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Book Suggestion: Predictably Irrational - The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

I am quite addicted to books, all sorts of books from design related to simple novels. Lately however, I have been reading some books about human behavior, mostly related to how we make decisions. I think it’s an incredible subject especially for designers like us who are trying to create a good experience for our users through our designs. One of my favorite books and the one that I want to suggest to you is called Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely. Predictably Irrational is a book about how human behavior, but the cool thing about it is that it shows through several examples based on real experiments, how irrational our decisions are sometimes. Irrational behavior is a part of human nature, but as MIT professor Ariely has discovered in 20 years of researching behavioral economics, people tend to behave irrationally in a predictable fashion. Drawing on psychology and economics, behavioral economics can show us why cautious people make poor decisions about sex when aroused, why patients get greater relief from a more expensive drug over its cheaper counterpart and why honest people may steal office supplies or communal food, but not money. According to Ariely, our understanding of economics, now based on the assumption of a rational subject, should, in fact, be based on our systematic, unsurprising irrationality. Ariely argues that greater understanding of previously ignored or misunderstood forces (emotions, relativity and social norms) that influence our economic behavior brings a variety of opportunities for reexamining individual motivation and consumer choice, as well as economic and educational policy. Ariely's intelligent, exuberant style and thought-provoking arguments make for a fascinating, eye-opening read. (Feb.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. I highly recommend this book as I mentioned before. It is also worth checking out Ariely videos about the book and his TED talks, they provide incredible and valuable insights. TED - Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions? Buy the Book Click on the image to buy the book on Amazon

Comic Book Artist: Greg Capullo

Regardless the fact that Todd Macfarlane is the creator of Spawn and most of the characters of the series, the credits of great part of the series success should definetely goes to Greg Capullo. Greg has being the main penciler for the series for quite sometime, creating a really remarkable detailed and sick style. It's really a pleasure to feature him here, since he was one of my favorite artists back on the 90's when I started drawing. You can check more of his recent artworks at his Devianart profile.

Book Giveaway Winners - Book #Three by Radim Malinic

A few weeks ago, we made an interview with Radim Malinic, an illustrator and graphic designer based in London, England. Now he's back this week with a Book Giveaway for his Book #Three, a collection of commercial and experimental work done by Radim during the last couple years. The interview with Radim Malinic / Brand Nu can be viewed via this link http://abduzeedo.com/interview-radim-malinic-aka-brand-nu. We have 5 "Book #Three" to giveaway. To participate is very simple, just leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email so we can contact you. Update: The Winners are JMerrill, Femi, Cruz Barcelona, Sonic21 and Franz Jeitz. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everybody for participating. I'll contact the winners and we'll send your Book #Three from Radim Malinic To get more information about the Book Three, you can click on this link Brandnu.co.uk/Book-Buy . Several self-initiated experiments, unpublished elsewhere, which show the passion and excitement that Brand Nu applies to seeking new techniques to add to his ever expanding creative arsenal.About the Book Three Book #THREE by Brand Nu from Brand Nu on Vimeo. About Radim Malinic Radim Malinic / Brand Nu is an award winning art director, illustrator and graphic designer based in London, England. Under the name of Brand Nu he works with leading household brands as well as upcoming business, playing a crucial part in the formation of brand language, product advertising, print illustrations and web solutions. Radim Malinic has firmly established himself over the last few years as one of the most successful and prolific commercial illustrators working today. His award winning work is renowned worldwide for its innovation, passion and attention to intricate detail. For more information on Radim Malinic, check out his website BrandNu.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @brand_nu. You can also check out his personal website at RadimMalinic.co.uk and the website of this studio Black Sands at Black-Sands.co.uk.

