Tools for the Imaging Educator
by glenn rand, jane alden stevens and garin horner
focal press/taylor and francis group | 336 pp.
This strong entry from photo book publisher
Focal Press could easily be subtitled, “How to
improve your own photography by learning to
teach.” The book is targeted to the academic
community but, perhaps unwittingly, its message
will easily resonate with shooters as well as
By examining in scholarly detail the process of learning
photography and developing crucial skill sets (there are chapters on
photographic technique, evaluating creativity, problems, solutions
and assignments, and photographic careers), Teaching Photography
provides a pretty good model for self-evaluation. It’s something all
serious photographers can use, and rarely get enough of until we
cast our lots in the commercial world. In that rugged environment,
learning is a far less forgiving activity than in the classroom.
price: $49.95 (soft cover)
The Minimalist Photographer
by steve johnson
rocky nook | 144 pp.
“The brain and the eye are far more important
than the camera,” according to Steve Johnson.
Thus, the “minimalist” approach, which pares
down your equipment requirements and your
subject candidates to modest configurations.
Equipment, writes the author, should be
relatively spartan, though it need not be the
cheapest stuff available. “I’m making the case,”
he writes, “for not spending a fortune that you do not need to
spend.” His own camera choices are a point-and-shoot and one
modest DSLR. His editing and after-capture software preference
is Lightroom over the complex and pricey Photoshop. And his
workflow is simplicity itself, defaulting to time-saving techniques
like discarding unwanted images as he shoots, and doing all of
his editing in Lightroom. Johnson—formerly a full-time painter—
promotes simple, graphic shapes, often in extreme close-ups that
reduce objects and people to their “essence.”
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