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What would you like me to review next?

Ok, it’s official, I’m drowning in photography book reviews. I will get to all of these in the coming weeks but since I’ve got such a stack of them I thought I’d ask you… which of these books would you like to see reviewed first? And if you can spare the brain cells, what about a second choice?

The books, in no particular order:

Actually, exclude Practical HDRI because I think I’ve had that one the longest so I’ll review it next. But after that? Let me know what you’d like to see next.

12 Steps to Understanding Your Digital SLR

From wikiHow, a 12-step program for getting to know your brand new digital SLR camera:

When they were first introduced, digital SLR cameras were enormously expensive and a tool for professionals only. Since then, they have come down in price into the consumer price range. Because of this, many people buy digital SLRs without understanding how they work — and, consequently, not making the most of them. This article will guide you through the most common functions they have, and to show you how to learn to use one by experiment. The principles herein are the same for any camera; but you will probably not be able to set your shutter and aperture manually on most non-SLR cameras. Read on nonetheless.

How to Understand Your Digital SLR: 12 steps (with video) – wikiHow

Free Secrets of Digital Night Photography Webcast

O’Reilly is putting on a free webcast on Digital Night Photography by Harold Davis, author of Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers, reviewed favorably by yours truly back in May. The webcast will be on Tuesday, December 2, at 11am PST. Advance registration required:

In this webcast, professional photographer Harold Davis, author of Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers and creator of the Photoblog 2.0 and Digital Night web sites shows why night photography has become increasingly popular among digital photographers. He demystifies exposure techniques at night, and explains how he post-processes night photos. Following Harold’s presentation, there will be time for a Q&A in which he’ll answer your questions about night photography.

Secrets of Digital Night Photography Webcast

Advice to young photographers from Magnum photographers

Alec Soth asks 35 of his fellow Magnum photographers two simple questions:

  • When did you first get excited about photography?
  • What advice would you give young photographers?

One of my favorites:

“Forget about the profession of being a photographer… Make the pictures you feel compelled to make and perhaps that will lead to a career. But if you try to make the career first, you will just make shitty pictures that you don’t care about.” — Christopher Anderson

Click to read all of their answers: Magnum Blog / Wear Good Shoes: Advice to young photographers

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

“Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.”

LIFE has released over 10 million images on a new hosted image service from Google and in Google Image Search. They claim that 97% of the photos have never been seen by the public and that the collection contains “some of the most iconic images of the 20th century.” It’s certainly interesting to browse through.

Unlike The Commons project at Flickr, these images are not in the public domain. LIFE is selling fine art prints (in partnership with Qoop it seems) of the collection and the photos are only available online as 1 megapixel scans.

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

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