Book Review: Kevin Kubota’s Lighting Notebook

101 lighting set-ups described in detail, for you to recreate

Kevin Kubota Lighting Notebook book cover image Wiley (www.wiley.com/compbooks) recently published Kevin Kubota’s Lighting Notebook; 101 Lighting Styles and Setups for Digital Photographers, ISBN: 978-1-118-03510-8, $34.99. The photographer will also be releasing an accompanying iPhone/iPad App. for a more immersive educational experience.

The book features over a hundred lighting setups, complete with lighting diagrams and explanations. In addition, the author notes how costly each lighting set-up is in comparison to the others, how many assistants are needed, and depending upon whether Speedlights or studio strobes were used, how many lights in total are needed to reproduce the image.

Lighting diagrams are essential in a book that teaches lighting—because unless you’re learning hands-on, the easiest way to understand how the lighting set-ups actually work in the real world is to compare the diagram and photograph. Wide views of the entire scene, with the photographer in the shot are also included for the images; as are lists of exact tools used and exposure information.

The book features the obligatory section explaining the differences in various lighting equipment, from Speedlights to Monolights, packs and heads, scrims, reflectors and diffusers. And, Kubota includes a section on lighting basics, ratios and rules, which is beneficial to a digital photographer beginning to learn how to light their subjects artificially. Lastly, the author includes an extensive list of manufacturers of every kind of lighting equipment and modifier as a resource.

There’s a great variety of images included in the book, from studio to location, single subjects to families and kids, seniors and maternity imagery—with formal and candid, free flowing poses. Many of the images feature posing and lighting styles that are presently trendy, which is an added benefit to the photographer reading this book, as you’re handed specific directions how to recreate these great shots on your own. I also like the diversity—too many books feature images that are so similar, that Kubota’s large collection of lighting techniques is refreshing to see.

One of the added features of the book, is that because Kubota also has a line of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom actions, he also finished practically every image using his actions, while explaining what steps were taken, complete with screenshots.

On one hand, I like the finished look that Kubota’s actions offer images—I use them on many of my own images—but as a caveat, I’m sure the hundred plus examples will increase the interest in Kubota’s line of actions as well.

Every Photograph Needs Light

Kubota starts out by explaining why lighting is so important in photography, and why knowing how to control light in your photographs is so crucial. This is a sentiment that seems to be lost among many photographers who have only shot with digital cameras and can check exposures on the LCD, (making corrections as needed)—as opposed to photographers who shot film and had only one chance to get the lighting of an image right. [read: during the shoot!]

“Good lighting is not a trend in photography, it is the backbone,” the author says in the first chapter. Understanding how to light your subject well, in a flattering manner or to achieve a certain mood is crucial to any photographer’s repertoire or style.

If you’re looking for a great field guide, one that you can flip through for inspiration and that includes step-by-step guidance on a wide range of lighting set-ups, Kevin Kubota’s Lighting Notebook will definitely provide plenty of fodder for your photography.

Diane Berkenfeld

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Book Review: The Wedding Photography Field Guide

Wedding Field Guide book coverOnto field guide review number two. Michelle Turner’s The Wedding Photography Field Guide, capturing the perfect day with your digital SLR camera is published by Focal Press, (www.focalpress.com), ISBN 978-0-240-81787-3.

Let’s say that you’re going to be attending a wedding, and are passionate about photography, and you want to know more about the types of images you can capture—then you’ll be happy with The Wedding Photography Field Guide. You can definitely learn a lot about the types of photos that wedding photographers like Turner are shooting for their clients. The price is very affordable, and the field guide small enough for you to slip into your gear bag to refer to in a pinch.

As someone who has shot weddings and assisted other photographers with them for over a dozen years, the idea of a field guide type of book being written to teach someone how to shoot a wedding is fine if its designed for someone who isn’t planning on beginning a wedding photography business.

A book that talks about the various techniques for creative imagery doesn’t also need to explain that wedding photographers need to own and bring backup equipment to a job; or explain what a D-SLR is, what memory cards, flash units, or other basics that any pro is familiar with and are needed to shoot a wedding. If you’re going to be shooting a wedding (as a hired photographer) you had better know all about the equipment that you should own, and know that equipment thoroughly.

That said, I do think the author has a lot of advice to share on shooting creatively.

