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Capturing the Image

The first of a small series of books for digital photographers written by Joe Farace who has 20 books under his belt and has written around 900 articles, so this book promises to deliver, and what better area to start than capturing the image. Its a compact sized book with a quality feel, but the whole book is illustrated with pictures of people, mostly kids so variety is lacking. Not only that but the pictures dont really illustrate the point so theres no point in half of them being there eithe...

Photos that changed the world

A hard back book with over 100 photographs that have stunned the world throughout the 20th century. Classics such as the 1909 Wright Brothers flight and the 1960 portrait of Che Guevara are balanced with images from Woodstock and the Royal Wedding. And then, of course, there has to be the harrowing scenes from the Napalm Attack in South Vietnam and execution in Saigon. You have probably seen many of these images before, but not all in one place with captions that give fascinating insight to when...

Nude Photography

Almost 150 years of nude photographs in chronological order starting out with a fuzzy, badly processed image titled Musette by Nadar dating back to 1855. The choice of pictures in this 136 page book is very subjective and some would never have left the darkroom tray had I been taken them, let alone reaching this book decades later. Having said that there are some classics including well known images from the likes of Man Ray,Jeanloup Sieff and Bill Brandt and what makes this book worth viewing i...

Paint Box No 1

Digital photographers who like experimental work will find this compilation of pictures a visual treat. It is pulled together by Andreas Fitzner and Albert Winkler who are the founders of Vienna Paint Studio. There are many examples of their advertising work along with creations from 14 other studios around the world. Some of the images take simple concepts and turn them into visual feasts. Others are mind bogglingly complex. All the work is done on PaintBoxes hence the title of the book. The pi...

Nudes

Once again editor Terry Hope delivers a stunning collection of themed pictures for the latest in his black & white photography series published by Rotovision. The choice of photographs includes work from loads of masters of Nudes such as John Swannell, David Penprase, Bob Carlos Clarke, John Claridge and Bill Brandt. The images are beautifully reproduced with plenty of tips from the photographers and mini interviews by Terry. Its quite easy for an author to take an easy route when compiling a bo...

Professional Photography Location Portraits

One of the latest in the location series looks at the world of portraiture. The book is laid out in the innovative Rotovision style ie minimal text, lots of high quality photographs and very detailed captions. The beauty with this is you can find a photograph quickly and then learn technique from the caption, saving you having to trawl through reams of copy finding the bit you are interested in. So it goes without saying this book needs to have good captions, and here the author has done a gre...

Adobe Photoshop 6 Classroom in a Book

Coming from Adobe press you can assume that this book will be the essential Photoshop tutorial, especially with its "Classroom" title and the fact it's part of Adobes official training series. The cover features Photoshop's familiar eye graphic that's used on the supplied manual and outer packaging. The book is laid out like the manual supplied with the program so it is disappointingly dull with lots of monotone images and just a small colour section in the centre. That said, the info provide...

Macromedia Flash 5 Creative Web Animation

Although aimed at slightly broader level of reader this book has a similar mission to the QuickStart product ie a guide to Flash 5. It begins by giving a detailed update on new feature with version 5 and then goes logically through the various stages of Flash from learning the tools, to starting off and building a movie, followed by details of how to test the animation and then to optimise it to ensure a faster performance. Advanced users will find the section on scripts worthwhile. A small po...

Lighting for Glamour

Another release from Steve Bavister that looks at one of the most published subjects, glamour. How you interpret the subject varies from one person to another and Steve's selection of pictures show he has a more imaginative mind than many with several images in here that I would say are far from glamorous! To his credit you have just about every approach to the subject and some great advice to back them up. Most of the pictures have been used full page and in some cases it shows. The images are...

Web Design in a Nutshell

Web Design in a Nutshell? Some nut! This nut has 27 chapters crammed onto 560 pages, all overflowing with information. Undeterred I began to read and soon discovered that it is not a book for reading, but more a desktop reference. The information contained on the pages is informative, accurate and covers everything from creating a site, that's accessible to a variety of browsers, right through to using multimedia and interactivity in a site. There's also an excellent section on HTML. The ...