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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.

Photoshop 7 Classroom in a Book

Eighteen lessons writen by Adobe as part of their official training series. As it's writen by the team who produce the program you can expect an insiders knowledge. The book is greyscale throughout with a small colour section up front and a CD. It looks very much like the official handbook that comes with the program but has a different structure with review questions and answers at the end. If you already own the User Guide you won't really get great value from this. If you have a trial version...

Teach Yourself Photoshop in 24 Hours

A popular format of computer program studies makes learning Photoshop a breeze. It's split into 24 chapters each with a suggested time frame of one hour. You read through the chapter and at the end you are asked a few multiple choice questions and are given a couple of projects to try using techniques you have just learned. The style is very easy to read, but some of the illustrations are let down because it's all greyscale. There's a small section in the middle of colour plates but nothing beat...

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 ...