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The Beginner's Photography Guide

The Beginner's Photography Guide is an ideal book for the complete novice wanting to get into digital photography more seriously. In traditional Dorling Kindersley style, the book is laid out very simply and reads very much like a traditional guide. Each section is split into introducing, explaining and applying sections, so that you understand what you're doing before you implement it, speeding up the learning process. The book begins by looking at equipment, and what different cameras ...

Michael Freeman's Photo School - Landscape

Michael Freeman's Photo School: Landscape is a detailed and informative book all about getting the best out of your landscape shots. The book begins with a few words on the theory of landscape photography and how it evolved, before going into what makes a good landscape shot, beginning with how important the sky is in a shot. As always in Freeman's series, this book introduces to a few students of landscape photography who submit photos to be commented on by Michael at the end of each mi...

Michael Freeman's Photo School - Street

Street is one of the latest books in Michael Freeman's growing Photo School collection. Past titles have included exposure, composition and black and white. Freeman seems to be moving away from techniques and on to genres of photography with these latest additions. The book begins introducing the student photographers that will have their images critiqued by Michael throughout, after completing mini challenges. It then moves on to look at techniques, and how different lenses will influen...

Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible

Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible is all about creating unique and thought provoking images, whatever camera equipment or software you use. The book begins by talking us through what surreal photography means, before going into the different types of cameras available and the pros of each for the creation of surreal images. It involves quite a detailed guide into each type of camera and how they work. The second chapter looks at phone-ography and compact cameras. It discusses ...

Shooting yourself

Shooting Yourself is a book all about creating self portraits with attitude. The book begins with a few words from author Haje Jan Kamps on why he likes self portrait photography, and how it's important to be yourself when it comes to photography. Everyone has different interpretations, and you should follow yours. The book then introduces lots of different artists who specialise in self portrait photography, and a few words on why the author likes them, before they each go into why they ...

Build Your Own Pinhole Cameras

Build Your Own Pinhole Cameras is a great little book that includes everything you'll need to create your own pinhole cameras, and images. It comes with a CD ROM pre-loaded with camera designs that you can print out and build yourself. They vary from 'Pinolta' to 'Holeiflex' and many more. The book begins by introducing pinhole photography and explains what it is and how it came about. It then moves on to discuss what's on the included disk, and talks users through how to find the camera...

iPad For Digital Photographers

IPad for Digital Photographers is a guide on not only using your iPad for taking photos, but how it can be used in your day to day life as a photographer. Much smaller than a computer, an iPad can be ideal for processing images on the move, transferring them straight to the internet, and loads more. Author Derrick Story encourages us to move with technology and use it to our advantage, rather than living in the past. The book begins by looking at adding pictures to your iPad. We are shown...

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...