“Available Light” Book Free Give-Away!

I am giving away a free copy of an excellent book about photographing in natural light, Available Light: Photographic Techniques for Using Existing Light Sources by Don Marr!!  Read on to see how to take part in the give-away.

CONTEST CLOSED!  The contest ended Nov. 8, 2010.  I will go to Random.org and have it select and announce the winner tonight (Nov. 9).

I recently came across this book and found it incredibly helpful.  Unlike most photo books that merely tell you about front lighting or side lighting or diffused overcast lighting and then don’t go into much practical detail, this book actually explains how to seek out, modify, and use natural light – in all its forms – to take better photos.  It demonstrates that off-camera flash is not necessary for better photos, even in less-than-ideal lighting situations.  I wrote much more about this book in my Essential Digital Photography Books post.

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This book can be yours!The free copy of Available Light by Don Marr, donated by Amherst Media, photographed on my floor in the available window light.

I liked the book so much that I contacted the publisher, Amherst Media, and asked them for a copy that I could give away on my blog here.  They enthusiastically agreed, and I have just received the book from them.

How to Enter:
Just leave a comment for this post.  If you don’t see the comment form immediately below the post, look under the title of this post and click on where it says “… comments.”  Or just click HERE.  Put in whatever comment you want.  If you wish, let me know how you came across my blog (Yahoo/ Google search, Twitter, regular reader, etc.), and if you are a regular reader or plan to become one, let me know what you enjoy reading about here and what photography topics and/or equipment you would like to read more about.

I will leave this post open for comments for three weeks, until Monday November 8 at 11:59pm.  At that time all the comments will be numbered in the order they were received and posted.  They may not be published immediately as I have to approve them – in the order received – to prevent spam.  I will then use the True Random Number Generator on Random.org to choose a random number and select the winner.  Decision is final!  Contest is open to those with United States mailing addresses only! Good luck!

If you don’t win or just wish to check out the book Available Light on Amazon, you can click here or on the cover:

Also, while I have your attention, be sure to check out my new eBooks:

Your World 60D – The Still Photographer’s Guide to Operation and Image Creation with the Canon EOS 60D.  You can read more about it and purchase it in PDF format (also iPad compatible) here on my blog, or it is also available in the Kindle version on Amazon.

T2i Experience – The Still Photographer’s Guide to the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D.  Learn more about it a purchase it in PDF format here, or in the Kindle version on Amazon.

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  1. Doug,
    Thanks for your info on the travel photography. It has been useful & I hope to brush up on my photographic skills in the digital age.~jw

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  2. I came across this site thru the Craft&Vision Daily link on Sunday 17th October.

    I have enjoyed reading a number of articles on my first visit and intend to read a lot more.

    Thanks
    M

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  3. Your site is an excellent source for getting the real information needed in comparing one camera to another one. It will definitely help me with my purchase.

    Ron

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  4. I am thrilled that I found this blog. Very informative & exactly what I need to keep me informed!

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  5. i liked your review about the 60d t2i 7d… it was pretty detailed thanks!

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  6. I found your site about 6 months ago and was fascinated by your insights on humanitarianism and photography. Thanks!

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  7. I found this site interesting and informative. I bought a book Photographers Eye through a recommendation from this site. It was indeed an eye opener for me. Great book.

    thanks!
    val

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  8. Thanks so much for your reviews. I love to read them! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  9. Nice work on the blog man! I’ll be sure to pimp it out on Twitter.

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  10. Just just read the Blog where you compared the 50D and the 60D – It helped me no end!

    Thank you very much!

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  11. So excited to start learning. Thanks for all your help!

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  12. I appreiate your comparison of the Canon 7D, 600D etc… I am trying to decide on one of them. Your information is quite helpful.

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  13. I came to your site through Google. Going through the article comparing 60D, 7D and T2i. Hopefully it will help me take the right decision. Good work!

    Thanks


    Shair A. khan

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  14. I came across this blog looking for comparison between Canon 7D, 60D, T2i.
    Great Info. Look forward to more helpful updates in the future.

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  15. I’m currently in the market for a new DSLR camera and have found your reviews and tips extraordinarily helpful in making my decision! I’d love the available light book to help me improve my photography (hopefully with my new camera) :)

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  16. Great site, i found you in google looking for a comparison between the 7d and the 60d, but I have to tell you that this site is much, much, much more than that. Congrats.

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  17. Your site has a wealth of info THANK YOU!!! I will continue to come back for more :)

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  18. So glad i came across your blog. I am in the process of buying a new camera and your comparison of the canon 50d and 60d was really helpful. Found you on google. If you visit my web site I took all of the photos on it. I am an amateur that LOVES photography and am excited about getting a better camera. I want to get into hdr – how exciting is that!

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  19. Your article on deciding between 550D/60D/7D was really useful, though i have yet not finalized my dSLR, but it was useful and well guided

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  20. I found your blog when I entered “books for intermediate dslr photographers” into a Google search. How fun to have found it! I’ll be back to check in from time to time. Keep up the great work. I have my fingers crossed about the possibility of winning your book.

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  21. I bumped into this website 3 hours ago and have been here ever since! Having worked as a photojournalist specializing in documenting poverty in America in the 1960s/70s I was entranced by Doug’s images for NGOs. Beautifully executed up-close looks at Real People in Real Life the world over! Having just reentered the world of photography after a many year absence I’d about given up on finding a photographer currently utilizing the real power of the camera rather than using it to create Graphic Art masquerading as Photography. All those who have always wanted to be an “Artist” but who lack the manual dexterity to pull it off now need do is purchase a copy of Photoshop, a camera, and some other gear and they are all set! But to my mind anyways the images they produce are so highly manipulated and UnReal as to be totally sidestep the camera’s real power. Doug’s work, on the other hand, brings to mind that of the great photojournalists like W Eugene Smith, Bruce Davidson, David Douglas Duncan…

    In short this website makes me feel hope that photography as a true art form is still alive and well….

    Thanks Doug!

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    1. Thanks for your very kind comments! My goal on this blog (and in my photography) is to focus on “the real power of the camera,” aspect of photography, as you say. Lately I’ve gotten sidetracked with talking about new equipment and reaching out to people about my new eBooks – an exciting new venture for me – but I do intend to get back to discussing photography.

      Thanks for the compliments, but I’m hardly up there with the greats! But I keep working at it. Have a look at the so-called humanitarian photographers and their work. Perhaps that is the kind of work you are looking for. Ami Vitale is wonderful, as are many of those who were interviewed at this blog: http://www.hebervega.com/category/10q-interviews/

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    2. your site and photos are inspirational and informative. Thank you!!!

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