If you’re a photographer—a pro—and have shot weddings, say in more formal traditional ways, and want to read a book on how to shoot in a more contemporary style, then you will find this book to be helpful. The author includes a lot, and I mean A LOT of examples of images, showing not just one-offs, but a series of images from each bridal couple that she’s using, as examples, to illustrate the various situations she talks about.

If however, you’re buying this field guide to keep in your camera bag when you’re working a wedding… then personally I don’t think you’re experienced enough to be shooting that wedding, not for hire anyway. Wedding photography is not for the faint at heart. there is no do-over if you don’t get the shots.

On the other hand, if you are a pro wedding photographer and pick up Turner’s book to expand your knowledge of current trends or are looking for new ideas to use in photographing the affairs you’re booking, then you will find this book to be helpful. For that The Wedding Photographer’s Field Guide is well worth the $15.95 price.

— D.B.

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Book Review: The Bird Photography Field Guide

Tipling's Bird Photography book cover artFocal Press (www.focalpress.com) puts out a series of Field Guides, little books that can fit in your gear bag, purse or backpack, letting you easily take a reference book with you when you go out to photograph. The subjects range from travel photography, to exposure, to bird photography to shooting weddings.

I’ve now read a few of the books in the series.

In this review we’re going to tackle The Bird Photography Field Guide, written by David Tipling, ISBN 9780240817767. The book not only includes a wealth of information that any experienced bird watcher or photographer would know, but also includes some basic photography info. While personally I felt that most of the basic photo education could have been left out, I do understand that there might be some folks brand new to photography who might be picking up one of these books—and in that case, you’ll not only learn all you want to about photographing birds, but also be able to better understand how your camera works. The book also covers some info on post-processing to enhance the photos you’ve just taken, and again while it is just the tip of the iceberg on post production education, its a good starting point for the novice digital photographer.

As someone who has photographed birds that can easily be found (meaning that I haven’t really searched out particular birds to photograph on any particular day) the author did a great job explaining the varied tips for capturing certain types of birds, and included tricks to getting better photos using blinds and how best to approach birds, among other tips.

The author’s experience photographing birds comes through, as the book is written in an easy to understand manner, ideal for the beginner photographer as well as the more advanced shooter who is looking to specifically learn about photographing birds.

And, because the Field Guide series of books are designed to be pocketable, you can easily take them with you into the field. Pricetag: $15.95, well worth the amount of tips you’ll get in The Bird Photography Field Guide.

— Diane Berkenfeld


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Book Review: UNMarketing: Stop Marketing, Start Engaging

Scott Stratten's Unmarketing book cover for review by picture-soup.comIf you want to get out of the “push and pray” rut and start the more responsive “pull and stay” approach to reaching and influencing your customers—then Scott Stratten’s UNMarketing: Stop Marketing, Start Engaging, published by Wiley (www.wiley.com; ISBN 978-0-470-61787-8) is the book you need to read. It’s a new view of [un]marketing—in the age of social networking, all access media outlets and building relationships with those consumers who are the voices of their peer groups.

In addition to being chock full of helpful tips and tricks that you can implement right away, the author has a writing style that’s just plain fun to read. The book jacket was designed to look like Kraft paper; the bar code on the back of the book jacket looks like it was taped into place. UNMarketing is well-written, the chapters are short, easy to read, and understand, and one of the best parts of the book… is the footnotes. Yes, the footnotes. They’re funny, nonsensical, and most are there only to break up the monotony of the pages—only UNMarketing is an enjoyable read, it isn’t stuffy or long-winded. And, its pages are filled with proven [un]marketing techniques—ideas sure to make a difference in your business, no matter what profession you’re in.

Things are different in today’s digital world. Consumers are using new avenues to get their information, and it’s important to engage your customers where they are. Stratten offers clear-cut tips for utilizing social media, viral marketing and plain-old good conversation to build relationships that translate into results. They just work! So stop going about marketing your business like you’ve been doing before and expecting a new outcome.

This book review is relatively short and sweet, an homage to UNMarketing. Why use a dozen words to describe something that only needs a few.UNMarketing: Stop Marketing, Start Engaging is a good book. Pick up a copy today. It’s only $24.95, and is well worth it.

For more information about the author, go to www.un-marketing.com.

