I finally landed my copy of Adobe’s Master Collection which launched in late September, and I can’t wait to get started! Yahooie.
I’m rarely pleased with shots of myself these days…who is when you’re 40?! And although I’m gettin’ back into better shape (that always helps with portraits), I still look at images from my 20s and think that same ol’ thing, “hey, I was thin and wasn’t bad looking back then!”.
Okay- here I was, up in the state of Washington heading over the border to British Columbia, shooting a few editorial magazine jobs in both areas- combining it with a sports / road trip, just happy to be with good friends – something I’ve needed for a long time.
Last week, while on my way to a Seattle Mariner game at Safeco Field, I was walking through downtown Seattle with a friend who pointed out the tallest building in Washington. “It use to be the tallest building west of the Mississippi”, he stated. Moving close to the front facade, I pointed my wide-angle lens up toward the sky and captured this image- we were trying to make the first pitch of the ball game, so I didn’t spend much time trying to find out more about the location, however I knew I could license the image to a publication or two at a later time, or turn it over to my stock agency to do the same.
Being a night owl, I’m not a big morning person- although as an nature and travel photographer, I’ve had to get up at dawn a ton of times to catch and photograph sunrise.
Hey photo-dudes and dudettes, just wanted to share info on my book, coming out this October 2008- here’s a description with links for orders and more…
Description: Exposure. It’s essential to producing high-quality photographs, but mastering exposure is difficult. At last there’s the BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure, packed with Sean’s experience & knowledge, assignments, diagrams, tips, & illustrations, this 225-page book will put you on the right track towards photographic creativity & expertise. It’s like a full-scale photo course between the covers of the book–all taught the BetterPhoto way, just like photographers learn at the top photo-instruction website. There’s plenty of info on both digital & film photography, discussing how different file formats affect exposure, how to adjust digital files, dealing with difficult lighting, color correction, combining digital exposures, & much more. Hundreds of the author’s stunning full-color images make this hardworking guide as inspiring as it is instructive.
About the Author: Sean’s images have been featured in 250 publications & by 150 companies, including National Geographic & Microsoft. A commercial travel photographer & BetterPhoto instructor, he travels the globe & makes his home base in California.
My comments: I’m very proud of this book and believe it will help improve your photography by understanding so many aspects of exposure. Exposure is the basis of all great images, yet most are lost when it comes to knowing how to meter light. Once you read my book, you’ll have a great base to work from as well as a wonderful reference. Your images will improve & your post-capture Photoshop work will take considerably less time & look more realistic.
Amazon.de (Denmark): www.amazon.de/BetterPhoto-Guide-Sean-Arbabi/
Tower Books/ Tower.com: www.tower.com/details/details.cfm?wapi=111693950
BAMM.com/ Books a Million: www.booksamillion.com/author&find=Arbabi,+Sean
Chapters.Indigo.ca (Canada): www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/The-BetterPhoto-Guide-Sean-Arbabi/
HeadHouse Books: www.headhousebooks.com/ISBN=0817435549
Munro’s Books (Canada): www.munrobooks.com/author.ARBABI_SEAN
Railroad Book Store: www.railroadbookstore.com/photography/Sean+Arbabi_Author
FeFe, an Italian art publication, ran a few of my images for their issue themed “If you don’t play, you can’t go home” – a mix of my work from the California coast to the Florida Keys, southern Utah to western Wyoming.
I love acorns- they remind me of my childhood walking around on Albany hill (overlooking the San Francisco Bay surrounded by Eucalyptus trees) or up in Tilden Park overlooking the entire Bay Area. The smell of them brings back memories of the days of old, and their shape and design is a thing of beauty.