May 9, 2016 Donald Scarinci

The only professionally curated photography website www.1X.com has released its annual yearbook of best photos of the year. For 2015, the compilation is entitled “Memento.” There is no shortage of sites available to share photos online. In fact, 350 million photos are uploaded daily on Facebook alone. In contrast, 1x is one of the most exclusive photography portals on the Internet. A team of ten professional curators selects the photos displayed in the site’s online galleries. Only around three percent of the images submitted make the cut. Given the high standards, photographs in 1x’s online galleries are akin to what…

February 2, 2015 Donald Scarinci

Understanding Exposure, by Bryan Peterson is a classic “must read” for every serious beginning photographer. The latest edition of the book is now available in hardcover. As on line classes became popular, Bryan Peterson started the Picture Perfect School of Photography (PPSOP). Without doubt it is one of the best online photography schools on the internet. Its founder, Peterson brings more than 30 years of professional photography and teaching experience to his classes. His instructors teach with the same clarity that Peterson uses in his books that have made him so popular. While there are a variety of YouTube videos…

August 18, 2014 Donald Scarinci

Every year, the website www.1X.com releases a yearbook of its best photos. This year 1X.com’s “Passion”, does not disappoint. 1x is one of the most exclusive photography communities on the Internet. Unlike Flickr or Instagram, it caters strictly to professional or semi-professional photographers. A team of curators selects the photos displayed in the site’s online galleries, as you would find in any New York gallery. At the end of each year, they select the best photos for inclusion in their yearbook. It contains 220 full size photographs, which feature stochastic printing and superior quality paper. The limited edition publication has…

June 24, 2013 Donald Scarinci

Photography Books For a Hot Summer Night When it’s just too hot outside to take pictures, take a good book to the pool or crank up the air conditioner and sit in your favorite easy chair and fine tune your photography skills with one of these great photography books. Here are my top three favorites for a hot summer day: 1. Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson This is my all time favorite book about photography. The new 2013 edition makes this classic even better. Peterson has a gift for explaining important principals of good picture taking in a simple and…

December 6, 2012 Donald Scarinci

There are ‘No Words’ to Describe the 2012 Yearbook by 1X The editors of the only curated fine art photography web site on the internet, www.1X.com, has released their 2012 compendium of the best photos appearing on the site for 2011.  The yearbook is appropriately titled, “No Words.” As the title suggests, there are no accompanying headlines, descriptions or telling information about each image captured in the 224-page book. There is also no theme or trend in the photographs included in the book. Instead, the book is an interesting and vivid compilation of stunning and very concise, clear images of…

April 30, 2012 Donald Scarinci

  Peterson, Bryan; Understanding Shutter Speed, Amphoto Books, 2008   This is another beautifully illustrated book by Bryan Peterson that explains basic photographic concepts, this time about shutter speed, in an easily understandable way. It is the perfect companion to Understanding Exposure and makes a nice complement to that book. Understanding Shutter Speed is divided into five sections. The first section discusses the six correct shutter speeds and the concept that “you will always attain the fastest possible shutter speed at any given ISO when you use the largest possible lens opening, and you will be able to attain the…

March 19, 2012 Donald Scarinci

Peterson, Bryan, Understanding Exposure, Amphoto Books, Kindle Edition, 2010   REVIEW: Understanding Exposure, third edition, Amphoto Books, 2010, by Bryan Peterson The third edition of this 1990 classic by Bryan Peterson was the most important and influential photography book I’ve ever read and it is the first book that every new photographer should read. The 2010 edition of this book is actually a re-write of the original 1990 classic that adapts to the changes that have take place in technology. However, the concepts of the original 1990 classic and the clarity and simplicity in the way they are communicated remain…