Mastering Lightroom, E-Book Series On Sale Right Now!

Andrew Gibson is a prolific photographer and writer. He currently has all three of his ebooks on mastering Lightroom on sale right now. You will find them on Photo Dough, but hurry as time is very limited.

Mastering Lightroom Book One: The Library ModuleMastering Lightroom Book One: The Library Module – save 36% – buy it for only $7

“Learn how to use the Library Module to import, organise and search your images. This important task lays the foundation for all the work you do in Lightroom. Mastering the Library module ultimately saves you time, which you can spend either in the Develop module or with your camera. Either way, you end up with a streamlined workflow and more hours to be creative.”

Learn more about this ebook here.

Mastering Lightroom: Book Two – The Develop ModuleMastering Lightroom: Book Two – The Develop Module – save 36% – buy it for only $9

“Discover how to use the tools in the Develop module to get the most out of your Raw files. It builds on the lessons learnt in Mastering Lightroom: Book One – The Library Module and shows you how to use Lightroom’s powerful features to creatively process your images. You’ll be amazed how easy Lightroom is to use once you’re familiar with it and just how much it speeds up your workflow compared to other applications.”

Learn more about this ebook here.

Mastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & WhiteMastering Lightroom: Book Three – Black & White – save 43% – buy if for only $8

“A complete guide to using Lightroom to create powerful and extraordinary black and white images. This ebook teaches you first to see in black in white, then how to convert your photos to monochrome using all of Lightroom’s advanced tools. It also takes an in-depth look at the Silver Efex Pro, Perfect Black & White, Exposure 5, DxO FilmPack 4 and Black & White Effects plug-ins, explaining how to use each one. It finishes with three case studies showing how I converted colour images to black and white in Lightroom.”

Learn more about this ebook here.

I have bought and really loved Andrew’s other books, Mastering Photography and Square. He has an uncanny ability to explain and instruct in a very simple manner. I look forward to diving into these Lightroom ebooks myself. For a grand total of $24, you can get started on using and may be even mastering Lightroom.

Will you join me?

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Awesome Giveaway By Photography Concentrate

My friends Lauren & Rob Lim of Photography Concentrate are Canadians. And, they celebrated Thanksgiving back on October 14.

But for the US Thanksgiving holiday and for Black Friday and Cyber Monday especially, they wanted to do something special. They have gone ahead and offered all of you a 40% discount on ALL their tutorials and ebooks. This is huge and it isn’t something they will likely repeat for another year.

Look, we all want to be better at photography than we were last year. At least, I would hope those of you who read Tiffinbox feel that way. From several of you who have privately emailed me and thanked me for introducing you to resource, a website or a tool that has elevated your craft or business, I know I am pretty good at curating the very best offers out there for you.

The tutorials and ebooks that Photography Concentrate has offered in the past have always been mentioned here because Lauren and Rob Lim consistently produce useful, actionable resources for photographers. Every ebook I receive from them is so full of incredible examples that are not only expressed succinctly but also illustrated beautifully.

These are books you will use over and over again. I promise. How do I know? Because I use them again and again all the time.

Photography Concentrate Black Friday 2013

The sale starts on Black Friday (that’s this Friday) and ends on December 2nd, Cyber Monday. Buy the e-book or tutorial you really need for yourself or your business.

And Lauren and Rob are sweetening the deal even more, giving you a chance at winning a $1000 shopping spree at B&H. Bookmark this post and come back here between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to buy your favorite Photography Concentrate e-book or tutorial. You won’t regret it!

Learn more about this special, time-sensitive offer here.

The One School Goa, Photography Education In Paradise

Mahesh Bhat, a photographer and author of Unsung and Bangalore: First Person Singular is also a teacher at The One School Goa.

Bangalore, India was home for Mahesh, so when I heard he had started teaching photography in Goa, I was curious to learn more about his new adventure.

The One School Goa

Mahesh heads the photography department of a relatively new educational establishment, for those interested in creative fields such as photography, mass communication and multimedia. It’s the first of its kind to be totally dedicated to nurturing creative minds in India and beyond. The school is located in North Goa, away from the hustle, bustle and stress of big cities (just check out the images of what the students are experiencing every day!). The school offers a 3-year graduate diploma program. It’s an intensive program, Mahesh tells me, modeled after the Santa Fe Workshops or the Maine Media Workshops + College.

I had a chance to speak with Mahesh about The One School Goa. So, listen in:

As we wrapped up our chat, I wondered if I could speak with a few of the school’s current students to get their views on the school and what it means to pursue a career in the creative arts.

