You can create synergy between existing elements in your images and generate something new. How? Takes these steps.
Step one. Identify all the elements in your best images.
Step two. List all the possible combinations.
Step Three. Put what you’ve discovered into words.
Step four. Select the most promising combinations to pursue.
Step five. Generate a lot of variations on a single combination before committing to a final solution.
Step six. Execute.
This is an extreme distillation of my article Combination, now in the current issue of AfterCapture magazine.
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Darius Himes – Inside Photography Book Now on PhotoEye

PBN’s lead judge, Darius Himes, co-founder of Radius Books, is interviewed by photo-eye Director, Rixon Reed.
Here are a few choice excerpts.
“Creating a successful book involves editing and sequencing and design all in light and in line with an overriding concept that has to be determined ahead of time. Asking yourself ahead of time, “Who is this book for?” and “What am I trying to accomplish with this book?” is extremely important.
I think that print-on-demand books have become so popular for two main reasons. First, they open up a major industry to the amateur: publishing. For the average American, it’s novel and fun to take your photos and lay them out in a book, push a button and a week later get something that looks pretty professional. That’s fun!
For the photography “professional” or art photographer, it’s also fun, but in a slightly more serious way. Most photographers dream of seeing their work in print (for a variety of reasons) and this technology opens up a whole world to them. It’s the publishing world made accessible.
But what most photographers don’t realize is that there are a whole host of people in the publishing world that work hard behind the scenes on different aspects of books, and when those people aren’t included—designers, editors, typographers, marketers, and distributors—they often end up with an inferior product.
Printing a book with an offset printer is different than using the HP Indigo printing process that is currently the standard for print-on-demand books … If you expect a print-on-demand book to look like, or have the range of materials, that an offset printed book has, you’ll be disappointed. … each has their advantages and disadvantages.
There’s no print-on-demand “author” that has sold 1000s of copies of their book (that I’m aware of). If they had, they would have made more money using offset printing and selling the project to a publisher. Again, it’s the quantity game.”
Read the whole interview on photo-eye.
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Joyce Tenneson at Portland Museum of Art & Dowling Walsh Gallery

Joyce Tenneson currently has two exhibits in Maine.
July 15 – August 5 at The Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine. July 26th lecture.
July 11 – Oct 4 at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine.
The catalog for the dual exhibit in Portland, Kindred Spirits, reveals strong between the works of Joyce Tenneson and Julia Margaret Cameron, whose work is also on display. Noted critic Vicki Goldberg contributes text. At $15 it’s a steal.
Find out more about PMA here.
Find out more about Dowling Walsh Gallery here.

Read the Portland Press Herald’s piece here.

Find out more about Joyce Tenneson here.

Photoworkshop.com Digital Imaging Competition Winners

DoubleExposure magazine has announced the winners of Photoworkshop.com’s Digital Imaging Competition.
“Several months ago we announced our Digital Imaging competition, with two categories: Photo Illustration, which was judged by fine-art photographer/Adobe Photoshop expert John Paul Caponigro; and Straight Photography, judged by the Director of the George Eastman House, Tony Bannon. The quality of the hundreds of entries in each category that we received was truly incredible!”
The results are in! See the images here!

Blurb Features John Paul Caponigro's Next Step Alumni

Blurb highlighted my alumni’s Blurb Group Book John Paul Caponigro’s Next Step Alumni Group on their blog today. Blurb’s Natalie Shahmiri asked me about the project and about my impressions of the state of books.
Here’s an excerpt.
“Books have been essential ways of sharing work for artists. Without them a majority of artists’ works would have remained invisible. Only a few people would have see them, not larger audiences. Even with the advent of the world wide web, books remain important communication and marketing tools. Printed matter offers focussed, localized, persistence while the web offers diffuse, transient, ubiquity. Books can also be the final product, special things in and of themselves.
While I will continue to work with major publishers, print on demand solutions are becoming essential tools for communicating and marketing my own work – specifically Blurb. Stay tuned to johnpaulcaponigro.com for many new Blurb books from me in the near future.”
Read the rest here.