The Art of Photographic Lighting by Eib Eibelshaeuser – Rocky Nook, O’Reilly

This book is really more a reference encyclopedia than a textbook.

The author is clearly very knowledgeable about light theory, the history of light, and the different types of lights that are available. I suspect much of the basic information provided on the different construction of various light bulbs will neither be of interest nor much use to most photographers.

However, there are several valuable chapters such as “Light and Shade” and “Controlling Light” that are well worth reading. In addition the sections on hard and soft light, direct and indirect light are very useful.

I feel this is an excellent supplementary text for anyone learning photographic lighting. For schools teaching photography, I’d recommend they include this book in their libraries.

Focus on Photographing People by Haje Jan Kamps – Focal Press

I consider this book an excellent introduction for anyone who is starting to do serious photography and for the occasional serious photographer who may not have previously done portrait photography.

The author opens with basic information about equipment and camera settings. I like that he emphasizes that an expensive camera is not a requisite for successful imaging. He then discusses composition including how to direct a model, elements of lighting, and some basic rules of composition. There is a discussion of the merits and techniques of street photography. The last section discusses photo editing.

In addition to my opening comment, this would be a good text for an Introductory Course at the high school or college level.

GIMP 2.6 for Photographers by Klaus Goelker – Rocky Nook, O’Reilly

This book is the complete package. It contains a DVD that provides all three versions (Windows, MAC, and Unix) for GIMP. In addition there is an introduction to GIMP 2.8 which is currently under development. And last, but hardly least, the images used in the book’s tutorials are included.

The book progresses in an A to Z fashion in teaching one about GIMP. In addition to the “how to” instruction, there is sufficient, but not overwhelming, information on theory, the “why” part of processing.

GIMP is the “high end” of free photo processing software and approaches Adobe CS 5 in its capabilities. Even if you are not on a budget, consider GIMP. And if you do, or if you are currently using GIMP, add this book to your library. You’ll be glad you did.

Light, Science & Magic 4th Edition by Fil Hunter, Steven Biver and Paul Fuqua – Focal Press

I have used the 3rd edition of this book when I teach. The 4th Edition improves on the earlier version and brings one “up-to-date.” This is a text I’ll continue to recommend.

The authors introduce the book with some basic information on the physics of light. If you really want to know the how and the why of lighting, this information is important. In my opinion, too often photographers know some basic lighting formulas such as for lighting portraits but they don’t know why these formulas work. The why becomes very important when one encounters a situation that varies from the usual.

As everyone knows, a photographic image is two dimensional. The proper use of lighting is critical to provide an illusion of three dimensions. Another important facet of lighting is the avoidance of unwanted reflections, particularly when photographing a shiny object. Do you ever photograph a black object on a black background? How to do well in all of the preceding situations, and in many more, are explained.

This is a book that all photographers should have in their library.

Focus on Composing Photos by Peter Ensenberger – Focal Press

The major portion of the book covers the “Rules” of good photographic composition. The author performs competently as he progresses through the various chapters. The text is clearly written, and examples abound.

But the very best has been saved till the end; “Epilogue: Where Do You Go from Here? Like the author, I am an advocate of “having a game plan” and being prepared. In the earlier pages the author speaks of scouting out one’s subject and determining different perspectives. On pages 126 and 127 you will find six very different images of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Clearly photographic evidence of the truth of the author’s instruction.

I teach photographic composition to beginning photographers and I’ll be using this book in my next class.

Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.
Photographer

Photoshop Elements 10 – the missing manual, Barbara Brundage, O’Reilly Publishers

Highly recommended I have been teaching Photoshop Elements since version 7 and have used Ms. Brundage’s series of books for version 7, 8, and 9. This book is an A to Z manual on Photoshop Elements. One feature I particularly like is that the author lists a number of websites for additional material such as plug-ins. Also, she will reference a book not published by O’Reilly, an action for which both the author and publisher deserve credit.

As the author states in her introduction, this is a how and when book. The book instructs one how to use various techniques and tools, as well as when not to use them. In addition to the book content, one can go to the O’Reilly website to download additional material that is pertinent so that one can better complete various exercises in the book.

The bottom line; if you use Photoshop Elements 10, buy this book.

Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.

Photographer

Photoshop Elements 10 – the missing manual, Barbara Brundage

Highly recommended I have been teaching Photoshop Elements since version 7 and have used Ms. Brundage’s series of books for version 7, 8, and 9. This book is an A to Z manual on Photoshop Elements. One feature I particularly like is that the author lists a number of websites for additional material such as plug-ins. Also, she will reference a book not published by O’Reilly, an action for which both the author and publisher deserve credit.

As the author states in her introduction, this is a how and when book. The book instructs one how to use various techniques and tools, as well as when not to use them. In addition to the book content, one can go to the O’Reilly website to download additional material that is pertinent so that one can better complete various exercises in the book.

The bottom line; if you use Photoshop Elements 10, buy this book.

Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.
Photographer

First Friday Photography Venues for 2011-10-07

Here’s a list of Lancaster City venues that I believe will be showing some photographs this First Friday, October 7th:

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Featured Events ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Smith LaVia Studio
329 N Queen St (Keppel Building)
Suite 210
This is the grand opening of a new venue for photography in Lancaster. The following photographers will be showing some work, and having a good time shooting, etc, in the studio:
Tim Smith
John Flinchbaugh
Amanda Kraft
Doug Hilton
Terri Shadle
Everyone is encouraged to stop by and say “Hi”.

Mulberry Art Studios*
19-21 N. Mulberry St.
As I See It:  Digital photographs captured in and around Lancaster, Florida, New Jersey and Delaware by Sam Beitzel.
Meet the artist 5-8pm Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday.

Isadore Gallery
228 N. Prince St.
Transient Equilibrium: Improvisational paintings and drawings by David Moss.  Land of Enchantment:  photographic immersion by Christopher Moss where past, nature and man collide. Father and son exhibiting together.

616 Columbia Ave
(exterior walls!)
Inside Out Lancaster (We are Not All Amish)
Large poster portraits of Lancaster City folks by photographer Jenny Schulder Brant with Erica Millner and Mai Orama Muniz.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ And Even More Photo Venues ^^^^^^^^^^^^

Annex 24 Gallery*
24 W. Walnut St.
Past, Present and Future: Showcasing nationally renowned photographer Wilton Tifft’s images of Ellis Island, Steamtown and “Americana”. Photo-surreal exhibits continue by Michael Ticcino and William Hager.

bjf photography*
42 W. King St.
Lifestyle portraiture by Becca j. Fulmer Lapp.  Meet the artist.

Cross Keys Coffee and Teas
34 N. Queen St.
Exhibit of recent photographic work by Fred Albright and Dan Marschka.

Edwin P. Huddle Photography
122 E. Chestnut St.
Fine art photography, photo décor, and commissioned portraits.

Lancaster Public Library*
125 N. Duke St.
European Architecture: 2,000 years of architecture in photographs by local emerging freelance photographer Rebecca Bauer. Cross borders and explore new places to see famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Colosseum along with forgotten chapels and local pastry shops.

LaPorte Jewelers’ Art Gallery*
645 Harrisburg Ave.
Local photographer Cheryl Esbenshade explored her backyard with a camera, producing images of the diverse insects, flowers, fauna, birds and animals she found.

Nick Gould Photography
104 W. Chestnut St., 2nd fl.
Fine art photography and portraits.

Scott Davis and Brian Heiland Photography
226 N. Prince St., 2nd fl.
Works of two photographers that encompass portraiture, glamour, landscape and fine art photography.

*Wheelchair Accessible

–Pat Cooney