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Adobe Photoshop 6 Classroom in a Book

Coming from Adobe press you can assume that this book will be the essential Photoshop tutorial, especially with its "Classroom" title and the fact it's part of Adobes official training series. The cover features Photoshop's familiar eye graphic that's used on the supplied manual and outer packaging. The book is laid out like the manual supplied with the program so it is disappointingly dull with lots of monotone images and just a small colour section in the centre. That said, the info provide...

Macromedia Flash 5 Creative Web Animation

Although aimed at slightly broader level of reader this book has a similar mission to the QuickStart product ie a guide to Flash 5. It begins by giving a detailed update on new feature with version 5 and then goes logically through the various stages of Flash from learning the tools, to starting off and building a movie, followed by details of how to test the animation and then to optimise it to ensure a faster performance. Advanced users will find the section on scripts worthwhile. A small po...

Lighting for Glamour

Another release from Steve Bavister that looks at one of the most published subjects, glamour. How you interpret the subject varies from one person to another and Steve's selection of pictures show he has a more imaginative mind than many with several images in here that I would say are far from glamorous! To his credit you have just about every approach to the subject and some great advice to back them up. Most of the pictures have been used full page and in some cases it shows. The images are...

Web Design in a Nutshell

Web Design in a Nutshell? Some nut! This nut has 27 chapters crammed onto 560 pages, all overflowing with information. Undeterred I began to read and soon discovered that it is not a book for reading, but more a desktop reference. The information contained on the pages is informative, accurate and covers everything from creating a site, that's accessible to a variety of browsers, right through to using multimedia and interactivity in a site. There's also an excellent section on HTML. The ...

Lighting for Still Life

A slightly shorter than A4 format book with great production values and a simple cover design. It's written by Steve Bavister who's well known in the photographic press as once Editor of Photo Answers magazine and current editor of The Photographer. I can't quite work out RotoVision. The design of some books has larger than necessary type and this one has a smaller face that will get anyone over the age of 40 reaching for their specs. Other than that the 160 page book is full of pictures shot ...

Photographing Weddings

This 144 page paperback gives an insight into the world of professional wedding photography. Once again lots of RotoVision design tricks are played with on type. You have text on its side enlarged quotes and small body copy. What really works are the large informative pull quotes that sum up the content of the photo on the page, making it great for time starved readers.The advice overall is useful and supplied to Cathy by the likes of award winner Keith Thompson and Daniel Valla. The book is s...

Black & White Still Life

While I can appreciate black & white photography I'm not one of these people who will shoot nothing else, so a book on black & white still life didn't particularly make me want to look further, especially as the cover is dreadful! But inside is one of the most inspiring collection of images I've come across in one book with some fantastic explanations to the pictures that have been created. I've always liked the subtle work of John Blakemore and there are four or so examples in here, along with...

Better Picture Guide to: Photographing Nudes

Great soft focus image on the cover that, being a bloke, makes you want to pick it up and look further. If you're interested in the female form you'll love this book. But the point of the book is to give you advice and inspiration to master composition, lighting and exposure when photograph the nude. Question is...will it? Once again there's RotoVision's jerky text style that can halt the reading process, but I'm currently absorb by a fascinating collection of beautiful women...naked... so th...

Inside Photoshop 6

With hundreds of books on Photoshop each trying to grab your attention the writers and publishers have several ways of making you pick theirs. With over a thousand pages and a two inch thick spine you wont miss this one on the Photoshop section of the bookshop! But size doesnt always matter! Having read through several areas I could have reduced the copy by at least half and still maintained the chatty American style, along with the essential Photoshop advice. Cut out the chattiness and this boo...

Macromedia Flash 5 for Windows and Mac

One of the Visual QuickStart Guide written for beginners and intermediate level users. The cover says teach yourself Flash the quick and easy way and it lives up to its promise. I had never used Flash before I looked at this book but it soon began to make sense. Katherine takes all the elements of the handbook that comes with the program and expands them into understandable instructions. You are taken through various basic and more complex levels and diagram examples plus lots of tips sections a...