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Shooting yourself

Shooting Yourself is a book all about creating self portraits with attitude. The book begins with a few words from author Haje Jan Kamps on why he likes self portrait photography, and how it's important to be yourself when it comes to photography. Everyone has different interpretations, and you should follow yours. The book then introduces lots of different artists who specialise in self portrait photography, and a few words on why the author likes them, before they each go into why they ...

Build Your Own Pinhole Cameras

Build Your Own Pinhole Cameras is a great little book that includes everything you'll need to create your own pinhole cameras, and images. It comes with a CD ROM pre-loaded with camera designs that you can print out and build yourself. They vary from 'Pinolta' to 'Holeiflex' and many more. The book begins by introducing pinhole photography and explains what it is and how it came about. It then moves on to discuss what's on the included disk, and talks users through how to find the camera...

iPad For Digital Photographers

IPad for Digital Photographers is a guide on not only using your iPad for taking photos, but how it can be used in your day to day life as a photographer. Much smaller than a computer, an iPad can be ideal for processing images on the move, transferring them straight to the internet, and loads more. Author Derrick Story encourages us to move with technology and use it to our advantage, rather than living in the past. The book begins by looking at adding pictures to your iPad. We are shown...

Photographing Families: Tips For Capturing Timeless Images

Photographing Families: Tips for Capturing Timeless Images is a book by expert portrait photographer Michele Celentano. The book takes us through how to create perfect family images that will last a lifetime, starting from the very beginning. The first chapter is very picture rich, and includes advice on what will work and what will not, for example how to work with young children to keep them engaged and alternatives to the usual formal portrait. It also includes information on cameras,...

Bryan Peterson's Exposure Solutions

Bryan Peterson's Exposure Solutions looks at the most common photography problems with exposure and how to solve them. Bryan Peterson explains that there is a key difference between what your camera says is the right exposure, and what is the creatively correct exposure. Your camera may tell you what it thinks is right, but you might want to achieve a different effect, and so the book takes us on a journey of how to master exposure in almost any situation. The first chapter discusses ho...

Lighting For Product Photography

Lighting for Product Photography is a step by step guide into the world of sculpting with light for product shots. Images of products can make all the difference between whether a potential buyer will choose them or not, so the book explains how to take stunning images of products that fit what the client asks for. Author Allison Earnest explains that a lot of the techniques used are similar to those of shooting portraits, however that certain materials will have characteristics that need...

Photographic Lighting

Photographic Lighting is a compact and informative guide to lighting in photography. The first chapter looks at the basics of flash, bringing your attention to the different temperatures of light and how different flash strengths will affect the look of the overall shot. It also looks at flash gels, which will affect the temperature and colour of the light given out. The second chapter looks at on camera flash equipment. It covers diffusion panels for your flash, and how tilting and rota...

Digital Image Editing and Special Effects

Digital Image Editing and Special Effects is a title by Michael Freeman, a seasoned pro in all things photography. This book is all about mastering the key techniques of Photoshop and Lightroom. It covers Software tools and techniques, image enhancement, image retouching and special effects. Freeman provides a compact and easy to follow guide on editing your images in the most popular software packages out there today. He talks us through all the basic edits that you might want to mak...

blogging for photographers

Blogging for photographers is an in depth guide to becoming a successful online photography blogger. Author Jolie O'Dell encourages bloggers to showcase their creativity and build and audience through blogging. Blogging can lead to a whole host of things, including being able to earn money from your blog and advertising with top names in the field. The first chapter looks at the basics of blogging, with what hardware you'll need to be able to get your photos online. Covered are what skill...

The Wildlife Photography Workshop

The Wildlife Photography Workshop is full of beautiful and inspiring photos of all different types of wildlife right from the beginning. Written in the style of a workshop, the book is easy to follow and provides everything you need to know about wildlife photography. The book begins with a chapter on what equipment will be necessary, talking us through the different types of lenses available and what features they bring to the table. There is also a section on useful accessories for your sh...