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Social Photography

Social Photography is a book all about making your smartphone photos stand out from the rest. Author Daniela Bowker is an established photoblogger and has the knowledge you'll need to get set up in the online world. The book begins with a few words about what smartphoneography is and how social networking changed how we share photos, before going in to the main social networks used for photo blogging, how they work and what makes them special, along with what types of photo you should s...

Essential Photoshop: How to use 9 essential tools and techniques to transform your photography

Essential Photoshop is a guide to using Photoshop for photographers that have no knowledge of using the programme. Author Robin Whalley makes it clear that Photoshop can seem very complicated to those that aren't used to it, but it is an industry standard in the photography and graphic design world, so knowledge of it to improve your images at some level will be extremely beneficial for both you and your work. In this e-book, Robin explains all the Photoshop tools needed to make positive...

The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook

The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook is written by the author of the 'Photography is not a crime' blog, and aims to guide you through how citizen journalism works in the modern age, as well as telling you your rights as a photographer. Citizen journalism is a photography type on the rise, with most of the population now carrying smartphones that have quick access to social media websites, meaning millions more of us can contribute images of public issues in our own communities. ...

Photography Essentials Full Frame: Landscape photography & photography techniques

If you want to be inspired, wowed and want to pick up a few essential photography tips along the way, you need to take a look at this book. You are taken on an exciting journey around the world in 191 pages where the varied collection of imagery and stories that flow through the book really do bring the experience to life. You share David's thoughts before, during and after his shoots and within this diary like approach, you also find tips and shooting advice you can use while out in the ...

Better Picture Guide to:  Portrait Photography

You may think the cover portrait is a tad dull and uninspiring (the repro of this image has more contrast on the inside version), but open this 128 page book and you'll find far better examples inside. The author, David Wilson, aims to introduce amateurs and semi-professionals to the varied world of portraiture. It covers techniques to improve composition, rapport, exposure, lighting and much more. the book includes extended captions of around 200 words per picture that are tips and technique...

Professional Photography Location Portraits

One of the latest in the location series looks at the world of portraiture. The book is laid out in the innovative Rotovision style ie minimal text, lots of high quality photographs and very detailed captions. The beauty with this is you can find a photograph quickly and then learn technique from the caption, saving you having to trawl through reams of copy finding the bit you are interested in. So it goes without saying this book needs to have good captions, and here the author has done a gre...

Nude Photography

Almost 150 years of nude photographs in chronological order starting out with a fuzzy, badly processed image titled Musette by Nadar dating back to 1855. The choice of pictures in this 136 page book is very subjective and some would never have left the darkroom tray had I been taken them, let alone reaching this book decades later. Having said that there are some classics including well known images from the likes of Man Ray,Jeanloup Sieff and Bill Brandt and what makes this book worth viewing i...

Lighting for Portrait Photography

Here is a fantastic collection of portrait pictures with a huge variety of styles, even though the names of many of the contributors are unknown. If this book doesnt fill you with inspiration to help you improve your portrait pics then I dont know what will. As with other books in the Lighting series each photograph is supported by a short, but useful, caption and an illustration of the lighting set up. Many are simple single light sets so you could go off and copy the styles yourself with littl...

Lighting for Food and Drink Photography

This book is full of the sort of food and drink pictures you see illustrating the finest recipe books, glossy magazines and advertising campaigns. Lovely collection of images, great lighting and superb control of focus, but you could get similar inspiration by looking through the cook books and then you could go off and prepare a meal. In many examples large format gear has been used so achieving this sort of quality is going to be hard for the 35mm user, but if this is the sort of photography y...

Professional Photography Photographing Buildings

This book houses some superb architectural photography from stunning 5x4in black & white shots emphasising texture to bold and graphic colour imagery. The captions, in true Rotovision style, are extremely informative - I never, for example, thought about waiting until lunchtime to photograph interiors to avoid people. The only criticism, from a UK point, is a lot of the work is from US based photographers and in most English towns we dont have the same dominating skyscrapers where quite a few o...

Complete Guide to Digital Photography

When I saw this book I was expecting another one of those books that provides a shallow overview of digital photography written by a highly respected traditional photographer. I was pleasantly surprised. The beginning lived down to my expectations, a typical formulaic intro, but this soon shifts a gear and has some great advice on shoot with a computer and calibration. Then in chapter 2 there are some excellent illustrated pieces on digital image editing with levels, histograms, selection tools ...

No Mans Land photography of Lynne Cohen

Since 1971 sculptor, turned photographer, Lynne Cohen has been recording peopleless interiors of labs, classrooms, offices, etc that look stark and uncomforting. The images are bizarre, do we really create such bleak environments? Most of the images are black & white and leave you feeling very cold. Its not the sort of book I would buy, but its certainly worth a once over from the public library.

Studio Photography 2nd edition Essential Skills

This paper back book in Focal Press' handy 19x24.5cm format is part of the Essential Skills series which has a school text book approach so it won't suit those who prefer an armchair read. This is a get up and do it book. Each chapter has a section with information on particular aspects of studio photography along with several useful assignments to help you practice and grasp the subject. Then at the end there's a revision bit which checks your understanding of the subject. The chapters cover ba...

Black & White Photography 2

Another Terry Hope book. We've said complementary things about Terry before in other book reviews. To summarise, RotoVision did well scooping this top photo journalist who's written several of their books. His choice of pictures and captions will liven up any subject, and this one, covering the broader scope of all black & white, will make any photographer ditch colour and have a go at black & white. Repro is excellent so tones leap out from the pages and expert info gleaned from the 20 or so p...

Creative Digital Photography

Mike is a highly respected stock photographer who has written many books on traditional photography based around landscapes and portraiture. As far as Im aware this is his first attempt at a digital book and it does one thing that sets it apart from many of the other digital books. While many book authors attempt to teach you all about pixels, binary code, colour depth and dynamic range, this one avoids the technology and looks at the way it can be applied. It more like a scenic guide to motorin...