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Love photography and enjoy reading?

Guy Stephens

If so I have some great news!  The Calvert Photography Club is now part of the O’Reilly User Group ProgramO’Reilly Media is a well known name in the world of tech books and has some great titles related to digital photography.  O’Reilly is known for spreading the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, research, and conferences. They are an active participant in the technology community and the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

As part of the O’Reilly User Group Program our members will be eligible for special discounts and promotions.  O?Reilly also regularly donates books and other promotional items for raffles and auctions to help clubs raise money, or even for meeting door prizes.  We will also be able to get review copies of books if we agree to write a review and publish it on our website.  I am really excited about the potential of members reading and reviewing books.  It is a great way for our members to get new photography related books and to share what they learn with the club and beyond.

So are you interested in a free book to review?  Let me share with you some great O?Reilly titles:

PSE 9Photoshop Elements 9: The Missing Manual
By Barbara Brundage
Publisher: O’Reilly Media / Pogue Press
Released: September 2010

Elements 9 offers much of Photoshop’s power without the huge price tag. It’s an ideal tool for most image-editing buffs—including scrapbookers, photographers, and aspiring graphic artists. But Elements still doesn’t come with a decent manual. This bestselling book will help you get the most out of the program, from the basics to advanced tips for both Windows and Mac.

PS CS5Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
By Deke McClelland
Publisher: O’Reilly Media / Deke Press
Released: July 2010

Master the fundamentals of Photoshop CS5 with One-on-One, Deke McClelland’s unique and effective learning system. This book includes step-by-step tutorials, hours of video demonstrations, and lots of hands-on projects to help you improve your knowledge and hone your skills. Once you read about a particular technique, watch the video to see how it’s done—then try it yourself.

Why photos workWhy Photographs Work
52 Great Images: Who Made Them, What Makes Them Special and Why
By George Barr
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Released: December 2010

Every photographer, from amateur to pro, can learn by studying the “greats”. In Why Photographs Work, author/photographer George Barr analyzes 52 striking images by some of the world’s top photographers. Accompanying Barr’s analysis of each image is an explanation by the photographer describing the making of the image, including not only the how, but also the why. Also included is a brief technical description of the equipment used in making each image.

WordPressHead First WordPress (maybe you want to learn more about blogging)
A Brain-Friendly Guide to Creating Your Own Custom WordPress Blog
By Jeff Siarto
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Released: July 2010

Whether you’re promoting your business or writing about your travel adventures, Head First WordPress will teach you not only how to make your blog look unique and attention-grabbing, but also how to dig into the more complex functionality available on the WordPress platform. You’ll learn how to customize your blog with your own URL, templates, plugin functionality, and more.

If you?re are interested in reviewing these books or another O?Reilly title let me know and we will arrange to get the book for you.  This is a great opportunity please consider reviewing a book if you have time.

Club partners with Peachpit Press

Guy Stephens

The Calvert Photography Club is now a member of the Peachpit Press users group program.  Who is Peachpit Press you ask?  Peachpit represents an elite collection of the world’s leading computer book specializing in graphics and design, Photoshop and digital photography including our their, Peachpit Press, as well as New Riders, Adobe Press, Apple Certified, among others.  Peachpit Press has a great collection of digital photography books including books from some of my favorites from photographers such as Joe McNally and Scott Kelby.

Peachpit PressSo what benefits do we get from being part of the Peachpit Press users group program?  By registering our group, we’ll receive information on new and exciting releases, discounts on titles, information on special events and more.  As a registered users group we’ll get the following benefits:

  • Build a resource library with their free monthly book program (this will give us the ability to begin building a club library)
  • Discounted shopping at http://www.peachpit.com
  • Donations of promotional items for our meetings and special events
  • Peachpit products for review
  • Product updates and previews

What does Peachpit ask in return?  All they ask is that from time to time that we share our thoughts on what they are publishing, what technologies we’re using, or maybe how our group membership is changing and growing. 

We’re are also eligible to receive books for review and this is were I would like to see some members get involved.  If you are interested in reading some new photography books and willing to provide a short review for our blog let me know.  You would get to read a great book (free) and could tell our members what you think of it - a win for all of us.

Stay tuned for more information…

Megan is the “cover artist” for an upcoming book

Guy Stephens

One Last Good TimeA photograph of a colorful ferris wheel taken by Megan and shared on Flickr was recently noticed by independent publisher Press 53.  The publisher contacted Megan about using the photograph for the book cover of an upcoming book by Michael Kardos.  Michael Kardos co-directs the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. His short stories were cited as Notable Stories in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Best American Short Stories and have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, Blackbird, and many other magazines and anthologies. 

The book One Last Good Time is a collection of stories set in the fictional town of Breakneck Beach, New Jersey.  The book is due out February 1st 2011 is available for pre-order.

See Megan’s blog for more details or the Press 53 website, which has a nice blurb about Megan.  Nice job Megan and congrats on getting your photo published!

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