Some ‘rules’ for personal holiday Photography

Holiday and travel shots are always in danger of falling into the same old, uninteresting patterns time and again. And it can be amazingly difficult to do something fresh. Heck, it gets tiring putting so much effort into each and every shot. So here’s a big secret for you: decide beforehand what you want from the shot. Do you just want a pleasant record of the scene? Is it for your own memory, or are you going to share this with the world? Choosing in advance that you are simply taking snaps to make a recording can take away a lot of any stress you may put on yourself. And you know what? It’s OK to just take snapshots now and then. It will take less time, and probably be less annoying to your family and friends than trying to crawl under that Clydesdale for a truly unique shot of the holiday parade.

Novem… uh… DECEMBER’s give away!

Due to life being OBE (overtaken by events, not, as some of you think out of bodice experience), I managed to miss the drawing for November’s prize: The Filmmaker’s Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition. But not to worry! For December, I have Gustavo’s excellent book AND a copy of The Photographer’s Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos. Both of these books are pretty cerebral in that they address perception in creating visuals. Both are outstanding titles, and I’m sure the lucky winners will be quite happy with them. Details on entering after the jump.

Book give-aways!

In October, I offered up a free book from Focal Press to friends on my Facebook fan page. The first winner was Bruce Bicknell of Digital Blue Productions, who will be receiving a copy of 3D in Photoshop: The Ultimate Guide for Creative Professionals by Zorana Gee and Pete Falco. Guess what I’ve got for…