— Diane Berkenfeld

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Book Review: Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective

Lensbaby book cover for picture-soup.com book reviewCorey Hilz has written the definitive volume on Lensbabies, those selective focus lenses that often elicit curious wonder when seen for the first time—and have been known to reenergize their owners’ passion for photography. Lensbaby, Bending Your Perspective, published by Focal Press, an Imprint of Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-240-81402-5, not only documents the swift growth of the line of lenses created by pro photographer Craig Strong—from the Original Lensbaby, to Lensbaby 2.0, Lensbaby 3G and Lensbaby Composer, Muse and Control Freak—but explains how each is used, with tips and techniques as well as a plethora of photography examples. In addition, the author also discusses use of the variety of accessories for the Lensbaby line. And, unlike a magazine article, which may explain how to use only one particular model, Hilz includes helpful information for each different Lensbaby. And, while the lensbaby.com website offers plenty of helpful tutorials and image galleries to view, I still love to read a book I can hold in my hand, (which is an added plus in this digital age).

Plenty of images are sprinkled throughout the book, from Hilz, a select group of Lensbaby gurus and photographers from the global Lensbaby community who submitted photos for possible inclusion in the book. Lensbaby incorporates both an instructional area and portfolios of work shot with various Lensbabies. And, one of the great things that Hilz has done, is mention which Lensbaby model and optic was used for each photograph, a great help for readers who might want to replicate an image they see in the book. Also nice to see is that the photographers included all work in different genres, so there’s a good variety of images, from weddings, portrait, fine-art, nature and commercial to view within the pages of the book.

For a photographer who has never used a Lensbaby, I think this book is an absolute must. It will give you the tips and tricks that are normally learned through trial and error—allowing you to quickly ramp up to mastering the nuances that come with working with Lensbaby lenses.

For someone like myself, who has used almost every Lensbaby that’s been introduced, the book offers inspiration. I also picked up a few new tricks from the pages of Lensbaby, Bending Your Perpective.

From subtle to strong effects, Hilz has included a little bit of everything there is to know about Lensbabies. Lensbaby, Bending Your Perspective is a great reference, one that I know I’ll turn to again and again. It’s definitely worth the $29.95 price tag.

For more information about the book, go to www.focalpress.com.

For more information about the author, go to www.coreyhilz.com.

For more information about Lensbabies, go to www.lensbaby.com.

— Diane Berkenfeld

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Book Review: Photoshop CS5 for Nature Photographers

A Workshop in a Book

photoshop cs5 for nature photographers book cover for picture-soup.com articlePhotographers Ellen Anon and her son Josh have written Photoshop CS5 for Nature Photographers, A Workshop in a Book, ISBN: 978-0-470-60734-3, published by Sybex, an imprint of Wiley www.wiley.com. The book is written for digital nature photographers who use Photoshop CS5, however the authors also include sidebars throughout the book for users of Photoshop Elements. In certain areas, a Photoshop only icon lets readers know Photoshop, not Elements must be used for a specific task. There are also Try it! sections that encourage readers to put the book down and practice the techniques you’re learning.

In addition to the book, there is a companion website with sample images and ancillary instruction that readers can access, to practice along with what the authors discuss.

One of the first things mentioned by the authors is to use good photographic techniques, because you should capture optimum images to work on, not just “fix it in Photoshop” later. This is the most important idea that every photographer should understand about their work and the use of Photoshop in post-production.

As with a volume on Photoshop tips or techniques, you’d expect sections devoted to such topics as Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw, which are included. Images and screengrabs are included throughout the entire volume, to illustrate the text.

Although the book is written for nature photographers, many of the concepts are basic to digital photography and Photoshop. However, the authors discuss specifics to the niche of nature photography because—if you’re a nature photographer it would be much easier to understand a concept by viewing images of a beautiful landscape not a portrait of a bride and groom or a commercial product shot. It’s the same for any other niche in photography—it’s easier to understand what you’re trying to learn when viewing imagery that matches what you want to create.

Specifically, techniques for nature photographers include blending using gradient masks, creating a virtual split Neutral Density filter, layers adjustments, as well as a chapter each on exposure adjustments, color adjustments, composites and creative effects. The chapter on output discusses general printing techniques including sharpening for output and media choices, as well as options that nature or fine-art photographers might be more apt to create, including adding borders, and how-to create business and greeting card templates.

The section on composites included techniques using stitching, HDR and compositing items from multiple images into one image. Other helpful topics include using plug-ins where applicable, selective adjustments, and painting globally and selectively for fine-art images. One of the more unique techniques is using Photoshop’s Liquify feature to create a one-of-a-kind look—reminiscent to what photographers used to do by altering Polaroid SX-70 prints.

