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Roger Ballen: Asylum of The Birds

'Asylum of the Birds' is the newest collection of works from acclaimed photographer Roger Ballen. All the works in this book are taken in the confines of a house in a Johannesburg suburb, the location of which is kept secret. Ballen's work is a surreal mix of art, installations and photography, combining together to create something undefined, which will not be pigeon holed as it were into any single genre, and is more of a conglomeration of several different types of work rolled into on...

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now

This book is the life story of one of the greatest photographers the world has ever seen. Henri Cartier-Bresson is perhaps one of the most well known and famous photographers to date, and he has been the first photographer to have his work showcased in the Louvre. This is very much a reference book, and provides a lot of information on the photographer as well as giving plenty of examples of his most famous, and also his lesser seen images, with images of some of his rare and unpublished...

Urban Photographer Of The Year

Urban Photographer of the Year is a book all about celebrating the talents of the winners of this competition, which ran last year. An overall winner was chosen along with 23 hourly winners which were chosen over the period of a single day, which are all showcased wonderfully in this book. Also included are the highly commended images and the winner of the student competition. British photographer Mark French was crowned the overall winner, for his image of a Hong Kong tram driver checki...

80 Years Gone In A Flash: The Memoirs Of A Photo-Journalist

80 Years Gone In A Flash is an autobiography of the life of photo-journalist John Jochimsen. In his time as a photographer back in the days of film, John has photographed everything from presidents to royalty and was there with Queen Elizabeth II the day she discovered her father the king had died. In a career spanning over five decades, John has no doubt had a very interesting career. This book is basically a memoir if his life, and begins right at the start, when John was born in Claph...

Social Photography

Social Photography is a book all about making your smartphone photos stand out from the rest. Author Daniela Bowker is an established photoblogger and has the knowledge you'll need to get set up in the online world. The book begins with a few words about what smartphoneography is and how social networking changed how we share photos, before going in to the main social networks used for photo blogging, how they work and what makes them special, along with what types of photo you should s...

Afghanistan On The Bounce

Afghanistan On The Bounce follows photographer Robert L Cunningham as he is embedded with the US army in Afghanistan. Although it doesn't mention much about the actual techniques of photography, the images taken by Cunningham speak volumes about the way of life, and the hardships of the soldiers placed there. Right from leaving your family to go to war, Cunningham captures it all, and helps you to try and understand what it's like a be a modern day soldier. Some of the images are qui...

Capturing Light: The Heart Of Photography

Capturing Light: The Heart Of Photography is the latest book from renowned photographer Michael Freeman. The book allows you to get behind the scenes of Michael's working process, and see how stunning photos are taken from concept to capture. The first chapter is entitled 'Waiting', and looks in great detail at all the different types of lighting a photographer can expect to find when shooting in the field, no matter where in the world they may be. First basics such as timing the sun...

500 Poses For Photographing Infants And Toddlers

Photographing Infants and Toddlers is quite a niche area of photography, and this book is a visual sourcebook for digital portrait photographers. Basically, the book is filled with images of babies and young children, to give you an idea of the poses that work well for each age group. Images incorporating the parents are also included, and explained is how you can use parents or siblings as a kind of prop or support for the child in the photo. At the back of the book there is a small sec...

Photographing Families

Photographing Families is a practical guide to using natural light, flash, posing and more to create professional images. It features quick lessons for posing, lighting and more for easy learning, and includes lots of different photo scenarios to enable you to photograph just about any family effectively. The book features each different scenario over a two page spread, showing how you could pose the family, and take a variety of images whilst also sharing information about the settings ...

Professional HDR Photography

Professional HDR Photography covers everything you could possibly want to know about capturing, processing and creating HDR photos. It includes optimal camera settings, solutions for subject motion, HDR panoramics, and how to create portrait, still life and landscape HDR images. The book also includes the opportunity to download free practise files, to help aid you in the learning process. Author Mark Chen is an Adobe Certified Expert, and guides you through everything you need to know a...