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This Week in Photography Books: TBW Books Subscription Series No. 5



Taos is a famously spiritual place.

Our mountain is sacred, and considered one of the world’s energy vortices, if you believe that sort of thing.

So people around here are pretty open to seeing the hand of fate, rather than ascribing any and all oddities to coincidence and chance.

As such, last summer, I chose to take a different route home, which I never do, and drove past my former Kung Fu teacher, walking a dog with a little girl by his side. (I hadn’t seen him in years.)

Not believing it was a coincidence, I parked the car, walked across the street, and said “Hello.” It felt like a sign, so I decided to start studying again, and have been training now for nearly 5 months.

Wing Chun is not for everyone, but I’m enjoying myself immensely. It’s exercise, self-defense, and Buddhist/Daoist philosophy all rolled into one.

The downside, though I hadn’t really contemplated it, is that you can get hurt. Fighting, apparently, can lead to injuries. (Who knew?)

My left hand is strained at the moment, as I hurt it punching a bag a couple of weeks ago, and re-injured it during training last week. Typing right now hurts like hell, and I have to keep it to a minimum, so I can get better and drop 1200 words on you next week.

As such, I”m going to keep it short today. Like super-short. Shorter than DJT’s attention span. Shorter than the line at Chipotle. (You get the picture.)

But to counteract the effects of an abbreviated review, I’m going to show a 4 book set, called “Subscription Series No. 5,” put out last year by our friends at TBW Books in Oakland. (We hate the Warriors in my household, but love Oaktown.)

The series, overseen by Paul Schiek, features books by Mike Mandel, Susan Meiselas, Bill Burke, and Lee Friedlander. How’s that for a line-up?

Pretty badass.

Each grouping comes from the past, though Friedlander snuck a few contemporary images into his edit.

What do they have in common?

I’m not sure.

They’re all black and white, and show people in interesting subcultures: Santa Cruz boardwalk beach kids, Downtown NYC schoolgirls, Appalachian snake-handlers, and people with heads. (OK, “people with heads” is not a sub-culture, but I’m trying to tie a bow on this, so I can stop typing and ice my hand.)

The suite of books is really cool, and Mike Mandel even features images of cunnilingus behind a beach shack, which I have never, ever seen before. (And I won’t photograph here, as Rob likes to keep things SFW.)

Anyway, I’m out, and will be back next week with portfolios from Photo NOLA.

Have a good one, and if you’re going to punch a bag this week, make sure to use proper technique.

Bottom Line: Beautiful, slightly absurd book series by some masters

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How To Show Motion


Columbia River GorgeA photograph is a still frame of a precise moment in time. So, although a photograph can’t show motion in the same way that a video can, there’s still a way to illustrate or imply motion in a photograph. You might want to do this for a variety of reasons: maybe your subject moves a lot or you captured it while it was moving and you want to show that movement, or you want to show motion to give more action to a scene or help guide the viewer’s eyes. In those cases, here are a few ways to show motion in your photos:

1 — Use a long shutter speed

You might already know this one, but the simplest way to show motion of your subject is to use a longer shutter speed. How long of a shutter speed you need depends on how fast your subject is moving, and how much motion blur you want to capture.

For example, the photo of the stream above was shot with a shutter speed of 4 seconds. This long shutter speed made the water appear blurred, which the viewer translates as motion. If instead I shot the image with a much faster shutter speed (e.g. 1/1000), then the water would’ve been more sharp and it would’ve looked more like a moment frozen in time. Neither way is necessarily the “right way” — it’s more about what you want to communicate in your photo.

2 — Capture lines and objects that imply motion

Clouds Motion

A less obvious way of showing motion in a photo is to use objects that imply motion. What I mean by that is photographing objects that the viewer knows are moving (and also paying attention to the direction of that movement).

For example, in the photo above, the clouds imply movement in the scene from left to right. Why? The viewer knows that clouds are constantly moving in the sky, and the natural lines of these clouds in the image help the viewer even more by implying the direction of that movement (from left to right in the frame).

