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World Press Photo 04

This annual book contains the most haunting and inspiring photographs from the previous year. Photos are submitted by over 4100 photojournalists, picture agencies, newspapers and magazines throughout the world. The ones that appear in the book are selected from over 63,000 images and represent the most powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing images of the year. Needless to say, this book is not for the faint hearted! Many of the images contain a brief detail about the situation, so they are e...

Close-up Photography: The Definitive Guide for Serious Digital Photographers

I've always liked Michael Freeman books and this one looks like no exception. His style is very thorough and his illustrations are always excellent. Here you get a mix of lighting diagrams and fantastic photographs. It's a book brimming with ideas for close up subjects, composition and light and, as the strap line suggests, I'd agree it's the "definitive guide for serious digital photographers".

Creative Photoshop Lighting Techniques

What an interesting concept for a book. We have loads of books on subject areas of photography and loads or general Photoshop books on retouching, but one on using the program for just a single aspect of photography, such as lighting is a great approach and the book's cover works well to sell this concept. The presentation throughout is clean and the style of writing is friendly and accessible. At first glance I was very impressed, but then when going a bit deeper some of the effects, while ex...

Complete Guide to Colour

A 224 page larger than A4 book that looks at all the technicalities of colour from theory to publishing. You'll learn about the colour wheel, harmony, saturation, placement, calibration and printing. With this info embedded you will be more capable of shooting and manipulating to create more pleasing images. It's written foe anyone working with colour from photographers to designers to artists. A very visual and enjoyable read.

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

Photos with Impact

There's no doubt about it, Tom Makie is a superb photographer and if you like his pictures you'll like this book, because it has around 200 of them, often full page and all full colour. The text around this is based on the pictures he's taken and how to look to see what non-photographers see. There are some really useful tips but the layout means you have to search the body text to find them. I'd prefer a style more like Rotovision books for this type of book. So overall it's good, but more of a...

Small Things Big: Close-up and Macro Photography

One macro book I reviewed recently lacked technical details this one makes up for it and arguably every other book on close ups. Basically it's the best I've come across. Packed with fantastic photos of all types of macro subjects you can be inspired, but, better still, the equipment you need and how to do it is thoroughly covered with everything from tubes to microscope attachments, exposure details in film and digital areas. If you don't understand macro after reading this book, it's time to t...

Photography Foundations for Art and Design

This book, written by the senior lecturer in photography at Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, is a superb book to use when you want to learn about photography. Each chapter explains what it's going to cover in aims and objectives panels and then takes you through the section with several activities and assignments to fire your enthusiasm. The only down side if working alone is there's no one to judge your work but it's still enough to get you shooting things you may never have...

Extreme Photography

Another interesting book from Terry Hope. Here we are taken on a journey through the extremes of photography and the book's subtitle says it all..."The hottest, coldest, fastest, slowest, nearest, farthest, brightest, darkest, largest, smallest, weirdest images in the Universe... and how they were taken" The book includes all the images you'd expect to see in a science journal with details of how they were taken. I've seen many of these examples before, but one area that did intrigue me was ex...

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...