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So why the heck did we decide to introduce a new camera-specific photography series—From Snapshots to Great Shots? The market already has series that provide a fairly complete tour of the buttons, modes, and options on the most popular DSLRs. And Peachpit certainly doesn't practice a "throw it on the wall and see what sticks" me-too approach to publishing. Instead, the idea for the series grew slowly and thoughtfully from the seeds of a real need: Our readers and authors—all creative people—told us they wanted to see exemplary images reproduced as large as possible. And that they wanted those images deconstructed by pros so they can get similarly outstanding shots.
In a recent blog post, author and photographer David duChemin asked his loyal followers, “If you do not shoot vocationally but perhaps have been thinking about it, what is that number one question that keeps you up at night, or about which you just really wish you had some wisdom on?” As David’s publisher, I suggest that before you answer, you read his book, Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision. There is so much wisdom within its pages and images, it will change the way you think—and the way you work.
For the past thirty years, acclaimed photographer Joe McNally has spent most of his time shooting assignments for magazines such as Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, and National Geographic. As you might expect, he's also shot a ton of commercial and personal work. Over that time, Joe has accumulated an immense collection of stories. With The Moment It Clicks, now released and on its way to a bookstore near you, Joe passes these stories on to readers.
Macworld Expo is split between two buildings: Moscone South, the
original (subterranean) portion of the convention center, and Moscone
West, the newest part of the complex. Here's a photo tour of some highlights.
Among other things, I've been thinking about photography this week as some of us Peachpitters prepare to head off to the huge Photo Plus Conference and Expo in New York. That said, I thought I'd share a few links.