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Concise Focal Encyclopedia of Photography

What this book does is take selection of content from the mammoth Fourth edition of the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography. The question is have the bits that have been taken been pulled together in a way that will satisfy an audience? Suggested readership of this book is photography enthusiasts, teachers, students, collectors. I'd delete enthusiasts and thing twice about suggesting it for collectors. Yes there are some useful sections biographies of selected 20th century photographers is an inte...

Creative Photoshop CS4: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques

If you already know how to use Photoshop but are looking to find ways to be more creative with it then take a look at this book. The book has four parts which are each split into chapters and they cover drawing and painting, unconventional methods such as antique effects, real world Photoshop and illustrative photography. Each chapter opens with an image, and the step-by-step instructions of each chapter show you how to create that image. The language used isn't over complicated and the bo...

Creative Suite 3 Integration

If you needed Photoshop and InDesign it's likely that you decided to buy them in Adobe's Creative Suite bundle and this comes with a few more items you may not have considered, such as Illustrator and Fireworks. This book pulls the lot together to give you a very brief insight into working with the programs one single projects. The first section of the book explains the features, and additions from CS2 to CS3, then it leads us into how to set up workspace, work with Version Cue and manage layers...

Digital Camera Techniques

Interesting cover, great title, but not exactly what it seems. You'll probably be expecting a book about techniques, and reading the jacket you'd expect to improve your photography because of it. When you look closer at the chapters and the words this book's more of an understanding of digital technology. Jon goes way beyond the usual superficial approach to unearth what digital really is all about and how it works in everything from cameras to scanners to printers. If you desire a thorough know...

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...

Essential Skills Digital Imaging

A quick flick through in the book shop and youd probably put this book straight back on the shelf - very few colour images and what appears to be a lack of tutorial info. Look a little closer and youll start to see fantastic selection of useful stuff - right from calibrating your system to effective ways of removing dust and scratches using Photoshop. The book leans towards users of Photoshop, but theres nuggets of info for anyone wanting to grasp digital imaging. And grasp is the key each chap...

Food Photography For Bloggers

Food Photography for Bloggers is one of a series of titles in the Focus On series from Focal Press. Written by top food photographer Matt Armendariz, this book is mouth watering all the way through. Matt's blog, MattBites, is one of the best 50 food blogs in the world. Being a good food blogger is all about having appetising looking images, and so Matt talks us through every step of getting your photos spot on. Starting at the very beginning, Matt goes through the history of food pho...

How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS4: The Art of Design and Animation

This book is designed to help you quickly develop creative projects on time and to budget. This is done through a series of step-by-step guides which show you practical ways of how to create animations and use Adobe Flash CS4 successfully. As with all the how to cheat series, this book is organised into chapters with a different technique set on each double page. The language is easy to understand and the number system makes the book easy to work through. Images are in abundance, are large, ...

How to Cheat in Adobe Photoshop Elements 6: Create stunning photomontages on a budget

This book shows you how to create photomontages and is written by two excellent authors who clearly understand their chosen subject well. The book is split into 12 sections which are then divided into individual tutorials. The layout is great. Each tutorial is presented on a double page which makes them easy to follow and also leaves space for larger images, something which some people find easier to learn from. There's even interludes at the end of each chapter covering various topics of...

How to Cheat in Photoshop

Steve Caplin is well known in the graphic circles and in MacUser magazine as contributing editor. Steve is a master of creating images form various bits of artwork/photographs and makes the montages look realistic or comic like depending on the commission he's been given. Here he shares his skills in a step by step format. The steps are not in full detail so you have to be fairly competent with photoshop to follow these but the stages are clearly explained so it shouldn't be too difficult. A gre...