Articles by guest contributors are sprinkled throughout the book, and bring a more rounded view to the reader. Photoshop CS5 for Nature Photographers is full of gems of information—from enhancements to images that give them everything from a natural look to surreal, and everything in between.

For more about the authors, visit their websites: www.ellenanon.com and www.joshanon.com.

— Diane Berkenfeld

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Book Review: Pacific Northwest Iron

Nigel Williams pnwi book cover for picture-soup.com review articleNigel Williams, M.A. has produced a new book, available through the website www.orlogikbooks.com. The book is a collection of 119 images captured during his journey along the Pacific Northwest Coast of the U.S. and Canada, specifically Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. The book is titled Pacific Northwest Iron, and the images within are those of mechanical artifacts, often rusted and forgotten that have become part of the landscape. Williams’ obsession for not only detail, but discovering these sometimes hidden industrial subjects and creating photographs that transform these rusted, old objects into abstract art is what makes this a unique book.

What I like about this book is that the photographer has captured some great details that I’d bet are usually overlooked by passers-by to the areas along the Pacific Northwest that he traveled through. Among the occasional landscapes are close-up images of the locks and hinges of old iron doors, teeth of a tractor’s scoop half hidden among the dirt so it looks like a zipper, and subjects like iron doors covered in chipped paint, broken window panes, and rust-worn objects that become abstract art, full of color and shadow. Some of the more interesting photos are the ones that capture a manufacturer’s name or other description—that you know was forged decades ago.

Black and White images are mixed with color photographs. The author has also included 21 maps in the book, which show exactly which areas of the Pacific Northwest that the images were captured in. Williams has also included detailed information and anecdotes within the captions.

Non-Traditional Book Publishing

Williams has utilized on-demand publishing, for his fine-art photography, for a number of reasons, including exploring the option of selling only through the web instead of going the traditional publisher/bookstore route. He chose Blurb’s on-demand printing services. Williams explains: “They already have in place the infrastructure for selling your books, with both the sales website, and the ability to control and pay (eventually) your own markup.” Blurb also offers free book design software, and Williams says he’s found them to be cheaper than most other on-demand printers.

He also created his own website for selling his books. “It gives me the freedom to change where I direct people to purchase the books, so that if I decide to use another supplier, or I get a publisher’s contract, I haven’t got to start from scratch with all my marketing efforts; and I can put my personal slant on my advertising and marketing,” he says. The last time Williams checked, there were around 6,000 fine-art photography books listed as available for purchase on Blurb, which might take sales away from his titles. “Also, Blurb’s book-preview-widget makes the use of your own website much more effective, because it means that you can offer viewers the opportunity to look at your book properly without leaving your website—they are only taken away once they have made the decision to purchase,” he adds.

The biggest downside to print-on-demand books is that they are too expensive for most ordinary folks. And, by using Blurb’s software, you’re tied into the site. If you did the layout of your book in InDesign, or Quark Xpress for example, you wouldn’t be tied into a specific printer’s software system. “Despite all this, I still think print-on-demand is a tremendous enabling technology. It gives you the opportunity (if you have the time) to create books for yourself, your colleagues, clients, friends and family—either simply as a record, or as an alternative presentation method of your work. As a way of making money without other investment though, it’s a non-starter,” Williams concludes.

For more information about Pacific Northwest Iron, visit www.orlogikbooks.com/010-030newPNWI.shtml.

Photographers, to find out more about Blurb, visit www.blurb.com.

— Diane Berkenfeld

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Book Review: Virtual Reality Photography

Creating Panoramic and Object Images

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Virtual Reality Photography, Creating Panoramic and Object Images (ISBN 978-0-615-34223-8) is written by Scott Highton, an expert in virtual reality (VR) photography. There are two types of VR photographs: panoramas that show a 360 degree view (outward view of your/the camera’s surroundings) and object photographs that show 360 degrees of an object. Think of websites you might have visited where you can “turn” a product to see it from all sides; or a website that lets you “walk into” a room and view it as if you were inside the building—those are examples of VR photography.

The author is one of the pioneers of VR photography, and as such has both the experience and knowledge needed to not only understand, but, educate readers about the principles and techniques of VR photography. Highton has produced the definitive book on VR photography. Not only does he explain the principles behind the different types of VR photographs, but he goes into further detail explaining the nuances of creating the images, from the planning stage through to completion.

