Michael J. Hammel: The Artist’s Guide to GIMP, 2nd Edition

New from No Starch Press is this full-color guide to GIMP 2.8’s extensive capabilities. “GIMP is a remarkably powerful program that easily rivals Photoshop, but it can be tricky to use,” said No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock. “The Artist’s Guide to GIMP gets readers up to speed with GIMP quickly.” Author Michael J. Hammel was a contributor to the early development of the program. http://nostarch.com/gimp2


Robert Hirsch: Light and Lens

2nd Edition, Photography in the Digital Age

New from Focal Press, a groundbreaking introductory book that clearly and concisely provides the instruction and building blocks necessary to create thought-provoking digitally based photographs. It is an adventurous idea book that features numerous classroom- tested assignments and exercises from leading photographic educators to encourage you to critically explore and make images from the photographers’ eye, an aesthetic point of view. elsevierdirect.com  


John Wade: From Daguerre to Digital

Over 500 crisp color photos display the wide range of cameras produced from the earliest days of photography to the rise of the digital age. This book will be enjoyed by camera collectors, photo historians and all who have ever captured life on film or in pixels. schifferbooks.com


Leonard Volk: Everyday, A Man with a Camera and a Passion

Everyday explores the impact of the ordinary through a collection of select photographs and essays from more than 60 years of personal photography. In 1950, Volk purchased his first camera—Leica Illc—in Limburg, Germany, igniting a passion for photography and discovery of his innate talent for capturing extraordinary yet often overlooked aspects of daily life. leonardvolk.com


J.S. McDougall: #tweetsmart 25

New from O’Reilly Media, #tweetsmart provides over 25 creative projects to help build your business, cause or organization grow in ways that are strategic, measurable and fun. The Practical Zone System for Film and Photography. Also available as an ebook. shop.oreilly.com/


Darius Himes & Mary Virginia Swanson: Publish Your Photography Book

Publish Your Photography Book by Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) takes readers on a journey to understand the process of producing and publishing a photography book. Covering the history of photo books through marketing avenues and more, it offers a wealth of information and resources for photographers contemplating making their own photo book. www.papress.com


Douglas Holleley: Studying Photography

Studying Photography, A Survival Guide by Douglas Holleley (Clarellen, 2010) is just that. I wish I had had this 121 page paperback when I was a young undergraduate photo student. The book is a manual for the student of photography, from navigating the ‘ways of academia’ right up to good practices, copyright and the law. It’s written with humor and experience and illustrated the same way. What type of student are you? “A Feedback Junkie” or maybe “The Eternally Disappointed” one? Go to www.clarellen.com and order a copy for your favorite photography student.


Fred Ritchin: After Photography

In After Photography, a Fascinating Look at the Perils and Possibilities of Photography in a Digital Age (W.W. Norton and Company, 2010) author Fred Richin takes the reader on a journey observing ways digital imaging has affected and altered the way people receive visual information. I originally took this book out of the library to read, but after a brief look, I realized I must buy this book. It is best taken in small carefully read doses. Written in essay format, the book raises many questions about digital photography, questions that require thought before answering. Fred Richin is former picture Read more »


Bruce Barnbaum’s Revised: The Art of Photography

The classic The Art of Photography, an Approach to Personal Expression, by Bruce Barnbaum has been in continuous publication since the late 1990’s—with updated material and expanded coverage in each new edition. Rocky Nook Publishing Co. of Heidelberg, Germany and Santa Barbara, CA have teamed up with Photographic Arts Editions to publish a completely revised edition of the book, which includes over 140 photographs woven throughout the text. As much an art book as it is a textbook, the new edition is completely rewritten and includes a new chapter on digital photography, clearly explaining how to best exposure digital captures Read more »