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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...

Inside Photoshop 7

With over 1000 pages this is one heavy book! This format has appeared for previous incarnations of Photoshop, but rather than just update a few bits to make it relevant to the new version the author has created an almost new book so you get better value but the same comments go to the previous version reviewed here.And lots of words that could have been trimmed right back. And the index now runs to 39 pages!...

Freelance Photographer's Market Handbook 2003

The latest edition of the essential book for all freelance photographers. Includes complete up to date details of books, magazines, newspapers, agencies, greetings card, calendar and poster publishers with payment rates, ideal requirements and contact info.

Creative Thinking in Photoshop

This is not a review just a warning. If youre one of those people who is happy to buy blind and do so on impulse, you may be tempted by the title of this book. And its a very good book, but its written for artists who want to use the computer and Photoshop to digitally create oil and watercolours. In summary, as a book for artists using Photoshop it would rate highly, but we feel it has little value for photographers considering all the other titles out there. As such we think it's unfair to giv...

Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks

266 pages of step-by-step techniques walking you through over 80 projects with hundreds of advanced methods to improve you skills. I found this book very easy to follow and rarely found areas that could confuse readers. The graphics are good the ideas are worth trying and the overall quality is superb. With most of the projects based around type and graphical effects its more suitable for a designer than a photographer, but photographers can benefit when they want to make presentations of portfo...

Traditional Photographic Effects with Adobe Photoshop

With a very brief introduction and a few pages on input this book flies straight into a series of step-by-step techniques - the first one is about Sepia toning. Its let down by huge screengrabs which have been displayed too big and over-sharpened, making you wonder how that happened when we have a book about the one program that can avoid such problems! The five-page technique could have easily been covered in two and that sets the flavour for this book - not much content spread thinly over t...