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Magic Light and the Dynamic Landscape Paperback – July 15, 2014
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Inside us all lives the person we hope to become. We don’t all get there, but we must never stop trying. The hardest part of writing a book has been writing the bio. Talking about Magic Light is one thing, but talking about myself is another...here goes!
As a child, if I wasn't outside playing, I was drawing. My mother, a fine painter and avid photographer, swears that my first grade teacher raved about my natural sense of composition. My father, a computer repairman taught me the benefits of hard work and attention to detail. My two older brothers let me tag along through the woods, climbing rock walls, and wading hip deep in creeks while keeping lunch dry. I see now, my childhood was the beginning of basic training for landscape photography. At age fourteen, I saved my money and bought a Pentax K-1000 camera...photography became my passion.
I graduated high school knowing that inside of me was a photographer wanting to get out. I earned a degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1987. A father in the digital world, a mother in the arts, and soon I’m a graphic designer riding the wave of desktop publishing. Life was good, the camera went digital, I went Nikon, and I never stopped wanting to be a photographer.
But it wasn't until 1995 that I stopped wanting to become a photographer and found the courage to become that photographer. I owe a tremendous debt to the late photographer Nancy Rotenberg and will forever cherish the years I spent by her side. She not only taught me how to see light and all the magic that can be squeezed out of it from behind the camera, but more importantly she showed me how to ignite my artistic vision and fire it into my art. I realized that it is the uniqueness of the artist that matters and we all need to follow our own path.
My images have appeared in national and international magazines, adorn the luxury boxes at the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Club, and now I am writing my very own book. I have been honored to win awards in both design and photography. But I will always be grateful for the support of family, friends, co-workers and fellow photographers for letting me be me.
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The writing and illustrations and organization place this book above all others for the beginning or novice photographer and it also provides insights for even experienced photographers that provide a fresh perspective. I have a bookcase full of books on photography in general and landscape photography and none are as well written and illustrated as this one. Most photographers have very limited writing skills and Jeanine is a notable exception. There is also none of the fluff or page filler material found in so many books on photography and the image quality and printing quality are exceptionally good. Sad to see but many time the printing quality and paper used is so bad as to negate any value from them in illustrating a point by the author.
Jeanine also is unusual in using the lowest possible ISO setting and the smallest possible aperture setting and then using a cable release to compensate for what are very long exposure times. Seeing this approach taken to the extreme is something I found very different and also very enlightening. I cannot take this extreme approach in all situations with my 36MP camera as diffraction is more pronounced with it but I will be nonetheless doing a lot more shooting at the smallest possible aperture as well as at f8 to f11 so I have images to evaluate later. With no film or processing costs it costs nothing to experiment.
I have been taking pictures for fun and professionally for many years and I found this book to be valuable. It is also a terrific book for novice photographers as Jeanine provides the best explanation of the impact of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO as well as variation in the light for a scene throughout the day that I have come across in any book on photography. The illustrations and charts are extremely well done throughout the book.
Not a huge volume so not intimidating for the entry level photographer and easy to read and get something right away. Excellent gift for a budding photographer as well as someone with years of experience as there is good information provided in text and chart and picture form.
Unlike many books on photography the author's ego is kept in check and this helps with the communicating of concepts and advice in the book as it is not colored by personality to the detriment of the reader.
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Jeanine did a fantastic job explaining and illustrating techniques that beginners and...Read more