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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...

Basic Photography

This book has been the recommended photography course textbook for as long as I can remember. It's not for those who like lots of big colourful pics but more a theory guide to all aspects of photography. Now in the 7th edition Langford has upgraded it to include digital. As most upgrades go it's covered digital quite well, but still does the same as most in providing a less technical roundup of the digital aspects. The depth of knowledge for film based is astounding yet digital isn't covered in ...

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 ...