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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...

Complete Reference Photoshop 7

Untitled Document A typical computer style manual that's 730+ pages make it heavy to hold and there's a complete absence of colour. The information however is thorough with the following covered: Part I: Getting to Know Photoshop 1: Getting to Know Photoshop: What It Does Best and What's New in Photoshop 7 2: Understanding the Photoshop Interface 3: Customizing Photoshop's Preferences 4: Importing Existing Images Part II: Editing and Retouching Images ...

Teach Yourself Digital Photography

Written by the editor of ePHOTOzine. Has all the essential info in a very easy to digest format, but (apart from a colour section)photographs are reproduced in low quality black and white. Luckily the low price tag reflects this.

Computer manual

From the publishers of the famous DIY car mechanic series, comes this book based on the same idea of getting tools inside your PC case to build, repair, upgrade amd maintain your PC. It has the same hard cover and familiar Haynes logo. Inside the 176 pages is just about everything you'd need to add internal items upgrade ram and soup up you PC. There's a timeline showing the history of the PC, a check list of tools you'll need, pointer pictures to motherboards, sockets and positions in the case...

Shooting Sex

The work of Bob Carlos Clarke has appeared in just about every photographic magazine and his unique style of photography has shocked, inspired or teased us for over three decades. Now we can find out what really makes this genius tick. The book is a self-published project - no UK publisher would dare to take it on. The pictures are, at times, explicit (almost hardcore), while others are superbly crafted works of fine art. It's a collection that covers Bob's career path from the 60's to present d...

Photoshop 7 Savvy

Over 630 pages and, yes, another of those too heavy to hold books. The content is thorough with the writing style fairly much to the point, making it easy to work through. Again photographs are all in greyscale (as most of the US books appear to be). The centre section duplicates many of the greyscale images so you can flick to these to see exactly what the pages are referring to but it would be better if the colour ilustrations were with the relevant text. Overall worth considering, but the Vi...

Visual Quickstart Guide Photoshop

Here's one of the best laid out books covering Photoshop. Shortcuts are with tutorials, pages are full of material and illustrations are sharp and reproduced clearly. The areas covered are thorough, with good visual explanations and there's no waffle in the text. The only flaw si that everything is greyscale so you can't see what's going on well enough when it comes to colour adjustments, blend modes etc. I'm not sure how much the book would have to be if printed in colour but I'm sure it owuld ...

Icons of Photography - The 19th Century

If you like looking at old photos here's one for you. It features all the great pioneers of photography, Niepce, Talbot, Sutcliffe, Fenton etc. Printing on beautiful high quality white paper does the toned images justice and there's a short biog and photo of each of the photographers too, so it could come in handy for A level photography students. While looking through I was amazed at the sharpness of some of the images. These were taken using lenses that were single coated - no apos or aspeheri...

Photography Past/Forward Aperture at 50

A celebration of the Aperture's 50 years in publishing that started life as a journal put together by some of America's leading photographers such as Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Minor White. The wider than A4 book has classic photos including Sebastiao Salgado's Gold Mine and Edward Weston's Nude, Charis. It's a coffee table style book that you can go back to again and again. High quality repro and exerpts from the journal make it an enjoyable read too.