Time to go…SLOW


Well, the folks at Craft and Vision have done it again.  Of course, they release new eBooks about once a month, but this time they hit on a subject that is really near and dear to me.  As you may recall, in the past I’ve talked about ways to stabilize the camera.  Ranging from various ways to hand hold a number of different cameras, to tripods, monopods, and much more – I’ve pretty much run the gamut.  It only goes to show you that stabilizing your camera is just one way to think about the world around you.

Andrew Gibson has, in one fell swoop, completely turned a 180 on this notion with the introduction of his book – SLOW: The Magic of Long Exposure Photography

This eBook, now available on the C&V website, highlights a multitude of ways to capture the whole idea of motion in your photography.  This sounds counter-intuitive, but there are some great techniques mentioned in here, including panning your camera, motion blur, and yes, even intentional camera motion – all producing some pretty stellar photography!  I’ve gotten to be quite discerning in the quality of what I read from various authors, and even have been known to cut into a few for some things I’ve not liked in the past.  Very few cut the muster with me in this regard:  David DuChemin is among my favorite writers these days, so content coming from his corner of the photo-sphere gets a little bit extra consideration, and I was glad I considered Andrews recent publication here – it is definitely a notch above most of the chaffe in the reading realm these days!

I’ve not been a fan of all of Andrew’s work – but his last few have been quite impressive, and SLOW is among the better of them.  I also enjoyed his prior work titled Beyond Thids, which I reviewed here.  Not only is he articulate and able to get his point across succinctly, but he’s got great examples of photos to show exactly how to produce various effects.  He’s got quite a stable of books on the C&V website, including three dedicated to black and white photography.  With eight total books, there, I could totally see the value of getting the entire collection!  Yeah, it’s $5 per book, but you can save 20% if you get the whole collection at once.

If you’ve got some of the previous ones, then I’d recommend just sticking to this latest one on the art of capturing motion in your photos with SLOW.  He’ll show you how to blur water, how to get a grungy look from the shores, and how to really bring out the sense of motion in anything you set your mind to.  For having done a fair portion of beach scenes at sunrise and sunset, I thought I had this skill well-oiled into my wheelhouse, but Andrew gave me some pointers that I’d not used before.  Finally, he’s got some great charts and refernce guides for what to expect with various shutter speeds with and without ND filters.  Last but not least, I learned that long exposure noise reduction is not intended for use with RAW files!  (only JPG’s)  I did not know that before!

That’s just one of several nuggets, tips and tools you can pick up in this latest release from Andrew over at Craft & Vision.  Normally $5, it’s on sale for the initial release with the normal 20% off deal (so only $4).  make sure you use the coupon code SLOW4 to get the savings.  Here’s the link again in case you missed it from the images and other references above!  Hurry as this is a limited time offer.

Three Competing Interests

Episode #66 of the Canon Blogger Podcast Series (CBPS) is up and ready for download.  In this weeks’ show:

  • The three competing interests of quality, quickness, and cost.
  • Is grey market gear a worthwhile alternative for decreasing overhead
  • Blog and Podcast notes, including an update on the Think Tank Photo Streetwalker Contest
  • Listener questions, and the Photo Tip of the week, covering dark prints and the DOF preview button.

On the blog front, for those of you who had been suffering through the feed breakdown – I figured out the source of the problems, and was able to reconcile the feed XML file against iTunes.  So, the history of shows is up again back through May of 2008.  As I go through more Archives of both audio and video podcasts more should come back to life as time permits.  If anyone would like to hear a specific subject addressed in future podcasts, please feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments section or via email.

Another little tidbit – the graphic for the “Archives” of all blog posts and for the “About” page has been changed too, so be sure to stop over there and see the new layout!  Lots of fun stuff from over the weekend to share!  The final bit of news is that a fellow NAPP’er will be in town this week and we’ll be getting together for a mini photowalk here in downtown Denver.  So, if anyone is in the area and would like to join us – drop me a note and I’ll get you the details.  Hope everyone else had a fun weekend.  Happy shooting and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow.