Two friends of this site are coming out with new books. Both of these gentlemen are e-friends, or "friends I've never met"—but then, so are many of you. Alain is an advertiser of ours, and I've corresponded with Kirk since he wrote a nice online review of the Leica M6 on Photo.net years ago.
Alain Briot, who is the author of Mastering Landscape Photography and is well known for his landscapes of the Grand Canyon region, is also one of the few photographers in America who makes a good living selling prints. His second book, just published by Rocky Nook, is called Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style. The new book is 370 pages long and contains more than 350 photographs and illustrations, many of them never seen before. Fans of Alain's essays on The Luminous Landscape and everyone else will find more information about the new book as well as various related offers on Alain's website.
Kirk Tuck is a successful practicing commercial photographer and all-around good guy whose first book, Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography and its follow-up, Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Studio Photography were surprise best-sellers. In his latest book, Commercial Photography Handbook: Business Techniques for Professional Digital Photographers, which Amazon will begin shipping tomorrow, Kirk has changed gears a bit to outline for photographers of all levels of skill and ambition what commercial photography is all about—what the important principles are, how commercial photographers work, and, last but not least, how you can make money in these "down" times.