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American Waters

Underwater photographer, Alex Kilbride, set himself the challenge of driving and diving across the US over a three year period. This 192 page hardback is the result of the incredible 100,000 mile journey and is a stunning visual record of the fascinating underwater world. From a photography technique point of view you can forget this book. I gathered Alex used Kodak film, ISO100 speed and there's a photo of him with a tripod and that's about it. But from a jaw-dropping point-of-view you...

The Art of Flower and Garden Photography

This 27cm x 25cm, 160 page book offers an insight into flower photography by award winning gardens photographer Clive Nichols. Over the past 15 years Clive has been commissioned to photograph the world's finest gardens and flowers for calendars, books and magazines. In doing so he has amassed a collection of over 35,000 images and a huge amount of knowledge which he shares in this book. A quick flick through in a bookstore could leave you thinking this is a coffee table book for those who appre...

Photographing Flowers

Sue Bishop is one of the foremost flower photographers in the UK and with Charlie Waite was a founder of Light and Land. In this well written book she shares some of her techniques and gives advice on many topics including equipment, lighting, depth of field, the colour circle and more. The book contains many stunning photographs as well as a number of case studies illustrating the techniques used. I was a little disappointed that studio lighting was not covered but on the whole I'd recommend...

Fine Art Nature Photography

This is a portfolio book showing the work of Nature photographer, Workshop instructor and Lecturer. It's a smaller 8.5in square format with one photo per spread and an extended caption for each image. The repro is good and the captions informative. The photography is generally outstanding and very inspirational apart from the occasional 'creative' shot that doesn't look right in this book. Well worth a look

Wildlife

First from a new series of books with the title "The World's Top Photographers and the stories behind their greatest images". The title sums up the book exactly. Here the author researches the best photographers in their field, in this case wildlife, then asks the photographers to submit their best pictures. Frans Lanting, Art Wolfe, Stephen Dalton, Chris Packham to name a few, share their stories to make this not only an inspirational but practical book. It's well delivered and a definite A to ...

flora

A collection of more than 200 floral photographs. There are none of your bog-standard images here. If you like flowers, love colour, enjoy shapes, want to be creative, you will be inspired with this superb book. I say inspired because there is no technical advice, just great pictures without words. The captions are all at the end with a short biog of the worldwide photographers. The cost is the only drawback, although it's now available far cheaper at online retailers such as Amazon.

Digital Imaging for the Underwater Photographer

When I first came across this book my initial reaction was WHAT. Im not an underwater photographer and couldnt see why anyone would benefit from this over a typical digital photography guide, but as I turned the pages I soon began to see the benefits. This book written by two professional underwater journalists focuses on all the issues a diving photographer would have moving over to digital. It shows typical problems and how to correct them using Photoshop. You will learn how to remove backscat...

Living Jewels

I've seen the odd beetle scuttle by over the years, but I never realised there was such a variety of fascinating colours. Living Jewels has just opened my eyes! It's a book of close up photos of dead beetles carefully arranged so that the legs are splayed uniformly and the body is square on to camera. The photos are excellent with insects reproduced to fill the 9.5x13.5inch pages each with a lovely subtle shadow that's almost like a ringflash effect. The only thing that lets the book down are pa...