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Book Reviews

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...