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Adobe Photopshop CS for Photographers

With nearly another 100 pages added this is the biggest update of the popular book by professional fashion photographer Martin Evening. The new book takes the new features of CS and adds them into an already comprehensive guide to Photoshop. The pages are now colour coded and this can be seen across the top spine for easy access to chapters. If you own a previous version of Martin's book it's worth ditching and buying this as there are a lot of rewritten sections and the structure has changed wi...

How to Cheat in Photoshop

Steve Caplin is well known in the graphic circles and in MacUser magazine as contributing editor. Steve is a master of creating images form various bits of artwork/photographs and makes the montages look realistic or comic like depending on the commission he's been given. Here he shares his skills in a step by step format. The steps are not in full detail so you have to be fairly competent with photoshop to follow these but the stages are clearly explained so it shouldn't be too difficult. A gre...

Basic Photography

This book has been the recommended photography course textbook for as long as I can remember. It's not for those who like lots of big colourful pics but more a theory guide to all aspects of photography. Now in the 7th edition Langford has upgraded it to include digital. As most upgrades go it's covered digital quite well, but still does the same as most in providing a less technical roundup of the digital aspects. The depth of knowledge for film based is astounding yet digital isn't covered in ...

Aerial: The Art of Photography from the Sky

If you admire the much publicised work of Yann Arthus Bertrand, get a hold of this book. The photography is by Jason Hawkes who specialises in aerial photography and has 25 books published. It's incredibly detailed with superb colour and fantastic repro. The captions explain the briefs and circumstances to each photo and there's an interesting history of aerial photography at the beginning. Well worth a look.

Shooting Digital: Pro Tips for Taking Great Pictures with Your Digital Camera

This is a bit of a mixed book. The author kicks off by saying that it's aimed at more experienced users and the basics of photography will be assumed, but that's not the impression I get when reading various sections. The info is basic in parts and highly advanced in others. Mikkel picks the brains of dozens of pro photographers and adds these tips to his own wealth of info to provide lots of info you won't find in the run of the mill books. There's even a piece on kite photography! Well worth c...

SilverFast: The Official Guide

Scanning is an art in itself and often very confusing. Taz Tally takes the subject and covers the technique in depth using SilverFast as the program to guide you through setting denistometer points, calibrating exposure, making colour adjustments, removing casts and sharpening. Once you've read this the clear instructional style will almost guarantee you understand resolution and scanning. It just helps if you own SilverFast, and if you have an advanced scanner from the likes of Nikon, Microtek ...

100 Ways to Take Better Photographs

An A4 book with 128 pages in full colour. There is a view that books or magazines with a promise of 100 or 200 items may either be scratching around to provide that number or leaving you short in some way. Whereas a book that said 97 tips or 154 ways would subconsciously appear as the complete guide. Michael is well know for his landscape pictures and portraits and this book features heavily on these two subjects. I get the impression it was one of those easy ones to produce and in some areas I ...

The Twilight Hour

The master of gothic imagery produces his sixth book of haunting infrared photographs. This one is accompanied by fictional texts and poetry from masters of the Celtic ghost tales along with descriptive pieces by Simon about the buildings and places he shoots. Full page pictures of an eerie nature will suit goths and supernatural fans while lovers of infrared will be totally inspired. One for my bookshelf!

Digital Nature Photography

160 pages, 220 colour photos boasting to be the "complete guide". Well the subjects covered give you a good rounded view of nature photography from close ups to blurring techniques along with exposure and focusing aids and much more. The photos used are occasionally dramatic but overall a pretty average collection and the amount of digital manipulation is limited. The good thing though is that the techniques are all based around using digital cameras - the Nikon Coolpix range in general - which ...

The New Manual of Photography

Branded as "the definitive guide to photography in every format" this book, by arguably the most famous photography author, is published by the most illustrative book company Dorling Kindersley. It doesn't have the same graphical design treatments that we're used to with DK but does have a very clear layout with clean pages, and loads of illustrative photos. My first photography book was a Hedgecoe and I like his style - to the point and full of useful snippets of info. This one continues in the...