Photo Icons

Quite a few posts ago, I mentioned that I had been out shopping for photography books with some money I got for my birthday. I might well have ended up with more how-to books, if my eye hadn’t been caught by the two-volume Photo Icons set.

They are small (14×19.5cm) neat hardback books  by Hans-Michael Koetzle, and published by Taschen. Subtitled, The Story Behind the Pictures, the two attractive little volumes were begging me to take them down off the shelf, and have a look.

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Cool special effects

A screenshot from virtualStudio showing an image of Durban songstress Natalie Rungan, that I was working on.

Some time in the dim and distant past, I came across an outfit called OptikVerve Labs, who produced the brilliant free virtualPhotographer plug-in for Photoshop, and other compatible image editors, which you could use to apply special effects to your pictures.

I had kind of lost touch with them and the other day, just on the offchance, I swung by their website to see if anything new was happening.
They are indeed still in business, and producing an updated version of virtualPhotographer and a totally new (at least in my experience) free program called virtualStudio.

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Creative lighting

hands-onA couple of weeks ago, an interesting parcel arrived for me containing a couple of items that I had ordered from the USA-based Camera Books. The parcel caused a great deal of merriment in the post office when it was noticed that it had been posted from Horny Hollow on the Crooked River Ranch. Camera Books’ Petra Kellers later wrote to me that her business is indeed based in Horny Hollow, and that the Crooked River Ranch had been a working ranch until the 1970s. It seems that the cowboys lived in the Horny Hollow area, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out how it got its name.

One of the items in the parcel was a DVD produced by the Nikon School, called Hands-on Guide to Creative Lighting, which is presented by Bob Krist, who I hadn’t heard of before, and Joe McNally, who I had. The whole rationale behind the Creative Lighting DVD is to show how to get the best out of Nikon’s Creative Lighting System, which includes their various speedlights and the means to control them remotely. As mentioned in a previous post, I had already started going down the off-camera flash road, thanks to David Hobby’s Strobist website. David concentrates on using manually-adjusted flashes but, through his site, I got to hear of the Krist and McNally DVD.

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