Review of Macro Photography Book by Don Komarechka

Review of Macro Photography Book by Don Komarechka

Macro Photography: The Universe at Our Feet by Don Komarechka

Gotta tell ya, if you are wanting to start macro photography, or want to improve the macro work you are now creating, get this book. I’ve been a fan of Komarechka’s work ever since I saw his first snowflakes photos. He’s a master at his craft with a healthy curiosity that has him pushing the limits of the medium.

The layout is clean and easy to read with clear illustrations. © Don Komarechka

Worth the price

When I first saw the price on the book I was a little hesitant. So glad I pulled the trigger and got it. This is a solid reference on macro photography that beginners and experienced photographers will enjoy. I wrote a more in-depth review over at PhotoFocus. You can check it out here.

Yours in Creative Photography,         Bob

See more of Don’s work here.

You can order a copy of the book here. Remember I am an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small fee if you use this link.

book review – duChemin

book review – duChemin

Within the Frame – David duChemin

I’m a fan

I am a big fan of books. Well, not all books, but good ones. The book I wish to share with you is definitely better than good. I’ve been following David duChemin for quite some time. I enjoy his writing style and sense of humor. He has a way of sharing some big ideas in an understandable way without being ‘preachy.’

As you may have already guessed, I am particularly a fan of David and his writing. His latest book is Within the Frame – The Journey of Photographic Vision. It is a 10th anniversary edition and I’m glad he brought it back. This is a book that can be a help in getting your creative butt in gear whether you are a newbie photographer or a seasoned veteran such as myself. (I suppose you can read that as old, but I digress)

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Within the Frame – The Journey of Photographic Vision David duChemin

Creativity and Vision

David talks about vision and creativity in most of his writing. I enjoy his introspection and dedication to the photography world and the creative vibe therein. He shares ideas on how to accomplish some inner thinking in bite sized pieces that can be practiced and digested in as small or large a helping as one would like.

An Example

Here’s one paragraph from the book that appears on page 79 in the chapter titled The Artist and the Geek.

“The first thing to realize is that the creative process is not so simple that it can be reduced to a formula-go here, wait for muse, shoot brilliant image. It is not a reactive process dependent on a magic fairy appearing and beating you with an inspiration stick. Creativity is something you can actively work at, and the more closely you know your own process, the more reliably the muse appears. Having said that, I think we all know that some days just do not got he way we want, and we often chalk that up to being uninspired, or bored, or lazy. Probably the latter two.” – David duChemin


The paragraph above has so much about which to think, you can imagine how much you will get from the rest of the book! duChemin’s book is a winner on so many levels. I think it is the kind of book that will earn a long stay in your regular reading table. And, will also have a place of honor in your permanent photography book collection for review on a regular basis.

Yours in Creative Photography,     Bob

PS – Get the book. you’ll be glad you did. Within the Frame – The Journey of Photographic Vision


photography book review – after the camera

photography book review – after the camera

 Photography Book Review

After the Camera, by Thom Rouse

Digital Transformations for Conceptual Nude & Portrait Photography

Way more than a How-to, After the Camera, is a peek into the mind of a wonderfully creative artist. You can’t help but view Thom’s images and find your story wrapped in and around his multi-layered imagery. His images have the depth and dimension of fine art from the master painters through the ages. This is no surprise if you know Thom. He is a student of the great artists and borrows an idea here, a color palette there, and a look from over there. By combining his art knowledge with his photography, experimenting with the capabilities of our digital age, he transcends visual boundaries, taking us to a new world.

isis by thom rouseIsis – Many of the elements were created from the manipulation of a single leaf. This includes the background, parts of her dress, and the hairpiece.

Text in this book reads as if Thom is talking directly to you. He shares his inspiration, along with trials and tribulations, during the shoot and post-processing. While this is not a book to teach you techniques in Adobe Photoshop where he does most of his processing, there are many important concepts shared. I’ve found a number of ideas that I can’t wait to try out in my work.

urban mermaids by thom rouseUrban Mermaids – Concept inspired by a regular model.

Is this book for everyone? Heck no. But most books are not. This is for photographers pushing their work to new realms of art. This is for photographers looking for inspiration. This is for photographers who understand that the nude has been part of the fine art landscape over the millennia. It’s for those who want a peek into the mind of a creative person who has studied fine art painters and can share concepts behind the why of an image.

dance within fine art image by thom rouseDance Within – One of the few images where Rouse used Corel Panter to help finish the look of the piece.

I can see this book becoming a dog-eared staple on my bookshelf as I plan to go back and review this on a regular basis.

Yours in Creative Photography,     Bob

PS – Thom was featured a couple of weeks ago in a Tuesday Photo/Art post. You can read it here.

rouse book coverRouse’s book ‘After the Camera’ is available on Amazon.

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Sunday Photo/Art Quote – The Art Spirit Robert Henri

I was recently turned on to this book and am enjoying it immensely. Robert Henri has written about art in a way I have never heard before. He is very straightforward in presenting his ideas about art and the creation thereof.

