When I first saw the title of this book, I was pretty sceptical. After all, I’ve seen numerous similarly titled books in the past, which promise to teach a complex technology in a short space of time and which generally fail to deliver. You know the ones I mean, you see them in the computer section of bookshops…each one is about one thousand pages long, packed full of dense text and entitled something like ‘Learn Oracle During Lunchtime’…or ‘Design and Build a Supercomputer in 3 and a half Minutes’. Fortunately though, unlike those others, this book actually succeeds in delivering on its promises. Continue reading »
If you want to find your way into the VJing scene, you can either head for the next AV Social, or you can buy yourself a copy of ‘Audio-Visual Art + DJ Culture’, edited by Michael Faulkner/D-Fuse…the world’s #12 VJs according to DJ Magazine.
Not so much a book as an visual experience, its lavishly illustrated 191 full colour pages are, quite simply, art, each one providing a unique visual window into the world of VJing. Continue reading »
“Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something and skip the long winded explanations? If so then this book is for you,” claim the publishers…and as it turns out, they are right…not that I have an objection to long winded explanations…after all…I am a rabbi…long winded explanations are part of my religion…though not a part of The Technofile…but if you like me are sick of having to read hundreds of pages of text every time you want to learn how to use a new application, then this book is definitely the answer. Continue reading »
At 1177 pages, The Flash MX 2004 Bible is longer than the bibles of some religions…the difference is that no one has ever gone to war over it…although give it a thousand years or so and who knows…
In the meantime, all you need to know is that when it comes to learning and using Flash, as well as having a comprehensive source of reference on hand, this book is definitive. That said, it’s not the easiest read in the world…and not just because you need to be in training to be able to lift the thing…which is heavier than a sandwich from a Jewish deli… Continue reading »
Timing has never been my strong point. It’s a Jewish thing…I’m generally late for everything…unless there’s food involved…in which case I’m early… But, like my music and my comedy, when it comes to animation, my timing is just like me…perfect! Continue reading »
In my recent review of ‘Spirits of Salts’ I talked (or should that be rapped?) about the revival of interest in historical aka alternative processes both as a way to create ‘orginal’ / ‘different’ photographic images and as a reaction against digital. Well that’s one way to do it, another is pinhole photography.
In a nutshell…as some pinhole cameras probably are…or if they aren’t, they certainly will be now…a pinhole camera is nothing more than a light tight container, with a piece, sheet or roll of film…or a sheet of photographic paper…or a CCD…inside and, instead of a lens, a hole (often made with a pin…hence the name) on the outside, that is covered by a piece of light tight material. When this material (the shutter) is removed, light passes through the pinhole, onto the film/paper/sensor and given a long enough exposure, creates an image (a long enough exposure being anything from several seconds to several hours). While there’s an optimal sized hole for every camera, as long as the hole is roughly correct, you’ll end up with a sharp or soft focussed image, with infinite depth of field. Continue reading »
Whether you’re completely new to photography or someone who already has some experience, but who needs to gain a deeper understanding in order to improve their ability and results, this book is for you.
Written by Michael Langford, a former photography course director at The Royal College of Art in London, whose books are required reading on practically every photography course in The UK, Starting Photography covers everything from the basic principles of how an image is formed on film/a digital sensor all the way through to putting together a portfolio of work. Continue reading »
Anyone whose ever read more than a couple of books about photography will know that most photographic manuals have one thing in common…they’re boring! ‘Spirits of Salts’, however, is anything but. In fact, it’s positively entertaining.
So what’s it about? ‘Old’ aka ‘historical’ aka ‘alternative’ photographic processes….let me explain. Most of you will know that prior to the advent of digital photography, everyone used good old film, which, after being exposed has first to be developed into a negative and then printed as a positive, using a chemical process. Less of you will know that this neg/pos process has been with us for approximately 170 years, since its invention in the 1830s, by William Henry Fox Talbot and probably very few of you will know that over these 170 or so years, as photography has continued to…develop (sue me), various chemical process have been experimented with, both to create different looks (much as one might nowadays with Photoshop) and to refine the technology of the medium. Continue reading »