Another way you can do this, if you’re photographing wildlife, is to photograph your subject when it’s in a position that clearly shows it’s moving. A photograph of a bird sitting on a branch doesn’t imply much movement, but a photo of a bird when it’s in the middle of walking across a beach does imply movement:

Snowy Plover Motion

A key aspect of creating an image like this is to leave some empty space in the direction that your subject is moving. This gives the subject “room to roam.” If instead I would’ve cropped the image above more tightly around the plover (without so much space in front of it), then the bird would seem “trapped” in the frame and there’d be much less implied motion as a result.

What did I miss?

Is there another way you like to show motion in your photographs? If so, please share with us by leaving a comment below! Thanks 🙂

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steveb2About the Author: Steve Berardi is a nature photographer, software engineer, and founder of PhotoNaturalist. You can usually find him hiking in the beautiful mountains and deserts of southern California.

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15 Top Sports Video Templates for Adobe After Effects


15 Top Tier Sports Video Templates on Envato Market

You might not be in the big leagues yet, but with a little help from your teammates at Envato Market you can still make a professional-looking sports video. This is a roundup of projects will help you bring broadcast magic to your own amateur sports videos.

Whether you're building something for your little league, semi-pro team, or a streaming play-by-play, these 15 readymade templates for Adobe After Effects will give your videos all the extra edge they need to stand out in a crowded field.

1. Energizing Football Opener — American Football 

This three dimensional effect is easily customizable with your own team's colors and details and would make a great opener.

Energizing football opener

2. Fitness Sports Promo 

This intense and glitchy project is perfect for a promotion for a gym or workout program.


3. Dynamics Sport Template

Ideal for active sports videos, this project is easily customizable so that you can drop in your own footage and text.

Dynamics sport template

4. Broadcast Sports Pack

This project has all of the professionalism and customizations you need to add your own event details to the promo.

Broadcast Sports Pack

5. Extreme Promo

Extreme promo

This asset is perfect for action sports, complete with engaging transitions and clean text overlays.

6. Rooftop Matchups

Rooftop matchups

This pack would be perfect way to introduce an upcoming big matchup. Drop in your own team logos to create something that feels straight from broadcast TV.

7. Sport Dynamics Template

Sport Dynamics Template

This template is pliable and easy to use with your own assets and footage.

8. Sports Promo

Sports Promo

The Sports Promo project not only has easy text and transition placeholders, there are also gradient effects that really bring the footage to life.

9. Ultimate Football - Broadcast Package

Ultimate football broadcast package

This is another broadcast-ready promo pack where you can drop in your own team assets and names.

10. Sport Pack - Special Effects

Sport Pack special Effects

For the soccer enthusiast, this is perfect for promoting an upcoming friendly with a modern and three dimensional pack.

11. Ultimate Hockey - Broadcast Package

Ultimate Hockey

For hockey teams, drop in your own logo to see your team come to life at center ice.

12. Sport Glitch Slideshow

Sport Glitch Slideshow

Usable with any sport, this project combines text and glitch animations to catch the viewer's eye.

13. Soccer Opener

Soccer opener

This project is extremely easy to use and can feature the details of your own match to build anticipation.

14. Soccer Broadcast Package

Soccer Broadcast Package

This package is ideal for not only introducing a soccer match, but also showcasing the players and positions as shown above.

15. Fight Club Broadcast Pack

Fight Club Broadcast Pack

The first rule of promoting your fight club is to use a great After Effects project to promote it, and this one fits the bill perfectly.

More Top Tutorials for After Effects Beginners

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Review : Rab Kinder Smock


We’ve all had that horrible experience of getting cold out in the mountains. I can remember my first cold the core experience while climbing Slieve Donard at the age of 11 and ever since staying warm and comfortable has been very high up my priority list. Over the years I have enjoyed a number of Rab soft-shell and ‘down’ filled jackets, that keep me comfortable and cosy all year round. Regardless of the weather conditions Rab outerwear has kept me warm in the mountains for years, consistent quality and durability it is now exciting to see a return to the original designs with the release of the Rab Kinder Smock.

The first thing you will notice on the kinder smock is a return to the original Rab logo of thirty years ago. I suspect we will see the retro look for some years to come and the high-class embroidered badge echoes the over all quality of the Kinder Smock.

