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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.

Digital Photography Manual

A book that comes from the same stable that produces the famous hands-on car manuals. It has the same format - A4, stiff hardback jacket and the occasional poorly reproduced picture. In the very competitive digital camera book arena it has a hard job to do. The information delivered is informative and will certainly help you understand all the jargon so you can grow into digital photography. It does, however, have a no-frills look and lacks the funky design of some of the other titles so you may...

Next level

Quite an odd one this as it's classed as a magazine but has the thickness and production values of a book. Published every six months or so this is issue 3 and is a showcase for new and established artists and writers from around the world. The content is very "arty" and won't appeal to the traditonalists out there. Those wishing to be challanged and looking for creative ideas will find the mix of material interesting.

Women and War

Haunting, fascinating, shocking, intreguing...all words to describe the content of this visual diary of Jenny Matthews. Jenny has spent the last 20 years travelling the world taking photos and this collection is of the many roles women play in countries affected by war. The images are superb, the supporting text story telling. The prefect book for those interested in Photo Journalism.

How to Use Adobe Photoshop Elements 2

This book is laid out in a very easy to follow format with colour coordinated chapters and lots of step by steps. It's written in an easy to grasp language with lots of help and no assumed knowledge. The step by steps occasionally do not show a final result so you're left wondering why you would bother and some of the points don't explain why you would do something. For example, in the early stages there's an explanation of preferences and one about cache, in particular, explains how you adjust ...