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Photography E-books and DVDs

By Emily Cariaga on August 2nd 2013

Retouching E-books

Digital Photo Retouching: Beauty, Fashion and Portrait Photography by Julia Kuzmenko McKim

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As an award winning retoucher, photographer, and digital artist, Julia Kuzmenko McKim is considered one of the best educators in the business. Learn her detailed retouching techniques in this beautiful, educational DVD. (Read the full review here.)

Creative Retouching Essentials In A Day by Julia Kuzmenko McKim

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This is a less advanced version of the previous retouching e-book by Julia Kuzmenko McKim. It is more for those who are beginners to beauty and portrait retouching and includes several art brushes and action sets that you can use as you work through the training tutorials. (Read the full review here.)

Food & Travel Photography

The Adventure Photography Handbook by Leo Edwards

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This short e-book helps photographers prepare for local and international travel from tips on how to protect your gear to how to deal with the local people. If being an adventure photographer is your dream but you don’t know where or how to begin, this is a must read. (Read the full review here.)

Tasty Food Photography by Pinch of Yum

This is a beginner’s guide to taking mouth-watering food photos. The e-book is filled with informative text, photo examples and even video tutorials on the good composition and editing techniques that are evident in Pinch of Yum’s scrumptious images. (Read the full review here.)

Wedding Education DVDs

How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer by Fstoppers

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The DVD extensively covers the basics of shooting in natural light, as well as how to balance natural light and off-camera strobes. If you are new to the wedding photography industry, this DVD is an invaluable resource. (Read the Full Review Here)

Landscape Photography

The Art of Bokeh: A Guide to Using Shallow Depths in Landscape Photography by Christopher O’Donnell

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If you love bokeh, landscape photography or both, this e-book is a great resource. Christopher O’Donnell is an expert in incorporating the use of light and selective focus to keep one element sharp in the midst of bokeh rich, diffuse colors of the landscape. (Read the full review here.)

Natural Light Photography

Natural Light Couples Photography by SLR Lounge

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This 8 hour, 2 DVD workshop is an extensive look at the posing, lighting, shooting and post production of a couple’s photography session. It is taught by Pye Jirsa, the managing editor for SLR Lounge, and he gives you an inside look at how to take high quality images using only a camera, a reflector and natural light (Click here for more information.)

Natural Light: Mastering a Photographer’s Most Powerful Tool by Mitchell Kanashkevich

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This e-book has 7 chapters of practical instruction on how to use and manipulate natural light. And the images that accompany them are fantastic National Geographic level examples of how to get the most out of any light you come across. It is perfect for novices and experts alike who desire to increase the quality of their natural light images. (Read the full review here.)

The Golden Hours: A Guide to Photographing the Light of Sunrises and Sunsets by Christopher O’Donnell

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This 40 page e-book gives you insightful information on how to photograph scenes at golden hour, that beautiful part of the day right after the sun rises or right before it sets. In addition to the instruction, Chris O’Donnell provides numerous gorgeous examples of his golden hour images which can be used as inspiration too. (Read the full review here.)

HDR Photography

HDR Photography Workshop by SLR Lounge

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This DVD workshop includes 140 videos for a full 13 hours of instruction on how to create both gorgeous and realistic looking high dynamic range images. You also get the chance to work through 25 full HDR photos in addition to learning the photography techniques. This workshop is great for both professional photographers and enthusiasts alike. (Click here for more information.)

Conceptual and Portrait Photography

Wounded Soldier Premium Tutorial by SLR Lounge

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Lauri Laukkanen is an award winning photographer and editor at SLR Lounge who posts insights into his inspiring conceptual photo shoots every Tuesday in Tuesdays with Lauri. This tutorial takes you behind the scenes of the planning, execution and post-processing of his conceptual shoot of a wounded WWII soldier in the caves of Finland. (Click here for more information.)

Secrets of Great Portrait Photography by Brian Smith

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This 250 page book is available as a paperback or in Kindle edition, whichever you prefer. Its 12 chapters are filled with information that every good portrait photographer should know. Brian’s 30+ years of experience photographing such people as Donald Trump, Anne Hathaway, Cindy Crawford and Christopher Walken make him knowledgeable and easy to learn from. (Read the full review here.)

Emily is a Lead Photographer at Lin and Jirsa Photography in Orange County, CA. She loves kittens, camping and sleeping in.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    The golden hour is pretty good.

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