dSLR Dad – The Top 5 Selling Books for 2007

January 5, 2008

I have updated the main page of the dSLR Dad Amazon Store to list the top twenty items that you dSLR Dad’s have voted for to finish off 2007.  That vote of course being with what is most important, your own wallets. On the first ten products listed on the storefront, there are the top-five books.

So what were the Books that made it to the top 5?

  1. Understanding Shutter Speed: Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second by Bryan Peterson
  2. Book - Kelby - Dig Photo BookThe Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby
  3. Book - Kelby - 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3 by Scott Kelby
  4. Book - Photoshop Elements 6 Missing ManualPhotoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
  5. Book - Diallo - Mastering Digital Black and WhiteMastering Digital Black and White: A Photographer’s Guide to High Quality Black-and-White Imaging and Printing (Digital Process and Print) by Amadou Diallo

Some excellent choices by dSLR Dads last month.  I happen to own 1,2, and 5 myself (Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System should be on it’s way soon from Amazon).

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dSLR Dad – The Top 5 Selling Camera and Lenses for 2007

January 3, 2008

Instead of boring you with the same typical sales chart, I thought I would do something a little different on this site. I have updated the main page of the dSLR Dad Amazon Store to list the top twenty items that you dSLR Dad’s have voted for.

That vote of course being with what is most important, your own wallets.

So what top’s the chart? What was the most popular?

Camera and Lenses – What sold more Canon or Nikon?

Well, it’s a clean sweep for Read the rest of this entry »


A Look Back at 2007 in Photoshop, Photography, Adobe, and More

December 31, 2007

A Scott Kelby Retrospective

Scott Kelby, the Photoshop master, has written a new year’s retrospective on all things Photoshop for the year 2007.

For my last post of the year, I thought I’d take a quick look back at what has just been an amazing year of change, innovation, and growth for our industry. I’m going to focus on what’s happened in the Photoshop arena, in photography, what’s happened here in my Photoshop Insider blog, and… Read the rest of this entry>>


Book Guide: The HDRI Handbook

December 24, 2007

High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists

For you dSLR Dad’s looking for a new avenue to try in photography, may I suggest High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI). HDRI is the process of combining photographs at different exposures (typically bracketed at +/- 2 stops). This allows you to keep proper detail in those tricky situations where you have a bright sky (the ‘blinkies’ on your LCD screen) mixed with objects that have shadow detail. One book that looks really promising (after my in-store review) is The HDRI Handbook: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists by Christian Bloch. Read the rest of this entry »


Holiday Gift Guide: Mastering Digital Black and White

December 2, 2007

The following is part of a much larger dSLR Dad Holiday Gift Guide:

I’ve been searching for books to add to the dSLR Dad Media Shelf that everyone would enjoy. So, I decided to start with my own bookshelf here at home. Mastering Digital Black and White: A Photographer’s Guide to High Quality Black-and-White Imaging and Printing (Digital Process and Print) by Amadou Diallo is a fantastic book. He does a great job of leading you through the digital darkroom process of black and white photography. Read the rest of this entry »


Holiday Gift Guide: Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs

December 1, 2007

The following is part of a much larger dSLR Dad Holiday Gift Guide:

Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs presents the full spectrum Adams’ greatest work in a single volume for the first time, offering an entirely new perspective on his monumental career. The photographs are arranged chronologically into five major periods in order to convey Adams’ development as an artist-from his first photographs made in Yosemite and the High Sierra in 1916 to his work in the National Parks in the 1940s up to his last important photographs from the 1960s. You can order this wonderful book at the dSLR Dad Amazon Book Store.


Recipie for the Perfect Baby Photos

October 30, 2007

For all you new dSLR Dad’s out there, here are some adapted excerpts from Erin Manning’s new book Portrait and Candid Photography Photo Workshop.

1. Turn off your flash and use a fast shutter speed (she recommends 1/250 sec or higher, I recommend at least a 1/2 stop faster for toddlers) to capture the action and produce sharper images. Newborns can move unexpectedly, and older infants and toddlers are always on the move. If the light is too low and you cannot use a fast shutter speed, try increasing your ISO.

2. Focus on the eyes, the eyes are the first place people look when viewing a portrait, so make sure the baby’s eyes are in focus in your image. To ensure sharpness, use the autofocus lock.

3.Use continuous shooting mode. Babies are often in constant movement. This is where you action photography skills come in handy. By using continuous drive mode you won’t miss any moments-between-the moments. Keep taking pictures even after you think the moment has passed.

4. Remember the details. A baby’s fingers and toes are tiny for only a short time, so don’t miss the opportunity to photograph these details. Set your camera to macro mode and get in close to fill the frame.

You can order this wonderful book at the dSLR Dad Amazon Book Store.

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