Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Resources To Help You Take Better Photos
Our landscape guru’s list of top photo tip books, videos and more
There’s another task I have to deal with in this digital age—keeping up on the latest imaging techniques and software. This isn’t my favorite chore, but as a teacher and a writer, I need to stay informed. As a photographer, I’m always striving to improve on my ability to resolve my vision through better technique. However, I often feel like I’m falling behind on all the rapidly changing digital tools. Fortunately, there are many great resources for staying current, such as podcasts, blogs, DVDs, e-books and tutorials for download or in PDF form on CD.
In a past column (July 2007), I wrote about podcasts that I’ve found educational. For this column, I’d like to list several instructional resources that have been valuable to me.
Michael Reichmann, who runs The Luminous Landscape website, offers a useful selection of tutorials, including a thorough study of Lightroom 2 and a “From Camera To Print—Fine-Art Printing” tutorial. The QuickTime movies are purchased and downloaded online, which I find very convenient. There are also many free learning resources here, especially the Understanding Series.
John Paul Caponigro has produced a series of DVDs that give excellent tips that can expand your ability (and mine!) to refine your images creatively in postprocessing. I greatly appreciate that he focuses on artistic vision, that is, focusing on the use of technique as it applies to the creative process.
Lewis Kemper has created excellent DVDs on using Photoshop called The Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop. Lewis has a down-to-earth, practical and easy-to-understand teaching style, which makes his lessons valuable for photographers at all levels.
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