by Elaine Luther

If you can only buy one book on photography, this is it. You may recognize the author’s name from his articles in The Crafts Report and elsewhere.

The book is inclusive, covering not only what you need to know to shoot jury slides, but also shooting for selling on-line, composition, equipment and lighting.

Without dumbing the information down, he gives just enough information for those of us who don’t want to become professional photographers, but want to improve our skills in support of our other goals (getting into shows, selling).

He covers everything: choosing a camera, how to understand all those settings on your digital camera, and even a little on working in the digital darkroom.

One cool source in the book is for a background “sweep,” a plastic background holder. It’s called the EGO-sweep, by Lowel.

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