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Wildlife Photography: Great Shots not snapshots

Planning your vacation? Going into the wilds? About this time of year, people are trying to decide on their vacation. No matter where you go, take this along and you'll be able to capture the experience in its fullest! March 16, 2012

Storytellers

It's amazing how many images the world's photographers produce! Professional or not, images surround us in our everyday lives. What makes successful photographers stand out? What drives us to revisit the same images over and over? March 13, 2012

Creating Dramatic Images in Wild Places

Even if you don't learn a darn thing -- which I guarantee you will -- this new book by Tom Bol, ADVENTURE SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY, is a wonderful visual treat to look at, and a thoroughly entertaining read! January 27, 2012

Opportunity Knocks for Independent Bookstores

First there were the bookstore chains, then Amazon, then digital books, all seeming to threaten the very existence of the brick-and-mortar bookstore. Yet, in the wake of the recent closing of the Borders bookstore chain, a new surge of independent booksellers is rising, seemingly against all odds. December 20, 2011

A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images

This is one of those photographic experiences that totally turns your head around and foces you to look through a difference perspective ... and I'm telling you, it's a spectacular view from here ... don't miss this one November 23, 2011

The Unruly Alphabet

Did you ever do something kind of crazy ... just to do it? Yes, I've done it, and I'm sure you probably have too. When the folks from Mark Batty Publishing sent me this crazy book by Aaron McKinney, I knew at once -- he was having one of those moments ... really good moments! November 14, 2011

Celtic Art & Design

Celtic design and illustration can evoke an acient look and feel to any project -- or can also give a very modern look! These books offer a huge value in both usable art and inspiration for design ideas -- at very affordable prices. October 31, 2011

Top 10 Steve Jobs Books

Here is my selection of the best books for learning about and being inspired by the late Steve Jobs! I have read or thumbed all (except two, not yet published) of these, and can recommend them for your own, personal benefit -- or as a superb gift for anyone on your gift list this year! October 29, 2011

Calligraphy & Penmanship Gift Guide

Whether you use the pen craft professionally, or just for personal expression, it embodies a tradition of beauty and discipline that few other crafts can match. Here are my favorite learning guides for mastering the time-honored art and craft of calligraphy, lettering and penmanship -- for young and old! The first time someone sees you writing in pure copperplate and exclaims "Wow, how did you learn that?" you'll know you've gained a skill few others posess. Any of these books will also make a superb gift for anyone on your list. October 27, 2011

Copperplate Calligraphy

I've preached about the beauty of copperplate calligraphy before -- arguably the most beautiful form of hand lettering. I've encouraged you to at least try your had at producing it by hand, because by doing so you experience the true are and craft of penmanship. Here's some help to get you started September 30, 2011