A few days later, Mahesh connected with Shantanu Sheorey, the school’s founder and a few students. Shantanu is a highly acclaimed commercial photographer with a long history in the industry. I was pleasantly surprised to see his own son enrolled as a student at The One School Goa.

Take a moment to listen to that conversation here:

This is the approach to the school:

Approach To The One School Goa

Dinesh Khanna, acclaimed photographer and educator sits down to critique a student’s work:

Dinesh Khanna With A Photography Student

Paddy fields right outside the school’s gate!

View From The Gate - The One School Goa

I know I can’t wait to visit The One School Goa!

Elizabeth Krist, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Elizabeth Krist, Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic magazine. We discussed photographers, photo editing and the workshop she will be teaching from July 31 to August 3, in Vermont.

She is joined at this wonderful retreat for photographers by other photo editors and decision makers:

June 19-22: Sam Barzilay, UPI and Photoville
June 26-28: Angelika Hala, Stern Magazine
July 10-13: James Estrin, New York Times
July 24-27: Denise Wolff, Aperture
August 7-10: Whitney Johnson, The New Yorker
August 21-23: Emily Keegin, Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine
August 28-30: William A. Ewing, Thames and Hudson

“This summer, FotoVisura is hosting a unique 3-day intensive workshop in Stowe, Vermont that features an impressive list of guest editors. The workshop includes editing, sequencing, design layout, and final presentation. Photographers will be paired with a guest editor in one-on-one and group sessions to help consult photographers on their goals – whether it’s a photo essay, portfolio, multimedia, book or exhibition.”

I first heard of the Foto Visura photo editing and post production workshops through Photoshelter and so I want to thank them (and Lauren Margolis, in particular) for introducing me to Elizabeth.

Foto Visura was founded by Adriana Teresa and Graham Letorney. Learn more about Foto Visura here. As I express to Elizabeth, if I were in town, I would definitely sign up to be a part of her program as she appears to be open to making it about either photography or photo editing.

Check out the video below and if you have any questions or comments, please pen them below.

Learn more from Elizabeth through this wonderful webinar coordinated by Photoshelter’s Allen Murabayashi. If you do decide to go to Vermont, please let me know what your thoughts are about these workshops. It’s important that we share, in equal measure, the successes and challenges of photography and photo editing workshops everywhere.

And here is the image, Elizabeth and I discussed in the video:

Memorial Day 2013, Avon, Connecticut  | Seshu Photography

Dynamic Wedding Photography By David Beckstead

David Beckstead is clear about one thing and that is he serves a very particular kind of client who gets what he does and loves what he does for them. I met David at Mystic Seminars some two years ago and he is slated to be back this year to present again. Like his work, he is a dynamic personality – always smiling and ready to answer questions from the audience. If you get a chance to view his images and his presentation, don’t miss it.

Dynamic Wedding Photography by David BecksteadFor those who are intrigued by David’s work, you are in luck. Photodough.com has on his sale his new e-book called Dynamic Wedding Photography. At $27 it is a steal. And as a bonus, you get to listen to David’s presentation in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Are you looking to kick your wedding photography up a notch this year? No, not through Photoshop actions or Lightroom presets. Those will only get you so far. If you don’t have an exciting or dynamic image to work with in the first place, you are just adding to the problem using those tools. I was always taught to get the image right in the camera first. Perhaps that’s “old-school” thinking, I don’t know. But it has worked really well for me.

Anyway, David’s e-book promises to show us,”how you can become a stylistic and creative photographer attracting clients that love what you do.” Given his style, I suspect that even as a portrait photographer you are going to learn a ton from David Beckstead.

The sale runs through the end of day on Monday, January 7th, so, don’t wait. The price goes back up to $65 and I doubt the video will be a part of that option.

As always, if you buy it, read it, use it, come back here and tell me about it. I want to know what you got out of it. Perhaps we can compare notes? Feel free to comments below.

P.S. Full disclosure, you betcha those are affiliate links! I promote only the best resources for photographers.

Photography Education Sucks!

Today’s guest post is by Michael Howard, a photographer in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to being a photographer, he is a visionary. He founded Musea, for photographers. He has also created the Musea Gatherings and produces a podcast where he interviews inspirational photographers.

Ok not ALL photography education sucks, but most of it does and that’s why I created the Musea Gatherings, to give photographic artists better education opportunities.

I’ve been a working photographer in the wedding/portrait industry for the last 10 years and I have lived through the digital boom, the textured images, the obsession with off-camera lighting at sunset, the Fong Dong, Trash The Dress sessions, Photoshop actions, Spray and Pray, pee yellow skies, WPPI, Rock Stars and the rise of wedding blogs.

