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)
At the end of each year, we are traditionally bombarded with all sorts of lists. I’m not very keen on these lists to be honest as they are too often used merely as entertainment and to fill the pages of magazines and newspapers. But once in a while I discover an artist or photographer I haven’t heard of before. Instead of watching (too many) images on screen all the time, I decided to invest more in photo books as they appear to be a lasting source of inspiration. Therefore I thought it might be useful to share a list of photo books I bought in 2013. Not all these titles have been published in 2013; some were already available before; and some are instructional books only. Beware, a few of them are only available in Dutch or French. If you have specific questions regarding any of these titles, let me know in the comments. If you bought other interesting books worth mentioning, please feel free to add them in the comments as well. Thanks!
In 2012 as well as in 2013, I travelled through Tibet (TAR: Tibet Autonomous Region) for several weeks. These were both amazing and adventurous journeys which I certainly want to remember for a long time to come. For the very reason that I like (photo) books, I created a nice little album using Asukabook. This book printing company has its origins in Japan where they have been offering custom coffee table books since 1995. In the meantime, several representatives are located worldwide, like Asukabook USA and Asukabook Europe. I was introduced to their products and services many years ago, when I was starting my (part-time) photography business. They offer an extensive range of products and, also important to me, many different book formats of which some I haven’t found yet elsewhere. In my opinion, Asukabook aims for the greater part at high-end portrait and wedding photography professionals. However, this doesn’t stop me from using their products to create my travel album.