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  • Achieving Your Potential As A Photographer

    A Creative Companion and Workbook

    By Harold Davis

    Coming from the perspective that true inspiration and great image making are at the core of any high-level photographic endeavour, Achieving Your Potential as a Digital Photographer presents an organized and cohesive plan for kickstarting creativity, and then taking the resulting work into the real…

    Paperback – 2015-07-15
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  • The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography

    By Grant Scott

    This essential reference for photography students explains how to become part of the professional community. By defining professional photography today, and exploring what is expected of professional photographers, the book demystifies this often-misunderstood and misjudged career track. The easily…

    Paperback – 2015-07-14
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  • Introduction to Photography

    A Visual Guide to the Essential Skills of Photography and Lightroom

    By Mark Galer

    This book is intended to be the primary textbook to support any college who would like to run a Photography 101 course for students. The course is designed to offer tutors an independent learning tool to enable students to learn the craft of using an interchangeable lens camera (DSLR or Mirrorless)…

    Paperback – 2015-07-14
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The Focal Press Creative Community

A partnership program that connects us with the best and brightest creative groups and associations around the world. Click here to learn more.

Enter the Focal Press July - August Photography Contest

This contest’s theme is Outdoor Action & Adventure, inspired by the book, Outdoor Action & Adventure Photography by guest judge and pro adventure photographer, Dan Bailey.

Get out there and shoot some action shots, have an adventure, explore the world around you, and stay safe!

Click here to enter and to check out the latest entries.

Featured on Mastering Photo - A blog powered by Focal Press is a blog powered by Focal Press authors and industry experts that features tips, advice, articles, video tutorials, interviews and other free resources.

Creating a Series of Images

Fine art photographer, blogger and author, Brooke Shaden discusses why creating a series of images is important for a photographer's portfolio and career and how to put a story into a series of images.

Setting Up Your First Studio – Getting Your Lights Right

The authors of Light Science & Magic discuss what lights you really need when setting up your first studio.

Camera Raw as a Photoshop Filter

A tutorial by Martin Evening, author of Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2014 Release on how to use Camera Raw as a Photoshop filter. The post includes both the video tutorial and the tutorial found in the book.

Featured on Mastering Film - A blog powered by Focal Press is a blog powered by bestselling Focal Press authors and industry experts. It features tips, advice, articles, video tutorials, interviews, and other resources for aspiring and professional filmmakers.

Recent Posts

Writing for the Green Light – Hollywood’s Biggest Secret

A revealing post by Scott Kirkpatrick, currently the Director of Distribution for MarVista Entertainment and author of Writing for the Greenlight: How to Make Your Script the One Hollywood Notices.

Preparing a Location for Recording and Ambience

You’ve probably heard the comment “We’ll fix it in post.” If you’re on a film shoot with a heavy audio postproduction budget, then almost anything is possible. But in video, what you record on location is pretty much what’s going to end up in the final product. Preparing your location is vital to recording quality tracks. Here are some tips...

Directing the Documentary – Keys to Directing People

The word “directing” suggests ordering people around, and is particularly misleading for documentary since you guide or lead the process, rather than command it. Your job is to know what motivates people, what psychological blocs you must remove, and what subtle pressures you can exert to catalyze behavior, or uncover hidden narratives.

Featured on Audio Undone – A blog powered by Focal Press is a blog powered by Focal Press authors and industry experts that features tips, advice, articles, video tutorials, interviews and other free resources.

Looking to make your mark in the recording industry? You need A Crash Course.

Get our FREE e-book A Crash Course to Making Your Mark in the Recording Industry, which provides an overview of a wide-range of crucial topics in audio and recording. Whether you are just entering the field, or have been in it for decades, you will find this to be a useful guidebook.

How to achieve commercial-grade recordings from Mike Senior

View the video trailer to Recording Secrets for the Small Studio, in which author Mike Senior takes you through its key features and provides a selection of recordings using the principles incorporated in his book.

What is a Good Recording?

Read a free excerpt from our recent book Mic It! by Ian Corbett by Martin Evening, on learning the fundamentals to making simple, technically and artistically correct recordings.

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