Book Review: Photoshop CS6–the missing manual by Lesa Snider

The well-liked “missing manual” series has finally tackled Photoshop, and the result is quite a magnum opus. I’ve never seen so much information about Photoshop packed into a single volume. At 862 pages it may be a little daunting, but it is well-organized, colorfully-laid-out and has an excellent index. As someone who has watched with dismay as the documentation provided with Photoshop decreases and its complexity and price grows, this book is very much needed.

Photoshop CS6 – the missing manual’s strength is its broad coverage of Photoshop, and its appeal to all levels of users. There is a soup to nuts treatment of almost every aspect of the program, starting with the very basics of each piece – from opening images to using layers. That breadth is also the source of the book’s biggest shortcoming, that in trying to be all things to all people it risks not being ideal for anyone. Read more »

Thinking about going LED? This book tells you what you need to know

Lighting is crucial for photographers. That isn’t true just for our photographs, it’s also true for our studios and every location where we work on or look at images. Until recently, more light has also meant more power – and more cost. With the recent awareness of the impact power consumption is having on our environment, and climbing power prices, alternative lighting technologies have come to the fore. CFLs have been flogged as a great idea for the cost-conscious, but they suffer from mediocre light quality, anathema to photographers.

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Learning to use Nikon Flashes: Book Review of Nikon’s CLS

Product DetailsEach generation of Nikon flash systems has become more powerful and flexible, but also more complex. Understanding how the latest version, dubbed Creative Lighting System (CLS) works, and how to make the most of it, can be a daunting task, especially since each Nikon flash unit has slightly different controls, and works in a slightly different way. Fortunately, Mike Hagen’s new book, The Nikon Creative Lighting System, provides an easy-to-read, soup-to-nuts, dissection of CLS and specific, detailed instructions on how to use it with just about every model of Nikon flash – both on and off camera.

Going Inside The Photographer’s Mind with Michael Freeman

Freeman deals with difficult topics like using shapes, lighting and leading the viewer's eye into the image as typified by this Namibian Sand Dune Photo. Image Copyright David Cardinal.There are a lot of great “how-to” books on photography, including some of our favorites like Joe McNally’s Hotshoe Diaries and Moose Peterson’s Captured, but there aren’t many good ones on the elusive subject of composing photographs—which is where much of the true art lies in photography. One of our favorite authors on this subject is Michael Freeman. An accomplished photographer in his own right (his photographic studies of Cambodian temples in Ancient Angkor are still the high-water mark of temple photography) and prolific author, we’ve recommended his excellent The Photographer’s Eye since it was first released. Now he has another ground-breaking book that pushes the topic further into how photographers think about composition with hundreds of examples covering dozens of topics in The Photographer’s Mind… Read more »

Captivated! by Moose’s Magnum Opus of Wildlife Photography

There is no more accomplished photographer of North American wildlife than Moose Peterson. Fortunately for all of us there is also no other photographer as generous at sharing their hard won knowledge as Moose.

ProShow 4.5: Even Better Slideshows for Windows & New Slideshow Book

It's no secret that we're big fans and big users of ProShow Gold and the higher end ProShow Producer for creating excellent slideshows and DVDs on Windows. That's why we added them as a site sponsor and are always excited when they come up with a new release. This week Photodex announced and shipped ProShow 4.5 a solid upgrade to both its flagship products. Read on to learn about our first experiences with it...

Intervention: GMOs, Are We Scared Enough Yet?

If you’ve become worried about our food after watching Food, Inc. or reading Michael Pollan, or our planet after watching An Inconvenient Truth or the natural disaster du jour on the evening news, then like me you might have thought you had your biohazard bases covered. After accounting for these looming issues I was happy to relegate the risks of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to the dusty corner where I pile up my back issues of National Geographic and Scientific American…

Intervention: Confronting the Real Risks of Genetic Engineering and Life on a Biotech Planet
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New Book on How to Use Flash: Hot Shoe Diaries

March, 2009: Joe McNally has another awesome book out revealing dozens of his hard-won secrets on how to make the most of your Nikon flash units. Joe is perhaps the best all around photographer I've ever met and certainly an uncontested wizard with flash units.

DPS 3-10: Photoshop LAB Color Review, D200, new chargers

In this issue we've got a complete review if the exciting new color correction book from Dan Margulis, Photoshop LAB Color, as well as info on some great new products that have been introduced just in time for Christmas. In particular, check out http://www.nikondigital.org for the Nikon D200 specs.