Engadget Primed Article #2

Just wrote another feature article for Engadget Primed entitled “What is Aperture and How Does it Affect My Photos?“: 

Check it out- lots of solid info, links, diagrams, photos, and more – covers apertures, depth-of-field, hyper focal distance, how it relates to exposure, and so on.  Now I’m working on my third piece for Engadget- one of many to come.

Happy Shooting!

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My new book, The Complete Guide to Nature Photography

My latest book came out today – online and in US bookstores.
The Complete Guide to Nature PhotographyProfessional Techniques for Capturing Digital Images of Nature and Wildlife

It’s available in paperback (10.8 x 8.5 inches) and electronic versions (iPad, Kindle, Nook, ebook, iPhone).  It will be in many countries as early as February 2012 as well- China, Denmark, France, Russia, the UK, and so on.

Published by Amphoto/ Crown Publishing, a division of Random House, the book is 240 pages long (~50,000 words), packed with roughly 240 images in 10 chapters covering the gamut of nature and outdoor photography. As I did with my last book, The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure, I followed a step-by-step approach to the art in order to help readers move easily through the process, with a lot of freedom to create.  I have also included an ‘assignment’ in each chapter to give readers a task to follow, helping them improve through the book.

 

I am very proud of the book and feel there’s a ton of content, ideas, tips, and tricks on how to improve your nature, landscape, wildlife, outdoor photography.  You can’t go wrong picking up a copy.  My last book received five star reviews on Amazon, as well as many great reviews on photo blogs, magazines, etc.  Many use it as a reference for exposure, and with this new book, it’s a great reference for nature photography- for preparation, exposure, composition, lighting, macro, wildlife, creative techniques, and more.

No book signings are set up at the moment- the industry is changing and it seems like bookstores aren’t as interested (of course unless you are J.K. Rowling, James Patternson, or Stephen King – and I ain’t there yet!).  Lots of interviews however and solid press – a New York Times interview, promotion on Red Room, interview on Scott Kelby’s iPad magazine Light It, Think Tank Photo, Nik software, and more- good stuff.

Thanks!
Sean
SIGNED COPIES: Call us at nine-two-five-855-8060, or email: studio(at)seanarbabi(dot)com
WHERE TO BUY     

ISBN-10: 0817400109     ISBN-13: 978-0817400101

Amazon (USA): http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Nature-Photography-Professional/dp/0817400109

Barnes & Noblehttp://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Complete-Guide-to-Nature-Photography/Sean-Arbabi/e/9780817400101

Random Househttp://www.randomhouse.com/book/205038/the-complete-guide-to-nature-photography-by-sean-arbabi/9780817400101

Walmarthttp://www.walmart.com/ip/16344511

Google eBook (for iPad, Android, iPhone, Nook, Sony, etc): http://books.google.com/ebooks?id=fHY6-tgeey0C&source=productsearch

Kindle version (Amazon): http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Nature-Photography-ebook/dp/B004SOQ0MQ

Amazon (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Guide-Nature-Photography-Arbabi/dp/0817400109

Amazon (Japan): http://www.amazon.co.jp/Complete-Guide-Nature-Photography-Professional/dp/0817400109

Amazon (China): http://www.amazon.cn/The-Complete-Guide-to-Nature-Photography-Professional-Techniques-for-Capturing-Digital-Images-of-Nature-and-Wildlife-Arbabi-Sean/dp/0817400109

Amazon (France): http://www.amazon.fr/Complete-Guide-Nature-Photography-Professional/dp/0817400109

Powell’s Books: http://www.powells.com/biblio/9780817400101?campaign=RandomHouseOBL&PID=32442

Books a Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Complete-Guide-Nature-Photography/Sean-Arbabi/9780817400101

uRead.com: http://www.uread.com/book/complete-guide-nature-photography-sean/9780817400101

Telegraph (UK): http://books.telegraph.co.uk/BerteShopWeb/viewProduct.do?ISBN=9780817400101

Fall Outdoor Photography Tips

I just loaded this tip on the Perfect Picture School of Photography (PPSOP), and wanted to share it with all of you as well…enjoy!

