New Books & Tutorials

Well this mild depression – I hate using a word as strong as that – may have sapped my creative juices temporarily. But I am still reaching for creative inspiration.

On Friday, I returned to High Park for another photowalk. Unfortunately, I did not check my batteries and discovered that both of them were fully drained. Oooops! So I had a bit of a nature walk instead and returned home.

I love physical media, so I have been acquiring new books and tutorial videos. I guess this is like a drug addiction for me. I keep needing hits.

imageOn the atheism/religious front, I replaced Bart Ehrman’s excellent Jesus, Interrupted. I had loaned the original to my former trainer in Texas. But he took it in and sought out more and is now agnostic. So…worth it!

I have also bought Bart Ehrman’s newest book, The Triumph Of Christianity. Seth Andrews interviewed Professor Ehrman about it and this will doubtlessly be an excellent read. I am very much looking forward to it; I will probably take it with me on my trip to Australia later this year.

I’ve said it before and it still stands; Bart Ehrman is one of the best authors on the writings and history of Christianity. His style – in what can be a very dry topic – is always approachable and easy to consume.

imageFor photography, I bought Light: Science & Magic. During one of Glyn Dewis’ YouTube videos, he referred to this book as “the bible of light,” so naturally I was intrigued (on two different fronts!). So far, Dewis has been spot-on in that evaluation. I’ve only just started reading it but I can tell already that I’m going to get a lot out of it.

I’ve continued acquiring downloadable tutorials for 3D and Photoshop as well. In addition to the very worthwhile investment of a membership to KelbyOne, I’ve added the following tutorials:

  • LightWave 2018 – Adam Gibson
  • FibreFX – Adam Gibson
  • MACO Helmet – Liberty 3D / Chilton Webb
  • Adobe Fuse For LightWave Artists – Liberty 3D / Phil Nolan
  • Advanced Techniques With Brushes – CreativeLive
  • Setting Up A Home Studio – CreativeLive

CreativeLive has turned out to be a surprisingly good source of learning material. It is an excellent supplement to KelbyOne. Liberty 3D has been there for me since the first day I dove into LightWave. They have excellent and varied tutorials from established LightWave artists.

I’ll get back out with my camera soon – after ensuring the batteries are fully-charged. Then I will re-charge my creativity and get out of this rut.