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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...

Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive

Aftermath is unique archive of photographs taken after the attacks on the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001. Unique because the photographer, Joel Meyerowitz, was the only person allowed to artistically record the area that had been fenced off and classified as a crime scene. Joel's persistence gained him access to record the changes to the area over a nine month period, starting on 23 September 2001. Five years on, the publication of this book brings Joel's set of pictures together that...

Head Rush Ajax

A major change is taking place in the online world. The internet is becoming richer and we, its users, can enjoy desktop-like features within our Internet browser which creates a whole new experience. Pages need not be reloaded as often as they used to be and the amount of data exchanged between client and server is minimal. And everyone seems to know why – it’s AJAX! AJAX stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. Sounds complicated? Not with the Head Rush Ajax book. The author takes a fresh ...

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...