The book is separated into four sections, the first on basic photography principles and techniques, the next two sections on panoramic and object imaging respectively, and lastly a section on business practices.

Equipment is discussed in detail, both the equipment needed for capturing images as well as the software to create the final VR images. In addition to equipment that may need to be purchased, when possible, Highton includes items that a photographer can fashion himself; as well as inexpensive items that can be used in a studio situation and which may already be lying around your home or studio.

Folks who capture VR—panoramic or object photography—may be pro photographers, but odds are they’re likely also realtors, web designers or others in interactive media who have varying levels of photography understanding. Pro architectural or commercial product photographers, who never had the need to study VR photography and now have to ramp up their knowledge and produce panoramic and object VR imagery are also target readers of this book.

For this reason, Highton felt it was necessary that he include a basic photography section in the book. “This book is intended to help all of them [VR photographers]—as a reference resource providing specific information they might need at a given time, rather than as an intended cover-to-cover read. The book includes technical notes for those who really want to delve into the math or physics of how things work in photography, but is otherwise written and illustrated in a straightforward manner intended to help photographers at all levels better understand their craft and techniques,” says Highton.

For those photographers who know the basics, simply jump ahead to the sections you need to learn about. Then again, if you flip through the basic photography section you might even pick up something you hadn’t known before. Highton has put together one of the most comprehensive sections on basic photography that I’ve come across.

Highton explains further, “There are so many foundations of photography that need to be understood, if not mastered, before one can create effective panoramic and object VR imagery. It made sense to provide those foundations as a separate section in the book, which is also regularly referred back to throughout the book. For example, it is important to understand the basics of photographic exposure in order to be able to calculate an effective (and consistent) exposure for an entire 360-degree panoramic sequence, which could have illumination levels varying by 10 or more stops (between sunlit and shadow sides of a panorama). Similarly, it is important to understand the basics of focus, depth of field, sharpness, hyperfocal distances, etc. in order to maximize sharpness throughout a 360-degree panorama. Without having these basic photography foundations available, many readers of the book would become lost as they delved into the more complicated technical demands of creating interactive photographic VR.”

The sections on creating panoramic and object photography offer a wealth of education. Photos and diagrams accompany the text throughout, to help explain the various techniques. Where appropriate, the author includes creative options that VR photographers can use to take their imagery to the next level. He also discusses shooting panoramas underwater, and includes a chapter on aerial photography.

The business practices section is a great addition to the book, especially for photographers who have never had to quote or shoot VR photographs in their career before. In addition to basic principles that the author includes in the book such as a glossary of business/legal terms, he also explains the nuances of a commercial VR photography shoot and the added costs, both in the capture phase and post-production, so photographers reading the book won’t end up undercharging for their services. He also includes a case study of a shoot, complete with estimates from multiple photographers showing the differences in how they shoot/bill jobs. If you’re just getting into this type of photography, the business section alone is a must read.

To purchase Virtual Reality Photography, Creating Panoramic and Object Images, go to http://www.vrphotography.com/bookpromo.html.

Diane Berkenfeld

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Book Review: Rick Sammon’s HDR Photography Secrets for Digital Photographers

By Diane Berkenfeld

Rick Sammon HDR book cover for picture-soup.com book reviewRick Sammon’s HDR Photography Secrets for Digital Photographers (ISBN 978-0-470-61275-0) published by Wiley (www.wiley.com) is the 36th book penned by the author.

The author has a great statement about halfway through the book: “While you are playing, here is something to think about: When you remove the true color from a scene, you remove some of the reality. The same is true when you increase or decrease the sharpness of an image; you alter a viewer’s sense of reality. When you remove or alter the reality in a scene, your images become more artistic.”

HDR for those who aren’t familiar with the technique, stands for High Dynamic Range. Basically, the concept of HDR Photography is this: you’re photographing a scene and bracketing the exposure, over- and under-exposing the scene, and merging the images into one photograph that shows an extreme dynamic range, with detail in the highlights and shadows and every tone in between. HDR photographs are extremely artistic, often looking more like a painting than a photograph.

In addition to discussing “real” HDR photography techniques, Sammon also includes direction for creating HDR-like images from a single exposure.

