Amber Jai Nowell
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Books

Interactive pdf for Tom Bol Photography workshops includes table of contents, external link popups and comprehensive, interactive index. 

Create Better Photographs

Interactive pdf for Tom Bol Photography workshops. Tom combined a collection of articles, blog posts, and classnotes along with a substantial collection of images to give out to his workshop students. When designing the book, I took into consideration that his students may print the book to have them in the field or bring their tablets along. A button is located in the bottom left of each page for the reader to click back to the table of contents, which is also interactive, leading the reader directly to the chosen chapter with a tap. External hyperlinks open external websites for courses, gear, and to get in touch with Tom. Design elements are orange, sampled from Tom's branding. Text is laid out as cleanly as possible, focusing on legibility and information retainment. The back features a comprehensive index with interactive links going to the pages listed. 
For more about Tom Bol, his work and courses, check out Tom Bol Photography

Portfolio ShowCase Vol. IX
“When we step beyond our comfort zones and adopt new or unconventional vantage points, we can begin to view our world more fully.”

This year's Juror, Maggie Blanchard, curates a moving collection of images which explore the topics of aging, hardship and the beauty of imperfection; encouraging a delicate awareness of the grace residing within the human condition.

We created our annual publication to give dedicated and skilled photographers a format to present their work and foster creative education in the community. Each year, The Center for Fine Art Photography's Portfolio ShowCase features a new juror and a diverse range of images from exceptional artists. We are proud to present to you this year's Juror, Maggie Blanchard of Twin Palms Publishers, and her selections for Portfolio ShowCase 9.

Portfolio ShowCase IX Artists:
Elise Kirk
Suzanne Rėvy
Susan Rosenberg Jones
Leah Zawadzki
Jessica Harvey
Joseph Stanek
Camilo Ramirez
Robert Crifasi
Michael Joseph
Jessica Eve Rattner
Bob Avakian
Kathleen Taylor
Clay Jordan
JP Terlizzi
Leah Edelman-Brier

To purchase a copy of Portfolio ShowCase Vol. IX, visit here.

Publisher: The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Cover Image: The Bite by Leah Edelman-Brier
Juror: Maggie Blanchard of Twin Palms Publishers

Project: design and layout, cover design, typesetting, file organization, file conversion, editing, writing back cover copy, ISBN registration and filing. 

FAUX

Catalog for The Center for Fine Art Photography's FAUX group exhibition juried by Louise Clements, Artistic Director of QUAD, a centre for contemporary art, film and new technologies in Derby UK, and Artistic Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival.

Back cover reflection was created using Illustrator as a faux looking-glass version of the cover image to mimic the surreal nature of the content.

For a preview or to purchase the book visit here.

Cover Image: Hong Kong Cafe, (4) by Ange Ong
Publisher: The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Juror: Louise Clements
Editor: Hamidah Glasgow

Project: Design and layout, image order and placement, typesetting, cover design, creating back cover reflection, digital proofing, providing final files to printer.

30 Lessons In Composition

This book was created as a resource for workshop students and photographers who want to learn what elements and techniques make a composition work. Tom uses thirty images in three categories spanning his career as examples; discussing why certain compositions worked, which didn't, and how the latter could have been made better by drawing on the experiences and techniques he's learned through the years. The book contains a plethora of useful information from specialty gear and the technical logistics of shooting in certain conditions to hard earned lessons photographers should be aware of. Every image includes the camera settings and equipment used and an explanation of how the image was taken, how obstacles were dealt with, how he was thinking about the shot, and personal stories about the experience. Tom has created a wonderful resource photographers can return to again and again for inspiration, problem solving, techniques, and sage advice. 

Designed to be downloadable, easy to navigate and accessible on all platforms. It includes a home button on all pages to return back to the interactive table of contents, and working hyperlinks users can click on to visit websites and connect with Tom via email. I created this video to feature the interactivity of the book and showcase the wide variety of information within. The book will soon be available on Tom's website. 

Tom works on assignments and teaches workshops all over the world. He was listed as one of PDN's Top 13 Photo Workshop Instructors in the country and he's on the list of National Geographic Adventure’s “50 of America’s Top Visionaries”. He has courses available on KelbyOne and the author of 'Adventure Sports Photography; Creating Dramatic Images in Wild Places.

30 Lessons in Composition is the 2nd interactive digital book I had work together with Tom on. The first title, The Practical Lighting Handbook, can be found here. 

To learn more about Tom Bol, his work, and his workshops visit:
Tom Bol Photography

Center Forward 2015

Catalog for The Center for Fine Art Photography's annual Center Forward group exhibition juried by the Center's Director Hamidah Glasgow. Center Forward 2015 contains images from 52 photographers, juror statement and an artist spotlight on Director's Selection, Kris Graves. 

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Cover Image: Scratch 9 by Craig Becker
Juror: Hamidah Glasgow
Editor: Hamidah Glasgow

Project: layout and design, cover design, image pairing and order, editing, and proofing. 

Still Life

Catalog for The Center for Fine Art Photography Still Life group exhibition. This edition features juror statement from Rebecca Senf of the Center for Creative Photography, the Phoenix Art Museum, and a Norton Family Curator. As well as artist spotlights featuring Lynn Karlin and Sarah Stonefoot, and images from 49 photographers. 

For a preview or to purchase the book visit here.

Cover Image: Watermelon Radish by Lynn Karlin
Juror: Rebecca Senf
Editor: Hamidah Glasgow

Project: Design and layout, typography, photo pairing and order, cover design, editing, and proofing.

