Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Essential Photography Workbook by Stephen Dantzig and Joan Dantzig

The book, The Essential Photography Workbook by Stephen and Joan Dantzig is such a wonderful workbook for people like me, beginners! This book is packed with all the essential information needed to know to produce wonderful photos with any type of Digital DSLR camera. So no matter the brand of camera, this book will cover every little detail to the functions and modes of the camera, what they do and how to use them. Also, the book will give you wonderful results to capturing that specific image you want, with correct lighting and effects.
When I open the book and began to read, I feel as this book allows you to understand the camera and how to use it, before I adventure out and try the assignments. Also, I do want to point out that this workbook really includes assignments. Each one, allows you understand a little bit of information, and than you can go and put what you learned into practice. This makes it a very great guide for a beginner and I love how easily organized the book is to follow through. The beginning explains the DSLR Camera, the gear and accessories, and than you move onto taking or capturing the photo. Almost gives me the feeling of going back to school, photography school! 

However, this book might be a little on the light side, not much to read. Though, it's not in any way a bad thing! Instead, this little workbook has all the important details packed inside, that will get you started. So being a beginner myself, this book really covers all the basic information needed to understand about Photography and the use of the DSLR Camera you are using.
Honestly, I always love when a book can teach me something new, which I had no idea about. It actually makes me want to learn more. So to read the Essential Photography Workbook and learn more about my camera and lighting, which I could never understand, its absolutely wonderful! I actually feel comfortable to go out and start taking photos without having to rely on snapping too many photos for that one perfect shot. Plus, the many other things I've been learning from this book is how to get the correct color balance, magnification, and even the use of a flash. However, there are a few more items taught in this book, but those seem to be a few that I always had wondered more about. 
Finally, from this beginner to all the other beginners out there, I feel this book gives you a great course into Photography and helps you achieve that perfect shot you want to get, every time. Just take a little time to learn and work through this book and you'll be taking photos like a pro!
Information About The Authors:
Stephen Dantzig is a nationally renowned lighting expert and the owner of Hawaii School of Photography. He is the author of Lighting Techniques for Fashion and Glamour Photography for Film and Digital Photographers, Mastering Lighting Techniques for Outdoor and Location Digital Portrait Photography, Softbox Lighting Techniques for Professional Photographers and Portrait Lighting for Digital Photography: The Basics and Beyond (Amherst Media). He has written more than one hundred articles and lessons on photographic lighting and ethics for some of the top magazines and websites in the business including RANGEFINDER Magazine, Professional Photographer Magazine, PC Photo Magazine, Studio Photography and Design, ProPhoto West, ShootSmarter.com and ProPhotoResource.com. His work has appeared on more than 22 magazine covers including local, regional and national markets. Stephen holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. He works, teaches and resides with his wife in Honolulu, HI.

Joan Dantzig is a recent immigrant from the Philippines who brought her passion for photography with her. Her natural and unique eye for composition sets her work apart from her peers.

Book Information:
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Amherst Media (April 14, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608958639
ISBN-13: 978-1608958634
Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.4 x 0.3 inches

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin

The book, The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin is a wonderful new way to use Tarot cards for a reading. It'll change the ordinary layout to an answer seeking spread, which will help guide you with new ideas and maybe improve in your skills and plans for all types of projects. It might seem strange because it uses a whole different take on reading the cards, but it really is a great new way to figure out life and finding those answers to tricky questions that you need for work, hobbies and just any thing you might be doing.

First off, the book is great for those interested in Tarot and want to try working the cards to help seek some new inspiration in their lives. Maybe, if your struggling and need a little guidance, than this could even help you with that too! The best part is that you can start using this book even if you have no idea how to use the cards and just starting out. The book actually will guide you to what Tarot is and how to use the cards and understand them. So the book would definitely be considered a great guide to understanding Tarot and even learning a new way to use it. The benefits of the reading could be helpful with creativity, productivity, and even just spark new thoughts and plans. 

Now for my opinion, this is  not like any typical book on Tarot I've read before, which is why I love it so much! It's different and a very well written guide to influence and help you build on new and creative ideas, sparks and changes that could help you feel joy in life, change the way things are looked at and maybe even get over that block in your path. When you read this book, it will give you the most helpful ways to use the Tarot cards in a few of the original spreads to find what you really need or might want to do to improve. It could be something you do already or maybe taking on a new project and succeeding further than you thought you could. Sometimes, life can feel like it goes in circles. Everything is the same, nothing new comes along and life goes on. However, I feel that taking a change in the way or perspective of things can really influence a new path for me. That is exactly how I felt with this book! It not only taught me a new way to read the cards or find out answers, but leave me with ideas and give me a boost to the things I do and how to improve.
I feel I get a great vibe and feeling of inspiration to design new things, change up my ordinary day and take on new opportunities, with the guidance that the results of the reading I get from the cards.  I feel so far that this has really been helpful and made my days feel new and enjoyable to wake up too! Therefore, I am so impressed with the author's great work on writing this book and the information is just wonderful!
By the way, this book will be available on the 16th of February and if you are visiting or live in Washington DC, she will be signing copies of The Creative Tarot.

Address:
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Time: 
Saturday, February 27th, 2016 
at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Information About The Author:
Jessa Crispin is the editor and founder of Bookslut.com and Spoliamag.com. She has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Boston Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Architect Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and other publications. Her first book, The Dead Ladies Project: Exile, Expats and Ex-Countries is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. She has lived in Ireland, Chicago, Texas, Kansas, and Germany. She currently lives nowhere in particular.

Book Information:
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Touchstone (February 16, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501120239
ISBN-13: 978-1501120237
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches

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Simon and Schuster: The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jessa Crispin
Author Site: http://www.jessacrispin.com/

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ArtCards: Accessorize Author: Jenny Broom Illustrator: Hennie Haworth

The book, Accessorize by Author Jenny Broom and Illustrator Hennie Haworth is another book that I admire, since I have love'd their book Fashion. It is just a lovely illustrated book and very useful for those interested in becoming a Fashion Designer or just want inspiration for new clothing style ideas. For me, that is just what this book give me, inspiration! I can create and make some fun designed items for my dolls, which I've been trying to create fashion accessories and this book has given me some fabulous ones to use. Plus, for kids they can enjoy using the stickers to dress up the characters inside the book.
I do love the beautiful photos and many stickers inside, but the decorative ideas and use for different creative looks are very useful for creating and developing my own ideas. It gives me the influence I need to combine my own looks in any type of art, even learning to just draw. However, this can be just a great book for the little girls in your life or even teenagers, they always love to pair their own clothing and it's so eye catching with the colors and the use of stickers! 
Inside, there are so many different hats, bags, sunglasses and so much more! So for a child's book this is packed with so many styles and lovely accessories you can use to decorate or make use of in any way possible. I definitely can only see this to be a wonderful way to influence creativity and just for love to enjoy this gorgeous book! Therefore, I highly recommend this for any young inspiring Fashion Designer or anyone who enjoys fashion.
Information About The Author:
Jenny Broom studied at the Slade and now writes, edits, and illustrates fiction and non- fiction for children of all ages. She lives in London.

Hennie Haworth lives and works in London. She graduated from Brighton University in 2004 and has been working for various clients since, including Templar Publishing, Sony Ericsson, The Guardian, Marc Jacobs, and Dorling Kindersley.

Book Information:
Age Range: 6 - 9 years
Grade Level: 1 - 4
Paperback: 72 pages
Publisher: Big Picture Press; Act Csm No edition (October 3, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0763668923
ISBN-13: 978-0763668921
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches

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