Two New eBooks Launched! Win a Prize!

Just a few days ago, I launched my two new ebooks, on the same day! I’ve been working on these books for a few months now, with two different publishers, and as luck would have it, each publisher chose the same date to launch their books! It’s been a hectic time finishing them both off I can tell you!

So here we have them:

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First up we have Photo Magic: Special Effects Photography Made Easy.
I was asked to write this book by Darren at the Digital Photography School, where I have published my previous books. I’ve always loved experimenting with creative photography and special effects, as long-time followers of this blog will know! So when the offer for this book came, I jumped at the chance!

Photo Magic looks a eleven special effects photos and breaks down in detail how they were created, the equipment used, the processing and finally shows a bunch of variations and ideas so that you can see how to apply the techniques to other photos. The skills taught have wide applications in your photography, beyond just taking jaw-dropping effects photos.

Also, during the launch period, which lasts a few more days, there’s a competition where you can win $1500 worth of camera gear, and the sale price is 25% off. If you would like this book, there’s no time to waste! Grab it here.


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The next ebook, my fifth, is my first with a new publisher. 30 Tips and Techniques For Portrait Photography is being launched on the new Borrow Lenses Education web site. Borrow Lenses is an established camera hardware site, who are now branching out into photography education. I’m proud to be working with them.

30TT as I call this book for short, is a collection of to-the-point nuggets of wisdom about shooting portraits. It is distilled knowledge from years of professional and personal portrait photography. It’s filled with to-the-point information that will immediately improve your photos of people. I am planning to write a series of 30TT books, so look out for more in the future!

The book is priced at an affordable $10 and you can buy it here.

Night Photography Unlocked – My first training course!

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Big news! I’ve spent the last two months working very hard on my very first video training course, Night Photography Unlocked. And last week, it went live! Here’s the promo video:

I was approached by http://udemy.com a successful online training site, to create content for their photography section. They read my books and loved my writing and asked if I’d be interested in doing video training. This is something that I have been thinking about for some time, but I didn’t know how to present or organise it, so the offer from Udemy was a perfect match.

If night photography is something that interests you, follow the link and watch the three free videos I have at the course: the promo (embedded above), the intro and a free full lecture on the histogram. Thank you as always for your support, and I hope you consider signing up to my course!

Watch for some more posts here in the future with photos and tips on the theme of night photography.

Photo Nuts Tips: 2 of 10

My three photography ebooks are currently on sale as a bundle, at nearly half the full price! To promote the sale, I’m going to be posting extracts from the three books in the form of tips to help your photography. Each day I’ll post another tip from each book.

If you find these tips useful, then you’re certain to like my ebooks!

Please consider purchasing them here: http://snapndeals.com

From Photo Nuts and Bolts

Obviously, in order to capture a photograph, we need to have a light source to illuminate the subject. Depending on the kind of light you have available, however, its colour can vary quite dramatically. Some lights, like light bulbs and candles, look distinctly yellow, whereas others, such as the brilliant spotlights used to illuminate car parks at night, look very blue by comparison. The way we describe this colour is, somewhat confusingly, referred to as temperature.



From Photo Nuts and Shots

Just as the position of the light affects the mood of the photo, so does it affect its shape. In typical photographs, we are unable to see three-dimensional depth, as the same image is presented to both eyes. The brain is able to work out the three-dimensional shape of an object, however, by looking at where and how the shadows fall on the object.



From Photo Nuts and Post

Ultimately, everything involved in obtaining the correct exposure comes down to the three values of the exposure triangle: aperture, shutter and ISO. In a beautiful instance of symmetry at the other end of the process, your photos end up comprising three further variables: Red, Green and Blue.



For hundreds of pages of great photo info like this, get the Photo Nuts bundle, on sale for a limited time: http://snapndeals.com

Photo Nuts Tips : 1 of 10

My three photography ebooks are currently on sale as a bundle, at nearly half the full price! To promote the sale, I’m going to be posting extracts from the three books inthe form of tips to help your photography. Each day I’ll post another tip from each book.

If you find these tips useful, then you’re certain to like my ebooks!

Please consider purchasing them here: http://snapndeals.com

From Photo Nuts and Bolts

Brightness is measured in “Exposure Value” or EV. You might recognise this acronym from your camera’s settings or manual. An EV of 0 is defined as an image exposed for 1 second at f1. Steps of one up or down from zero are a change in the light by a factor of two. So an EV of 1 is twice as bright, +3 EV is eight times as bright, and -2 EV is one quarter as bright.



From Photo Nuts and Shots

When you see a photo that you love, stop and examine it more closely. Think about what effect the photo first had on you, and look more closely to try to work out why the photo had that impact, and how the photographer achieved it. The more great photos you see, and look more deeply into, the better you will understand how photographers achieve the impact their work has on you, and the better you will be able to re-create the same impact in your photos.



From Photo Nuts and Post

Colour becomes a bit more complicated when you learn that no way of capturing or representing colour is able to reproduce all of the colours that the human eye can see. Each method of describing colour has a different range of colours that it is limited to. This range is called the colour gamut, and the various methods of defining colours are called colour spaces.



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Review: Home Studio Photography ebook

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I love using flash off-camera in the Strobist style. Many photos can be improved with off-camera light, and many kinds of photos can only be done with flashes. Unfortunately for an amateur or a student, the cost of buying one or more flashes, and the equipment to fire them off the camera may be all the budget can bear. Controlling and diffusing the light is essential to get the most out of your lighting gear, but modifiers can be expensive. The DIY Photography ebook Home Studio Photography is an answer to this problem!

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