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I’ve been heads-down the past few weeks, working hard on the 9th edition of Complete Digital Photography. Last week, I was proofing the section of the book that covered reciprocity and the exposure triangle, and, in a little bit of synchronicity, my good friend Hudson Henry posted this cool video on that very topic. Hudson and his friend Andy Adkins — a true video wizard — did a fantastic job explaining the relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed. It’s worth a few minutes, especially if the topic is something that remains a bit confusing to you, or if you want a refresher.
For those of you who have been waiting patiently for the 9th edition, we really are in the final stages. You can find out more — and download a free sample chapter — via this link. I’ll post an update once we get our final proof copy from the printer, which should be later this week.
I’ll be helping Hudson Henry with at least two photo workshops next year: Death Valley in early March, and the Palouse in mid-May. Both of these locations are ripe with photographic opportunities, and Hudson is, quite frankly, one of the finest photographers and teachers that I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.
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Ben and I are in the midst of our final push to get the 9th edition of Complete Digital Photography out the door (the final cover is on the left). My office is littered with page proofs — each chapter gets read a minimum of eight times — and my ever-patient wife is wondering if we’ll ever get this darn book out, but we’re feeling confident overall.
Currently the book is about 420 pages in length, which we’re fairly happy about (we’re waiting on the final chapter layout to dial in the exact page count). We’re close enough that I’ve scheduled the indexer, which is one of the final milestones before releasing the book to the printer. We’re expecting to start taking preorders on December 10, with the book being on sale (from Amazon and other outlets) on December 18.
It looks like we will be able to keep the book in the $50-$55 range, which we think is pretty good, given how much it costs to print in full-color at the book size we’re using. (CDP 9 will be 8″ by 10″, which we think lends a nice photographic serendipity to the whole enterprise.) I know some people won’t be happy with the price, but looking at comparable books, we’re still on the lower side (I just bought an InDesign book that was over $60!).
If you’re new to the site and want to know more about the ninth edition, start with Ben’s video update from a month ago. (All of the CDP posts are available via this link.)
Download Chapter 9 free!
Ben and I signed off on Chapter 9 yesterday, and it’s now live available here on the website. Entitled “Finding and Composing a Photo,” it’s one of Ben’s meatiest chapters, and you can download it entirely free when you sign up for our low-volume mailing list — just use the form below and we’ll send you a link.
Speaking about photo printing, Epson is currently having a mail-in rebate sale on their SureColor P400, P600 and P800 photo printers. The rebates range from $200 to $350, depending upon the printer, for any of these models purchased between November 1 and November 30.
The rebates are good when you purchase a new printer, but Epson is adding $50 for folks upgrading from any 6-ink (or more) photo printer, from any vendor; to get the additional rebate, you just enter the printer serial number and model on the rebate form.
The specifics on the rebates are:
(The links above are to Amazon—which has the cheapest online prices (in the US)—but you can also find out more on the Epson website. The rebate forms are PDF files.)
Why you should care
I’ve used both a P600 and P800 for a few years now, and love both of them. They have bigger ink cartridges than older models, with a better paper feed and excellent print quality—and are pretty much always been ready to print. I will say that Canon is doing a pretty good job in the desktop photo printer market these days, but it’s hard to pass up these prices (and rebates) if you think it’s time to start printing—or upgrade.
(If you’re thinking, “Why print?”, check out my chat about printing with the great guys of the PhotoActive podcast.)
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