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The Complete Idiots Guide to Digital Photography

Yet another book on Digital Photography, now in its second edition, and with the Idiots guide title youll either be embarrassed to be seen with it or wont mind, knowing that youre sure to find help as you enter into this type of photography. Its written by an experienced American professional photographer and starts with an unnecessary six-page intro of the history of photography! Then it covers the benefits and disadvantages of digital along with who will find a digital camera useful. Here it p...

Hand Colouring and Alternative Processes

With the advent of digital imaging fewer photographers are venturing into the darkroom, but those who are, are experimenting more. This book will suit you down to the ground. As the title suggests, it covers the techniques of colouring photographs and using alternative processes. The author takes you through the process of choosing a suitable hand colouring material looking at dyes, pencils and oils, and in each case explains the benefits of each and shows how to apply. There are tips to help yo...

Creative Digital Photography

Mike is a highly respected stock photographer who has written many books on traditional photography based around landscapes and portraiture. As far as Im aware this is his first attempt at a digital book and it does one thing that sets it apart from many of the other digital books. While many book authors attempt to teach you all about pixels, binary code, colour depth and dynamic range, this one avoids the technology and looks at the way it can be applied. It more like a scenic guide to motorin...

Start with a Digital Camera

Dont judge a book by its cover or you probably wouldnt buy this one. While most digital photography books take you through endless reams of technical babble and explain all the meanings you come away with a fantastic knowledge but cant put it into practice. This book takes the opposite approach and actually shows you more about how to take pictures and what to do with the results including making mini books, stationary and advertising flyers. This is a really interesting book that will keep you ...

The Photoshop 6 Wow book

I bought a copy of Photoshop Wow 4 a few years ago and was impressed. The format is the same on this very busy and very useful. Jack Davis is a designer and thats evident in the amount of design style tricks that are explained in this book. Youll learn how to bevel and shape graphics like no other book has demonstrated. Print quality is good and picture illustrations are excellent. The only criticism is that theres no real structure to the book you sort of nip in and out to get information, but ...

The Digital Photographers A to Z

Another book formatted like the Photoshop A to Z from the same author/publishing company which has the same structure thousands of terms, each explained in a paragraph or two and organized in an A to Z directory. This one has 7 chapters, each with sub categories. Chapter 1 is the word finder where you look up a word, which has a number beside it -for example Intaglio (Yes, thats what we thought!) has 5.006 at the side. You then proceed to chapter 5, item 006. As we said in the review pf Photosh...

Photographing Landscapes and Gardens

This hardback book takes the Better Picture Guide to Landscape Photography paperback and adds a Light & The Garden section otherwise the same high quality repro with some fantastic image and useful techniques from the respected photographer Michael Busselle. Youll learn about the importance of viewpoint, how to compose, when to shoot, in every type of landscape from urban to coastal, and marshland to woodland. It has the usual quirky RotoVison design with often irrelevant words picked out in bol...

Landscapes & Cityscapes

This landscape format guide has excellent repro quality and some good basic step-by-step tutorials on landscape and cityscape subjects. Its easy to follow clearly written and far from taxing on the brain. Its the sort of tutorials youll find in the magazines but with much higher production values so total worth the money. Simple keys explain when its a scanning photography or manipulation step and by following the examples suing your own photos youll learn about curves, levels, filters, transfor...

The Complete Guide to Digital Imaging

It hasnt taken long, but the digital photography book arena is now starting to get crowded so another complete guide needs to be pretty sharp to offer anything new. This one, by ex technical editor of Amateur Photographer magazine, promises to be everything you need to know to create perfect digital images. The cover looks impressive, the price beats many if the American options and the inside appears, at first glance, to be a visual feast. This soon changes as you start to delve. Considering w...

Black & White Photography 2

Another Terry Hope book. We've said complementary things about Terry before in other book reviews. To summarise, RotoVision did well scooping this top photo journalist who's written several of their books. His choice of pictures and captions will liven up any subject, and this one, covering the broader scope of all black & white, will make any photographer ditch colour and have a go at black & white. Repro is excellent so tones leap out from the pages and expert info gleaned from the 20 or so p...