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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...

Need to Know? Digital Photography

Patrick Hook, Harper Collins, 2006. £9.99 From the Collins Need To Know? Range, Digital Photography is an A5 size paperback, with 190 colour pages.It includes advice on which camera and accessories to choose to tips on how to improve your photographic skills. A guide to the basics of photography, it is particularly aimed at the beginner and explains the various elements of photography such as composition, aperture and shutter speed clearly and concisely. Formatted in a quick-reference...

Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography

Landscape photographers need look no further, but this is not just for natureheads. Stunning examples of Stephen Johnson's art abound but this is a reference source not a coffee table book. The images are stunning because of their delicacy and subtlety. There are excellent chapters on the history of photography, just how digital technology works, practical advice on scanning, Photoshop, printing. Also some thought provoking views on photographic ethics: Johnson is a purist, aiming to capture exa...

Inspiring Professionals - The Landscape Photographers Guide to Using Filters

With examples of work from various professionals such as Mark Denton, David Noton and Charlie Waite, the Landscape Photographers Guide to Using Filters demonstrates how to successfully use different types of filters. It features locations such as Dustanburgh Castle in Northumberland, the Lake District and Exmoor National Park. With a foreword by Joe Cornish – freelance photographer for the National Trust photo library since 1989, all the photographs in this book were donated for free ...

See you in Leh

How many times have you been on a photographic holiday, only to return and six month's later struggle to remember exactly what you did where? Alistair Baird confesses that he has an appalling memory, so for a trip to Leh in India, he decided to keep copious notes in a diary. Upon his return these have been transcribed into See you in Leh, a travelogue with copious pictures, which is available as a two-part PDF download. Both are around 3.5Mb in size and can be downloaded from Alistair's ...

MySQL Cookbook

As one of the first contributors to the online MYSQL reference manual, Paul DuBois is well placed to deliver this book in the Cookbook series. For photographers building their own web sites who want to sell photos and deal with customers it's worth having a database to store your images and customer details. This book covers the MySQL database solution and delivers just about everything you'd need to know about setting up a database and performing searches. Be warned - database sites are far...

Contemporary Wedding Photography

Learn the tricks of the wedding trade in this new book as Duncan Evans investigates. If you've ever wanted to be a wedding photographer, or have just started out and need some advice, this new book from Julie Oswin and Steve Walton promises to get you going in the right direction, and most importantly, offers advice for tricky situations. Julie and Steve are award-winning photographers and this book brings together their tips, techniques and advice for creative, relaxed and innovative w...

ePHOTOzine Guide to Great Photography

Ever since it was first uttered on the ePHOTOzine forums, that the editor Peter Bargh was going to compile a book of great photography containing some of the best shots taken purely by photographers on EPZ, I could not wait to get my hands on a copy. When it finally arrived, I was not disappointed. Gracing the pages is a plethora of shots covering most if not all disciplines of photography. Also, interspersed throughout the book are some great portfolio pages, these provide case studies of ce...

The Digital Photography Handbook

An excellent book for the newcomer to digital photography, with explanations and advice, ranging from camera selection, photographic ideas, master classes and many more informative sections. Within each section there is a box of do’s and don’ts depending on the topic, everything is written in a way, which is easy to understand as not to confuse the reader. The author has placed blue boxes in most of the sections to help you focus on key issues such as technique and to give you ideas about wh...

A History of Photography - From 1839 to the Present

First impressions are, wow, I wont ever read that. But, stick with it, yes it’s a big book, but boy is it a good read. This book is a 25th Anniversary edition, showcasing just a small sample of the 400,000 plus images that the George Eastman Collection holds. It gives a truly fascinating insight into the processes, and development of the craft over the decades. Your journey starts right back at the very beginning of Photography. In 1839, the world saw the release of two types of photog...