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Adobe Photoshop Layers Book

Photoshop's layers feature is one of the most useful tools to grasp but most of us just scratch the surface. This book's aim is to drill right down to the core, covering masking, layer effects, blend modes and much more in its 250+ pages. Colour throughout and extremely well illustrated it does the job well. If layers is something you're struggling to get to grips with, then this is the book to consider. It comes with a CD and has a collection of "Try it Now" lessons through the book.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 A-Z

This A-Z format was introduced by ePHOTOzine editor, Peter Bargh on Photoshop V5.5 and has since been expanded upon by Philip Andrews, a professional photographer, digital photography teacher, magazine editor and international author. The dictionary format makes it easy to quickly find items that you are struggling to get to grips with. Where Peter placed techniques along with the specific tool Philip brings a set of 28 concise step by steps to the front of the book enabling the A-Z aspect t...

Creative Suite 3 Integration

If you needed Photoshop and InDesign it's likely that you decided to buy them in Adobe's Creative Suite bundle and this comes with a few more items you may not have considered, such as Illustrator and Fireworks. This book pulls the lot together to give you a very brief insight into working with the programs one single projects. The first section of the book explains the features, and additions from CS2 to CS3, then it leads us into how to set up workspace, work with Version Cue and manage layers...

Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age

Light and Lens takes you through an educational photographic journey. The author writes with obvious in depth knowledge about the various aspects of photography with the intention of helping you understand the visualisation of the art rather then just providing a how to book. It touches on history and has a section of thought provoking questions with answers. Every aspect from exposure to printing is covered, and there are some really clear diagrams to help you get your head around topics such a...

Concise Focal Encyclopedia of Photography

What this book does is take selection of content from the mammoth Fourth edition of the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography. The question is have the bits that have been taken been pulled together in a way that will satisfy an audience? Suggested readership of this book is photography enthusiasts, teachers, students, collectors. I'd delete enthusiasts and thing twice about suggesting it for collectors. Yes there are some useful sections biographies of selected 20th century photographers is an inte...

Hands-On Digital Photography

Digital books are ten a penny these days as every man and his dog wants to share their knowledge of digital photography and earn a few quid writing a book. There are several D-things that make one book stand out from another: design (how it looks), detail (what's covered), depth (how well it's covered), diagrams(well quality of illustrative photos actually, I was struggling for a d-word) and doing factor (does it inspire you to go off and shoot?) So editorial director of Shutterbug and teache...

In the Blink of an Eye

This book features around 100 images that are set to astound and amaze with captions explaining facts about the subject. Patterns made by coins falling in water, reflections in water droplets, puthering smoke trails and cross polarisation rainbows are among the subjects covered. Being a regular viewer of the ePHOTOzine gallery would have introduced you to this kind of imagery so there's probably not too much to astound you as our experienced members have a similar technical ability. And, unlik...

American Waters

Underwater photographer, Alex Kilbride, set himself the challenge of driving and diving across the US over a three year period. This 192 page hardback is the result of the incredible 100,000 mile journey and is a stunning visual record of the fascinating underwater world. From a photography technique point of view you can forget this book. I gathered Alex used Kodak film, ISO100 speed and there's a photo of him with a tripod and that's about it. But from a jaw-dropping point-of-view you...

The Art of Flower and Garden Photography

This 27cm x 25cm, 160 page book offers an insight into flower photography by award winning gardens photographer Clive Nichols. Over the past 15 years Clive has been commissioned to photograph the world's finest gardens and flowers for calendars, books and magazines. In doing so he has amassed a collection of over 35,000 images and a huge amount of knowledge which he shares in this book. A quick flick through in a bookstore could leave you thinking this is a coffee table book for those who appre...

The Complete Guide to Professional Wedding Photography

The complete guide to Professional Wedding Photography The title offers a complete guide and the cover of the book promises to create a more profitable and fulfilling business, so this book is not for hobbyists or new venturers into photography, but for established wedding photographers that need a boost to their business. The back of the book informs the reader in a bullet pointed list that they will learn about all the key points of wedding photography although equipment is only covered br...