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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...

Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die

What an interesting concept for a book...it's almost like an adult I-Spy where you go to the suggested places and tick of the incredible sights seen. The book is written and illustrated by travel photographer Steve Davey and has some amazing images of places around the world. It doesn't seem to have any logical order, just page after page of places and scenes. There's also a lack of certain places I'd like to visit, such as Iceland and Antarctica but that's because the book was illustrated i...

Step-by-step Digital Photo Retouching

Book 4 in the Ilex step by step series and the weakest of the set. The book offers a series of fixes for digital images, using pictures that are not that visually exciting. You can get most of the info covered here in each of the other three books but buying one of those will give you a great deal more on your chosen subject. Alternatively check out any of the Photoshop tutorial books that are reviewed here and are much better. Overall visually well designed but dull from an illustration point ...

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 ...

Vic Eating Cabbage: The Photography of Jim Riegel

This is a hard backed 96 page book with 84 black & white photographs printed in duotone - all nude portraits. Some are male, some female, some are full length, some are waist up, many are holding unusual props...one such photo is illustrated on the cover. The style of photography introduces us to a different approach to nude photography, and if you enjoy looking at beautiful people naked this is not the book for you. If you want to develop your skills you may find inspiration.