Hi, I'm Andrew, author of Focus and Filter, and I love photography! And being able to take photographs that capture the emotions of my family and friends has been one of my favorite things to do for the last 25+ years. My son Tyler (pictured below at about one year old, and with my wife and me at twelve years old), has been my favorite portrait subject since the day he was born.
I sincerely believe that the 50 Tips + 50 Pro Assignments inside Focus and Filter will inspire you to capture more memories of the people, places and things you love. But don't take my word for it! Here are some comments from readers of the book (from selected Editorial and Amazon.com reviews):
"If you want to photograph like a pro, it isn't enough to own the same gear as a pro...You have to act like a pro. And to act like a pro, you have to think like a pro. These assignments [in Focus and Filter] get you thinking like a pro.” -Mike Pasini, Editor, Photo Corners
"One of the hardest things to teach with photography, especially when you are deeply knowledgeable, is keeping it simple for others. Andrew does a fantastic job with Focus and Filter, covering an amazing range of what can be complex subjects, and keeping it clearly explained. His writing style is concise and conversational, which always makes learning easier. And some of the tips are just gems and extremely useful." - Jack Reznicki, professional photographer and author, www.photojack.com
"After 27 years as a professional photographer, I've seen a lot of how-to photo books and articles. But I've never seen a book quite like this. It's like an emergency manual for DIY weekend projects, filled with useful photos and helpful tips like how to easily modify your lighting with reflectors and how to choose the right portable flash unit. It will stay in my collection for many years to come." - Ron Wyatt, Photo Workshop Leader & Two-Time Olympic Games Photographer, www.ronwyattphotos.com
"...Mr. Darlow's text contains some very unique features. Among them, for the DIY photographer, he provides well-developed, common sense hack versions of expensive gear that can save photographers significant amounts of money." -Maria B. (partially excerpted from an Amazon.com review)
A FEW PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE BOOK
Whether you’re a novice trying to figure out how to choose the right settings on your camera, or a longtime pro who wants to know the advantages of Auto ISO, or which batteries are going to perform extremely well in your flash units and wireless radio triggers, this book has tips and techniques for you. Here are just a few of the things you'll learn how to do...or hopefully learn more about if you've "been there, done that!":
📷 Capture candid and formal people and pet portraits; 📷 Take safari-quality animal pictures at the zoo or in the wild; 📷 Capture spectacular night-time cityscapes (even when shooting through glass); 📷 Create a studio “grid system” for under US$300 (£225); 📷 Take breathtaking fireworks photos that jump off the screen (and page!); 📷 Produce magazine-quality food photos whether you are at home or eating out; 📷 Capture motion using tracking and Andrew's “Rock & Swing” techniques; 📷 Find the right portable flash unit that meets your needs and budget; 📷 and much, much more!
WANT TO SEE MORE TIPS FROM THE BOOK?
J to view Page 74/75 (TIP #21, shown here), where you will see how I used a $10 (£8) auto windshield sun shade (and the sun) to create dappled light and "glowing" catchlights in the model's eyes. To see the product page for the same type of windshield shade I used (you can see my assistant holding it at about the same time that I took the portrait shown in the book), visit this page.
And below, you can see how I captured a great blue heron with a lens not often used for bird photography. Below is the original image (left), and the photo after it was cropped, with its caption from Page 180 (TIP #47). Often (especially with wildlife), there's no time to change lenses! But with a good camera that has at least about a 20 megapixel sensor, you can often crop quite a bit and still retain enough quality to make great-looking prints from your files.
In this video by Joe Brady (photographer, writer and owner of Dragonfly Studio), you'll learn how to use the Adjustment Brush (Joe’s favorite tool in Lightroom) to soften and add “glow” to skin, as well as how to quickly enhance eyes..
In this second video by Joe Brady, you'll learn how to transform an outstanding landscape photograph into a truly stunning image in just a few minutes using Lightroom’s Develop Module.
Shadow & Light Magazine is bi-monthly publication (6 issues/yr), covering all aspects of the art of photography. This special five issue compilation totaling over 400 pages, contains many articles and fine-art portfolios from artists including: George DeWolfe, Brooks Jensen, Alain Briot, Helen K. Garber, Tim Anderson, Beate Chelette, Alyson Stanfield, Andy Ilachinsky, E.E. McCollum, and others, including me (Andrew Darlow).
I'm very happy to be able to include this bonus, which is a full PDF of my first book, 301 Inkjet Tips & Techniques. It's an Amazon #1 Bestseller (Computers & Technology Section), and winner of in the “Photography: Instructional/How-To” category of The National Best Books Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.
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From my family to yours, I wish you many outstanding photographs now and in the future.
All the best! -Andrew
Andrew Darlow is a photographer, writer and digital imaging coach based in the New York City metro area. His passion is helping passionate photographers of all levels capture, print and protect their photos. He has lectured and conducted seminars and workshops around the world at photo-related conferences and for photography organizations, including: Professional Photographers of America (PPA); PhotoPlus Expo, the Arles Photo Festival (France); Columbia University; and the International Center of Photography (ICP). His photography has been exhibited in many group and solo shows, and his prints are held in numerous private collections. His articles, tips and images have been included in many publications, websites, books and on-air programs, including Animal Planet, People Magazine, Photo District News, photo.net, photofocus.com, Rangefinder and Women’s World Magazine. He’s the editor of imagingbuffet.com and is the author of three award-winning photo-related books.
Photo credit: Jim Roselli