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360 Imaging: The Photographer's Panoramic Virtual Reality Manual

Virtual reality is an area of photography that appeals to trendy web site designers and photographers who find the limitations of a wide-angle lens. This book covers all the options and calculations to help you stitch pictures together, edit sticthed pictures, create animation from stills and even print results. The format is funky, but I feel there's a lot of wasted space as there's not enough material to fill the allocated 172 pages. Pictures are used bigger than they need to be and text is sp...

Advanced Processing and Printing

If you have a darkroom and prefer black & white this book should be on your shelf. Its written by one of Britains finest printers who has twice won the Ilford Printer of the Year award. The first section briefly touches on the types of film, developers and papers and moves through to evaluating your print and how to read a contact sheet. The book then opens out into printing techniques and ends on toning. There are some fantastic images throughout the book, but I did feel cheated with the gall...

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...

Aerial: The Art of Photography from the Sky

If you admire the much publicised work of Yann Arthus Bertrand, get a hold of this book. The photography is by Jason Hawkes who specialises in aerial photography and has 25 books published. It's incredibly detailed with superb colour and fantastic repro. The captions explain the briefs and circumstances to each photo and there's an interesting history of aerial photography at the beginning. Well worth a look.

Annabel Williams Book of Wedding and Portrait Photography

Annabel is one of the best known portrait photographers who was one of the first to create the soft "anyone can be beautiful" portrait styles. This book illustrates a wide range of techniques Annabel uses in her commerical business. The good thing is the people are real so it's not full of models to illustrate techniques, these are actual clients. The book has plenty of sketches showing lighting set ups and lots of advice from getting the job to providing the proofs and, in true Rotovision style...

Better Picture Guide to:  Portrait Photography

You may think the cover portrait is a tad dull and uninspiring (the repro of this image has more contrast on the inside version), but open this 128 page book and you'll find far better examples inside. The author, David Wilson, aims to introduce amateurs and semi-professionals to the varied world of portraiture. It covers techniques to improve composition, rapport, exposure, lighting and much more. the book includes extended captions of around 200 words per picture that are tips and technique...

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...

Black & White Architecture

Terry always seems to take a fresh slant on a subject and here, where you may expect to see the usual collection of skyscrapers, modern metallic industrial units and stately homes, you see instead close ups of rotting wooden structures, beautifully toned and contrasty walls, sepia images, infrared castles (from our favourite Simon Marsden) and grainy images. The book is full of atmosphere and really will get the black & white photographers adrenalin rushing. Its split into chapters on Location, ...

Black & White Photography 2

Another Terry Hope book. We've said complementary things about Terry before in other book reviews. To summarise, RotoVision did well scooping this top photo journalist who's written several of their books. His choice of pictures and captions will liven up any subject, and this one, covering the broader scope of all black & white, will make any photographer ditch colour and have a go at black & white. Repro is excellent so tones leap out from the pages and expert info gleaned from the 20 or so p...

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...