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Traditional Photographic Effects with Adobe Photoshop

With a very brief introduction and a few pages on input this book flies straight into a series of step-by-step techniques - the first one is about Sepia toning. Its let down by huge screengrabs which have been displayed too big and over-sharpened, making you wonder how that happened when we have a book about the one program that can avoid such problems! The five-page technique could have easily been covered in two and that sets the flavour for this book - not much content spread thinly over t...

Photoshop Restoration & Retouching

: Heres one of those books that makes you realise theres always more to Photoshop than you think. Based around the popular area of retouching photographs, the author, an Alpha tester for Photoshop and well-respected US lecturer, takes you way beyond the basics of using a selection tool and clone tool. You will learn how to make advanced corrections using alpha channels, masks and adjustment layers. Its the most in-depth and knowledgeable book Ive seen on the subject, yet its still easy to follow...

High Impact Portrait Photography

This book, written and illustrated by ex model and studio owner Lori Brystan, has many good examples of portrait photography with a difference. Its laid out in the usual Amherst Media Style Full page pic on one side and technique on the other making it quick to locate a style and read how it was created. Lori shares her ideas about posing and working with the models who could be babies, children or adults. Theres fashion, family, glamour and social examples with some superb tips that any portrai...

Digital Imaging for the Underwater Photographer

When I first came across this book my initial reaction was WHAT. Im not an underwater photographer and couldnt see why anyone would benefit from this over a typical digital photography guide, but as I turned the pages I soon began to see the benefits. This book written by two professional underwater journalists focuses on all the issues a diving photographer would have moving over to digital. It shows typical problems and how to correct them using Photoshop. You will learn how to remove backscat...

Photoshop 7 Magic

Congratulation are due for being one of the first to get a Photoshop 7 titled book out, and its horizontal format makes it more practical to use on a crowded desktop. The book has good repro quality on bright white pages and is laid out in a step-by-step format, with all the necessary tutorial images provided on an included CD. There is a lot of creative white space so you dont see text and pictures crammed together. Following the steps is easy providing you are already familiar with Photoshop ...

Das Zweite Gesicht The Other Face

This dual text book in German and English looks at photography of the human face starting out with a history of photographic techniques that includes the out of focus pictures by Julia Margaret Cameron through the avant-garde techniques from the likes of Man Ray, to the computerised generation images of today. Its a fascinating insight with lots of great examples of how we can distort the face using morphing, focusing and exposure. Not great for technique, but fine for inspiration and intrigue.

The Complete Idiots Guide to Digital Photography

Yet another book on Digital Photography, now in its second edition, and with the Idiots guide title youll either be embarrassed to be seen with it or wont mind, knowing that youre sure to find help as you enter into this type of photography. Its written by an experienced American professional photographer and starts with an unnecessary six-page intro of the history of photography! Then it covers the benefits and disadvantages of digital along with who will find a digital camera useful. Here it p...

Hand Colouring and Alternative Processes

With the advent of digital imaging fewer photographers are venturing into the darkroom, but those who are, are experimenting more. This book will suit you down to the ground. As the title suggests, it covers the techniques of colouring photographs and using alternative processes. The author takes you through the process of choosing a suitable hand colouring material looking at dyes, pencils and oils, and in each case explains the benefits of each and shows how to apply. There are tips to help yo...

Creative Digital Photography

Mike is a highly respected stock photographer who has written many books on traditional photography based around landscapes and portraiture. As far as Im aware this is his first attempt at a digital book and it does one thing that sets it apart from many of the other digital books. While many book authors attempt to teach you all about pixels, binary code, colour depth and dynamic range, this one avoids the technology and looks at the way it can be applied. It more like a scenic guide to motorin...

Start with a Digital Camera

Dont judge a book by its cover or you probably wouldnt buy this one. While most digital photography books take you through endless reams of technical babble and explain all the meanings you come away with a fantastic knowledge but cant put it into practice. This book takes the opposite approach and actually shows you more about how to take pictures and what to do with the results including making mini books, stationary and advertising flyers. This is a really interesting book that will keep you ...