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The Art Of RAW Conversion

This book, written by an expert in RAW photography, covers all aspects of shooting in RAW and processing the files to ensure you get the very best out of your camera. It takes you through a journey of image capture first explaining the difference between Jpeg and RAW through into colour theory, calibration, colour space and profiling techniques. Then it explains how to calibrate your camera and set up a workflow. Then follows chapters on various RAW converters, from the likes of Adobe, Phase ...

Extreme Lighting Conditions in Digital Photography

With so many digital technique books on the market and only a few general subjects possible it's good to see more specialised books coming out that go into specific areas of photography in more detail. While the Hedgecoes and Langfords of the world cover extreme light over a few pages, this book takes 144 pages to tackle the issues. It's written by an ex magazine editor who's also a member of the Royal Photographic Society. The idea of the book is to take real world situations and explore why ...

Portrait Photography - Secrets of Posing & Lighting

Mark Cleghorn is an award winning wedding photographer with a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society. He's also extremely good at portrait photography and has created this book to share his secrets. Unlike other books where "secrets" are not really shared Mark goes to great lengths to help those of us who are considering shooting portraits. It covers everything from children to tasteful nude. You learn how to lighting your subject using natural and artificial light, how to pose and arran...

The Digital SLR Handbook

Who better to introduce the world of SLR than one of photography's leading authors? Freeman tackles the art of digital SLR photography by taking a two-step approach: technology then technique.His dissection of what goes on inside the case may confuse the casual consumer but for those who want to know exactly what lies beneath the surface of their camera and how it all works to produce those crystal clear pictures, the first part of this book is an invaluable reference.The second section focuses ...

Beyond Java

Thinking about building a web application? Interested how all those sites you use on a daily basis actually work? Don't want to be baffled by incomprehensible jargon? If you can answer 'yes' to those three questions then this book is for you. Bruce Tate takes a look at the most popular web programming language, Sun's Java, and discusses both its benefits and limitations for developers. He examines competing standards, focusing on newcomer Ruby On Rails, and interviews leading programmers for th...

Photographing Flowers

Sue Bishop is one of the foremost flower photographers in the UK and with Charlie Waite was a founder of Light and Land. In this well written book she shares some of her techniques and gives advice on many topics including equipment, lighting, depth of field, the colour circle and more. The book contains many stunning photographs as well as a number of case studies illustrating the techniques used. I was a little disappointed that studio lighting was not covered but on the whole I'd recommend...

The Essential Lighting Manual for Photographers

Firstly don't be fooled by the title and assume this is mostly about studio lighting, as I did when I looked at the cover which also suggests this. The thing that had me wondering was it's written by experienced wildlife photographer Chris Weston. The book covers outdoor lighting - i.e. the sun, for a majority of the pages. The last chapter is studio lighting. If you want to understand how to make the most of light it will assist lots of very good nature pictures mixed in with a few decent port...

Getting Colour Right: The Complete Guide to Colour Correction

Getting correct colour is one of the trickiest parts of digital photography and this book does a good job of taking you through the minefield. It explains the different colour spaces, file formats, scanning, and pixels. It then guides you through a series of typical colour problem you may encounter with your photography and helps you correct them digitally. Some of the illustrations are not visually very stimulating, but overall a worthwhile attempt. I think it's overpriced but the Amazon saving...

The Digital Darkroom: A Complete Guide to Image Processing for Digital Photographers

It does what it says on the tin so to speak, but so have many books that came before it. A standard guide that's been written so many times already means this would have to be different to make it worth publishing sadly there's nothing new. It does the job competently but I prefer the Michael Freeman's Complete Guide.

World Press Photo 04

This annual book contains the most haunting and inspiring photographs from the previous year. Photos are submitted by over 4100 photojournalists, picture agencies, newspapers and magazines throughout the world. The ones that appear in the book are selected from over 63,000 images and represent the most powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing images of the year. Needless to say, this book is not for the faint hearted! Many of the images contain a brief detail about the situation, so they are e...