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Wild Life

Wild Life is a completely new take on animal portraiture photography. Photographer Brad Wilson has brought them into the studio to create captivating and dramatic images allowing you to see animals as they've never been photographed before. That may sound like quite a sweeping statement but Brad's work is original, and allows the viewer to focus solely on the subject of the image by shooting on a black background. Most animal portraits you see are against their natural habitat, and even ...

Unravelling the Mysteries of the Little Black Box

Unravelling the Mysteries of the Little Black Box is an interactive ebook available for Mac and iPad. Designed like a graphic novel, the idea is quite simple - to teach a complete novice the basics of photography in bite-size chapters. The book begins with a little of the history of photography. There are elements in the book that require you to tap and slide to get extra information or scroll through images, adding a bit of fun to the conventional reading style. Next the book goes on ...

The Upshaws Of County Line: An American Family

The Upshaws of County Line: An American Family is a thought provoking book looking at life in a freedom colony and the culture of African American majority communities in the Rural South. This book comprises images from Richard Orton – a white photographer who was completely unaware of the world that the County Line community existed in. A very interesting foreword to the book tells the story of how Orton was gradually excepted into the society to enable him to capture the touching and poi...

Alternative Portraiture

Alternative Portraiture is a book all about artistic lighting and design for environmental photography. The book's author, Benny Migs, is an ex wedding photographer turned alternative portraiture entrepreneur, and he aims to show how to create great portraits without the use of a huge crew or a van full of lighting kit. He also looks at using location to your advantage to add to the image and say something about the personality of your subject, too. Each double page spread is a differen...

Photographing Newborns For Boutique Photographers

Photographing Newborns for Boutique photographers is a detailed guide on not only how to photograph young babies effectively, but also how to run a photography business well, pleasing your clients and keeping the money rolling in. Beginning by looking at business foundation, author Mimika Cooney knows the importance of having a firm understanding of your subject and having a good business model to ensure that your business is sustainable. Covered is branding, marketing and promoting your bus...

Fine Art Portrait Photography From Concept To Completion

Fine Art Portrait Photography is a guide to lighting, posing and post production of your images from concept to completion. The book features many examples of fine art portrait images. Each double page spread shows the finished image, along with the original camera image or images used to create it. Covered is lighting, styling, settings, and image specific elements such as location choices and backstory to the images. Post production is looked at, but techniques used in post production,...

Essential Elements of Portrait Photography : Lighting and Posing Techniques to Make Everyone Look Their Best

For those who are just dipping their toes into the pond of portrait photography this book offers a great foundation for you to work from. Plus, the first section is also relevant to all new photographers, regardless of the type of photography you are interested in. The title looks at both male and female subjects and discusses both indoor and outdoor scenarios, plus lighting set-ups. As well as images, the book features diagrams that illustrate how certain lights can be positioned etc. m...

Portrait Pro: What You MUST Know to Make Photography Your Career

If you are new to photography and are considering making your hobby your career, make sure reading this book is on your to-do list before you make any final decisions. It really does give a great insight into the professional photography world, paying particular attention to the not so great parts of a professional photographer's life so probably won't have even considered when picking up a camera. As well as advice on running a business you'll also find tips designed to help you improve...

Portrait Photography: The Essential Beginner's Guide

Portrait Photography: The Essential Beginner's Guide is a foundation course for beginner portrait photographers in a book. With each chapter giving you a lesson followed by projects, analysis and progress it's designed to teach you in bite-sized chunks. The book begins with the equipment you might need, including cameras, lenses, lighting accessories and other things you'll need like post processing software and memory cards. It also explains what each item is good for. Next, the basi...

Abandoned Planet

Abandoned Planet is the latest urban exploration title from Carpet Bombing Culture. In this title, photographer Andre Govia takes us on a journey through his explorations. Govia explains at the start of this book that the idea is to preserve these abandoned places by taking photographs before they simply become too dangerous or inaccessible to enter, or get demolished. Govia has explored everything, from manor houses to car graveyards abandoned hospitals and many more. With only a short ...