m.
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55
EXIF: ISO 100; 1/100 sec at f/5.6

I’m traveling to Idaho today and will share some photos from the drive over the next few days.


Location: Tahoe National Forest
Taken: 25 November 2008 at 11:09 a.m.
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55
EXIF: ISO 100; 1/120 sec at f/22.0

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One of my favorite photographers is Annie Leibovitz. I’ve been a fam of Ms. Leibovitz for some time now. For anyone wondering what to get me for Christmas, other than the glass I mentioned yesterday, this is a good choice–Annie Leibovitz at Work. dPS has a review posted here.

Not your usual collection of photographic images, this is more than just a picture book. In it Leibovitz takes you through life as a photographer, what it means to her and the background of some of her famous, and some not so famous, photographs.

It can be fascinating to see one of her shots and read her descriptions of how it came to be: what went through her mind and why she decided to shoot it the way she did. We get to enter the mind of a great portrait photographer. Little bits of information sprinkled throughout the book, the importance of environment, how there is more latitude with digital color than film color (greens photograph too dark without appropriate light on film), the importance of natural light. Not too much technical information here. [via dPS]

Read the complete review or order Annie Leibovitz at Work.


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  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn