Friday, December 7, 2012

A Photo Craft Giveaway



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.


GIVEAWAY

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!

84 comments:

Darlene K Campbell said...

I've been seeing some previews about this book and I also thought it looked packed full of useful and inspiring information. Thanks for the chance to win.
darlenekcampbell@hotmail.com

froebelsternchen Susi said...

what another fabulous chance ! Thank you Seth!
Seems to be a fantastic book too!

liberal sprinkles said...

Looks like many techniques to pick up from the book. Thanks for the chance to win it.
grace

Carol Lee Beckx said...

This book sounds great! It would be a welcome addition to my library. Thanks for the opportunity.
carolbkx@gmail.com

Michelle L said...

I need some new ideas.

mllmogaml at gmx dot com

Jennifer said...

Sounds like an amazing book to have at hand when editing photos and wondering what to do with them. Please add my name to the hat. Thank you! jcqudeen@yahoo.com

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

Oh Seth, I NEED this book! From what I've heard, this one has some amazing ideas of how I can use my photographs. It has my name written all over it! *covets*

elle said...

YES! This is where I want to head in my own work. Serious finger crossing!

amy of four corners design said...

sounds just what the doctor ordered - would love to get this book...and if I don't get this one, I think I'll be buying it!

Jill Berry said...

I was just about to buy this treasure anyway! Count me in.

Jenny said...

This book looks like a wonderful resource that I need! Thanks for the opportunity to win it. Got my fingers and toes crossed! leejenniferc@yahoo.com

Mackin-Art said...

I've been using my photos in my work more and more - I'd love to learn some new techniques!

queenb2u said...

I love putting old photos in my work, but I'm a terrible photographer so I seldom use my own pictures. I NEED this book. Please count me in! Thanks. Beth

lisa hermanson said...

This book sounds fascinating!!
Thanks fro sharing!

Kristine's Studio said...

thanks for sharing this, looks like a lovely book !

Hooked on bloodhounds said...

I need all the help I can get, I'm photo challenged, LOL Thank you.
littlehatchlingnursery@hotmail.com

Robin Panzer Art said...

A welcome edition to any artist library! robinpanzerart@gmail.com

Ria Selvaggio said...

(Sorry for the multiples, internet is wonky today.)

I would absolutely love to win this and, in turn, would offer it up to our Kraft Paper Muse readers since the publication focuses on being "digitally-analog" and living creative daily.

ria.selvaggio@gmail.com
Will have to pick up one for me too, though!

Jessica Salinas said...

I'm an artist and graphic designer and love to take pictures, though not a photographer, but like to incorporate them into my artwork or designs. I think this book could really help improve my skills. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. jessica@jleighdesigns.com

cHim-prints said...

Sooo many chances. Soooo much anticipation! Yes, please!

JoAnnA Pierotti said...

Would love to win this book. Please add my name to the hat.

Jenni Hoddinott said...

i would totally use this book.... i take more photos than anyone i know and would always welcome new ideas for using them in my art....
goosefour@yahoo.com

Beverley Baird said...

Looks like a great book to have and use! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

trish quilty said...

wow oh wow. looks like a great book. enter me in.

Kathryn said...

Sounds like a realy treasure trove of information and ideas.

donnaj said...

Sounds really informative-esp since photoshop and I are not friends~

jacquerose said...

This wonderful book is already on my wishlist, so I would be great to win it! Thank you for the review and the fabulous giveaway!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow. A dream come true because I'm still so unfamiliar with my PS. I would love to win this. You have my e-mail address, so I'm not going to repeat it here (grin).

Lynn Cohen said...

Looks like a marvy book and I sure would love to add it to my library! lynnc66@comcast.net
Thanks for the chance to win it! You are so generous in your giveaways!
Have a great weekend Seth!

Liz Hampton-Derivan Studio said...

Another winner here, Seth!!!! Would love to win this book!!! I took an online course with Susan Tuttle. She's great at explaining things well, and simply. So, put my name in the hat:)

Laly Blue said...

It looks awesome! And thank you for this great review, really made me want to buy it if I don't win... (but I will, won't I ?...)

sandyk said...

Looks like a great book ! You or me Laly, one of us should be the lucky recipient don't you think :)

Frances said...

I really like this as a go-to resource and companion for incorporating photos in my work. peetsf@yahoo.com

TinaW said...

This book sounds like fun!

Barbara I. said...

Looks like a book that I'd love to own. Thanks for the giveaway Seth. Should I be the lucky one, please email me at bkisrael@gmail.com. Thanks again!

MegWeaves said...

Christmas and birthday all at once!

Barbara Moore said...

This book sounds great Seth! I love the chance to win it!

Corrine said...

What a wonderful book. I love the work of both artists. Thanks for the chance to win.
Corrine
thor.corrine@xtra.co.nz

qwiksave said...

I would LOVE this book. I was wondering which creative book to ask for christmas and this would be perfect! Just in case it doesn't automatically give you my email it's nicky dot stevenson at gmail dot com.

Linda said...

I'd love to win a copy. Thank you.

Nan G said...

Thanks for sharing. Would love to win this.
froggydesigns3 at yahoo dot com

clairejolson said...

Pick me! I would love to win this book! clairejolson@hotmail.com

lifeofdeb said...

I've been wanting to learn more about photos so this would be a great book to own.

Melva said...

I would love the chance of winning this book......

Pam said...

Thanks for the generosity. Please put my name in the pot!
bryant.pj62@gmail.com

Karenliz said...

I was just looking at this book online. It looks like its jam packed with ideas. I will ask Santa for it just in case I don't win! Thanks Seth.

Nydia Dominguez said...

I hope this is my lucky chance to win this wonderful book!
nydia1@cox.net

deborah from collagewhirl said...

This would be just the ticket. Thanks for doing this great giveaway!

Corinne Vivian said...

I am so glad you have ths new book out. I would love to win it

Ruth Armitage said...

This book has been on my wish list! Keeping my fingers crossed for a lucky drawing. Thanks for the in-depth review Seth! Ruth (@) Rutharmitage.com

Kate Burroughs said...

Sounds like a great book. And I could use some training in Photoshop Elements. Thanks for a chance to win. buglady at sonic dot net
Aloha, Kate

susan in seattle said...

Maybe having this book would inspire me to finally learn to learn photoshop! I've been putting it off for far too long...

sooze820@msn.com

annielou said...

This book looks like a wonderful addition to my library ....something new and different......Thank You avannalou@hotmail.com

lizzie said...

I read a preview of this book somewhere else and thought it looked very interesting. i put it on my wishlist.

Gina Sismilich said...

Do I ever need a book like that - I am a digital dope. Whenever I finally learn something in PSE, I promptly forget it for the next time! Sounds like a great book to have!

NM_Creatrix said...

Great sounding book... would love to win
weatherscf at yahoo dot com

Jo Murray said...

My camera and I are inseparable. This looks like the perfect guide to help me use it better. Great giveaway.

flowerree said...

As a newbie I would love to receive this book because it looks like it is full of information and thanks for giving us a chance to win.

hawker9999 said...

What the heck, let's see what happens. Thank you, for the opportunity to possibly win something! ;-)

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Okay this is a serious giveaway! Please toss my name into the mix for a chance to win this treasure! Thank you for your generous spirit Seth. Hugs, Norma, x
email: fairyyellowbug@yahoo.com

stardust said...

I would love a chance to win this book.

Nadine Wong said...

Another cool give-a-way. I would love a chance to win this book. I haven't ordered it yet but it's on my 'wish list'. Thank you for the opportunity.
nadineannwong@gmail.com

Lindarose said...

Just love these give-aways. This is a good one, I have been hearing good things about this book.....and I really want it!
lrosieo@gmail.com

princess bEcenstein said...

Looks like a cracker of a book. Would love to be in the running. Thanks :D

Cheryl Connell said...

Geez Seth, you are just full of the giveaways! This book looks good too!

Thanks for the chances. :)

Cheryl
cc6792@gmail.com

ida said...

this sounds like a very inspiring book. thanks for the chance to win.

Parabolic Muse said...

If this isn't a great pairing of authors, I don't know what would be!

susannais said...

I belong to 14 Secrets and have been inspired by Lani to do a page a day based on her "morning pages" I don't have a scanner so I photograph my pages then pull them into PSE 10 and now 11. I am learning...but it is a painful process. I'd like to encourage my clients and program participants to get into the digital collage and doing "pages" to work through their puzzles on their own...that is when I'm not there...because frankly, mostly I am not there. So to make this long story finally come to an end...I'd love a chance to have a text that I can refer to rather than surfing the net for a lesson here and a lesson there. It would bring my own art practice up a notch and perhaps I'd be able to help more people in the process. Thanks for this opportunity.

Marilyn said...

Hi Seth,
I've taken classes from Susan Tuttle and I like hers and Christy's blog. This would be a wonderful Christmas present -- to me, from me, with love!
Thanks,
Marilyn Gallas
hrt2art@yahoo.com

Diana Johnston said...

This book looks wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity.

Sandi said...

Would love to win this book! Sounds like it is right up my alley!!!

Caatje said...

I you ship overseas I would love to join in. I have two other books by Susan Tuttle and I love them, so I'm sure to love this one. I also could do with doing more with my pictures than glueing them in.
c.m.j.winkelman[at]home.nl

Kirstie Chadsey said...

Sounds like a Fantastic book!! Pick meeeee!!!

audrey said...

I really thought I left a comment several days ago, but I'm not seeing it. The book would be a wonderful addition to help with inspiration and technique. Thank you for the opportunity.
audrey

Billie said...

Just the book I'm looking for. BUT once again the publishers have gone for very arty backgrounds behind the text, so like Susan Ts other book it will be impossible for me to read with my dyslexia.

I'd love to get more into this area of art, I have a love hate relationship with PSE love it when it works fight with it when it doesn't but don't understand putting serious information on techniques over arty textured backgrounds. Yes it looks pretty, yes it may be in keeping with the styles of the authors BUT surely the authors intend people to learn from the book, to try the techniques with their own pictures and materials? Why then make the text so hard to read?

I'd dearly love this book, if only I could read it. :(

K said...

I cant wait to get this books! Looks wonderful. Perfect for a photo teacher, who is looking for non traditional ways create artwork using your own imagery.

stardust said...

I would love to have this book.

Galia Alena said...

love you to throw my name in the hat.
Ta (infoatgaliaalenadotcom)

Anonymous said...

On 14 december iphone 5 will launch in south africa......at long last ! I will get my first iphone and a chance to jump into iphonography and use it in my mixed media. Would love this book as a tutorial. Alta le roux.
Gdlr@icon.co.za

Christy said...

I would love a chance to win this book! Thank you! ccbrink@gmail.com

louciao said...

Sounds intriguing. I'm always up for learning new tricks to enhance my old ones and enlarge my creative vocab. Count me in:
lynlouciao@rogers.com

Andrea said...

Dear Random Gods,

Pick me! Pick me!!

Andrea
andreasavee@ca.rr.com

Lura said...

what a nice early Christmas present this would be. thank you for the chance to win. oxox


lurabrown@gmail.com

Raquel said...

This book is on my wish list. Thank you for the chance to win it! Raquel mr@mdasilva.net