I have a feeling that I could use this book to populate the Successful-Photographer’s Sunday Photo/Art Quote for the better part of the year. Here is a quote from Henri…

robert henri art qoute“Paint like a fiend when the idea possesses you.” Robert Henri

I enjoy this quote as I occasionally find myself super-inspired in creative spurts. During these creative times I seem to see things in a new light, viewing everyday subjects in a new way. Strangely enough, this often happens when I am traveling or upon my return home from an extended stay away. (or on nights when I can’t sleep because I drank coffee too late in the day ; )>. I have a feeling that any huge change in environment tends to sharpen the visual senses. May I suggest that you strike while the iron is hot.

When it’s working, make sure you are too…

text from the art spirit“The student is not an isolated force. He belongs to a great brotherhood, bears a kinship to his kind. He takes and he gives. He benefits by taking and he benefits by giving.”  Robert Henri in The Art Spirit

I also share this quote as it explains to me some of the reasons that I am so passionate about sharing the knowledge I’ve gained with others. As he states, “He benefits by taking and he benefits by giving.” I learn so much when I am teaching. Much of the education comes in the preparation of the programs and more from the students when I am teaching as they share lessons they have learned.

I say if you want to learn something inside and out, teach or write a book about it.

Yours in Creative Photography,      Bob

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Sunday Photo/Art Quote – Robert Henri

Thank you Helen Yancy!

Many times it is a small thought shared that opens large passageways of ideas. If you have attended any of my programs you know I am a fan of quotes from artists, photographers, inspirational speakers and authors. Helen was sitting right there in the front row and noting some of the quotes I had collected and was sharing in a slideshow before my program began.

She said, “Oh, you know of Robert Henri and his book The Art Spirit.“No,” I replied. She had seen one of his quotes go by on the screen and she said, “You really need to get that book and read it!”

So I did.

And, now I’m going to do for you the same thing Helen did for me. Get the book!

Here’s a quote from Henri…

robert henri art quote“When the artist is alive in any person… he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature.” Robert Henri

When I took Helen up on her suggestion I had ordered the book but let it sit on my side table before grabbing it one day. OMG. There is so much inspiration packed into these pages I don’t know where to start. When I went back through my collection of gathered quotes I found four already in there… And soon I will be adding many more.

Henri pushes you to think in different ways about your art. He was an artist but he was known more for his instruction and influence of other artists who followed in his footsteps. As he said in his book, “I have little interest in teaching you what I know. I wish to stimulate you to tell me what you know.”

And, stimulate you he does.

You never know where the next piece of your education is coming from. One reason I love teaching is I get to learn so much, from my students.

Helen thanks again for the tip.I can’t wait to read it again and really absorb Henri’s message.

Yours in Creative Photography,     Bob

PS – By the way Helen is working on a book on the software program Painter with Amherst Media. If you are into Painter and want to push your skills you’ll be able to pre-order soon…

book review visual palette

book review visual palette

Visual Palette Book Review

Lots of information and detail. That’s what I look for in a book.

Are you a photographer just getting started? Find yourself in a photographic rut? Getting the same old photographs from iconic places?

And this one has it.Are you a photographer just getting started? Find yourself in a photographic rut? Getting the same old photographs from iconic places?

Are you a photographer just getting started? Find yourself in a photographic rut? Getting the same old photographs from iconic places?

A pro and find yourself in a photographic rut?

Getting the same old photographs from iconic places?

visual palette book coverMaybe it’s time to take a look at a book called Visual Palette by Rocky Nook Author Brian Matiash.

I always appreciate taking a peek into another artist’s thought process when it comes to finding new ways to view and capture a scene that lay before me. Brian gives a great primer on the basics of composition and then moves the process forward with ways to apply the basics in a more advanced way. The

The images included in the book are solid examples of the point that is being made. Are all stellar? Nope. Some are. But, do they do the job? You bet. This book is about, and should be about YOUR photography. You get to experience Brian’s work and thought process but he is sharing ideas and concepts that you can take out for a test drive.

And that’s what it’s all about. Learning new ideas or being reminded of those long forgotten.

Yours in CreativePhotography,     Bob

PS – here’s a small excerpt from the book to give you a taste of Brian’s ‘voice’…

“I, Photographer
I am sharing the backstory of my life as a student to illustrate a few
points as it relates to you, the photographer. The first, and probably
most important, point to make is that photography absolutely is a
journey with no set destination. There isn’t a geographic coordinate
to plot to, a set distance of miles to travel, or a number of exposures
to take. There is no master class you can complete where you’ll
receive a certificate stating, “You’ve Made It!”
Don’t feel any despair over this. The fact that this is a never-ending
journey should be something to rejoice! I first picked up a camera to
use with meaningful intent in 1996. At the time of this writing—nearly
20 years later—I’m still forging ahead on my path to discover who this
person, this photographer, really is. Sure, I have a solid understanding
of the correlation between the aperture, ISO, and shutter speed
of my camera equipment, but beyond that, I will be a student of this
craft for life. To think otherwise is to resign myself to the idea that I
am done growing as a photographer. And that, dear reader, is a terrifying
thought to ponder.”  Brian Matiash