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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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...