Earlier this year, travel and documentary photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich released Understanding Post-Processing: The Video Series. Making the Most of Your Images in Adobe Lightroom 5.
I got to know Mitchell’s work just over five years ago after reading an article on David duChemin’s blog. His first eBook was called Understanding Post-Processing and contained very practical information on how to post-process your images using Lightroom. In this first excellent publication, he gave us the opportunity to look over his shoulder as he applied techniques and functionalities within Lightroom to enhance his images. It certainly was one of the better eBooks I have bought back then. Since then, Mitchell has published several other eBooks, some of them in collaboration with Digital Photography School. Later, he launched Eyevoyage, a new company he co-founded, which also publishes his new and future eBooks and videos.
Do you know what kind of stories I like to read? Personal stories. Of both photographers and artists in general. And I’m not talking about the content of a (photo) project. I’m talking about their personal lives: who or what inspired and motivated them during childhood, and who or what still inspires them today; how did they make a career for themselves and how did it evolve into a success story; what difficulties have crossed their paths and how they have solved them; and so on.
I haven’t come across many of these stories within the photography industry. Obviously, because I’m mostly involved in photography only, and have some affinity with this industry, I can’t speak of any other industry like painting or writing. I suppose similar books do exist everywhere. If only I had more than 24 hours in a day to discover and read such books.
“I spent almost every waking moment working on my photography.” (Dan Winters, p. 93)