Over the course of the last nine months or so, between assignments and all of my other work I have been working on a new book, my third with PeachPit Press for the New Riders “Voices that Matter” Collection. As you can see from the image at left the title of the new book is “Exposed: The Life and Images of a Pro Photographer.” The idea behind this book is to strip some of the glamour off this profession and share a wide range of stories and experiences to give the reader a very clear view of what it is like to be a working professional photographer. I also discuss twelve images in detail and tell how they were created, the story behind the images, how they were shot and also how they were worked up so that everyone can see the entire process – and what it took to get the shot. Along the way I make sure not to leave out the embarrassing parts or any of the gory details so you the reader can learn from my experiences.
This book includes a DVD with a primer on Lightroom and Photoshop where you can watch me work up twelve images – and see exactly what I do and how I work (at least in the post-processing). I view this book as an advanced version of both of my books because it takes the theoretical and puts it into practice. Hence, if you have read my other two books then this one should be a natural progression from those with a lot more detail on how I produce my work.
At the moment I have one more month before the deadline to get everything into the publisher. Hence, this explains why I have been a bit lax with the blog posts. Also, because of the crazy work schedule for the next month, there will not be a 2012 Winter issue of the Newsletter. Rest assured that there will be a Spring Newsletter in a few months that takes up the slack. And at some point this spring I will also be updating my Adobe Photoshop Lightroom e-book for Lightroom version 4.
Here is the ad copy that the publisher wrote for the book:
Renowned photographer Michael Clark provides an inside look at the reality of working as a pro photographer in extreme conditions to capture and process his breathtaking images.
With an engaging writing style and cliff-hanging details, he offers a start to finish perspective on some of his most demanding assignments–including rock climbing, big wave surfing, B.A.S.E. jumping, and mountain biking–sharing the stories behind the images, his personal techniques, lighting setups, and post-processing expertise. He also talks candidly about the challenges and pressures professional photographers deal with on a daily basis. The hope is that by tagging along with Clark, you will gain insight into your own photography, improve your skills, and find inspiration to create images instead of just taking them.
Exposed: Inside the Life and Images of a Pro Photographer is for intermediate to advanced DSLR shooters. A DVD is included with a 90-minute video screencast of the author’s post processing workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop for images featured in the book. Clark’s valuable insights are relevant to any professional or aspiring photographers interested in turning their passion into a profession.