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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...

Scotland - The Wild Places

Colins impressive panoramic pictures have appeared in countless magazines, calendars, postcards and books. We would go as far as saying he is Mr Panoramic creator of sweeping images of beautifully exposed landscapes. This latest book is horizontal format, so, unfortunately, it wont fit neatly with your other photo books, but the shape lends itself to the panoramic format with many of the images crossing over two pages. Production quality is high and there are over 80 colour images within the 192...

Digital Imaging for Photographers 4th Edition

Review This book, now in its fourth edition, has been upgraded to colour, which helps to explain the in-depth coverage of such things as pixels and bit depth. But beware, its not for the light hearted. You will discover how a CCD is made up and how compression works and youll soon be talking about Chroma decimation or youll have fallen asleep! If you like the technology more than the creative side of photography youll love this book but if youre a photographer who just wants to learn how to use...

Chasing Rainbows

With his Olympus TV advertising in the 70s David Bailey reached recognition with the masses and the fact he photographed all the beautiful and famous made him the name in fashion and glamour photography. This aptly titled book picks out some of his best work that followed the fashions over the years from the 60s to present day. As a result many of the photos now look very dated. The printing is also quite suspect with a matt style paper that has dulled down the quality of repro. This doesn't do ...

Earth From The Air 365 days

This adaptation of the highly successful Earth From The Air book takes the original 170 aerial views and adds a further 195 to create a year of pictures. The quality is amazing with pictures of every corner of every continent. We are treated to a highly visual feast making us appreciate our world at a higher level. Better still each photograph is accompanied by a description of the area being photographed from above, so as well as being inspired by stunning landscapes we can learn loads at the ...

Living Jewels

I've seen the odd beetle scuttle by over the years, but I never realised there was such a variety of fascinating colours. Living Jewels has just opened my eyes! It's a book of close up photos of dead beetles carefully arranged so that the legs are splayed uniformly and the body is square on to camera. The photos are excellent with insects reproduced to fill the 9.5x13.5inch pages each with a lovely subtle shadow that's almost like a ringflash effect. The only thing that lets the book down are pa...

FlipSigns

FlipSigns, as the publisher says, shows how everyday street signs can be transformed into multilayered, kaleidoscopic designs. The question is why would anyone want to view 176 pages comprising little more than the 259 colour graphics. Okay, maybe the occasional graphic design student may get some ideas, but I'll be filing it under art!

Making Digital Type Look Good

This book has a stylish cover that uses just type to create the illustration, this, of course, being the theme for the book. To designers type is the essential element that makes a page pleasing to read or jarring. Much time is spent carefully laying out pages with different faces and sizes, bold serif sans serif italic small large. Basically a lot of time is wasted trying to determine what will and wont work for the new concept that's being created. It is designed to help and it does so perfect...

No Mans Land photography of Lynne Cohen

Since 1971 sculptor, turned photographer, Lynne Cohen has been recording peopleless interiors of labs, classrooms, offices, etc that look stark and uncomforting. The images are bizarre, do we really create such bleak environments? Most of the images are black & white and leave you feeling very cold. Its not the sort of book I would buy, but its certainly worth a once over from the public library.

Coincidences

I always remember being fascinated by Sarah Moons soft and low contrast photography from a portfolio in Creative Photography magazine back in the 80s, so I awaited this new arrival with excitement. The first edition is hardback and a typically heavy coffee table style art book. It has 193 photographs each full page and just one page intro from Sarah and a couple of conversations splitting up the images. The images are split into chapters with no explanation of the relevance or titles; one chapte...