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Women by Women

128 pages, hardback cover and full of pictures of naked or near naked women photographed by 54 female photographers including Eve Arnold, Vanessa Beecroft, Lillian Bassman, Erika Langley, Sylvia Plachy, Ellen Von Unwerth, Cary Clifford, Lucia Ferrario, Gabina Francesca Galliani, Linda Troeller, Doralba Picerno and Dianora Niccolini. There's a good mix of image styles and picture sizes with few words so it's inspiration rather than technique. Having enjoyed looking at the photographs...what man ...

Digital Camera Techniques

Interesting cover, great title, but not exactly what it seems. You'll probably be expecting a book about techniques, and reading the jacket you'd expect to improve your photography because of it. When you look closer at the chapters and the words this book's more of an understanding of digital technology. Jon goes way beyond the usual superficial approach to unearth what digital really is all about and how it works in everything from cameras to scanners to printers. If you desire a thorough know...

Photoshop for the Web Hands On Training

If you have Photoshop 7 and are considering creating graphics for a web site this could be the book for you. Don't be fooled when flicking through and seeing a lack of interesting images. The step by step tutorials make up for this leaving no stone unturned. On several occasions a point that occurred making me think the tutorial was flawed, like what happens in most magazines, was quickly resolved with a side tip or italicised warning. Very easy to follow and clearly written to help make web sit...

The Photoshop book for digital photographers

At last a book that takes you step by step through a series of projects that A) cut through all the technical jargon you don't really need to know and B) is on subjects that actually matter rather than surreal projects that no one is going to do. Right from the beginning you're following actual examples that make sense. It's colour illustrations throughout and very well laid out. There are some old tricks and some superb new ones. I'd go as far as saying this is an essential book to grasp Photos...

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0

An updated version of the popular Elements book has an extra 50 pages with some new illustrations and a self contained project section which was split through the book in the earlier version and badly laid out. It's colour throughout and heavily illustrated with toned down graphics compared with the original that we criticised. They are excellent visual aids and Philip does a great job of making things clear. The book covers the basics first and then guides you through more advanced stages as i...

A simple guide to Photoshop 7

A horizontal format paperback with blue and white graphics throughout. The book does little more than replace the Adobe guide that comes with Photoshop. If you have that you don't need this book. If, on the other hand, you're one of the many who doesn't have the book (I can't think why!) then it will help you get to grips. The information is laid out well, easy to read and covers most elements of Photoshop, but it's dull visually and lacks creative ideas. It's low price is a bonus!

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...