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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...

Studio Photography 2nd edition Essential Skills

This paper back book in Focal Press' handy 19x24.5cm format is part of the Essential Skills series which has a school text book approach so it won't suit those who prefer an armchair read. This is a get up and do it book. Each chapter has a section with information on particular aspects of studio photography along with several useful assignments to help you practice and grasp the subject. Then at the end there's a revision bit which checks your understanding of the subject. The chapters cover ba...

Photographing People

A hard back book featuring a collection of 120 people photographs from 40 top photographers that are grouped into portraits, fashion and glamour. Each section features a wide variety of images with lighting diagrams, exposure details and extended captions giving info about how and why the pictures were taken. You can use this to learn the intricacies of portrait photography without having to read reams of boring text. Just look at photo that inspires and follow the lighting diagram to do the sam...

Photo-Journalism

Photo Journalism is not a favourite area of photography for me, so I wouldn't normally be picking this one up in the book shop. As a reviewer though I can appreciate the quality for those of you who find this category interesting. It's up to RotoVision's usual high production values - excellent quality paper, superb repro and clean design. The text is small, so those with less than perfect eyesight may struggle on the finer captions. As is becoming typical from Terry Hope's books the thoroughne...

The Art & Business of Photo Editing

The price of most photographic and digital related books have come down quite dramatically over the last few years but not Amherst. Here's a book illustrated in black & white that most publishers would be doing in colour and selling for between 10 and 15. So it better be worth its 22 price tag. The author, Bob Shepherd has spent more than 20 years as editor, writer, photographer and picture editor. He leads you through the process of learning to think about balance in composition, through colo...

Essential Skills Digital Imaging

A quick flick through in the book shop and youd probably put this book straight back on the shelf - very few colour images and what appears to be a lack of tutorial info. Look a little closer and youll start to see fantastic selection of useful stuff - right from calibrating your system to effective ways of removing dust and scratches using Photoshop. The book leans towards users of Photoshop, but theres nuggets of info for anyone wanting to grasp digital imaging. And grasp is the key each chap...

Adobe Photoshop Elements

Elements is a cut down version of Photoshop but no less satisfying to use and although the interface has been designed for beginners theres still plenty that needs good explanation and thats what Philip Andrews intends to do with this 246 page book. Colour throughout the book is heavily illustrated some examples are overkill but many are excellent visual aids to areas of digital imaging that are often talked about but rarely illustrated such as artefacts that occur when an image is saved as a J...