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Photographing Families: Tips For Capturing Timeless Images

Photographing Families: Tips for Capturing Timeless Images is a book by expert portrait photographer Michele Celentano. The book takes us through how to create perfect family images that will last a lifetime, starting from the very beginning. The first chapter is very picture rich, and includes advice on what will work and what will not, for example how to work with young children to keep them engaged and alternatives to the usual formal portrait. It also includes information on cameras,...

Bryan Peterson's Exposure Solutions

Bryan Peterson's Exposure Solutions looks at the most common photography problems with exposure and how to solve them. Bryan Peterson explains that there is a key difference between what your camera says is the right exposure, and what is the creatively correct exposure. Your camera may tell you what it thinks is right, but you might want to achieve a different effect, and so the book takes us on a journey of how to master exposure in almost any situation. The first chapter discusses ho...

Lighting For Product Photography

Lighting for Product Photography is a step by step guide into the world of sculpting with light for product shots. Images of products can make all the difference between whether a potential buyer will choose them or not, so the book explains how to take stunning images of products that fit what the client asks for. Author Allison Earnest explains that a lot of the techniques used are similar to those of shooting portraits, however that certain materials will have characteristics that need...

Photographic Lighting

Photographic Lighting is a compact and informative guide to lighting in photography. The first chapter looks at the basics of flash, bringing your attention to the different temperatures of light and how different flash strengths will affect the look of the overall shot. It also looks at flash gels, which will affect the temperature and colour of the light given out. The second chapter looks at on camera flash equipment. It covers diffusion panels for your flash, and how tilting and rota...

Digital Image Editing and Special Effects

Digital Image Editing and Special Effects is a title by Michael Freeman, a seasoned pro in all things photography. This book is all about mastering the key techniques of Photoshop and Lightroom. It covers Software tools and techniques, image enhancement, image retouching and special effects. Freeman provides a compact and easy to follow guide on editing your images in the most popular software packages out there today. He talks us through all the basic edits that you might want to mak...

blogging for photographers

Blogging for photographers is an in depth guide to becoming a successful online photography blogger. Author Jolie O'Dell encourages bloggers to showcase their creativity and build and audience through blogging. Blogging can lead to a whole host of things, including being able to earn money from your blog and advertising with top names in the field. The first chapter looks at the basics of blogging, with what hardware you'll need to be able to get your photos online. Covered are what skill...

The Wildlife Photography Workshop

The Wildlife Photography Workshop is full of beautiful and inspiring photos of all different types of wildlife right from the beginning. Written in the style of a workshop, the book is easy to follow and provides everything you need to know about wildlife photography. The book begins with a chapter on what equipment will be necessary, talking us through the different types of lenses available and what features they bring to the table. There is also a section on useful accessories for your sh...

Posing For Portrait and Glamour Photography

Posing For Glamour And Portrait Photography is all about getting the best out of your models and the camera. It begins by taking us through the basics of posing, and some simple dos and don'ts. If the posing is bad, then it can ruin a photo, says author Joe Farace. He uses before and after shots to show us how shots will look better when correctly posed. Also covered is what can distract from a photo as well as well as add to it, for example use of over bright jewellery can take attentio...

Photographing Dogs

Photographing dogs is a book all about how to get the best out of dog photography. Aimed at professional digital photographers, the book assumes you have some background knowledge of photography, and have studio facilities that are dog friendly to be able to shoot in. The book begins with how you should gradually ease into the canine market, and re-iterates that you should never fully lose touch with the human client, as of course these will be the main source of income for your business....

Backgrounds and Backdrops - A Portrait Photographer's Guide

Backdrops and Backgrounds is a book dedicated to teaching portrait photographers what backgrounds will work best with which shots. We are first taught about different materials that can be used for backdrops, and the benefits and drawbacks of them – mainly to do with the amount they'll crease. Then the book looks at painted and printed backdrops, before moving on to paper backdrops that will create a flawless look, and flooring and floor drops. We then learn how to create a pure white ...