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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...

Scanning Negatives and Slides

The cover is well designed and the title promises an interesting read, but that's where the good bit ends. Open the book and it has a frustrating layout that makes you feel cheated. Each page has approx 1/3rd as white space. While this allows pics to have captions dropped into this area it looks as though someone forgot to crop the book which could have been a5 size, rather than nearly A4. The structure of the book is good, taking you though the scanning process logical, but I couldn't help th...

Panoramic Photography: From Composition and Exposure to Final Exhibition

A book by French author, Arnaud Frich, has been translated into English by Alan Greene to bring us a fascinating guide to panoramic photography. This book not only explains how to shoot panoramic photos with a wide variety of equipment, but it also takes us through processing images explaining how to use software to stitch together the individual frames and then on to printing and mounting for display. I've not seen a book so in-depth on the subject before, but more to the point the photos used ...

An Illustrated A-Z of Digital Photography: People and Portraits

From the team behind What Digital Camera? Magazine, People and Portraits is the follow-up to An A-Z of Digital Photography by the same authors. The books is an alphabetical arrangement of the various aspects of people and portrait photography, for example there is information on the various types of portraits, as well as image editing, retouching, restoration and special effects. Interspersed between the chapters are professional profiles from top photographers such as Annabel Williams, Pet...

Basics Photography: Composition

From AVA Publishing's Basics Photography series, Composition is a beginners guide to Composition, the “second key ingredient for the creation of a successful photograph”, and includes photographic work by professionals such as Martin Parr, David Hockney and Dorothea Lange. Composition is a thorough yet easy to understand introduction to the subject, with explanatory diagrams, high quality images and relevant quotations throughout. It covers all elements of the subject, including information...