I was provided with a review copy by North Light Books of Photo Craft: Creative Mixed Media and Digital Approaches to Transforming Your Photographs co-written by Susan Tuttle and Christy Hydeck. Released about 3 weeks ago, this book focuses on the unique combination of both digital techniques using Photoshop Elements (PSE) and mixed media techniques by hand.
In my initial "flip" through the pages, I was immediately struck by the amount of information that this book offers. This initial impression was confirmed when I read through the book page by page: Photo Craft has the feel of a comprehensive, go-to guidebook. The book starts off with a brief mixed-media toolkit and a more in depth introduction to PSE. On the photography side of things, sections cover taking great photos, making digital improvements, depth of field, composition, light, texture, blending modes, photo effects, brushes, and more. Many mixed-media techniques and supplies are covered, including faux plaster, crackle paste effects, foil transfers, PanPastels, watercolor, woodburning, charcoal, tissue, wax, and more.
There are tutorials on both the digital and the mixed-media techniques - and more importantly the combination of both in single projects, hints on iPhoneography, additional tips & prompts for all the step-out projects, lists of recommended apps, and artwork and instruction from 9 invited artists including Pam Carriker, Susanna Gordon and Madelyn Mulvaney. The sample photography is beautiful, the written instruction clear and concise, and you can feel the passion for the subject that both Susan and Christy clearly have.
One lucky reader will win a copy of Photo Craft. For a chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post by end of day December 14th and be sure to include your email address so I can contact you. The winner will be chosen randomly. Good luck!