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  • Handbook for Sound Engineers

    5th Edition

    Edited by Glen Ballou

    Handbook for Sound Engineers is the most comprehensive reference available for audio engineers, and is a must read for all who work in audio. With contributions from many of the top professionals in the field, including Glen Ballou on interpretation systems, intercoms, assistive listening, and…

    Hardback – 2015-04-01
    Focal Press
    Audio Engineering Society Presents

  • Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography

    By Dan Bailey

    The difference between getting the shot and missing the shot comes down to split seconds and how you manage your gear and your technique. In Outdoor Action and Adventure Photography professional adventure sports photographer Dan Bailey shows readers how to react quickly to unfolding scenes and…

    Paperback – 2015-04-01
    Focal Press

  • Moving Sites

    Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performance

    Edited by Victoria Hunter

    Moving Sites explores site-specific dance practice through a combination of analytical essays and practitioner accounts of their working processes. In offering this joint effort of theory and practice, it aims to provide dance academics, students and practitioners with a series of discussions that…

    Paperback – 2015-03-31

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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