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Mastering Exposure

Mastering Exposure claims to tell you all you need to know to take perfect images with any camera. The first chapter covers technical considerations, including the cameras and equipment necessary before going into an introduction to exposure. This covers everything from how an image is captured digitally to understanding histograms. Exposure values and the exposure triangle are also looked at in detail, before the book moves on to cover shutter speeds in more detail. How to deal with low...


Moodscapes is a book all about the theory and practise of fine-art landscape photography. Everything from the origins of photography to the definition of a moodscape is covered, before the basics of photography are explained. Despite a title that might suggest quite a complicated area of photography, the book is great at explaining even the most fundamental aspects of photography, making it accessible to anyone who has an interest and willingness to learn. What kit will be needed is ...

Double Take: Portraits Over Time

Double Take: Portraits Over Time is a book showing portraits of children and young adults as they grow up. Photographer Maggie Evans Silverstein has had a photographic studio in South Miami for 20 years or so, and in that time she has photographed lots of families. In this book, she has taken photographs of these families and their children as they are now, and juxtaposed them against each other, revealing the stark changes that have taken place. The book is nostalgic, and with each set ...

Capturing the Moment: The Essence of Photography

Capturing the moment is all about how and when to capture the perfect photo – this is the essence of photography, and it is this fleeting of moments that will work that sets photography apart from other art forms. Written and conceptualised by top travel photographer Michael Freeman, this book includes all his best knowledge and tips on this quite specific yet highly detailed and thought about area of photography. The book is split into four chapters; camera-work, in-camera moments, fa...

30 Second Photography

30-Second Photography contains the 50 most thought provoking photographers, styles and techniques, each explained in half a minute. The book is split into 7 chapters; visual language, historical movements, capturing the image, composition, light & lighting, photographic theory and image processing and reproduction. This is a clever, well thought out book, with each double page spread consisting of a topic or photographer of particular note, discussed in 30 seconds worth of reading time. ...

The Photographer's Guide To The Yorkshire Dales

The Photographer's Guide to the Yorkshire Dales is a comprehensive guide to all the photogenic destinations in the area. The third in a series of books from Ellen Bowness, the Yorkshire Dales edition also features sat nav information, helping you to find the destinations in the book with ease. The book is split into 7 different dales, so it's easy for the reader to find a destination or choose one in the area they are visiting. Each chapter has an overview and detailed maps of that D...

The Photographer's Guide To The Peak District

The Photographer's Guide to the Peak District is the latest in this informative and useful series by Ellen Bowness. Much like The Photographer's Guide to the Lake District, this book contains everything you could possibly need to know about photographing a certain area of the country. Split into chapters on the North, South, East and West of the Peak District, you can easily find an area you'd like to visit and photograph. These books now feature satnav information for all of the destina...

NY Through The Lens

NY Through The Lens is a photographic exploration of the city of New York. All the images are taken by photographer Vivienne Gucwa, who has lived in the city all of her life and explores all aspects of the landscape of the city, from the skyline and the financial district to the lower east side, Greenwich village and chinatown. The book is more inspirational than technical, and is split into four chapters; Street Narratives, Skylines, Seasons and History. Each section has an introductory...

Magnum Contact Sheets

Magnum Contact Sheets has been described as 'groundbreaking' in its previous incarnations, and this edition looks to be no different. The book is a collection of 139 contact sheets, from 69 photographers, and is basically all the best bits from the Magnum photographic archive. The book reveals how the very best shots were captured and edited by Magnum photographers. This edition has been newly re-formatted with 16 extra pages, with reproductions of over 200 photographs. Photographers...

Photographing The Lake District

Photographing The Lake District is a full and comprehensive guide to shooting in one of the most beautiful places in the UK. The book is split into the different areas of the lakes, much like a guide book, making it really easy to find your destination, or indeed to find one that you like the look of to explore. There is also a detailed technique section at the back of the book. At the beginning of the book, there is an introduction to the area, and the Lake District National Park, along...