Abduzeedo Book: Story and Giveaway

In 2006 Fabio started Abduzeedo with the idea of backing up his files in the cloud after an ugly robbery where all his equipment, and work, were stolen. He never thought it would grow or expand from the online world. Luckily his predictions were wrong. Now after almost five years we are entering in the realms of the printing world with the releasing of our first book, the Abduzeedo Inspiration Guide for Designers. The idea of publishing a book goes back a few years...I mean, who hasn't had that idea? But the dream started to come true in a raining evening in San Francisco where I was invited to attend a cocktail. It was at that cocktail that I met Rebecca Gulick from PeachPit (who would later become my editor). I shared my book idea with her and she really liked it. The book includes interviews with Cris Vector, Chuck Anderson, Erik Johansson, Justin Maller, James White, Karl Kawnsy, and Nik Ainley and features work by Adrian Romero , Aiven (Yvan Feusi), Alex Varanese, Alexander Lataille , Anako, Ari Weinkle, Benjamin Low, Carlos Lerma, Diego L Rodriguez , EL Nombre, Ed Lopez, Erik Schumacher , Evan Bohringer , Felix Ajenjo, Floris Hermsen , Gaetan Weltzer , Genaro DeSia Coppola, Guilherme Marconi, Horacio Lorente, Jeff Huang, Karan Singh, Mart Biemans , Michaelo, Neil Hanvey, Nicolas Monin-Baroille, Olli-Pekka Jauhiainen, Perttu Murto, Pete Harrison (AEIKO), Przemek Nawrocki, Rob Shields , Sergei Vlasov, Simon Duhamel, Sorin Bechira, and Ollipekka Lauhiainen. Brazilian designer Fábio Sasso, who has wildly popular design blog Abduzeedo, has created the definitive guide to design. This book features interviews with designers and offers tutorials on various design styles, an extension of what he does with his site abduzeedo.com. Each chapter addresses a particular style, e.g., Vintage, Neo-surrealism, Retro 80s, Light Effects, Collage, Vector, and starts off with an explanation about the style and techniques that go into that style. Next, the Abduzeedo Design Guide shows images from different visual artists illustrating each style. Fábio interviews a master of each style, such as, in the case of 80s, James White. Then he wraps up the chapter with a tutorial showing the elements and techniques for creating that style in Photoshop. Meant for beginning to intermediate designers as well as more experienced designers looking for inspiration, the book focuses on styles that can be applied both to web or print. We'd like to give a big thanks to everyone who helped make this dream a solid reality: the crew over at PeachPit, the Abduzeedo team for setting aside time and dedication to both the blog and the book, and finally you guys, the readers, without all your support throughout these almost five years none of this would have even been an option. Thank you. Giveaway Rules Here comes the good part! We're giving away a copy of the Abduzeedo Book to two lucky winners! All you have to do to participate is leave a comment on this post mentioning ideas you may have for the next book or things you'd like to see in it, and tweet about the giveaway. We'll announce the winners here next week so don't forget to check back. Good luck!The book is also available to buy on Barnes & Noble and Amazon for you impatient few ;)

Stop the Violence Collab

I find quite delightful when collaboration takes place amongst designers. The power of creativity gets multiplied and the possibility of something awesome being born is just too great to handle. When photographer Francois Robert's pics met Rick Valicenti from 3st, a design collab, it was just inevitable for this book to be conceived. Francois came up with a alphabet made solely out of bones for the photography exhibition "Stop the violence" and Rick did an awesome job designing the book and also producing a 60 sec video to promote it. It is pretty impressive and outstanding. Nicely done, guys. For more information on this, you may visit 3st's website (also check out their other sets of works). I hope you enjoy these! Cheers, and stop the violence. ;) Stop the Violence from thirst / a design collaborative on Vimeo.

