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The Landscape of Scotland

This horizontal format book divides Scotland into eight regions each presented with a series of pictures and text commenting on the history of each region. The phots have been blown up to fill pages, some spreads and while the occasional image offers a 'wow' factor there are several that have been pushed beyond their quality showing unsharpness from the high degree of enlargement. Not a book if you are after technique but a great visual guide to the area.

Fine Art Nature Photography

This is a portfolio book showing the work of Nature photographer, Workshop instructor and Lecturer. It's a smaller 8.5in square format with one photo per spread and an extended caption for each image. The repro is good and the captions informative. The photography is generally outstanding and very inspirational apart from the occasional 'creative' shot that doesn't look right in this book. Well worth a look

AAPPL Yearbook of Photography & Imaging Vol 68

The Yearbook brings together a fine selection of the best images from around the world. It features a set of 12 portfolios from the likes of Edmund Whitaker, Jorg Grundler, Roland Mayr, Romualdas Pozerskis, Alfred Preuss, Malcolm Hey and Kos Evans along with pictures from many individuals on the general themes Digital Imaging, Nudes, Water, Colour and Emotion. Some of the images are amazing some breathtaking, all in all worth getting to admire and influence, to inspire and enjoy.

Photoshop 7 Wow! Book

Photoshop Wow 4 was my first experience of Jack Davis' work. He's a designer and this is clear when you see the innovative layout, and amount of design style tricks that are explained in the book. Youll learn how to bevel and shape graphics like no other book has demonstrated. Print quality is good and picture illustrations are excellent. Version 7.0 incorporates all the news features added since 6.0 but most of the book's illustrations the same as the earlier version and there's still that same...

Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2

Elements is the program bought by newcomers to digital manipulation and the book it comes with is fine for those, but there's also a large group of photographers who can't justify the cost of Photoshop and buy Elements as the low cost alternative. This book will satisfy their needs but also anyone else with a thirst for knowledge. It goes way beyond the normal greeting card, red eye removal, and simple colour correction techniques and has some excellent descriptions of image problems with remedi...

Photoshop 7 at Your Fingertips

A logically laid out book that takes you beyond the Adobe instruction manual, explaining every tool bar and palette in great detail. Being black and white throughout with just a small colour section means it lacks visual appeal but the navigation is good and the side panel tips quick to find. Not the first book I'd recommend for the knowledge thirsty Photoshop user, but a good alternative to the Adobe guide.

How to Photograph Cars

Written by an expert car photographer and published by the company famous for their how-to mechanics series indicates we are on to a winner with this book. Tony takes us through the various skill levels from choosing the right film, using the right lens, using filters, then into techniques such as panning and tracking, plus how to shoot a car cornering. He explains all about exposure, time of day, location and much more. There's even a few tips on digital manipulation. Overall a very thorough an...

How to Do Everything with Your Digital Camera 2nd Edition

Five sections, 16 chapters and over 400 pages are provided to help you understand digital cameras and make the most of their features. It explains how you compose photos, use flash, understand exposure, take close ups and much more. Then it leads on to how to get the photos into your PC and edit them. Being in black & white it's not the most inspiring looking book but the info is worthy of a look.

Photographing babies & toddlers

From the writer of many highly successful photographic books comes this one focused on the world of the young child. In his usual style the book has well presented pictures and clearly written captions to help those who want to learn and don't want to trawl through loads of waffle. It takes you through the early stages from birth to crawling and walking with info on how to prop up the tiny ones who can't sit to making the ones who can frown smile. If you have a child on the way or someone has as...

Complete Reference Photoshop Elements 2

Like the Complete Photoshop book this is a heavy 768 page reference guide, showing that A) it's potentially going to be thorough and b) Elements is actually one heluva program if it needs a book this thick to cover it. To help you wade through the book it's split into five sections each with loads of sub headings. The sections are: Part I: Photoshop Elements Orientation Part II: Managing the Digital Darkroom Workflow Part III: Adding Special Effects to Your Images Part IV: Preparing Your Pho...