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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...

Mastering Wildlife Photography

Mastering Wildlife Photography is the latest title from experienced wildlife photographer Richard Garvey-Williams. Spending his childhood year in East Africa, he developed a love for wildlife photography and in this book we see his passion for the subject through his stunning images. From the very large to the very small, every aspect of wildlife photography is covered in the book. The book begins with a few general principles on the subject, from the subjects, lighting and composition o...

Legal Photography

If you are pursuing a career in legal photography or are wanting some insider tips on what the job involves, then this book may come in especially useful. Legal Photography boasts being a complete reference for documenting scenes, situations and evidence for civil cases. Based in the USA, there may be some differences in the procedure aspect of things to here in the UK but a lot of the tips are still valid. The book begins by covering the role of the legal photographer and looking at equ...

Portrait Mastery In Black And White

Portrait Mastery in Black and White allows you to learn the signature style used by a legendary photographer. Each double page spread in the book is dedicated to one black and white image. Firstly, the look that the photographer was going for and how the shot is achieved are discussed, and there is also a diagram of how that shots were set up and how lighting was positioned, making it easy to copy the setup for images of your own. Posing and expression and lighting and shooting are discu...