I like the fact that the book is filled with a myriad of bite-sized tips and techniques—most are only a few paragraphs to a page in length. A book written in this casual style is much more easily comprehendible than an encyclopedic tome that feels more like a college reference text that a book of tips. Sammon even mentions early on that the book can be read straight through or piecemeal.

HDR Photography Secrets is packed with images—examples and explanations of the techniques used to create them. Sammon usually includes a normal (non-HDR) image along with the HDR version. He also includes screengrabs showing the different exposures he made at the time of multiple-expsoure shoots. And when it comes to explaining the exact directions for using specific software titles, Sammon includes screengrabs of the dialog boxes, etc. which is a great help, especially for those who may not be familiar with these programs.

In the sections on HDR software, Sammon goes into great depth discussing the differences between the programs, what they are all capable of, and what his exact workflow is for using each of them.

The book discusses the pros and cons of manual vs. automatic exposure, how many f/stops to over/under expose, whether to shoot in Raw vs. Jpg, and which software program is best to use. HDR panoramic photography is also discussed, with Sammon showing the reader how to create these images by shooting multiple images and stitching them together.

He also spends a chapter on B&W. One of the great things about that section is that the images that are used as examples are ones that the reader sees earlier in the book, so you can see the transformation from a normal view of a scene, to an HDR photograph, to a B&W conversion of that image.

At the end of the book, Sammon includes cool websites that readers can visit for more information on HDR photography, as well as the websites of the software programs he describes in the book.

A great section of the book is one of the last chapters where the author shows images and asks the reader to figure out what technique was used. Are the images real HDR or HDR-like, and what exactly did he do to alter the photos shown. Readers are directed to a website to see if they were right.

Rick Sammon’s HDR Photography Secrets for Digital Photographers is definitely a book that has a place on my reference shelf. The book is informative, easy to read and well written.

For more information about Rick Sammon, go to his website at www.ricksammon.com.

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Book Review: ProBlogger, Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

By Diane Berkenfeld

ProBlogger, Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, second edition by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett is a great book for the beginner or advanced blogger looking to take their blog or blogging to the next level. The book, ISBN 978-0-470-61634-5 was published by Wiley (www.wiley.com). The authors are well known in the blogosphere. Rowse launched problogger.net with best practices, tips and more for the blogger; Digital-Photography-School.com, which is widely popular with beginning and intermediate digital photographers; and numerous other blogs. Garrett has been working on the web since the mid-nineties. His blog, chrisg.com offers visitors information on new media, blogging and online marketing.

The book is an easy read, which having been written by bloggers is expected, as writing for the web is slightly different than writing for print—its usually shorter, with lots of digestible items. You can easily read through the book in a weekend, or flip through it piecemeal, reading the sections that you’re interested in most.

Both authors are veteran bloggers, and although the subhead of the book reads: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, they are honest about the fact that it takes years of work to build a blog or website up, to bringing in such revenue. And even with time and hard work, few blogs may reach this pinnacle.

I think ProBlogger is a great book. It offers a lot of tips and techniques for building a blog or website through such tactics as SEO, social media, and more. The authors also explain what not to do to increase your search engine rankings.

The authors spend a lot of time discussing content. Content after all is king, isn’t it? And for a blog to be successful, quality content must be posted on a schedule that visitors want (meaning not posting too often, or too little). Various types of content are mentioned, including article series, guest bloggers, forums, and interactivity between visitors and bloggers via comment areas.

Rowse and Garrett discuss whether or not to place advertising on blogs, how affiliate advertising works, and how to package your site when going the direct route with advertisers. They also talk about buying and selling blogs.

In addition to writing about their own blogging experiences, the authors also include examples of successful blogs and explain the best practices that were used to grow them. Throughout the book, the authors include the web addresses of sites that readers should visit for helpful information, some that I had known about but many others that are new to me and I will be visiting in the near future. The authors also share bonus content with readers, by directing them to a web address to access it.

Whether you’re blogging for fun or profit, ProBlogger is sure to provide you with helpful tips to reach your goals.

For more information about ProBlogger, Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, second edition, check out the website www.probloggerbook.com.

• Some of our visitors might be wondering why we’ve included a review of a book that isn’t necessarily about photography here on picture-soup.com. The answer is because there is a wealth of information that the authors of ProBlogger offer—that would be helpful to anyone with a blog or website—and that includes the many professional photographers who regularly come to this site.  — Editor

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