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Special Effects, Retouching and Restoration (The Digital Photographer's Handbook)

The design of this "Digital Photographer's Handbook" series is brilliant and really makes you want to pick up and read the content at every occasion. This one is about restoration and guides you through many techniques to improve faded, damaged and badly shot pictures. Tim writes with an authoritative but friendly style making it really easy to grasp. Well worth a look.

40 Digital Photography Techniques for Beginners

A really useful extension to the instruction book that comes with your digital camera. This guide helps you make the most of your new camera and provides plenty of tips and techniques to get you taking better photos. There is lots of white space and pictures are sometimes too small, but it makes the book comfortable to browse and take in small chunks of info at a time. Great value for the beginner, but not for an experienced film user moving to digital or an existing digital user.

40 Digital Photography Retouching Techniques

A compact sized book and low cost make it a handy reference guide for beginners. The information enclosed in the 196 page paperback is based around Photoshop Elements. The pictures are generally snapshot quality so the illustrations don't exactly get you enthused to create masterpieces, but it will be a good starting book for someone who's just got a digital camera with a free bundled Photoshop Elements CD.

Masterclass in Photography

A different approach has been taken with this heavy 336 page larger than A4 book. Instead of the usual single author writing a formulaic book. Michael Busselle and his son Julien display a wide selection of photographs and comment on how they saw and took each picture and often in a slightly critical way so Michael in one example suggests a lower viewpoint for a photo taken by Julien. This bite sized snippets along with chapter and section paragraphs help you gain a deeper understanding of photo...

Paint Shop Pro 8: The Guide to Creating Professional Images

A guide to one of the best selling digital image editing programs in the world. The title is a little misleading as the images used to illustrate the guide are not exactly professional standard, but the information is good so we'll let the author off for that. The chapters are colour coded and there are plenty of bite sized tips presented throughout. It should help make you more competent with the program, but visually it's not that exciting.

Paint Shop Pro 8: The Guide to Creating Professional Images

A guide to one of the best selling digital image editing programs in the world. The title is a little misleading as the images used to illustrate the guide are not exactly professional standard, but the information is good so we'll let the author off for that. The chapters are colour coded and there are plenty of bite sized tips presented throughout. It should help make you more competent with the program, but visually it's not that exciting.

Close-up: Creative Techniques for Successful Macro Photography

I'm undecided about this book - part of me says it should have more technical information - there's a lack of what equipment was used and captions for pics are short. While the other half says you don't need technicalities...the pictures in this book do the job of providing inspiration and giving you fresh ideas for close ups. The approach is quite radical...close ups with distant subjects also in frame to put the close up subject into perspective...some work really well others are disappointi...

Annabel Williams Book of Wedding and Portrait Photography

Annabel is one of the best known portrait photographers who was one of the first to create the soft "anyone can be beautiful" portrait styles. This book illustrates a wide range of techniques Annabel uses in her commerical business. The good thing is the people are real so it's not full of models to illustrate techniques, these are actual clients. The book has plenty of sketches showing lighting set ups and lots of advice from getting the job to providing the proofs and, in true Rotovision style...

Adobe Photopshop CS for Photographers

With nearly another 100 pages added this is the biggest update of the popular book by professional fashion photographer Martin Evening. The new book takes the new features of CS and adds them into an already comprehensive guide to Photoshop. The pages are now colour coded and this can be seen across the top spine for easy access to chapters. If you own a previous version of Martin's book it's worth ditching and buying this as there are a lot of rewritten sections and the structure has changed wi...

How to Cheat in Photoshop

Steve Caplin is well known in the graphic circles and in MacUser magazine as contributing editor. Steve is a master of creating images form various bits of artwork/photographs and makes the montages look realistic or comic like depending on the commission he's been given. Here he shares his skills in a step by step format. The steps are not in full detail so you have to be fairly competent with photoshop to follow these but the stages are clearly explained so it shouldn't be too difficult. A gre...