Threadless Book Giveaway Winners

A few weeks ago we announced our giveaway of the Threadless book. We received a lot of great comments making it a tough call so thank you to all those who participated and be sure to stay tuned for the next giveaway. Our two book winners are: Robert H, who wrote: My favorite Threadless tee is a tie between "When Pandas Attack" and "Birds Of A Feather". Being forced to only pick one as my favorite I would go with "When Pandas Attack" for more reasons than one. When Pandas Attack was printed at a time when all-over prints were just hitting the market and Threadless lead the way with quality and information. Letting Tee enthusiasts know that while there may be imperfections, they are still quality prints. This amazing grunge design shows 'rage' with a unique design style. The design placement is perfect, going for a full chest wrap and the white on black is very striking. The amount of effort and thought that went into the design and printing shows in the end product. This in itself shows how affective artistic community can be. Artistic community is in essence the heart and soul of how artists grow as a people. Collaborating, showcasing designs and discussing art with other artists not only helps you grow your knowledge but also hone-in on your talent. Without community one can certainly still achieve greatness and improve but community accelerates the process. The days of learning new techniques by chance are over. With community you are now able to to accelerate your creative growth with the help of many different influences and styles not only locally, but globally. This is the real benefit thanks to the internet. Every area has their own local style and now as artists within a community you are able to absorb different styles, techniques and medium combination. It is a beautiful thing. Community is at the center of creative growth in the third century. And Gloria Wu, who wrote: My favorite Threadless tee is "Everyday Life Would Be Cooler With Sound Effects". It was my first Threadless tee that I bought and I love how it fits with my personality and lifestyle because now I have a t-shirt to back my strange habits of making sound effects to normal everyday life. Thanks to Threadless, everyday life is now cooler. What I like best about the artistic community is the lasting impact it makes on everyone. An artistic community is necessary for any artist or designer of any field. We don't just create out of nothing. We draw from our everyday life, experiences and the people around us. With diverse backgrounds and personalities, each artist brings to the community a unique style and ideas that add into the cycle of inspiring others. What Threadless did was to combine the two aspects together to shed a fun and creative light on the mundane things in life, thereby opening our eyes to new ideas. Thanks to artistic communities like Threadless, we can now express who we are and discover more of ourselves through peer critiques and feedback. Thank you both so much for your thoughtful comments! However, we do not have valid contact info for the two of you so I hope you are reading this post. Please send us your email and mailing address at abduzeedo@abduzeedo.com. In case you missed the first post, here is a peak at the Threadless Book! A QUICK NOTE FOR FUTURE GIVEAWAYS: PLEASE PROVIDE AS MUCH CONTACT INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR COMMENT. IT MAKES IT EASIER FOR US TO AWARD THE RIGHT PERSON THEIR PRIZE :)

Where We Work - Giveaway Winner

Today we will announce the winner of the Where We Work book. A book for those who loves offices, who are amazed by the creativity of some companies to create fantastic work places... the book presents a collection of creative offices around the world. The author of this collection is Ian McCallam, creator of the blog This Ain't No Disco. This book goes far beyond simply selecting some offices, it shows us a little of concept of each company, floor plants of the spaces and carefully chosen pictures, everything did with a tastefully layout on every single page, bringing even more beauty for each one of these offices. Whether the concepts are personal, indulgent or simply well thought out, Where We Work showcases a variety of offices where the pursuit of imagination is the driving force. The Winner Some days ago we published a giveaway for this book. And the luck guy is: Jimmie Österberg Congratulations Jimmie, we will get in touch with you soon! If you want to know something bore about the book and need to buy your copy right now, go ahead and visit thisaintnodisco.com/book/. More about the book Showcasing forty-five of the world’s most extravagant and inspiring work environments from internationally acclaimed and recognized agencies within the advertising, media and design industry, Where We Work explores how creative agencies transform lifeless commercial spaces into bastions of creativity, offering inspiring interiors and visual insight into the breadth and depth of each agency’s thinking. Spaces that not only inspire, but invite us to re-evaluate our lives from nine to five. To complement the visual showcase of interior design, Where We Work provides an in-depth look at the direction and thought processes behind each agency’s work environment, giving important insight into current and future trends of creative office interior design from some of the world’s most creative companies.

