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Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions

While many image-editing software guides assume you already know all about photography this book includes tips throughout to help you shoot better. One of the opening quotes sums up the author's approach: "No longer will you look at an image simply for what it is. From now on you'll see what it can become". The pictures used to illustrate the various features of Elements are typical family snaps. Mikkel shows us how to make the most of Elements and enhance the family album. It's well written and...

Mac OS X Disaster Relief

A heafty 598 page book set out in the usual dull computer manual style format. The designers have tried to liven things up by including grey panels for Technically speaking and Take Note areas. The copy is excellent. It's informative without waffle and covers everything from installing the system to using printers and a section on Unix code. It answered several of my questions and explained things that the manual doesn't even skim over. The sub heading "Troubleshooting techniques to help fix it ...

Photographers guide to Slide Duplicating and Enhancement

In the 70's this would have been ideal, in the 80s good, in the 90s okay, but now in the era of digital who cares about slide duplication?! There's a lot of creative white space and the info on these 112 pages could have been covered in the chapter of a book. If there is anyone out there still duplicating slides there's some good advice on selective cropping and combining (slide sandwiches). There's a bit on titling too but this looks like typically dated 70s camera club stuff. At 10 it would b...

Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop

128 page A4 book with some very easy to follow information to help newcommers get to grips with Photoshop. The information is very user friendly and works, I noted in the acknowledgments that a guinea pig was used to try out the lessons and this shows in the helpful info. Some of the screengrabs of palettes are enarged to big so they look a little fuzzy but overall a good book. It doesn't have a section on how to print pictures which seems like an oversight. Shame also that it came a little late...

Bridges that Changed the World

Over 270 photographs on 280 pages. Each spread of the book features one bridge with a full page photo on the right and an insight into the history of the bridge on the left with small inset photos. Having photographed many bridges in my time I enjoyed looking at this,but it's not the sort of book I would buy. Many of the photos are record shots and not particularly creative. More for the architectural fans and bridge lovers than photographers.

Wildlife

First from a new series of books with the title "The World's Top Photographers and the stories behind their greatest images". The title sums up the book exactly. Here the author researches the best photographers in their field, in this case wildlife, then asks the photographers to submit their best pictures. Frans Lanting, Art Wolfe, Stephen Dalton, Chris Packham to name a few, share their stories to make this not only an inspirational but practical book. It's well delivered and a definite A to ...

Adobe Photoshop 7 for Photographers

Even bigger than previous versions with new pictures and some completely rewritten areas making this as essential as earlier versions. Some fantastic info from a professional photographer who's been using the program since its early days. Has a large section on colour management and some top techniques to make the most of your images. Not for the beginner, but destined to be a best seller in this genre.

Art of Color Infrared Photography

A 128 page A4 book that takes you through the various knowledge requirements for colour infrared. First a look at the theory of colour, then into how infrared film differs, followed by guidelines on using, exposing and filters ending on a portfolio of images. The good thing about this book is that it's written by a professional photographer who's shot plenty of infrared images so you get a good cross section of photos showing what the film can do when used well. There's even a section on how to ...

flora

A collection of more than 200 floral photographs. There are none of your bog-standard images here. If you like flowers, love colour, enjoy shapes, want to be creative, you will be inspired with this superb book. I say inspired because there is no technical advice, just great pictures without words. The captions are all at the end with a short biog of the worldwide photographers. The cost is the only drawback, although it's now available far cheaper at online retailers such as Amazon.

Photoshop 7 KillerTips

Lots of creative white space with this one! The tips, two per page, or split into chapters with headings for production, essential tips, way cool tips, type, web, design, layers, troubleshooting, image correction and prepress and advanced. If you read the Photoshop manual from back to front you'd find most of this info, but it's often so tucked away, in reality, you never would. The screengrabs are a good size to see what's going on, and the info is well written. The new photoshop user will fin...