Enhance your lighting setup with the Flashpoint PZ Soft Box (FPSBPZ) series. A tear-down zipper relieves pressure on the inner rods, making the softboxes easy to set up and take down. They’re available in sizes from 12x36 to 40x60 inches. All units come with a removable inner baffle, recessed front and carrying bag. A speed ring (sold separately) is needed to attach the softbox to your light unit. Estimated Street Price: $59 to $149. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
NYIP TURNS 100
The New York Institute of Photography celebrates its 100th year of giving first-rate photography instruction. Offering multimedia distance education courses for photographers of all levels, the school provides every student with a dedicated instructor to work with throughout the course. Additionally, students have a professional student advisor who helps explain the materials in each lesson, provides advice about finding and working with clients, and gives their opinion on equipment and technology. Every course includes printed lessons, supplemented with audio commentary and video displays. Contact: New York Institute of Photography, (800) 445-7279, www.nyip.com.
Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters' Guide to Shooting from the Heart by Shutter Sisters (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0240813479). This guide is designed to help photographers tap into their emotional connection to the subject matter in front of them before snapping the shutter. Written and illustrated by 10 of the women who regularly contribute to the Shutter Sisters website, the book is filled with beautiful imagery and inspirational words.
The Eloquence of Trees by Craig Varjabedian (PhotoBook Press, www.photobookpress.com; 2010). This limited hand-bound edition contains 28 photographs by Varjabedian, an award-winning fine-art photographer. The retrospective collection spans more than 33 years of his work and includes many images that have never been published. Proceeds will benefit Heifer International (www.heifer.org), an organization devoted to ending world hunger. To purchase a copy, email
or call (505) 983-2934.
Decisive Moments: Creating Iconic Imagery by Scott Linstead (Bouquin Publishing, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-9867465-0-5). The Canadian wildlife photographer packs this book with fascinating portraits of animals and insects, stories behind how the images were created and inspiration for getting out there and taking your own. Many of the images show animals exhibiting behavior that’s rarely witnessed.
The Photographer’s Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81517-6). Stay away from making repetitive, cliché images by learning what makes a photograph great and how to achieve that repeatedly. The book contains more than 400 images taken on real photographic assignments, with schematic illustrations of how and why they work.
Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop by Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81483-4). From retouching work to creating offbeat compositions, this in-depth resource teaches you how to develop an efficient Photoshop workflow. The book is full of photographs and full-color screenshots as visual examples.