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Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop and Macro Photography

Many books have been written on the subject of close up photography, some intend to show of the authors in-depth knowledge which, in turn, make the subject look like a science/algebra lesson rather than fun, others skim the surface in a superficial way. This book rocks the boat and delivers, in the reviewer's opinion, the best, most practical book ever written on close up photography. The square format gives space for pictures to breathe, the design is simple, type style easy to absorb, and the...

Digital Astrophotography: A Guide to Capturing the Cosmos

If you've never done any astrophotography before then this book is a great place to start. The book starts out with the basics then moves on to tell you how to actually take the photographs. Each chapter has subsections which go into more detail about where products can be bought, tips, pros and cons etc. The author has chosen some really good photographs to help explain the process and over-all it's a really great book for a beginner to have.

Fine Art Printing for Photographers: Exhibition Quality Prints with Inkjet Printers, 2nd Edition

The book has eight main chapters then a section with Photoshop tutorials. The book looks like a school book with plenty of text but not many images and the layout is slightly difficult to navigate. The language is easy to understand though and there are some really useful points are made. It's a little heavy to do all in one go and is probably suited for someone who wants to pick the book up occasionally. The book looks a little boring but if you're after some practical tips don't let t...

Great Photos - Simple Cameras

Great Photos Simple cameras is a book all about lomography cameras, film cameras, and simple digital cameras, that can still take great images despite their age or status. The book goes through different types of cameras in turn, showing the reader loads of fantastic images that the camera has taken. Bernd Daub is a very knowledgeable author, and he guides us through the cameras, introducing them, giving us a case history, and explaining just why they are still so great. The book cover...

Photoshop CS3 Photographer's Handbook

Does the world need yet another Photoshop manual? The answer is probably no, but this one is better than some so if you've note made a move to buy one yet check it out. I think I made the same comment about a previous Rocky Nook design in that there's a hell of a lot of wasted white space that doesn't really aid anything. On the plus side is the attention to detail in screengrabs. Al have actually settings applied so you can see what's going on, but some have added Photoshop work to illustrate p...

Scanning Negatives and Slides

The cover is well designed and the title promises an interesting read, but that's where the good bit ends. Open the book and it has a frustrating layout that makes you feel cheated. Each page has approx 1/3rd as white space. While this allows pics to have captions dropped into this area it looks as though someone forgot to crop the book which could have been a5 size, rather than nearly A4. The structure of the book is good, taking you though the scanning process logical, but I couldn't help th...

Tabletop Photography

Tabletop Photography is the latest in a line of helpful and innovative books from rockynook. Tabletop photography is something that everyone can have a go at, and this book talks you through a number of ways that you can create brilliant tabletop photography images without breaking the bank in the process. A tabletop studio is a great place for photographers to experiment and perfect some key skills such as macro and close up photography, and using the correct lighting to compliment a sc...

The HDRI Handbook

HDR is fast becoming the most talked about aspect of digital photography and this book aims to explain all about the process of High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI). It's written by Christian Bloch who's been researching this field for years. In the book Christian shares his knowledge of the simple and complex methods that can be used to obtain HDRIs. He covers the technology behind the process, the history of the process (not dull) and then goes into great detail about the ways to capture images ...

The Lens: A Practical Guide For The Creative Photographer

The Lens: A Practical Guide For The Creative Photographer covers everything about the lens, from its origins, to how it works and how its effects can be applied to their best uses. The book should help you choose a lens that's right for you, or help you swat up on the different lenses and how you can utilise them to take great photos. The book is quite lengthy and helps you to understand the fundamental concepts needed to be able to make an informed decision and choose the right lens and...

The Photograph: Composition and Color Design

Written by German photographic arts teacher Harald Mante, The Photograph: Composition and Color Design is an in-depth and descriptive guide on to how to look at and compose a photograph, and the individual elements that go together to make an image more visually appealing or effective. Going beyond the technical aspects of photography it discusses individual principles of line, shape and colour, contrast, composition and design using illustrative examples from the author's own portfolio. The...