Portfolio ShowCase Vol. VIII

The Center for Fine Art Photography annual Portfolio ShowCase publications feature collections of work from 15 photographers, bios, statements and 12 images from each artist. The juror for Portfolio ShowCase VIII is Gordon Stettinius of Candela Books + Gallery, also known for his viral Mangini Studio Series. 132 pages.

Portfolio ShowCase VII Artists:
Thomas Michael Alleman
Anne Berry
Larry Chait
Daniel W. Coburn
Michael Donnor
Jackie Heitchue
Jaime Johnson
Peter Brown Leighton
Clark James Mishler
Wendy Simmons
Michal Solarski
Liz Steketee
Paul Thulin
Alison Turner
Zhe Zhu

To purchase a copy of Portfolio ShowCase Vol. VII, visit here.

Cover image: Untitled by Peter Brown Leighton
Juror: Gordon Stettinius
Publisher: The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.
Editor: Hamidah Glasgow

Project: design and layout, cover design, editing, typography, proofing, working with print vendor, ISBN registration and filing, promotional video.

Center Forward 2014

Catalog for The Center for Fine Art Photography's annual Center Forward group exhibition. This edition includes a juror statement from the Center's Director Hamidah Glasgow, an artist spotlight featuring Pat Swain and images from 53 photographers. 

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Cover Image: A Lost Flamingo and a Lost Pelican by Pat Swain
Juror: Hamidah Glasgow
Editor: Hamidah Glasgow

Project: layout and design, cover design, image pairing and order, editing, and proofing. 

Heidi Kirkpatrick: Lost And Found

Exhibition and promotional catalog for award-winning fine art photographer, Heidi Kirkpatrick. This design project was revisited in 2014 to include Heidi's interview with Aline Smithson of LENSCRATCH, exhibition images, quotes from the artist and information on selected pieces. The catalog was included in the INFOCUS juried exhibition of self-published photo books at the Phoenix Art Museum, AZ. and was featured in Phosmag

For more about Heidi Kirkpatrick, visit her website at heidikirkpatrick.com
To purchase a copy of Lost and Found, visit here.

Portraits 2014

Catalog for The Center for Fine Art Photography 2014 Portrait group exhibition with juror Amy Arbus. Contains images from 40 photographers, a juror statement from Amy Arbus, and artist spotlights featuring Bear Kirkpatrick and Jim Hair.

For a preview or to purchase the book visit here.

Juror: Amy Arbus
Cover Image: Wallportrait Ashley 2: The Triumph of Death by Bear Kirkpatrick
Editor: Hamidah Glasgow

Project: layout and design, image pairing and order, typography, editing, and proofing. 

Black + White

Catalog for The Center for Fine Art Photography's annual Black and White group exhibition. This edition includes a juror statement from Jason Landry of Panopticon Gallery, artist spotlights featuring Jim Kazanjian, Michelle Rogers Pritzl, and Pauline Gola, and images from 52 photographers. 

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Cover Image: Untitled (UFO) by Jim Kazanjian
Juror: Jason Landry
Editor: Hamidah Glasgow

Project: layout and design, typography, editing and proofing. 

Portfolio ShowCase Vol. VII

This 7th volume annual publication by The Center for Fine Art Photography features collections of work from 15 photographers. Juried by Alexa Becker, acquisitions editor for photography and art books at Kehrer Verlag. Includes bios, statements and 12 images from each artist. 132 pages.
For more information, or to purchase a copy of this book visit here

Portfolio ShowCase VII Artists:
Nicole Avey
Randi Beach
Frances F. Denny
Miki Hasegawa
Eileen Keator
Ivana Larrosa
Brenda Lindfors
Erin Malone
Matt Nighswander
Ni Rong
Mark Sawrie
Debora Schwedhelm
Julia Vandenoever
Terri Warpinski
Sandra Chen Weinstein

To purchase a copy of Portfolio ShowCase Vol. VII, visit here.

Cover image: Gilmanton, N.H. by Matt Nighswander
Juror: Alexa Becker
Publisher: The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.
Editor: Hamidah Glasgow

Project: design and layout, cover design, editing, typography, proofing and working with print vendor. 

Natural World

Exhibition catalog for The Center for Fine Art Photography's annual Natural World group exhibition with juror Susan Spiritus, of Susan Spiritus Gallery. Contains images from 40 photographers and artist spotlights featuring Ryota Kajita and Julie Brooke Alexander.

 For a preview or to purchase the book visit here

Cover Image: Frozen Bubbles No. 1, Ice Formations by Ryota Kajita
Juror: Susan Spiritus
Editor: Hamidah Glasgow

Project: layout and design, typography, image pairing and order, editing, and proofing. 

Portfolio ShowCase Vol. VI

The Center for Fine Art Photography's annual publication Portfolio ShowCase Volume VI. Juried by Melissa DeWitt, editor-in-chief for HotShoe Magazine in the UK. The book features 15 photographers, 12 images each with bios and artist statement. For more information or to purchase the book, click here.

Portfolio ShowCase Vol. VI Artists:
Deborah Bay
Tara Bogart
Dominik Dunsch
Michelle Geoga
Eran Gilat
Noelle Swan Gilbert
Lydia Goldblatt
Roberta Neidigh
Sue Reehm
Lee Salutos
Nicolo Sertorio
Kurt Simonson
Richard Sultz
Ilona Szwarc
Lacey Terrell

Publisher: The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Cover Image: Untitled by Lydia Goldblatt
Juror: Melissa DeWitt of HotShoe Magazine
Editor: Hamidah Glasgow

Project: design and layout, cover design, typesetting, editing, proofing and working with print vendor.