Sketching Light by Joe McNally

An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash

I don’t know how many books there are on the market that will show you how to light your subjects with lighting diagrams “drawn” on napkins but I dare say there are hundreds that will give you more information than necessary to explain every detail of how a shot was taken. How many of those actually explain why? Read More…

Up Close

A guide to Macro & Close Up Photography.

The latest release from Craft & Vision is a great primer to the art and craft of Close Up photography. Andrew Gibson does a great job at covering the technical aspects without getting bogged down in too much detail. Perfect for anyone who is considering exploring the small world around us. Read More…

Lightroom 3 Classroom In A Book

Lightroom 3 – Classroom in a Book

This review comes from Lightroom Tampa Bay member Velva Lee Heraty. Velva took advantage of our groups access to books from Peachpit, a members only benefit and was kind enough to share her thoughts. If you are a member in the Tampa Bay area, check out the members only section for a list of the books that are available.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3: Classroom in a Book is not a book you curl up with on the couch. It’s an official training workbook from Adobe Systems and requires you spend an afternoon or two in front of your computer to get your money’s worth

The workbook contains 324 pages of instruction that includes a download of nine lesson files from the enclosed CD-ROM. The big advantage in downloading the lessons is the ability to go at your own pace. This reviewer is now on lesson six and enjoys the fact that past files are readily available and easily accessible if need be.

Classroom in a Book is heavily illustrated for additional input away from the computer and boasts a seven-page index. For the total newbie who enthusiastically buys their first digital camera and jumps into training mode a glossary of terms would have been useful. I highly recommend this user-friendly book”.

The information he writes is clear and helpful. I’m comfortable working in Lightroom and learned very useful techniques in this book.

Available from Peachpit for $49.49

By Adobe Creative Team
Published Jul 7, 2010 by Adobe Press. Part of the Classroom in a Book series.
Copyright 2011
Dimensions: 7-3/8 X 9-1/8
Pages: 400
Edition: 1st
ISBN-10: 0-321-70093-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-70093-3

The Adobe Creative Team is made up of designers, writers, and editors who have extensive, real-world knowledge of and expertise in using Adobe products. They work closely with the Adobe product development teams and Adobe’s Instructional Communications team to come up with creative, challenging, and visually appealing step-by-step projects to help both new and more experienced users get up to speed quickly on Adobe software products.

Vision & Voice

Vision and Voice – Refining your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

This review comes from Lightroom Tampa Bay member Beth McNabb. Beth took advantage of our groups access to books from Peachpit, a members only benefit and was kind enough to share her thoughts. If you are a member in the Tampa Bay area, check out the members only section for a list of the books that are available.

Vision and Voice Book

“I started this book in my typical way. Scan the beginning and skip to what interested me. I am used to a Tips and Tricks style. However, this is not that kind of book!

So, I restarted it a couple of times. Then, I got it.

The book is about finding your vision or style and how to craft it in Lightroom.

It has good information and is worth the time to read the beginning and then see how he (David DuChemin) uses Lightroom to refine his images. He starts by zeroing his images in Lightroom and trust me, they don’t look very good that way! But, as you tug and pull Lightroom’s tools to achieve your vision the end result is worth it!

The information he writes is clear and helpful. I’m comfortable working in Lightroom and learned very useful techniques in this book.

Thanks for letting me use it and review it.
Now it’s your turn! Enjoy.”
Beth McNabb

Available from Peachpit for $40.49

Published Jul 12, 2010 by New Riders. Part of the Voices That Matter series.
Copyright 2011
Dimensions: 8 X 9-1/8
Pages: 272
Edition: 1st
ISBN-10: 0-321-67009-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-67009-0

David duChemin has been creating compelling stories with a camera in hand for over twenty years. An impassioned travel and humanitarian photographer, David has shot on five continents for assignments and projects covering places as diverse as Paris, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, India, Nepal, and Mongolia. David’s portfolio can be found online at

Layers – Complete Guide

Layers – The complete guide to Photoshop’s most powerful feature

If you are a new user of Photoshop the concept of a layered file can be quite intimidating. Thinking of your flat image file in terms of multiple slices on top of each other like an overhead projector can help to realize the power of transparency and masking. This book is directly aimed at the beginner with a goal of demystifying the single most powerful feature of Photoshop – Layers!

Matt breaks down the use of layers in ten easy to read chapters. Not surprisingly from the Kelby Media stable this book is written in a step by step flow with each chapter building your level of understanding and improving your skills. For those who need to get the exact same results when following along there are sample files provided for each chapter, a huge bonus when entering values for selections, colors, and opacities. Also included is a link to video tutorials for Layer, Brush and Selection Basics, not to mention two videos showing how the cover was made.

Starting with Layer basics Matt explains why you might want to use layers. Theres even a picture of him holding a photograph and a sheet of acetate. If that doesn’t explain the basic concept I don’t know what does!

After the basics comes a series of examples showing how powerful Layers really can be in a photographers or designers workflow. Blending, Masking, and Smart Layers are all included. You could get through this book easily by completing one chapter a week or even one chapter a day but you’ll probably want to hold on to it as a reference for a while. If you don’t keep the book you’ll definitely want to keep the “How do I…” checklists at the end of each chapter for those times when you know something is possible but just quite can’t remember where you learned about it.

While its not billed as the definitive guide to Layers, from a beginners perspective its an absolute gold mine.

Available from Kelby Training for $35.99
NAPP members get a discounted price of $26.99

Published Oct 29, 2010 by Peachpit Press.
Copyright 2011
Dimensions: 7-1/2″ x 9″
Pages: 312
Edition: 2nd
ISBN-10: 0-321-74958-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-74958-1

Matt Kloskowski is a Photoshop guru and author of nine books on Photoshop, Elements, and Illustrator. Matt teaches Photoshop and digital photography techniques to thousands of people each year. He co-hosts the top-rated video podcast Photoshop User TV and also hosts the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips and Photoshop Killer Tips podcasts. He’s built a massive library of DVDs and online training courses, and writes regularly for Photoshop User magazine. Matt is an instructor at the world’s premier Photoshop event, the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and works in Tampa, Florida, at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

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