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Sebastiao Salgado: An Uncertain Grace

No introduction necessary for this photographer who's famous photos of the Brazilian mine workers have been seen all over the world in almost ever year book and "Great Image" guides. This book features some of these along with other reportage shots where he explores the live's of the world's unseen people. If you like his work you'll love this book - 156 pages with 129 duo toned black & white photographs beautifully reproduced in a 13x11in format.

Digital Photographer's Guide to Photoshop Elements

I worked with Barry when I launched Digital PhotoFX back in 1997. At the time he was one of the leading digital imaging experts - these days we have loads of experts so the question is... will Barry still be ahead of the game? For a start he's chosen to use Photoshop Elements which is much more affordable than Photoshop so that's a welcome move. The book has the familiar clean Ilex design and the photos are from Barry's extensive collection. These are great examples to work with and make the bo...

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...

Step-by-step Digital Landscape Photography

First in a new series of step by step books, this one takes the popular subject of landscapes and shows you how to take and edit pictures using digital cameras and Photoshop. The book is very colourful, a visual treat, and takes you through all the traditional photographic principles so you can master composition, focusing and exposure, the second half explains with ease how to enhance the photos you take. Overall a very comprehensive book and ideal for beginners or more experienced photographer...

Travel Photography

Wow!!!! Check this book out for some fantastic images. Although it's about travel there's more to this than just landscapes. You get wildlife, culture, people and architecture. The pictures are great, but they are used large so there are not vast amounts of text throughout the book. The explanations of techniques are clear and interesting and there's a good section on Polaroid Image transfer with details of what you need an how to do it. Travel is not my thing but I found this book enjoyable to ...

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.