Books, Reference Library, Gifts


Books are gifts that keep on giving.

One more set of items suitable for Christmas-giving, then I think that’s it for the season. I would call it quits now, but I am a firm believer in collecting reference books and materials that can be read and re-read and looked at and looked up for years to come. Books certainly lead that list. And Scott Kelby sees a ton of photography books come across his desk as the head of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals). After all, a good review by NAPP could make a book a best seller (sort of the Oprah of the photo world). Well, Scott has published a list of recommended books that almost all would be nice additions to one’s reference library.

Click here for that list. And if your photographer is into shooting with flashes and modifiers, then I especially recommend the first book on the list (Joe McNally’s Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash). When Joe talks about flash, people should listen (my apologies to the old E.F. Hutton commercials). Joe knows light and Joe knows flash. He also has developed into a very entertaining writer. This is a good book for the collection. And, for a bit more from the author and his thoughts on what went into the book, click here.

And for some older-but-gooder Lightroom presets that configure your adjustment brush for portrait retouching, click here. The presets are from Matt Kloskowski, one of the original Photoshop Guys, and they cover presets for the teeth, skin and eyes. Matt really knows Lightroom, and these presets are worth adding to your palette.

Finally, Nikon Rumors is nice enough to be giving away a Datacolor Spyder 2 Elite dispaly calibration system (worth a cool $180). This is a nice piece of hardware for making sure your monitor is displaying exactly the colors it is supposed to. Everyone needs a calibrated monitor, and this contest may be your ticket to doing so … for FREE! Click here for the details on how to leave a comment on their website and for ‘liking’ their Facebook page. You know how I feel about Facebook, so this contest is not for me. But if you already are a Facebook user, this may be your lucky week.

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