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In Focus: April 2010

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Show off your photography in a book fit for a store bookshelf with AsukaBook. The classy bookmaker now offers six different book lines, as well as a new size and faster turnaround times. The Book Bound EXD line lets you custom design a slide-in box for the book with images, text and more. Inside the box is the printed hard cover and matching printed book jacket with customizable inside flaps. The new landscape/horizontal format size measures 8x5.5 inches and is available for all of the lines. Turnaround time has been shortened from four weeks to three. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: AsukaBook, (866) 330-1530, www.asukabook.com.


U.S. Highway 89: The Scenic Route to Seven Western National Parks by Ann Torrence (Sagebrush Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-970-31305-8). This visual guide explores seven of America’s favorite national parks, hometown events and quirky roadside attractions linked by U.S. 89, which runs from Arizona to Montana and through Yellowstone National Park.

The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing
by Harold Davis and Phyllis Davis (Focal Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-240-81259-5). Topics include working with RAW files, understanding the Photoshop darkroom workflow, multi-processing, extending dynamic range, using layers and masking for composites and more.

Neon Mesa: Wonders of the Southwest by Rob Atkins (Bunker Hill Publishing, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-59373-068-0). Capturing the landscape of the American Southwest, Atkins travels to The Four Corners, a unique region where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet. The book includes images of rusting road signs, flickering neon light and derelict motels set against some of America’s most beautiful natural scenery.

Creative DSLR Photography: The Ultimate Creative Workflow Guide by Chris Coe and Chris Weston (Focal Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-240-52101-5). Take your creative, design and composition skills to the next level with help from this informative guide. Learn how to interpret a scene, define a subject and develop a personal style.

Practical HDR: A Complete Guide to Creating High Dynamic Range Images With Your Digital SLR by David Nightingale (Focal Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-240-81249-6). Using step-by-step examples, this book will help you become an expert on the theory and practice of shooting and processing HDR images.


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