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The Universe 365 Days

This book comprises of 365 photos selected by the author from the Astronomy Picture of the Day web site. The photography is astounding, giving us an insight into space. There are some incredible pictures and there are some that leave you thinking so what. If astronomy is your thing then you'll be impressed, but if you only go ahhh when you see a photo of the moon or earth from space you'll probably find many of the images disappointing. I'd say I enjoyed looking at about 35%. From an educational...

Adventures with Pinhole and Home-Made Cameras

If you've ever had a fascination for pinhole photography you'll be amazed at what's also possible from a wide range of custom made camera contraptions. The author who's pulled it all together has written many articles over the years for the likes of Amateur Photographer and Practical Photography and here the knowledge clearly shows with guides to exposure, pinhole sizes, lens types and various ways to make bodies. It won't be a big seller, but will provide perfect info for the Wilf Makepeace Lun...

The Master Printer's Professional Guide to b+w darkroom techniques

Widely acknowledged as a master of the darkroom, Steve Macleod takes us through a superb visual journey of black and white. I've seen many technique books over the years, but non to match the sheer quality and advice provided by this. The chapters take you logically through the darkroom set up, to choosing the right film, exposure, processing chemicals and paper and then into the nitty gritty of how to print well, using pre/post flashing, dodging and burning, toning, lith papers, printing border...

The Digital Photographer's handbook Travel

The third in a series by this author looks at travel photography using digital cameras. Following the same formt we are first guided through the equipment needed to take travel pictues, including brief tips on insurance, then to subjects to shoot and finally into the heart of the book, the projects; It's here where you will learn how to edit pictures using Photoshop. each project takes up two pages and covers the use of curves, levels cahnnel mixer, gradient tool and much more. It;s designed rea...

Sporting Life The journals of Walter Looss

This pictorial diary of Sporting Life photographer Walter Looss is a feast of sports pictures, humourous headlines cuttings and scribblings. It's almost like a monty python style book without the humour. There are some fascinating portraits shot on large format Polaroid, along with some wonderful images from all areas of sport. If you like looking at sports pictures you'll love it. If you want to learn some techniques forget it. As many of the scribbled notes are running up the side of the pag...

Women by Women

128 pages, hardback cover and full of pictures of naked or near naked women photographed by 54 female photographers including Eve Arnold, Vanessa Beecroft, Lillian Bassman, Erika Langley, Sylvia Plachy, Ellen Von Unwerth, Cary Clifford, Lucia Ferrario, Gabina Francesca Galliani, Linda Troeller, Doralba Picerno and Dianora Niccolini. There's a good mix of image styles and picture sizes with few words so it's inspiration rather than technique. Having enjoyed looking at the photographs...what man ...

Digital Camera Techniques

Interesting cover, great title, but not exactly what it seems. You'll probably be expecting a book about techniques, and reading the jacket you'd expect to improve your photography because of it. When you look closer at the chapters and the words this book's more of an understanding of digital technology. Jon goes way beyond the usual superficial approach to unearth what digital really is all about and how it works in everything from cameras to scanners to printers. If you desire a thorough know...

Photoshop for the Web Hands On Training

If you have Photoshop 7 and are considering creating graphics for a web site this could be the book for you. Don't be fooled when flicking through and seeing a lack of interesting images. The step by step tutorials make up for this leaving no stone unturned. On several occasions a point that occurred making me think the tutorial was flawed, like what happens in most magazines, was quickly resolved with a side tip or italicised warning. Very easy to follow and clearly written to help make web sit...

The Photoshop book for digital photographers

At last a book that takes you step by step through a series of projects that A) cut through all the technical jargon you don't really need to know and B) is on subjects that actually matter rather than surreal projects that no one is going to do. Right from the beginning you're following actual examples that make sense. It's colour illustrations throughout and very well laid out. There are some old tricks and some superb new ones. I'd go as far as saying this is an essential book to grasp Photos...

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0

An updated version of the popular Elements book has an extra 50 pages with some new illustrations and a self contained project section which was split through the book in the earlier version and badly laid out. It's colour throughout and heavily illustrated with toned down graphics compared with the original that we criticised. They are excellent visual aids and Philip does a great job of making things clear. The book covers the basics first and then guides you through more advanced stages as i...