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Learning To See Creatively

Learning To See Creatively is all about learning to see design, colour and composition in photography. Author Bryan Peterson wants you to learn how to 'see' properly, paying more attention to the everyday things around you and thinking how they can be made into a great image. The book begins by looking at how we see, and comparing human vision to camera vision. It explains how different focal lengths can shed a completely different view onto a scene and how you can change your angle to cr...

A Show Of Hands

A Show Of Hands is a book full of images of people's hands. You might immediately think that this an odd port of the body to take images with. Usually we go for someone's face, or use the environment they're set in to tell a story about them. But when looking through this book you'll be surprised how much someone's hands say about their life. Photographs of tradesmen and ordinary people's hands are mingled in with those of celebrities, including the likes of Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Ranulph ...


Bernhard Edmaier is a photographer who also happens to have training as a geologist and he uses his knowledge to create stunning images of earth, from the sky as well as on land, that educate as well as bring pleasure to those who view them. In his latest title - WATER - images of rivers, deltas, floodplains, glaciers and more grace the pages of this large-format book which really is a treat for the eyes. The abstract images which show water in all its forms are vibrant, sharp and full of...

Cinematic Portraits

Cinematic Portraits is a book all about creating photos with the look of classic Hollywood photography. The book begins with a little of the history of film noir, giving you an idea of why the portraits from the time looked as they did. It's all about creating a mood and telling a story with the image. Many different types of lighting effect can be used to give the feel of the genre, and these are listed along with a set up diagram and what you're aiming to achieve. The next chapter ...

Lighting Design For Commercial Portrait Photography

Lighting Design For Commercial Portrait Photography looks at the lighting needed in different situations to achieve great photos. Tools you'll need for the shoot are looked at, as well as elements of producing a commercial shoot including makeup, wardrobe and models. The next chapter looks at beauty lighting, including coming up wih a concept and planning, using a beauty dish, mola plus background light, and refining the background light. Sideways clamshell lighting, traditional clam...

Peak District Through The Lens

James Grant is a passionate landscape photographer and his latest book, Peak District through the lens, offers photographers a guide to the most picturesque places in the Peak District. The book splits the Peak district into 3 different areas and colour codes them, making it easy to distinguish where about each area of interest is. There is a handy guide on how to use the book at the front, running through the different symbols and information used and what it means. Each area mentioned ...


Schude showcases a decade of work by photographer Ryan Schude. Ryan is well known for his pop art colour schemes, startling portraits and mischievous tableaux teeming with cleverly-organised chaos and for the first time, his work is presented in a rather interesting book. On every page of the book you'll find a vast tableau bursting with detail or an intimate portrait that's filled with just as much interest and narrative. You'll find yourself turning every page wondering what's next and how...

The Mind's Eye Guide To Composition

The Mind's Eye Guide to Composition by Bob Wayland is now available in an expanded second edition and is dedicated to helping you achieve better composition by looking at how you can improve your knowledge, detection and perception of the subject to improve your images. Bob says that if you've ever taken an image that you thought was a masterpiece and turns out to be nothing special, then you need to read this book. The first chapter is about composition in the form of how our eye and mi...

Capture The Moment

Capture The Moment is a collaboration of images from various members of the Clickin Moms social network for female photographers. The book aims to teach you how to capture the beauty of every day family life with short, concise tips and lots of beautiful images. With categories including Natural light, storytelling, composition, fine art and black and white, the book covers every angle when it comes to capturing great family photos in the familiarity of your own home or the fun of a holiday....

Collier's Guide To Night Photography in the Great Outdoors

Collier's Guide to Night Photography in the Great Outdoors is the culmination of 12 years experience in the field. Grant Collier grew up exploring Colorado's Rocky Mountains, and took up photography soon after. In this eBook he covers everything from equipment and supplies for a trip out into the wilderness to composition, light sources, light painting, star trails and blending multiple exposures. Types of cameras and lenses are covered along with a brief description of how some focal le...