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Thom Hogan’s Guide to the Nikon D800

Thom Hogan’s Complete Guide to the Nikon D800 and D800E has been out for a little while.  I purchased my copy this evening and you can get one by clicking on this link.  It’s version 1.03, which has been out for just over a month.

This is an 821 page e-book in PDF format and, as you can see from the image above, costs US$29.99.

This is the first book of Hogan’s that I’ve bought and after skimming through it tonight, I’m loving it.  Some of it is extremely technical (40 pages on the sensor) but written in an easy to follow style with plenty of photos and illustrations to go along with the text.

I’m loving that the section titled Lenses and Focusing runs just under 75 pages, including 25 pages on the autofocus options as well as a chapter on autofocus fine tuning for individual lenses.

I previously owned David Busch’s guides to the D300 and D700 and was planning on buying his D800 book but the release date on that seems to have been pushed back a couple of times.  There is also the advantage of being able to download this rather than getting it shipped from the US (looks as if there won’t be a Kindle edition).  Not to forget the high esteem that many people have for Hogan’s previous books.  As a fan of his web site, buying this became a no-brainer for me.

I suppose there are those who might say that $30 for an e-book is too much.  If you’re one of those then fine, don’t buy it.  My take on it is that given the amount of time that must have gone into preparing this plus the fact that it is the only edition plus the fact that it’s not as if this is something that’s going to sell millions of copies and finally the value that I expect to get from this, I think the price is reasonable.

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Fuji X-Pro1 iPad App

Fuji has released an iPad app dedicated to the Fuji X-Pro1.  It’s free and you can download all 417 megabytes of it from the iTunes store.

It’s basically a 90-something page eBook, very nicely laid out and of course featuring gorgeous photos.  The app has very few interactive features (mostly you can tap spots on the screen to see more details about a particular photo you’re looking at).  Most of it is a far nicer user guide to the camera than the manual that comes with the camera originally.  There’s also a nice interview (with lots of photos of course) with a Japanese photographer in “Macao”, a guide to accessories for the camera and an “appendix” featuring a guide to Fuji’s Silkypix software.

Given that this is free, it’s not just for Fuji X-Pro1 owners – it’s also a great reference for people who are considering buying the camera.

 

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Photography Books

It’s almost Hanukkah (and Christmas for some of you).  What better gift to give the photographer in your family – short of a camera – than some of the great books on photography?  Pixiq has put together a list of 50 Must Read Photography Books and I must say, it’s a darned fine list.

His list includes 4 books by Ansel Adams and these books are beyond inspiration – they’re not just packed with emotional, iconic images, the text is a master class in photography that’s as true today as decades ago when Adams wrote them.  Speaking of inspirational, Pixiq also includes modern classics from photographer/authors David duChemin, Scott Kelby, Joe McNally plus some of the artists who walk on the wild side, people like Helmut Newton and Terry Richardson.  I really can’t take issue with any of the books he chose to include although I have a few favorites of course that are missing.

So take a gander at his list and here’s some more to consider:

I love LaChappelle’s saturated visions.  Heaven to Hell is his latest collection.

William Clayton’s monumental Jazz Life is big in every way – it’s available in editions ranging in price from $45 to $2,000.  I scored Taschen’s coffee table-sized edition for $200 when it first came out.

I love taking pictures of bands and the compendium titled Who Shot Rock and Roll features photos by almost every notable music photographer from the past 50 years.

Actually, I’m sure I could come up with a list of 50 that doesn’t include any of the titles on Pixiq’s list – probably I could d0 50 just on rock photography!  But I’ll stop here for now.  What about you?  What are the books you swear by, the ones that taught you or moved you?

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