Where We Work - Book Giveaway

Where We Work is a book for those who loves offices, who are amazed by the creativity of some companies to create fantastic work places... the book presents a collection of creative offices around the world. And fortunately we have one book to giveaway! The author of this collection is Ian McCallam, creator of the blog This Ain't No Disco. This book goes far beyond simply selecting some offices, it shows us a little of concept of each company, floor plants of the spaces and carefully chosen pictures, everything did with a tastefully layout on every single page, bringing even more beauty for each one of these offices. Whether the concepts are personal, indulgent or simply well thought out, Where We Work showcases a variety of offices where the pursuit of imagination is the driving force. About the Giveaway And we'll be giving away 1 Where We Work book to our readers. To win simply drop us a comment bellow telling what is the most amazing office you ever seen, share your opinion with everyone, that is it. We will pick one of you and the winner will be announced on 11/03. Good luck guys! If you want to know something bore about the book or don't want to wait if you will win the giveaway and need to buy your copy right now, go ahead and visit thisaintnodisco.com/book/. More about the book Showcasing forty-five of the world’s most extravagant and inspiring work environments from internationally acclaimed and recognized agencies within the advertising, media and design industry, Where We Work explores how creative agencies transform lifeless commercial spaces into bastions of creativity, offering inspiring interiors and visual insight into the breadth and depth of each agency’s thinking. Spaces that not only inspire, but invite us to re-evaluate our lives from nine to five. To complement the visual showcase of interior design, Where We Work provides an in-depth look at the direction and thought processes behind each agency’s work environment, giving important insight into current and future trends of creative office interior design from some of the world’s most creative companies.

Threadless Book Giveaway

Today we have a very special giveaway from a design community darling you’re all likely familiar with. That’s right, Threadless. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 10 years since they burst onto the scene in 2000, and our ironic t-shirt wearing lives have never been the same. Avid Threadless member or not, you’ll want this gorgeous 10 year documentation of graphic design, pop-culture, and accidental business savvy. ABOUT THE BOOK- Threadless recounts the 10 year journey founder Jake Nickell and company have been on ever since they decided to post a t-shirt contest (in the forum thread of another t-shirt contest) resulting in the very first, Threadless tee. With over 300 awesome designs and contributions from the likes of Seth Godin and John Maeda, as well as favorite community designers, this book, designed by a-side studio, is a must have and a coffee table gem. ABOUT THE COMPANY- Threadless is one of the internet's most creative design communities, or as founder Jake Nickell put it, "a giant group of friends making cool designs." And while that’s definitely the attitude, the sentiment is pretty modest considering Inc magazine called them, “The most innovative small company in America.” Truly a company after out own hearts, Threadless is a place for design community and inspiration. This is their story. ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY- Participation in this giveaway is easy, simply write a comment on this post telling us about your favorite Threadless tee and what you like best about artistic community. Best two comments gets a free book, and the runners up get shirts :) INSIDE THE BOOK-

3D Typography Book Giveaway - Winner Announcement

Can you really compare experimental 3D typography – like lettering made of live moss or letter kites that fly messages in the sky – to the work of Gutenberg? If you ask Jeanette Abbink, Emily CM Anderson and the over 100 international designers, typographers and artists featured in 3D Typography, the answer is a resounding yes. From type crafted of steel and neon, to carefully-cut live moss, everyday items like buttons and sugar cubes, to giant installments of polythene and paper, the work in 3D Typography serves as a bold reaction to the fact that so much of today¹s typography is conceived via screens. Having worked for prestigious media outlets as designers and art directors, Abbink and Anderson have compiled this book as a reaction to the fact that so much of today's typography is conceived via two-dimensional screens. Like Gutenberg and generations of typeface designers who worked with physically shaped and cast lead type, these artists return the literal heft to letters. Winner Veronica Wong Page Samples Do you want to buy the book? Buy the 3D Typography at Amazon About MBP Mark Batty Publisher is an independent publisher dedicated to making distinctive books on the visual art of communicating, showcasing the visual power and innovation of contemporary culture in all of its varied poses. Today, the visual comes at us from more places than ever, and its dissemination is faster and more advanced every year. Books from Mark Batty Publisher capture this acceleration on the pages of every book. Affordable, well designed, thoughtfully created, and produced to last, MBP books are artful products that readers want to hold onto forever.

