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The Photographer's Guide To Snowdonia & North Wales

This latest addition to the Long Valley Books repertoire is just as useful and concise as the other books in the series. Author Ellen Bowness takes a lot of time and effort to put these books together and this really shows in the accuracy of the information provided here. Any photographer planning a trip to Snowdonia & North Wales in the future will find this title useful. There's a introduction to the area at the front before we delve into the the many beautifully photographic areas in ...

The Photographer's Guide To Northumberland

Ellen Bowness has a proven record for creating guide books to specific areas in the UK - everywhere from the Lake District, to the Yorkshire Dales and even London. The latest installment looks at Northumberland - an area of outstanding beauty that stretches from Newcastle up to Berwick-Upon-Tweed. The book looks at both coastal areas and those inland - anyone visiting Northumberland should stop by Hadrian's wall at some point. There are 3 chapters covering the coastal areas, and then one...

Real Life Family Photography

Real Life Family Photography is a guide to capturing love and joy through the ages and stages of your children's lives. The book is aimed at everyday people who want to be able to take fantastic images of their kids growing up, so should be accessible to everyone. Author Amy Drucker specialises in documentary portraits and creative lifestyle photos, so she is the ideal guide for this book. The book begins with the basics of photography including the fundamental difference between sna...

The Photographer's Guide To Scotland

The Photographer's Guide To Scotland is the newest edition to Ellen Bowness' successful series, helping people to find the best photos in the UK's most photographed places. Previous offerings include guides to photographing the Lake District, Peak District and London. This edition covers Skye, Glen Coe and the Trossachs – some of the most photogenic locations Scotland has to offer. As with all Ellen's books, this guide is extremely comprehensive including maps of the area and lovely i...

How to Take Great Photographs

A new book, edited by Clive Woodyear, aims to provide inspiration for photographers. Within the book experienced and successful photographers talk about how and why they created their images. Great photographs come from a passion and emotional connection to the subject, and the time and effort taken translate the photographer's vision into an image. This involves a commitment to photography, and a willingness to learn, not just from your mistakes, but also from the work of others. This new bo...

Abandoned on the Plains: Fragments of the American Dream

Abandoned on the Plains: Fragments of the American Dream is a very interesting book that leaves you asking lots of questions. Basically, the book documents one couple's tour of central American plains, where the population density is very low and abandoned buildings are rife. Tony and Eva Worobiec are photographers that have explored many different abandoned American locations during their trip. From homesteads to grain silos, farm buildings and barns, these building are often weathe...

Curious Cameras

Curious Cameras is a visual journey through the evolution of the camera, from the earliest daguerreotype camera through to novelty toy cameras. If you have an interest in cameras through the ages then this is the book for you. Featuring 183 cool cameras from the strange to the spectacular, author Todd Gustavson starts at the very beginning, with an explanation of how the daguerreotype process works. There are many weird and wonderful cameras here and the knowledge acquired of these to be...

Photographing North Wales

Photographing North Wales is a photo location guidebook by Simon Kitchin. Simon is a seasoned landscape photographer and here he shares with us his passion for North Wales and all his favourite locations to photograph in the area. With a foreward by Iolo Williams, a Welsh wildlife enthusiast and presenter, Simon's book is well presented and has sections for different areas of North Wales; Snowdonia, Llyn Peninsula, Anglesey and Menai, North Coast and North East Wales. As well as the a...

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 ...