David duChemin has made his first eBook, titled Ten free. He describes it as:
The premise is simple, if photographers could cut through the noise and work on their craft without being bombarded with the need to buy more gear, and the newest and shiniest, we’d become better at our craft and create more compelling images. TEN is exactly what it says it is, an exploration of ten techniques and ideas that can improve any photographer’s work.
It’s a great book and a great introduction to Craft & Vision for those that haven’t purchased an eBook from them before.
CJ Chilvers over at A Lesser Photographer:
I’m a member at several websites and I buy self-published books from others, because I believe in what they do and I want to support them.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a great tradition of doing this at popular photography sites, because most readers are used to the intrusive ads and over-the-top affiliate sales techniques.
Last month, the Chicago Sun Times fired all it’s staff photographers and reportedly replaced them by getting the remaining staff to shoot with their iPhones. I thought it was the dumbest idea ever. Well, check out this comparison between the front pages of the Chicago Tribune and the Sun Times from 26 June. I guess I was right. Shameful. Spend some time going through the SunTimes/DarkTimes website and you’ll see.
onOne Software has a Celebrate Summer sale with up to 50% off everything. It’s an amazing deal, so if you’ve been thinking about any of thier products it’s a good time to act.
I’m currently deep diving into their Perfect Photo Suite 7 in combination with Aperture and I’ve been impressed. I’ll publish my thoughts soon.
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Beautiful video about Massimo Vignelli’s approach to book design. I love seeing how people do their craft and it’s particularly inspiring to see the care and patience he takes. Inspirational.
The video was created by Pentagram for the “What Will You Make Today?” campaign from Mohawk Paper.
Derrick Story wrote about a clever way to get your Aperture Library on your iPad using Plex. It’s a pretty cool find.
Written and directed by Jason Headley.
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Peter Belanger is the photographer behind some of Apple’s most notorious product images. His client list is pretty impressive, including Nike, Harman Kardon, Square, ebay, and Pixar amongst many others.
The Verge published an interesting article about him in which he briefly describes his process for lighting complex product shots. It’s worth a read.
PopChartLab has a pretty cool 18″ x 24″ poster called A Visual Compendium of Cameras:
A meticulously illustrated catalog of 100 landmark cameras, culled from over a century of photographic history, depicting both professional and consumer models and tracing photography’s history from the first models to today’s digital wonders.
Yours for US$27 for the print only or $112 framed. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find shipping prices to Australia on the website. I guess they’ll show after I’ve put in my credit card, so no-go for me.
Joseph Linaschke’s recent series of nudes titled “Sculpture” is beautiful. The images look almost like marble sculptures and have a very poetic feeling about them. I’d love to see the prints in person. They must look amazing at the huge size he’s printed them. Some are over a metre and a half on the long side!
In this article, Joseph explains the post-processing process he followed to acheive the results. Fascinating.