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The Changing Face of Portrait Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital

This isn't a guide to portrait photography, it's more of a book that takes a look at portrait photography, what people take and how this genre in particular can produce some rather thought-provoking images. It takes a closer look at a group of photographer's work as well as taking an almost journey through the history of portrait photography. As we said, it's not something you're going to pick up and learn how to take better pictures from but it is interesting to see how portrait styles have...

Boudoir Photography: The Complete Guide to Shooting Intimate Portraits

When you pick up the Boudoir photography book and look at the cover it'll give you the impression that it's a tasteful title that's full of well taken, interesting images and you'd be right. The book is well illustrated with various types of shots and poses used throughout. Sitting alongside the images are tips that cover everything from skin tone and poses to editing your images in Photoshop. It's a book that's designed for photographers of all levels and it uses language that encourages you to...

Self-Portrait Photography

Most books on portraiture are written by photographers looking at how to photograph other people. This one is different. It's written and mostly illustrated by Natalie Dybisz who goes by the name of Miss Aniela and is well know in the online world for her incredible self portrait photography. Her photos excel on all levels. The book takes the subject of self portraits and splits it into chapters covering the history of self portraiture, equipment needed, shooting techniques and then into proc...

Wedding Photography - A Guide to Posing

This book maybe small but it's crammed full of handy tips and useful advice to help you improve your wedding photography. There's no fancy frills and you don't get swallowed up in technical jargon it just has straight-forward, easy to understand examples that will leave your brain buzzing with ideas. The book starts by covering basic posing advice with a model then moves on to real world examples which discuss lighting, backgrounds, clothing and other useful tips you shouldn't be without...

We are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples, in Association with Survival International

We are one: A celebration of tribal peoples, gives us a real insight into how the tribal people of our world live. The well captured imagery demonstrates the sheer beauty of the places they live and the photographs show some amazing places few people are fortunate enough to see. As well as interesting imagery, you'll be captivated by the comments and quotes from tribal people, writers and philosophers as they join together to show us that really, these people are no different to you and I. ...

Byker Revisited: Portrait of a Community

This book documents and records how a community in Byker has changed and is a follow-up to Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’s first book: Byker. The book, which is the result of a six year project, is full of candid portraits of residents in their homes and shows you how very different people can be. The foreword for the book is written by Newcastle-born playwright and screenwriter Lee Hall and it sits well against the stark contrast of images decorating the many pages. If you're from the area...

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...