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Step-by-step Digital Photo Retouching

Book 4 in the Ilex step by step series and the weakest of the set. The book offers a series of fixes for digital images, using pictures that are not that visually exciting. You can get most of the info covered here in each of the other three books but buying one of those will give you a great deal more on your chosen subject. Alternatively check out any of the Photoshop tutorial books that are reviewed here and are much better. Overall visually well designed but dull from an illustration point ...

Step-by-step Digital Nude Photography

Number 2 in the Ilex Step by Step series. I have the same comment as the Family 003 book where similar info appears in all this series, making the centre section have to work harder. In this book there are plenty of styles of nude photography to try but nothing really creative in the shape of Bob Carlos Clarke, David Penprase or similar. This is the problem when an author writes and illustrates a book - it tends to be a style he has and even though the poses vary immensely, there's still too muc...

Step-by-Step Digital Family Photography

Number 3 in the step by step series follows the same format with intro about camera choice and using followed by detailed help choosing and shooting the subject, then into manipulating the photos you've taken and finally outputting them. The problem with this format is that you may want more than one book in the series then you're reading more or less the same information at the beginning and end of each book making the essential middle bit more expensive. In this book the pictures are very ...

Vic Eating Cabbage: The Photography of Jim Riegel

This is a hard backed 96 page book with 84 black & white photographs printed in duotone - all nude portraits. Some are male, some female, some are full length, some are waist up, many are holding unusual props...one such photo is illustrated on the cover. The style of photography introduces us to a different approach to nude photography, and if you enjoy looking at beautiful people naked this is not the book for you. If you want to develop your skills you may find inspiration.

Sebastiao Salgado: An Uncertain Grace

No introduction necessary for this photographer who's famous photos of the Brazilian mine workers have been seen all over the world in almost ever year book and "Great Image" guides. This book features some of these along with other reportage shots where he explores the live's of the world's unseen people. If you like his work you'll love this book - 156 pages with 129 duo toned black & white photographs beautifully reproduced in a 13x11in format.

Digital Photographer's Guide to Photoshop Elements

I worked with Barry when I launched Digital PhotoFX back in 1997. At the time he was one of the leading digital imaging experts - these days we have loads of experts so the question is... will Barry still be ahead of the game? For a start he's chosen to use Photoshop Elements which is much more affordable than Photoshop so that's a welcome move. The book has the familiar clean Ilex design and the photos are from Barry's extensive collection. These are great examples to work with and make the bo...

Secrets of the Digital Darkroom

The title doesn't quite live up to its promise. Having looked at dozens of Photoshop books there's nothing new in here that could be a "secret" revealed. A few of the pictures may have worked well on screen, but don't appear to transfer into print, so there are a couple of bad tonal breakdowns and dodgy cut-outs. Otherwise the book is well designed, looks interesting and covers most areas of digital imaging. So you could buy this and become competent with your image editing program, but there ar...

Step-by-step Digital Landscape Photography

First in a new series of step by step books, this one takes the popular subject of landscapes and shows you how to take and edit pictures using digital cameras and Photoshop. The book is very colourful, a visual treat, and takes you through all the traditional photographic principles so you can master composition, focusing and exposure, the second half explains with ease how to enhance the photos you take. Overall a very comprehensive book and ideal for beginners or more experienced photographer...

Travel Photography

Wow!!!! Check this book out for some fantastic images. Although it's about travel there's more to this than just landscapes. You get wildlife, culture, people and architecture. The pictures are great, but they are used large so there are not vast amounts of text throughout the book. The explanations of techniques are clear and interesting and there's a good section on Polaroid Image transfer with details of what you need an how to do it. Travel is not my thing but I found this book enjoyable to ...

Special Effects, Retouching and Restoration (The Digital Photographer's Handbook)

The design of this "Digital Photographer's Handbook" series is brilliant and really makes you want to pick up and read the content at every occasion. This one is about restoration and guides you through many techniques to improve faded, damaged and badly shot pictures. Tim writes with an authoritative but friendly style making it really easy to grasp. Well worth a look.