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The Contact Sheet

This book takes a look at over a 100 iconic photographs taken by some of the world's most iconic photographers. The Contact Sheet takes a close look at the photographers, examining how and why they produced some of their work. With stories that have never been told, and images of icons such as Marilyn Monroe covering the pages, The Contact Sheet is a really interesting read. This book may not contain many words but the variety of images that are on offer make this book a great coffee table p...

Highland Journey: In the Spirit of Edwin Muir

Over a period of 90 days, Robin Gillanders journeyed throughout the Highlands of Scotland and Orkney in the spirit of Edwin Muir's Scottish Journey of 1934, photographing whoever and whatever he encountered. His long, but interesting journey can now be found in a well written and well illustrated book. His images of bikers, rockers, shoppers and landscapes are all well taken, and the black and white medium chosen, adds a bit of mysticism and magic to the common place. Each image is a...

The Regulars

The Regulars is a collection of photographs taken by a bartender come photographer Sarah Stolfa. The book is a collection of portraits which give us a glimpse into the lives of her former regulars. There is a wide array of characters, all of which maybe unique to that particular bar, but yet remind us of the characters that can be found in pubs anywhere. Each regular has their own page and their portraits are beautifully lit. The dark background allows our attention to focus on the regular a...

PhoDOGraphy: How to Get Great Pictures of Your Dog

If you're a dog lover who's always wanted to know how to take better pictures of your perfect pooch then look no further than PhoDOGraphy. It may sound amusing to some but the book does offer good, easy to understand tips for creating that perfect pet portrait. There's tips for coloured photographs, black and whites, outdoor shoots, indoor shoots and even advice on how to make them look good hanging out of a car! It's a great gift for the photographer who just can't keep away from their p...

Portrait and Candid Photography: Photo Workshop

If you are new to photography and want to learn about shooting better portraits then this book could be a useful tool for you. The chapters are easy to follow and written in an order prefect for understanding portraiture. Some of the text can be a little repetitive but if you're new to the subject, having something repeated is not necessarily a bad thing. There are plenty of images showing a variety of portraits and each image has it's own caption which tells you how and what the images ...

Portrait and Candid Photography: Photo Workshop

If you are new to photography and want to learn about shooting better portraits then this book could be a useful tool for you. The chapters are easy to follow and written in an order prefect for understanding portraiture. Some of the text can be a little repetitive but if you're new to the subject, having something repeated is not necessarily a bad thing. There are plenty of images showing a variety of portraits and each image has it's own caption which tells you how and what the images ...

Wedding Photography Now!: A Fresh Approach to Shooting Modern Nuptials

Wedding photography meets photojournalism is a growing trend among couples and this book explains how, with a little practise, you can do this. The book is split into sections which are easy to follow and clearly demonstrate tips and tricks for this type of wedding photography. The book is well illustrated and the images used support the text well. The captions also add extra pieces of information such as how the images were taken, what with and little tips you can't find in the main body...

Baby photography NOW!

Now more than ever, parents want to preserve the precious early years of their child's life in pictures and professionals and amateurs alike need new ideas, and Baby Photography NOW! Has plenty of them. From when your child is sleeping to first birthdays and all the shots you may not have thought of taking this book covers them all. The author even shares his hard-won experience of capturing a child's full range of expressions. The book is easy to work through with sections covering everyth...

Pop Cultured

From parties and raves to Sir Paul McCartney and his daughter, this photographer has photographed Liverpool from all angles. "I started taking pictures when I was 13, I didn't know why I wanted to be a photographer or why I wanted to take photographs all I knew is I wanted to take pictures. For my birthday I was given a camera and I also got some money and I bought the Beatles Red and Blue albums and simultaneously I discovered my two obsessions. It wasn't until six years later that I realised...

Photograhing people like a pro

In Photographing People Like a Pro, Rod Edwards includes a gallery of photos that are accompanied by easy-to-understand information on a variety of subjects. The step-by-step instructions are perfect for the beginner or for the more experienced photographer looking for extra tips and techniques to help you achieve great results. The layout is simple and you will be able to guide yourself through the book with ease. The large black and white and coloured images are pleasing to the eye as well...