3D Typography Book Giveaway

Can you really compare experimental 3D typography – like lettering made of live moss or letter kites that fly messages in the sky – to the work of Gutenberg? If you ask Jeanette Abbink, Emily CM Anderson and the over 100 international designers, typographers and artists featured in 3D Typography, the answer is a resounding yes. From type crafted of steel and neon, to carefully-cut live moss, everyday items like buttons and sugar cubes, to giant installments of polythene and paper, the work in 3D Typography serves as a bold reaction to the fact that so much of today¹s typography is conceived via screens. Book Cover Giveaway We have a copy of the 3D Typography book to give away thanks to our friends over at MBP publisher, to participate is really easy, just leave a comment with a book suggestion. We will announce the winner next Friday. Having worked for prestigious media outlets as designers and art directors, Abbink and Anderson have compiled this book as a reaction to the fact that so much of today's typography is conceived via two-dimensional screens. Like Gutenberg and generations of typeface designers who worked with physically shaped and cast lead type, these artists return the literal heft to letters. Page Samples Do you want to buy the book? Buy the 3D Typography at Amazon About MBP Mark Batty Publisher is an independent publisher dedicated to making distinctive books on the visual art of communicating, showcasing the visual power and innovation of contemporary culture in all of its varied poses. Today, the visual comes at us from more places than ever, and its dissemination is faster and more advanced every year. Books from Mark Batty Publisher capture this acceleration on the pages of every book. Affordable, well designed, thoughtfully created, and produced to last, MBP books are artful products that readers want to hold onto forever.

D&AD 2009 Book Giveaway Winners

TASCHEN has teamed with D&AD to make its previously exclusive and highly-coveted Annual – featuring the year’s best creative work – available to the public. The awards panel judges over 20,000 works from design studios, advertising agencies, branding consultancies, film production and photographic agencies, digital media pioneers, and other creative firms from all over the globe. Winners receive the legendary D&AD Yellow Pencil Award – or in the case of exceptional and outstanding work, the rare Black Pencil Award. The TASCHEN D&AD Annual is an absolute must-have reference work for anyone interested in creativity, communication, design, or advertising. For further information visit: http://www.dandad.org Giveaway Winners After a week running the giveaway with more than 200 comments we finaly have the winners of the 2 copies. So they books go to: Ryan Minard - droppixel Kris Efe Thanks a lot for the comments, we will definitely do more book giveaways, so stay tunned ;) Inside the Book About the editor: The annual D&AD Awards – the industry’s biggest and best – reward outstanding creativity, originality, technical excellence and innovation in design and advertising. D&AD is a nonprofit educational charity that was launched in 1962 by a group of London-based designers and art directors, with iconic and legendary professionals on both its judging panels and winners lists. By celebrating creative communication and rewarding its practitioners, D&AD raises standards across the industry.

Giveaway: D&AD 2009, The Best Advertising and Design in the World

TASCHEN has teamed with D&AD to make its previously exclusive and highly-coveted Annual – featuring the year’s best creative work – available to the public. The awards panel judges over 20,000 works from design studios, advertising agencies, branding consultancies, film production and photographic agencies, digital media pioneers, and other creative firms from all over the globe. Winners receive the legendary D&AD Yellow Pencil Award – or in the case of exceptional and outstanding work, the rare Black Pencil Award. The TASCHEN D&AD Annual is an absolute must-have reference work for anyone interested in creativity, communication, design, or advertising. For further information visit: http://www.dandad.org Giveaway We have 2 copies of the D&AD 2009, The Best Advertising and Design in the World book to giveaway to our readers. To participate is very simple, just leave a comment suggesting us books to read, they could be books about design or any other subject. Inside the Book About the editor: The annual D&AD Awards – the industry’s biggest and best – reward outstanding creativity, originality, technical excellence and innovation in design and advertising. D&AD is a nonprofit educational charity that was launched in 1962 by a group of London-based designers and art directors, with iconic and legendary professionals on both its judging panels and winners lists. By celebrating creative communication and rewarding its practitioners, D&AD raises standards across the industry.

