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40 Digital Photography Retouching Techniques

A compact sized book and low cost make it a handy reference guide for beginners. The information enclosed in the 196 page paperback is based around Photoshop Elements. The pictures are generally snapshot quality so the illustrations don't exactly get you enthused to create masterpieces, but it will be a good starting book for someone who's just got a digital camera with a free bundled Photoshop Elements CD.

40 Digital Photography Techniques for Beginners

A really useful extension to the instruction book that comes with your digital camera. This guide helps you make the most of your new camera and provides plenty of tips and techniques to get you taking better photos. There is lots of white space and pictures are sometimes too small, but it makes the book comfortable to browse and take in small chunks of info at a time. Great value for the beginner, but not for an experienced film user moving to digital or an existing digital user.

Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2

Elements is the program bought by newcomers to digital manipulation and the book it comes with is fine for those, but there's also a large group of photographers who can't justify the cost of Photoshop and buy Elements as the low cost alternative. This book will satisfy their needs but also anyone else with a thirst for knowledge. It goes way beyond the normal greeting card, red eye removal, and simple colour correction techniques and has some excellent descriptions of image problems with remedi...

Mastering Digital Photography and Imaging

Here's a very useful book for those new to digital photography. It takes you through every step needed to help you master the subject. Written by an American author it means prices are in dollars and spelling is occasionally different, but this is a small price to pay for a very well informative book. The attention to detail is thorough but not difficult to follow and there are loads of useful recommendation panels. The design is dull, the pictures aren't too inspiring and there are hardly a...

Photoshop 7 at Your Fingertips

A logically laid out book that takes you beyond the Adobe instruction manual, explaining every tool bar and palette in great detail. Being black and white throughout with just a small colour section means it lacks visual appeal but the navigation is good and the side panel tips quick to find. Not the first book I'd recommend for the knowledge thirsty Photoshop user, but a good alternative to the Adobe guide.

Photoshop 7 Savvy

Over 630 pages and, yes, another of those too heavy to hold books. The content is thorough with the writing style fairly much to the point, making it easy to work through. Again photographs are all in greyscale (as most of the US books appear to be). The centre section duplicates many of the greyscale images so you can flick to these to see exactly what the pages are referring to but it would be better if the colour ilustrations were with the relevant text. Overall worth considering, but the Vi...

Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions

While many image-editing software guides assume you already know all about photography this book includes tips throughout to help you shoot better. One of the opening quotes sums up the author's approach: "No longer will you look at an image simply for what it is. From now on you'll see what it can become". The pictures used to illustrate the various features of Elements are typical family snaps. Mikkel shows us how to make the most of Elements and enhance the family album. It's well written and...

Shooting Digital: Pro Tips for Taking Great Pictures with Your Digital Camera

This is a bit of a mixed book. The author kicks off by saying that it's aimed at more experienced users and the basics of photography will be assumed, but that's not the impression I get when reading various sections. The info is basic in parts and highly advanced in others. Mikkel picks the brains of dozens of pro photographers and adds these tips to his own wealth of info to provide lots of info you won't find in the run of the mill books. There's even a piece on kite photography! Well worth c...

SilverFast: The Official Guide

Scanning is an art in itself and often very confusing. Taz Tally takes the subject and covers the technique in depth using SilverFast as the program to guide you through setting denistometer points, calibrating exposure, making colour adjustments, removing casts and sharpening. Once you've read this the clear instructional style will almost guarantee you understand resolution and scanning. It just helps if you own SilverFast, and if you have an advanced scanner from the likes of Nikon, Microtek ...