Thursday, May 20, 2010

New E-Book Project – A work in progress

Fear an ignorant man more than a lion. – Turkish Proverb

Always try to anticipate the action. To capture fast moving action, set your camera on rapid frame advance and focus tracking. To freeze the action, use a fast shutter speed of at least 1/500th of a second.

Lions Mating, Botswana
Canon 1D Mark II
Shutter Priority Mode
Canon 100-400mm IS lens @ 400mm
ISO 800
1/250th sec. @ f/8
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I am working on a new e-book project - and could use your help.

It's an inspirational e-book that includes (per page):
• Photograph;
• Inspirational quote that matches the photograph;
• Subject name;
• Camera/exposure information.

What you see here is a sample page. The idea is to offer some inspiration/motivation and a very quick photography tip – info that you can have on your iPhone or iPad.

Basically, it's a feel-good e-book that helps you with your photography.

Whatta ya think of the idea? Please let me know here. Any ideas? For example, would you like to see a Photoshop tip, such as (in this case):

In Photoshop: Sharpen selectively. Here, sharpening only the lions made them stand out more in the scene. Sharpening the soft background would have detracted from the subjects and increased the noise.

Explore the light,


Jonathan K. said...

I say do it! another very helpful piece of information: publish the lighting setup (if any) and describe sun and/or reflector positioning


Sounds like a very useful book for budding and established 'togs


jeffrey corcoran said...

sounds like a plan. rick will it ever be avaliable for the blackberry? thanks for all the great pictures, and all the help making photography just a little easier.

Michelle H said...

Definitely an awesome idea, and hopefully I can read it on my iPhone/iPad!

greygirl25 said...

I love the idea. I can't tell you how many times I have looked at an image, been totally impressed and wondered what the specs were, only to be disappointed because they were not available.

Please, do it.

ShebaJo said...

Awesome idea! Hope I get to be involved.

Laurie Skillern said...

Sounds good to me. I love to see what setting were used in an exposure.

Steve said...

what i think would be a good idea is to include an exposure calculator or some kind of cheat sheets that a photographer can quickly use as a tool

Tom said...

I say do a eBook about night photography, and what you have to say about it.

Call it...

"Sammon Chanted Evening"

Ba dum bum!

I'm here all week. Tip your waitresses.

ಜಯಂತ ಬಾಬು said...

Along with specs and Photoshop tips,please add what vision you had when you captured the moment. Waiting to see the book .....

Laurie said...

Perhaps a before and after image when you give a Photoshop (or Nik Software tip) ?

Looking forward to it!

--Laurie Shupp

Iris said...

An inspirational recipe book for photographers. Love it. The PS tip is a welcome the icing on the cake.

Chuck Vosburgh said...

Do it bro!

Miles said...

Don't forget to include any post processing that happened, NIK Software? Photoshop? etc

KenH said...

LOL If you take all these ideas on board you will need an A3 Ipad to get it all in.

Just add the Photoshop tip and you are on to a winner.

Anonymous said...

Great idea (and great shot)! Another vote for your inner thought/vision process when capturing the image in addition to, or even instead of tech/exif info.

mitzs said...

I like it. I look at people information all the time on Flickr. It has really helped me a lot to at least be in the ball park when trying something new.