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A quick update for everyone who has purchased (or is going to purchase) a copy of The New Tradition!

Up above you can see the book jacket opened in InDesign. There's been a design change to the cover, thanks to Kathie, my wonderful wife and art director!

The book was sent to the printer in Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago. Over the years, I have had Better Photography magazine printed in Hong Kong by Toppan for two reasons, price and quality. In the old days, you could get the same high quality in Australia, but not at the same price (and not always with consistency). These days, the difference in price isn’t so marked, but consistency still seems to be a problem based on other magazines I have had printed in Australia. However, since I have such a great relationship with this printer that spans over 20 years, I actually wanted to print with Toppan.

And they are really looking after me. They know this book is special to me. They know it is an ‘art book’. And we are using all the best materials and processes. We have a new French-fold jacket, all the pages are wet-on-dry machine varnished, we’re printing on a beautiful 157 gsm Moorim matt and the case bound book is section sewn and fully cased with arlin over boards, H&T bands and square backed. So there!

At this stage, the book will not reach Australia until 19 February 2019, based on our current printing schedule. It’s much quicker to print a magazine, but with books, you need to allow extra time for the binding. And you don’t want to rush things – you need to allow time for the ink and glues to dry.

I’m not in a rush. I want this book to be as good as it can possibly be.

And I would like to sign the pre-publication book orders, so while the shipment will arrive in February, Kim and I will need a little more time to unpack the books, open the postage cartons, sign the books, allow them time to dry, repack and address. To complicate matters, I will be in the USA on a photo tour and not back until early March, so it may be mid-March before your book arrives.

But I promise you the wait will be worth it.

As mentioned, my wonderful wife Kathie has re-designed the cover and refined the typography. Just as photographers like to pixel-peep, my wife is a stickler for good design. She gave me a B+ for my original design (and A- for effort), but her final result is now AAA+!

As I write this, some preliminary Xerox proofs are arriving. The printer wants to check they are on the right track and following my approval, they will then deliver a sample of machine wet proofs. This is the ultimate test – actually putting paper through a press so I can see exactly what the results will be like. It’s not a cheap process, of course, but it’s a bit like photography. When you do all the steps correctly, you’re more likely to get a better result!

If you'd like to order a copy of the book at its pre-publication price, or order a copy of the book and a personally printed photograph, click through to the website here. And we can provide gift certificates if you'd like to make this a Christmas gift - just email Kim after you've made the order!

Richard Bennett is a good friend of Better Photography and regular readers may remember reading about him over the past few years. He's the photographer who has followed the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race from the air for the past five decades - but he's much more than that!
Richard lives in Tasmania, but he's up in Sydney on the Northern Beaches giving a lunch-time talk next week. The venue is the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport. It is a sit down lunch: main course and buffet desert and coffee for $34.00.
Date: Friday 16 November 2018
Time: 12.00 for 12.30.
Presentation goes for an hour to an hour and a half - maybe more, Richard says, depending on how the audience is tracking!
Details are here:
However, the link doesn't do much as you still have to book by phoning the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on 02 9998 3700.
The address is Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club 16 Mitala Street Newport 2106.
I've just booked my place and told them I'm a vegetarian - so see you there!
Whether you’re a keen amateur or a passionate professional, Snap Happy is the show for you. Maddie Sloane meets some of Australia’s best photographers and finds out what drives their passion. Darran Leal takes us on some amazing photographic adventures and offers some really practical advice. Peter Eastway shares some insight into his post production workflow and James Treble gives us some handy tips for decorating our homes with prints. Our dedicated team will inspire you to become a better and more passionate photographer!

SERIES 4 - 2018

12:30pm, Sundays on Channel 10 Boss

Also available on TenPlay 

Episode 1 (4-11-18): Maddie chats with Fujifilm ambassador, Steve Christo, to get some insight into his career as a sports photographer. He also gives us some handy tips for capturing fast action. We welcome our new presenter, Darran Leal of World Photo Adventures, as he takes us on tour in stunning Alaska to photograph Humpback whales. Peter Eastway introduces a new weekly segment to help improve our post production skills. And designer James Treble, returns to give us some tips for decorating our own living room with prints. 
Episode 2 (11-11-18): Maddie meets up with Lumix ambassador, Aubrey Daquinag, to find out all about her new book titled Wander Love. She also gives us some handy travel photography tips. Darran gives us some practical and creative advice for photographing wildlife and landscapes on stunning Fraser Island. Andrew Hall talks about the new Fujifilm X-H1 camera and why he loves it for capturing motorsports. And, Peter Eastway visits Taronga Zoo to give us some great advice on cropping techniques.
Episode 3 (18-11-18): Maddie chats with Mark Galer about why he loves new technology and talks about the Sony mirrorless system in his kit. Darran takes us to Anan Creek in Alaska to get up close and personal to bears. Peter Eastway helps us get our heads around HDR photography and processing these images in Lightroom and Photoshop. And James Treble helps us decorate a nursery with canvas prints and photo blocks.
Episode 4 (25-11-18): Maddie chats with Fujifilm ambassador, Anastasia Woolmington, who gives us some insight into her landscape and wedding photography and how she combines the two. Darran takes us to the rainforest on Fraser Island for some unique photographic opportunities. Peter Eastway gives us some tips on using contrast, highlights and shadows effectively and takes us through the process of creating a stitched panoramic photograph using Lightroom.
Episode 5 (2-12-18): Maddie catches up with Ken Duncan and he gives us some great tips on creating a panoramic photograph. Darran concludes his Alaskan adventure by exploring the vast waterways and photographing glaciers. Maddie creates a photo book from her trip to Fraser Island. And Peter gives us some advanced Photoshop techniques and shows us how to replace a sky.
Episode 6 (9-12-18): Maddie visits Dale and Karlie of DK Photography to find out how they became the dynamic duo of landscape photography. Darran explores the west coast of Fraser Island and gives us some great tips for photographing wildlife. Ian van der Wolde talks about long exposure photography and why he likes to process in black and white. And Peter gives us another post production tip using the Wacom Mobile Studio Pro.

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