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New Instagram Book Now Available!

As any regular readers know, I’m a huge fan of the iPhone app Instagram. So much so, that when Peachpit asked, I wrote a book on it! It’s called “Getting the Most from Instagram”.

The book is just $2.99, and is available in a variety of formats. Check it out at any of these stores:

There’s also an “Additional Support Site” at full of really geeky stuff about the app such as a look at every single filter and exactly what it does, an explanation of tilt shift (for those who aren’t familiar with the “real thing” and may not understand what the effect does in Instagram), and a whole lot more.

I’m really excited about this release, and hope you’ll enjoy it, too!



eBook Review: “Tack Sharp” by James Brandon

There’s a new ebook in town; “Tack Sharp: A Step by Step Guide to Nailing Focus” by photographer James Brandon. I read it last weekend and really enjoyed his approach.

Getting your subject in sharp focus in nearly every shot is a lot more involved than pointing the camera and pushing a button. James starts by explaining the relationship of aperture, shutter speed and ISO to sharp images, then goes through a series of advanced tips that include using your camera’s live view, manual focusing, using the AF-ON button (something I talked about in my “Killer Tips” book, but he really expands on it here), and more. If you’ve ever though you could be better at getting more of your photos sharp than you do now, this book’s for you.

Head on over to to pick it up. While you’re there, if you haven’t already be sure to check out my “Killer Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Canon Camera” ebook. There are also ebooks on composition, shooting cars, and more. And most are just $9.97—a bargain!



An eBook: PhotoJoseph’s 10 Tips on File Management in Aperture

Update: I have created a dedicated site for this and future eBooks, called Jump over there to read more about the book than is posted below!

I’ve just released my first eBook, and it’s absolutely packed with great advanced file management information for Aperture users. Having been intimate with Aperture since its earliest development stages while working at Apple, I decided it was time to start sharing some of this knowledge and experience. From the eBook’s introduction:

I wrote the following 10 Tips to share a deeper knowledge and understanding of the power of Aperture’s file management offerings. Understanding these advanced options and controls can help you manage your files as your library grows, help you keep track of those tens of thousands of photographs, and help you solve problems that can be created by managing multiple libraries across multiple computers with multiple workflows. If you’re ready to make the move to “Aperture Power User”, this eBook is for you.

This eBook is 35 pages of advanced tips and step-by-steps, including screenshots and break-out bonus tips, to take you to the next level in Aperture. Here are the topics covered:

Tip #0 - Managed vs. Referenced Master Files (A Primer)

Tip #1 - Understanding Aperture File Names

Tip #2 – Renaming Files on Import

Tip #3 – Making Your Own “Rename On Import” Custom Preset

Tip #4 – Organizing Master Files in the Finder

Tip #5 – Embedding Critical Metadata on Import

Tip #6 – Making Your Own Metadata View

Tip #7 – Making Your Own Metadata Preset

Tip #8 – Naming and Sorting Projects in Aperture

Tip #9 – Handling Mismatched Time-Synced Cameras

Tip #10 – Reconnecting Missing Files

To purchase the eBook, just click the buttons below. The price is $14.97, but I’m offering it at an introductory price of just $9.97 for the first week!

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