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Aerial: The Art of Photography from the Sky

If you admire the much publicised work of Yann Arthus Bertrand, get a hold of this book. The photography is by Jason Hawkes who specialises in aerial photography and has 25 books published. It's incredibly detailed with superb colour and fantastic repro. The captions explain the briefs and circumstances to each photo and there's an interesting history of aerial photography at the beginning. Well worth a look.

Shooting Digital: Pro Tips for Taking Great Pictures with Your Digital Camera

This is a bit of a mixed book. The author kicks off by saying that it's aimed at more experienced users and the basics of photography will be assumed, but that's not the impression I get when reading various sections. The info is basic in parts and highly advanced in others. Mikkel picks the brains of dozens of pro photographers and adds these tips to his own wealth of info to provide lots of info you won't find in the run of the mill books. There's even a piece on kite photography! Well worth c...

SilverFast: The Official Guide

Scanning is an art in itself and often very confusing. Taz Tally takes the subject and covers the technique in depth using SilverFast as the program to guide you through setting denistometer points, calibrating exposure, making colour adjustments, removing casts and sharpening. Once you've read this the clear instructional style will almost guarantee you understand resolution and scanning. It just helps if you own SilverFast, and if you have an advanced scanner from the likes of Nikon, Microtek ...

100 Ways to Take Better Photographs

An A4 book with 128 pages in full colour. There is a view that books or magazines with a promise of 100 or 200 items may either be scratching around to provide that number or leaving you short in some way. Whereas a book that said 97 tips or 154 ways would subconsciously appear as the complete guide. Michael is well know for his landscape pictures and portraits and this book features heavily on these two subjects. I get the impression it was one of those easy ones to produce and in some areas I ...

The Twilight Hour

The master of gothic imagery produces his sixth book of haunting infrared photographs. This one is accompanied by fictional texts and poetry from masters of the Celtic ghost tales along with descriptive pieces by Simon about the buildings and places he shoots. Full page pictures of an eerie nature will suit goths and supernatural fans while lovers of infrared will be totally inspired. One for my bookshelf!

Digital Nature Photography

160 pages, 220 colour photos boasting to be the "complete guide". Well the subjects covered give you a good rounded view of nature photography from close ups to blurring techniques along with exposure and focusing aids and much more. The photos used are occasionally dramatic but overall a pretty average collection and the amount of digital manipulation is limited. The good thing though is that the techniques are all based around using digital cameras - the Nikon Coolpix range in general - which ...

The New Manual of Photography

Branded as "the definitive guide to photography in every format" this book, by arguably the most famous photography author, is published by the most illustrative book company Dorling Kindersley. It doesn't have the same graphical design treatments that we're used to with DK but does have a very clear layout with clean pages, and loads of illustrative photos. My first photography book was a Hedgecoe and I like his style - to the point and full of useful snippets of info. This one continues in the...

360 Imaging: The Photographer's Panoramic Virtual Reality Manual

Virtual reality is an area of photography that appeals to trendy web site designers and photographers who find the limitations of a wide-angle lens. This book covers all the options and calculations to help you stitch pictures together, edit sticthed pictures, create animation from stills and even print results. The format is funky, but I feel there's a lot of wasted space as there's not enough material to fill the allocated 172 pages. Pictures are used bigger than they need to be and text is sp...

Fine Art Photography: Creating Beautiful Images for Sale and Display

Once again the expert picture selection by Terry Hope comes together in another interesting concept book. Here the theme is fine art photography. Through the advice of various fine art photographers you'll learn how to choose suitable pictures, how to create awareness of your work and a guide of what to charge. The book has interviews, techniques and galleries. Hardback, very beautifully produced and well worth a look.

World Press Photo 03

A paperback A4 sized book that displays the prize winning entries for the World Press Photo 2002 competition (the 46th contest to date). There are outstanding works in here and it's well worth a look, especially if you are a journalist or interested in reportage. Over 160 pictures submitted by Photojournalists, picture agencies, newspapers and magazines from around the world.