FALL OUTDOOR PHOTO TIPS

As we move through October, depending on where you live, the weather has begun to cool and dry out, leaves are slowing drifting off the trees, and the colors are changing into wonderful hues of yellow, orange, and red – whether in pumpkins or maple leaves- fall is everywhere. Here are a few tips toward better autumn photography:
#1) Easier or quicker usually doesn’t mean better
When you happen upon a nice fall landscape, don’t just settle for a photo from the spot you first noticed it. Move around to find a great foreground, search for that best angle, locate that optimal place to set your tripod down, wait for better light – as we say in the industry, work the scene. Subtle changes with light and location in your colorful compositions can make a huge difference.
#2) Exposure and Flash creates saturated color
If you underexpose red, it will become a deep maroon red – overexpose red and it will become pink. The same goes for colors like orange and yellow. If you don’t understand your meter and miss exposures on these colors, you will lose a big part of your autumn scene. Learn how to expose scenes like this and your autumn landscapes will improve. Another trick is using your strobe in shady situations. Light adds color, so if you capture wonderful warm autumn hues in the cool light of shade, these colors tend to cancel each other out – add flash to these scenes and the direct specular light brings that color back. My book, The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure can help with this tip: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0817435549
without flash (above)
with flash (above)

#3) Make those colors pop
If you’ve ever scene a color wheel, you begin to understand the relationship of various hues and why they may or may not pop off an image. Red is close to being the opposite of green, yellow is the opposite of blue, and orange sits somewhere between – closer to cyan. If you are able to find subject matter to emphasize these differences, you can produce a fall image where the color jumps off the screen – it’s why a red tree among a row of evergreens, or a mix of fall colored-leaves lying in a puddle with the reflection of the blue sky has so much impact.
#4) Use the weather and the season to your advantage
When the season changes, so does the weather, and consequently the environment as well. As leaves fall from trees, they begin to thin out and new views emerge, nonexistent when the tree was full during summer months. New scenery opening up like this can create window-light framing for backgrounds. If the wrong weather rolls in covering a blue sky, consider shooting scenes that don’t include it. Snow-fed rivers once raging during spring and early summer months have less water passing through them, allowing you to capture still water moments or crisp reflections. When working with translucent subjects like leaves, consider backlighting them in order for the light to shine through – this brings out those wonderful tones and intricate shapes and details.
But the best tip I could give is to simply make the effort to get out there with your camera – the beauty of nature is powerful, and the changing of a season is magical.

PLEASE NOTE:
My new book, The Complete Guide to Nature Photography, comes out in less than two months (December 6th)- I received an advance copy last week and it looks amazing. Pre-orders are available online at a number of stores including Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Nature-Photography-Professional/dp/0817400109
If you are interested in taking an online workshop with me, you can be anywhere in the world, read the lessons at your leisure, shoot what you want when you want, and receive solid feedback. Join me on PPSOP sometime for four weeks of fun! Nature and Landscape Photography online course: http://www.ppsop.net/land.aspx

BetterPhoto’s worldwide reach

I recently finished my 39th online photo workshop course on BetterPhoto, and currently teaching my 40th – I started teaching with them in late 2006, and mainly teach an exposure course entitled “Better Exposure- How to Meter Light“. BetterPhoto.com a great online photo community, free to the public, with 4-week and 8-week photo courses ranging from $198 to $348, as well as websites you are purchase for your own photography.

But I don’t want this to sound like an ad for the online workshop company or my classes there. I mainly wanted to mention how amazing it’s been teaching people around the world – the wide reach of this online company that started in 1996 in Redmond, Washington.

When I first started with BP, I first wondered if I’d be able to teach as well online compared to what I do in live field courses. If my personality could come through in the four weeks I spent with my students (four lessons, four assignments, four critiques, with a Q&A section in our Campus Square site). And luckily it has. People get that I’m an easy-going guy that likes to make others laugh, as well as pack them with tons of good info. And although we can’t all shoot together in the field, the course offers a chance for people to learn on their own time and schedule, while capturing the subject they’re most interested in.

To date, I’ve taught photo enthusiasts in 43 US States and 37 countries – wild – countries including America Samoa, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, the Netherlands (Holland), Oman, Panama, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United Arab Emirates.

I recently had my first student from Paris France, as well as Vietnam, and this month have a gentleman from Istanbul Turkey. All walks of life, from at-home Moms to traveling businessmen, retired grandfathers to college-bound teenagers excited about a new hobby.

It’s wonderful to know so many appreciate the art of photography, and have such a passion and love for it. And I truly enjoy giving these great folks some of the tools to help improve their photographic skills. Of course I’ll always have the passion to produce my own images I found interesting, to capture assignments for publications or produce shoots for ad and corporate clients- but to know I’ve had the chance to connect with so many in this amazing online medium is truly a joy.

Check ’em out if you get a chance- all kinds of courses for beginners to advanced, exposure to photoshop:  BetterPhoto.com