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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

Mastering Digital Photography and Imaging

Here's a very useful book for those new to digital photography. It takes you through every step needed to help you master the subject. Written by an American author it means prices are in dollars and spelling is occasionally different, but this is a small price to pay for a very well informative book. The attention to detail is thorough but not difficult to follow and there are loads of useful recommendation panels. The design is dull, the pictures aren't too inspiring and there are hardly a...

Step-by-step Digital Nude Photography

Number 2 in the Ilex Step by Step series. I have the same comment as the Family 003 book where similar info appears in all this series, making the centre section have to work harder. In this book there are plenty of styles of nude photography to try but nothing really creative in the shape of Bob Carlos Clarke, David Penprase or similar. This is the problem when an author writes and illustrates a book - it tends to be a style he has and even though the poses vary immensely, there's still too muc...

Step-by-Step Digital Family Photography

Number 3 in the step by step series follows the same format with intro about camera choice and using followed by detailed help choosing and shooting the subject, then into manipulating the photos you've taken and finally outputting them. The problem with this format is that you may want more than one book in the series then you're reading more or less the same information at the beginning and end of each book making the essential middle bit more expensive. In this book the pictures are very ...

Secrets of the Digital Darkroom

The title doesn't quite live up to its promise. Having looked at dozens of Photoshop books there's nothing new in here that could be a "secret" revealed. A few of the pictures may have worked well on screen, but don't appear to transfer into print, so there are a couple of bad tonal breakdowns and dodgy cut-outs. Otherwise the book is well designed, looks interesting and covers most areas of digital imaging. So you could buy this and become competent with your image editing program, but there ar...