Through it all, I sat back rather quietly, but I kept saying to myself, ‘Is this the best we can do as an industry?’ My answer is ‘Hell No!’ We can do much better, and I believe there is a ground swell of photographers craving something with more honesty and respect for the craft.

When I look back over the previous decade of education for wedding and portrait photographers, I see a lot of sizzle, but no substance. I see an obsession with the surface of things rather than deep, nourishing content. Sometimes you hear people say things like, ‘Running a photography business is 80% about business and 20% about making quality images.’ Sadly, there is some truth to that, but I blame ourselves more than our clients. Many photographers were taught that you just need to buy this awesome, radtacular action set to make your crappy photo look like a piece of ‘art’. Camera makers keep making it easier and easier to shoot in low light, so you don’t even have to think about that anymore. Just ‘Spray and Pray’ and throw some sexy film presets on there, and your clients will never know the difference. To all of this I say, ‘BULLSHIT!’

It doesn’t have to be like this, but this is why being a wedding and portrait photographer is often seen as the low rung on the ladder. A lot of it is very amateur and there is no respect for the history of photography, nor the craft of imaging making. The generation of photographers who has risen since the advent of digital imaging has been bombarded by vultures looking to make a quick buck off their naivete´. They have been pressured by camera companies to jump on the hamster wheel of gear acquisition. They have created this feeling that photographers need to upgrade camera bodies every 6-12 months. On top of that, we have been slapped around by new software and the idea of ‘Oh, I’ll fix that in post.’ All of these marketing tactics by camera and software creators have hindered great image making, not improved it. Today, there are more images than ever, but I don’t believe the ratio of masterful images has increased. I merely think the bar has been lowered for what’s ‘Awesome!’ and what’s not. The idea of ‘that’ll do’ rules the day and it’s hurting all of us.

Most education events are centered around the idea of more. You need more lenses, more off-camera lighting, more film-like presets, a sexier camera bag, more product offerings and more light modifiers. The big photo conventions need more attendees that don’t know anything, so they can sell more gear, gimmicks and magic bullets to them. Otherwise, they wouldn’t stay in business. The unfortunate thing is many of us have believed this lie at one point or another. We thought we could buy our way into being better photographers. We’ve said things like, ‘Oh if I just had that L lens, then I’d really be kicking some ass!’ So we go and buy that lens and realize our pictures didn’t improve at all, they are merely clearer pictures of our unchanged vision. When we buy that item that promises to be a shortcut to better images, we’ve actually hindered our growth by relying on another crutch the industry threw our way. Photographic vision isn’t found in the gear you buy, it’s found in your beliefs about the world and in hours of shooting.

All of this lead me to create the Musea Gatherings, which are centered around the idea of rethinking photography education. It’s time that we raise the bar instead of lower it. We should be taught by people that hold themselves to a higher standard and don’t have some fancy new toy to sell us, especially ones that look like Tupperware.

Musea Gathering

The Gatherings are about embracing the concept of ‘less is more.’ It calls out the lie that you need more stuff, when what you really need is less stuff. You need to edit your life, your career, your business and your portfolio much tighter. You need to cut all the dead weight, and the teachers at the Gatherings will help you do that.

We live in a world where we can do whatever we want. There are no rules, but the reality is that creativity isn’t fostered by freedom. Creativity is born out of limitations. It’s staying within a box, a set of parameters and coming up with as many solutions as possible. The content that will be taught at the Gatherings are designed to give you a set of mental parameters that you need to improve your work and business. You won’t be sold any magic bullets or snake oil, but you will be given some proven guidelines that will point you in the right direction and you’re assumptions will be challenged. We will shake you up, but also give you a tool box to improve your work and business.

Hopefully, you can come to one of the Gatherings this year to help create a better industry that is rooted in the history of the medium and holds all photographers to a higher standard of working. Even if you can’t make it to a Gathering this year, I urge you to improve your photography by educating yourself on the deep things of art and stay away from the empty promises of more gear and software. The next decade of wedding and portrait photography can be the best the world has ever seen, and I want Musea to play an important role in helping us get there!

A Sales Tip For Photographers

Photo consultant Selina Maitreya discusses a rarely used approach in client sales meetings. Check it out in the video below.

Did you like Selina’s business tip for photographers? Want to get more of these tips and for FREE? Selina offers a free 5 day video course, “Building the Ideal Professional Photography Business.”

In addition to that, Selina and 13 other experts will be presenting a FREE two-day online event on February 11 and 12, called Clarion Call. [aff] You do need to register to get access to these awesome speakers. Remember, it is FREE, so why wouldn’t you sign up?

If you miss the live event, you can still order the recordings, which garner you a bunch of very cool bonuses.

What sales tip could you/would you share here with your peers? Please comment!