I'm pleased to announce that the Close to Home Workshop has its first sponsor and it's a great one. Craft & Vision, publishers of the original ebook, Close to Home: Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Back Yard has kindly agreed to give each workshop participant a free copy of the ebook or, if you already own it, one free ebook of your choice from their online store. Craft & Vision: Exceptional photography education at irresistible prices.

If you've seen the selection there, you know what terrific resources these ebooks are. If not, you're missing a great library of valuable photographic knowledge—and for only $5 each. You can choose books from respected professional photographers such as Dave Delnea, Andrew S. Gibson, Nicole S. Young, Darwin Wiggett, and, of course, David duChemin. There are books on the art, the techniques, and the business of photography, and there's usually a new one every month. They are truly a great resource for photographers of all levels.

Oh, one more thing… on the last day of the workshop, Ray and I will randomly select one workshop participant to receive a full set of all of the Craft & Vision ebooks! Yep, every single book (PDF) published by Craft & Vision to date will be yours to read at your leisure.

UPDATE: David duChemin has upped the ante for the Craft & Vision prizes by adding a signed set of all three of his currently published print books, Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic VisionVisionmongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography, and Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. We'll give this terrific prize away to one lucky workshop participant!

Our sincere thanks to Craft & Vision for their support and for providing these great prizes to our workshop participants. (What? You haven't signed up yet? What are you waiting for?)