Book #Three by Brand Nu

Radim Malinic is an award winning art director, illustrator and graphic designer based in London, England. We have already posted about him but now he has just released his new book called #THREE is a visual tour of the use of creative re-touching, vector illustration and art direction to inspire and transform everything from leading world brands to inanimate objects. A limited edition of 1,000 copies, #Book THREE will be available from brandnu.co.uk for £11.99 from 26th April 2010. Book Cover Highlights include the distinctive re-brand of the London Film Museum, Blossom Hill at Wimbledon, trend setting ad illustrations for ACER’s 3D laptop range as well as a striking summer campaign for the prestigious QV, Melbourne Australia. Produced to give inspiration to all, from household names to niche businesses and upcoming designers alike, work is demonstrated across a range of media including outdoor posters, to magazine covers and online. A collection of work created over the last 18 months, Book #THREE is an exciting portrait of the mature artist Brand Nu has become - able to transform any image, product or campaign, with fluid beauty, raw edge and vibrant color. The book also contains several self-initiated experiments, unpublished elsewhere, which show the passion and excitement that Brand Nu applies to seeking new techniques to add to his ever expanding creative arsenal. Inside the book

Ideafixa's Greatest Hits Book

I'm totally amazed by a book from Ideafixa, witch features work from several artists and designers, gathering the best projects from 11 volumes of their online magazine. IdeaFixa is a very strong community here in Brazil. Each work was very well selected, it's definitely worth to check this out! IdeaFixa's Greatest Hits it's a collections of the best works from 11 issues and 2 years of the online magazine, it's feature more than 86 artists and their visuals visions about some subjects: sex, city, rock'n roll, sci-fi, woman, surrealism, colors, self-portrait, food and desire. IdeaFixa is a collaborative project of visual arts that promote ideas, talents, initiatives, professionals and share references in illustrations, design, photography, fashion, arts, video, animation, motion, midia and even the best portfolio. Check this out at ideafixa.com or follow them on Twitter @ideafixa.

New Masters of Photoshop — Book Review

New Masters of Photoshop is an amazing book that I'll be reviewing on this post and sharing the best parts of it. If you like photoshop and learning from tutorials this is a must have, check it out. The Book New Master of Photoshop is a book that was released back in 2003 right when I was highly exploring and creating all sorts of graphics with Photoshop with the intention to learn as much as possible. So when I found out about this book I couldn't resist but to get it. The book had the intention of "showcase of Masters who use Photoshop, and Masters of Photoshop use. The photographers, animators, artists, and designers assembled here have a myriad of different skills: some manipulate, some animate, some create from scratch. All of them produce remarkable, beautiful things. In these pages, the authors will demonstrate examples of their print work, web work, public work, and private work, explaining the techniques they use to achieve their results. More than that, though, they'll tell you how they think: who their influences are, where their ideas come from, and how they find inspiration when the well has run dry." and this is exactly what they did, the book is a selection of 19 masters (photographers, animators, artists, and designers) and each person took a chapter to talk about their experiences on the past, how they started working with photoshop, along with their work being displayed and by the end of each chapter each person finished off with a nice tutorial with some great techniques. What I learn from this book wasn't only a bunch of different techniques in photoshop but I actually got to know how all these 19 masters started they journeys and with a lot of work and a lot of practice they got to the where they are. That's truly inspired me to learn more and more and the tutorials are great which makes this book a complete piece and very well recommended to anyone willing to learn. The Masters Tim Bird, Michael Cina, Gavin Cromhout, Josh Fallon, Jens Magnus Karlsson, Derek Lea, Adrian Luna, Catherine McIntyre, Wojtek Madej, Jason Mohr, Eun-Ha Paek, Andrew Park, Paul Sinclair, Colin Smith, Yoshi Sodeoka, Peter Stanick, Johann Terrettaz, Norma V. Toraya, Mike Young Preview