The smock is true to the original design of thirty years ago with a Pertex Classic outer fabric that’s remarkable strong and resistant. I recently had to wade deep through thick brambles on a detour through the forests and despite a series of cuts on my hands the jacket returned unscathed. For the inner lining Rab have opted for the durable but lighter Pertex Quantum fabric, it’s lighter but still strong and designed to last.

The Rab Kinder Smock is remarkably comfortable and in many ways it feels like you are wrapped in a warm, soft pillow. The Fluorocarbon free Hydrophobic Down has been developed in conjunction with Nikwax® and provides the ultimate in warmth whilst also being water resistant.

Despite the warmth and thick down there is very little restriction to movement and, fear not, a large side zip opening offers ventilation if things get too warm. Size ‘large’ contains 270g grams of down which is a significant down fill given that there is no hood on the smock. It’s by no means Rab’s lightest or most packable of garments but it offers completely unrestricted movement when hiking and climbing.

Pockets & Fit

The Kinder Smock offers an internal secure pocket as well as a large, front kangaroo patch pocket. The latter is brilliant for warming up your hands but for photographers it also nicely accommodates a Fujifilm X100F camera. I use quick release strap attachments and found I able to ‘strap through’ the pocket so the camera was nicely housed in the pocket and not swinging violently as I climbed.

Fit wise, Rab describe the Kinder Smock as ‘regular fit’ as someone who normally wears a ‘medium’ I found this was the perfect sizing for the Kinder Smock even when wearing a base layer and fleece.

Rab Kinder Smock Review

Unrivalled Warmth

If you want warmth the Kinder Smock delivers in spades. The sleeves are partially elasticated with the final tightening being via high quality velcro adjustment straps and the bottom the coat can also be drawn in thanks to side hem draw-chord both eliminating the risk of any winter drafts. I have been wearing the jacket over the last few weeks and it is remarkably comfortable.

It is probably impossible for a coat to be too warm but trust me you will be using the side ventilation system regularly and that can only be a good thing. The 650FP duck down jacket doesn’t fold down like the Rab Microlight Alpine jackets but the pay off is that extra bit of insulation.


Pertex® Classic outer fabric with Pertex Quantum® lining
650FP European Duck Down (270g, 9.5oz in size L)
Rab® Fluorocarbon free Hydrophobic Down developed in conjunction with Nikwax® Stitch through construction
YKK®VISLON® front zip with insulated zip baffle, chin guard, and high down collar
Insulated front placket with metal logo snaps
YKK®VISLON® side zip opening with insulated zip baffle
Large kangaroo patch pocket with tricot lining
YKK® zipped security pocket
Part-elasticated cuffs with anti-snag velcro adjustment and 1 sided hem drawcord
Regular fit

In Conclusion

Using the classic design of 30 years ago the Rab Kinder Smock feels like it is built to last for the next 30! The smock offers the traditional Rab quality and functionality with the rich 650FP duck down bringing an unrivalled level of warmth and comfort. If you are looking for hard-wearing smock jacket that will offer years of warmth then is an essential investment.


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Resources for Student Photographers


The latest edition of my Resources for Student Photographers includes over 190 online resources. As shown below, it is a curated list of hyperlinks organized into 21 categories:

  • Analog (Non-Digital) Info & Groups
  • Analog (Non-Digital) Supplies
  • Camera Gear & Supplies
  • Camera Gear Rental
  • Color Management
  • Copyright
  • Festivals & Events
  • Magazines & Journals (Print)
  • Magazines (Online) / Showcases For Photography
  • Miscellaneous
  • Online Learning / Courses (Paid)
  • Online Learning / General Topics (Free)
  • Organizations (Art-oriented)
  • Organizations & Events (Commercial & Editorial)
  • Photo Book Publishers
  • Photo Printing (Fine Art)
  • Photo Printing (including Books, Cards, Calendars…)
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Web Photo Sharing & Storage Services
  • Web Portfolio Hosting Services
  • Workshops

You can download the PDF here > Photo Student Resources List by Syl Arena rev 171011

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