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Digital Photography Step by Step (New Edition)

Digital Photography Step by Step is a guide which aims to provide a practical and inspiring guide for newcomers to digital photography and is targeted at the absolute beginner. The book is softback, has 176 pages and includes the following chapters: An Introduction to Digital Hardware Made Easy Point and Click The Digital Darkroom Masterclass Tips Proving the Pudding Starting with the very basics of photography including an overview of the history, how digital cameras compare to fi...

Hands-On Digital Photography

Digital books are ten a penny these days as every man and his dog wants to share their knowledge of digital photography and earn a few quid writing a book. There are several D-things that make one book stand out from another: design (how it looks), detail (what's covered), depth (how well it's covered), diagrams(well quality of illustrative photos actually, I was struggling for a d-word) and doing factor (does it inspire you to go off and shoot?) So editorial director of Shutterbug and teache...

Scanning Negatives and Slides

The cover is well designed and the title promises an interesting read, but that's where the good bit ends. Open the book and it has a frustrating layout that makes you feel cheated. Each page has approx 1/3rd as white space. While this allows pics to have captions dropped into this area it looks as though someone forgot to crop the book which could have been a5 size, rather than nearly A4. The structure of the book is good, taking you though the scanning process logical, but I couldn't help th...

Basics Photography: Composition

From AVA Publishing's Basics Photography series, Composition is a beginners guide to Composition, the “second key ingredient for the creation of a successful photograph”, and includes photographic work by professionals such as Martin Parr, David Hockney and Dorothea Lange. Composition is a thorough yet easy to understand introduction to the subject, with explanatory diagrams, high quality images and relevant quotations throughout. It covers all elements of the subject, including information...

Need to Know? Digital Photography

Patrick Hook, Harper Collins, 2006. £9.99 From the Collins Need To Know? Range, Digital Photography is an A5 size paperback, with 190 colour pages.It includes advice on which camera and accessories to choose to tips on how to improve your photographic skills. A guide to the basics of photography, it is particularly aimed at the beginner and explains the various elements of photography such as composition, aperture and shutter speed clearly and concisely. Formatted in a quick-reference...

Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography

Landscape photographers need look no further, but this is not just for natureheads. Stunning examples of Stephen Johnson's art abound but this is a reference source not a coffee table book. The images are stunning because of their delicacy and subtlety. There are excellent chapters on the history of photography, just how digital technology works, practical advice on scanning, Photoshop, printing. Also some thought provoking views on photographic ethics: Johnson is a purist, aiming to capture exa...

The Digital Photography Handbook

An excellent book for the newcomer to digital photography, with explanations and advice, ranging from camera selection, photographic ideas, master classes and many more informative sections. Within each section there is a box of do’s and don’ts depending on the topic, everything is written in a way, which is easy to understand as not to confuse the reader. The author has placed blue boxes in most of the sections to help you focus on key issues such as technique and to give you ideas about wh...

Extreme Lighting Conditions in Digital Photography

With so many digital technique books on the market and only a few general subjects possible it's good to see more specialised books coming out that go into specific areas of photography in more detail. While the Hedgecoes and Langfords of the world cover extreme light over a few pages, this book takes 144 pages to tackle the issues. It's written by an ex magazine editor who's also a member of the Royal Photographic Society. The idea of the book is to take real world situations and explore why ...

The Digital SLR Handbook

Who better to introduce the world of SLR than one of photography's leading authors? Freeman tackles the art of digital SLR photography by taking a two-step approach: technology then technique.His dissection of what goes on inside the case may confuse the casual consumer but for those who want to know exactly what lies beneath the surface of their camera and how it all works to produce those crystal clear pictures, the first part of this book is an invaluable reference.The second section focuses ...

Digital Photographer's Handbook: Nature

Adrian has all the necessary ingredients to produce a first class book. He's a lecturer, has written several books already and is a versatile natural history photographer...he was also one of the first to grasp digital photography. This book shows all the signs of excellent teaching skills as it takes you through the stages in a logical order and has some superb illustrations to help you grasp nature photography from a digital perspective. Highly recommended