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The Essential Lighting Manual for Photographers

Firstly don't be fooled by the title and assume this is mostly about studio lighting, as I did when I looked at the cover which also suggests this. The thing that had me wondering was it's written by experienced wildlife photographer Chris Weston. The book covers outdoor lighting - i.e. the sun, for a majority of the pages. The last chapter is studio lighting. If you want to understand how to make the most of light it will assist lots of very good nature pictures mixed in with a few decent port...

Getting Colour Right: The Complete Guide to Colour Correction

Getting correct colour is one of the trickiest parts of digital photography and this book does a good job of taking you through the minefield. It explains the different colour spaces, file formats, scanning, and pixels. It then guides you through a series of typical colour problem you may encounter with your photography and helps you correct them digitally. Some of the illustrations are not visually very stimulating, but overall a worthwhile attempt. I think it's overpriced but the Amazon saving...

The Digital Darkroom: A Complete Guide to Image Processing for Digital Photographers

It does what it says on the tin so to speak, but so have many books that came before it. A standard guide that's been written so many times already means this would have to be different to make it worth publishing sadly there's nothing new. It does the job competently but I prefer the Michael Freeman's Complete Guide.

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...