Every photographer wants to publish their work as books. But, books are expensive, bulky, consume natural resources to produce, and are difficult to distribute. I've written about this elsewhere.
With the advancement of the Acrobat PDF, we photographers have a perfect way to share our work with others — beautiful full-screen presentations, a true self-contained digital-book format that preserves design fidelity (typography and layout), and exists in files that are easily distributed via the Internet.
Below is a list of currently available, free downloadable ePublications.
With all the devices now capable of reading the universal PDF format, the idea of "universal" has become quaint — and not quite so universal. So, I produce these PDF ePublications in formats specifically targeted for the capabilities of different devices. Be sure you download the one you need for your viewing device — computer or tablet. PC or Mac computer users should download the Adobe Reader Monographs. iPad, Android tablet, or even iPhones and iPods users should use the portable versions.
Choose which version you want,
then right-click on the "Download" links at right
and "Save target" to your desktop or destination folder.
With a "left-click" some browsers will open a PDF in the browser window; you may do this, but you will find it best to download these PDFs to your computer for viewing full-screen using the free Acrobat Reader or for transferring to your iPad/Android device. If you are new to this, see the Acrobat Tips at the bottom of this page.
Adobe Reader Monographs
For viewing on your PC or Mac computer via the free Adobe Reader (version 9 or greater). These monographs take advantage of Reader's powerful audio/video media embedding, full-screen mode, threaded navigation, page transitions, and hyperlink capabilities. The free Adobe Reader is available from Adobe.com.
Portable Device Monographs for iPad/Android
For viewing on the iPad, iPod, iPhone, Android tablets and similar devices using PDF document viewers. I recommend GoodReader for the iPad, Mantano Reader for Android. These monographs are image presentations only — without audio/video media or the other capabilities of full-featured PDFs.
iPad/Android Monographs can be viewed using GoodReader, Mantano or similar simple PDF viewers
All content is copyrighted. All rights reserved. You are welcome to download these PDF publications and to enjoy them at your discretion. Unauthorized use, extraction, or duplication is a violation of international copyright law. Please play fair!
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Hokusai in the Rocks
I found myself wandering the dry and dusty canyons of southern Utah, thinking about Hokusai and his famous print, The Great Wave. There it was, up on the canyon wall, that massive wave captured in ancient stone — or so it seemed to my eidetic vision. The more I stared at those ancient rock walls, the more Hokusai images I found â€” strange to see when one has entered the canyons to make decidedly American landscape photographs of the Desert Southwest. But, that is the power of Hokusai.
From the depths of space, the Sun launches its energy pulses from every millimeter of its surface, casting bits and waves of itself in an ever-growing sphere of energy. For some 16 minutes this invisible energy traverses the cold and empty regions of space until it encounters some object that makes that energy manifest — a particle of atmospheric dust, a dusty photographer's warm skin, or the massive, silent face of an ancient, dusty wall of rock — and suddenly there is light.
in LensWork Extended #106
Winter Trees 7
The skeletal complexity of winter trees is one of their primary characteristics — one that I could stare at for hours on end. One that I have stared at for hours on end. Tendrils, veins, pathways, neurons, delta patterns, roots. Not one single straight line anywhere.
Windows users may download an entire PDF by using a right-click and then choosing "Save as . . ." Mac users with a two-button mouse may do the same thing.
Mac users with a one-button mouse may download an entire PDF by using click-and-hold and then choosing to save the file to your harddrive.
I recommend creating a folder on your harddrive that is your "Library of PDFs," or "PDF Bookshelf" or some such designation. Download content to this folder for storage. Launch the PDF publications from this folder on your harddrive.
Pages Won't Open on a Mac or only open with the application Preview
If the pages aren't opening or displaying as blank white pages, you are probably viewing the files with Preview on your Mac instead of with Adobe Reader OR you are using Adobe Reader 6 or less to open the files. Be sure you have Adobe Reader 7 or greater downloaded on your computer. You must make Adobe Reader 7 or greater your default PDF reader:
1. Select the PDF file you have downloaded.
2. Select "Get Info" from the File menu (or hit Cmd-I)
3. Set "Open With" to Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
4. Click the "Change All" button to make this the default for all PDFs
At the LensWork website in the tech support area, we've compiled a number of useful tips for viewing Acrobat PDF publications on our LensWork Extended discs. You'll find a lot of information there that will make your PDF experience easier and that will hopefully answer any questions you have. If you need additional help, feel free to email us for assistance.