A World in HDR - A Great book by Trey Ratcliff

As you probably already know, Trey Ratcliff - the guy behind StuckInCustoms.com, the #1 travel photography blog in the world - released in December a great book called A World in HDR, which I had the pleasure of reading. The book presents the art of HDR mastered by Trey Ratcliff, and it presents it with a very nice sense of humor and passion that it makes you really excited to try it out if you are a beginner, or to improve your skills if you are already a pro. Trey's excitement, passion, talent and humor are a extremely evolving reading, getting our interest throughout the whole book. His adventures, trips partners (the urban legend Yuri), tricks and 'sunsets fixation' are able to evolve readers off all kinds, those interested in photography, HDR lovers (and also the 'haters'), art lovers, general readers and those curious people that like stunning images. The book explains the world of HDR... it gives us an insight about it, what it is, what is the concept about it and how is it that he does it. By the course of the book you will appreciate the whole range of colors so much that you will think why is it that you are not doing your own HDR to share with your lovely ones. You will get so excited about colors, light and tripods that you will finish the book and will run out of your house to try your fist experiment... and as in my case, you will see that is needs more than reading to get to do it right, but at least will will take the first step. I made here a selection of some of my favorite images from the book and also some of my favorite quotes from Trey. I really recommend this book either you are a photographer wannabe (like me), a pro or a photography lover. The images and reading will surely conquer you... Enjoy! :) I saw the light. Now I want to tell you about it. A Snowy Night at the Kiev Opera House Ultimately, I believe we are traversing the most exciting period in the history of photography. The use of emerging visualization tools combined with your creative spirit can make something that is singularly beautiful and uniquely yours. Farewell India Road shots are always fun, and although I hate to offer this advice because it is dangerous, it is often best to be in the exact center of the road. The Open Road Don't worry about getting caught. Churches are much more lenient that they were during the Inquisition. Notre Dame of Lyon You must check out Trey's step by step of how to enter into cathedrals with tripods... it's really cool. The Airy Doom of the Duomo Wake up early when you are in a new place. I don't like waking up early, and those who say they do might just be lying. But the light is usually so good that you can't sleep through it. Masts and Shafts This is my favorite image of all! I just loved this place, the light, the boats, the water...everything. A Small Carousel in France If you want to take an HDR photo, it is fundamentally important that you capture as much light as possible when you are on the scene with your camera. The Fallout Bunker I encourage you not to stay indoors during a storm, unless there is lightning of course, in which case you should probably stay inside. Otherwise, forget what your mom told you about rain. Fourth on Lake Austin The Tutorials & Some Further Tips At chapter 5 you will find tutorials that will guide you through the process of producing a HDR using the Stuck in Customs Style. The tut is easy to follow (even for a beginner like me) and you won't find those difficult terms or commands that you don't have a clue about it. But the important thing about this is that Trey also gives a perspective of the whole process, camera, tripod, taking the photo and so on. So if you are really just starting this, you will have now a good background of info to do it. And at chapter 6 he gives us some good advices about software and tools. I will show you the results of my first HDR attempts to show that if I could manage to achieve this (without having good photoshop skills), you can certainly do better!! I certainly need to go wild on the lights x contrast next time. By the way, my mom said the images look great for a beginner. =) First Attempt Second Attempt Single Raw Single Raw Check out more about Trey here at Abduzeedo: Trey Ratcliff's Wonderful HDR Images Trey Ratcliff's Wonderful HDR Images #2 A World in HDR by Trey Ratcliff A HDR Experiment by Fabio: HDR Experiments and RAWs for download