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A Guide to Extreme Lighting Conditions in Digital Photography

Covering what the author considers the most difficult aspect of photography, the Guide to Extreme Lighting is broken down into 11 chapters covering topics such as camera modes, portraits, painting with light and editing manipulation. An image is used for each demonstration which are broken down into three parts of shoot, enhance and enjoy. Shoot would've been nice with image information and technique but instead provides a back story of how the photograph was taken. Enhance gives the tutorial o...

An Illustrated A-Z of Digital Photography: People and Portraits

From the team behind What Digital Camera? Magazine, People and Portraits is the follow-up to An A-Z of Digital Photography by the same authors. The books is an alphabetical arrangement of the various aspects of people and portrait photography, for example there is information on the various types of portraits, as well as image editing, retouching, restoration and special effects. Interspersed between the chapters are professional profiles from top photographers such as Annabel Williams, Pet...

Basics Photography: Composition

From AVA Publishing's Basics Photography series, Composition is a beginners guide to Composition, the “second key ingredient for the creation of a successful photograph”, and includes photographic work by professionals such as Martin Parr, David Hockney and Dorothea Lange. Composition is a thorough yet easy to understand introduction to the subject, with explanatory diagrams, high quality images and relevant quotations throughout. It covers all elements of the subject, including information...

Basics Photography: Composition

Basics Photography: Composition is a very specific, yet very important, area of photography. Without good composition, the viewer can find images uninteresting or just plain confusing. The Basics photography series is always a good place to start when you are coming in to photography for the first time. As it says, the book is basic enough for anyone to follow, yet comprehensive enough so that everything important is covered. Starting at the very beginning, the book explains why compositio...

Behind The Image: Research In Photography

Behind The Image: Research In Photography is the third book in the creative photography series. It is a comprehensive and well thought out guide to how to put together an effective portfolio, and talks the reader through the process very effectively. It begins right at the beginning with a chapter on how to begin researching your project, and goes right through to what the impact of your research will be in the wider world. Once you have planned your research, the book goes into detail o...

Extreme Lighting Conditions in Digital Photography

With so many digital technique books on the market and only a few general subjects possible it's good to see more specialised books coming out that go into specific areas of photography in more detail. While the Hedgecoes and Langfords of the world cover extreme light over a few pages, this book takes 144 pages to tackle the issues. It's written by an ex magazine editor who's also a member of the Royal Photographic Society. The idea of the book is to take real world situations and explore why ...

Train Your Gaze

Many portrait books focus on technique and equipment, this one is different and appealingly so. The extended title "A Practical and Theoretical Introduction to Portrait Photography" sums up what it's really about. This book on the theory of portrait photography is split into 12 chapters that cover the following: About Looking Self Portrait - No Face People at the edge of the frame Behaviour in the Moment Voyeurism Portrait, Mirror, Masquerade Confrontation Out ...