Trick Photography Book – Let’s See What It Can Do

So I found this trick photography book online the other day.  It looks pretty amazing.  The photos on the sales page are pretty mind blowing.

And even the lighting and stuff looks really professional (at least to my hobby photographer eye).  It’s written by some guy named Evan Sharboneau.  He’s not very old and doesn’t have any kind of official photography education.

Far as I can tell there are a bunch of trick photography techniques in there, and I think there are also a bunch of video tutorials, which is really nice for photoshop stuff.  I’m pretty green when it comes to photoshop, but if I could choose between learning from a video and learning from reading, I would take the video any day of the week.

So I poked around online looking for reviews for this ebook.  It gets good reviews.  Lots of people seem to be reviewing it and liking it.  Problem is, I don’t believe them.  None of the have any of the pictures THEY have taken in their reviews.

I love photography.  I’m passionate about it, and if I’m gonna read someone’s review of a trick photography book I would really like to see some pictures that the reviewer has taken.  I mean I can see all of the cool pictures Evan has made on the page that he sells the book from.

Trouble is, just like most things, just because Evan can do it doesn’t mean I’ll be able to.  And if you’re a photography nut like me you’re probably thinking the same thing.

I started this blog as a way of sharing the different trick photography techniques and examples that I’ve come across, but for the next while I’m gonna focus on this book, cause it’s full of a lot of the stuff I’ve been looking for.

One of the things you should know about me is that my wife is a professional fashion and wedding photographer.  We both loved photography when we met, but she’s the one who has made a career out of it.  And because of that I have access to photoshop and some other stuff that I think might be useful as I go through this project.

But I won’t be using any of her knowledge when it comes to lighting or things like that.  It just doesn’t work if she tries to teach me something.  Probably my male ego, but that’s just the way it is.

So the only advantage that’s gonna give me over someone else is that it’ll be a bit cheaper for me, although if you’ve been into taking photos for a while you might have things like a tripod and whatnot.

Anyway, enough of the boring stuff.  Here’s the plan..

I’m gonna BUY the book.  Just so we’re all on the same page, it’s official title is Trick Photography and Special Effects 2nd edition.  I just checked now and it costs $47 right now for some reason.  Not sure if this is some kind of special price, but that makes it even easier for me to get it.

Then I’m gonna use the book to see what kind of photos I can make.  I’ll see if I can make my photos look more professional and interesting, and of course see if I can actually pull off some of those trick photography techniques he uses.

So that’s the latest here.  I don’t have a specific time frame for getting this done, but I’m excited to get started.  I will keep posting some of the best trick photography examples that I find, but most of my time will be spent on making MY OWN photos.  How cool is that?

Happy shooting.


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