Thursday, April 11, 2013

Craft & Vision: Photography eBooks

Craft & Vision use as their tag line: More Great Ways to Make Stronger Photographs, and the talented photographers who comprise the Craft & Vision team of writers surely live up to that motto. More than 50 beautifully produced eBooks are available as PDF downloads from the C&V website.

Incredibly, most of the eBooks cost as little as US$5.00 each, and all are packed with stunning images, and great content by writer/photographers who know intimately the topics they are writing about.

Right now, C&V are offering free downloads of Craft & Vision II (see link below), so I thought I should give you a ‘heads up’ about the freebie, and mention a couple of other great photography eBooks you might want to check out. However, as mentioned, there are many other books worth examining in detail, so head over to the Craft & Vision website and take a look through the complete collection.

Craft & Vision II: Another Free eBook
This gorgeous 45-page PDF eBook has nine articles that will help photographers of all levels make stronger photographs. Martin Bailey, Piet Van den Eynde, Nicole S. Young, Dave Delnea, Sean McCormack, and David duChemin have written articles exclusively for this eBook.

Articles cover such topics as making sharper images and learning to shoot in manual mode; developing smarter; balancing flash with ambient light; learning to see light; developing style and consistency; isolating your subjects; experimenting with B&W; and coping strategies for challenging light.

Speaking about this free eBook offer, Craft & Vision say: “Consider it a random act of kindness to the photography community we so passionately serve. Aside from the great articles contained in the eBook, you will also discover an exclusive promotional offer, we call it the C&V Starter Kit, where you can save USD $16 and get another four amazing products to help take your photography skills to the next level.”

The best things in life may be free, but generally we have to pay for the things we want. The Craft & Vision team have produced a whole range of great eBooks aimed directly at all photographers – whether amateur or professional. Here are a couple of my personal favourites…

Beyond Thirds: A Photographer's Introduction to Creative Composition
This inspiring eBook from Andrew S. Gibson, is about taking composition past the so-called rules. It’s a thoughtful, practical book about the way we build our photographs within the constraint of the frame.

Andrew moves past the traditional discussion of thirds by showing how a more holistic approach can turn a conventional rule into a powerful tool. The eBook explores important subjects like the creative use of balance and focal points, insights into how to shape a subject, and using aspect ratio to establish an ideal foundation for making photographs, and so much more!

The diagrams and creative exercises will provide you with the ideas and insights you need to compose more engaging photographs.

BELOW THE HORIZON: Understanding Light at the Edges of Day, was written by Dave Delnea, a photographer whose commercial work includes some of the finest resort properties in the world.

Delnea’s ability to see and capture the mood present in light at the edges of day have garnered him some exceptional clients and produced some amazing images.

His secret is no secret at all; simply to understand and capture the light that is uniquely present when the sun is below the horizon and other photographers have put their cameras away. Highly recommended.

Click here to visit the Craft And Vision website...

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