Books & DVD

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Photographic Lighting

By Robert Harrington

Lighting One of the most over-used, yet misunderstood pieces of photographic equipment is the flash unit in its many forms. While a flash unit – either built in to the camera or a separate device – offers the advantage of adding light to your images, its biggest disadvantage is the complex nature of the flash, which prevents many from using it to its full potential. Seeking an understanding of the nomenclature, the buttons and dials on the flash itself, and the menus inside is akin to trying to learn a foreign language. What is FEC? What does TTL mean and how is it used effectively? What is high-speed synchronisation? How can the less technically gifted photographer understand the complexities of such systems and put them to effective use in the field? Studying a manual full of technical jargon is a daunting task and just as confusing as the flash itself. Professional photographer Robert Harrington takes the confusion out of the subject of photographic lighting, and offers invaluable guidance and expert tips that will benefit all keen photographers.

 ISBN: 9781907708756 PB with Flaps £14.99 Ammonite

 

Photographic Digital Printing

 By David Taylor

PrintingMost digital photographers will wish to output their images for display purposes, or to use in promotional or publishing work, so it’s essential to have an understanding of the printing process and the options available. How, for example, do you ensure that your print matches what you see on your computer screen? How do you get the most from the files taken with your digital camera? Professional photographer David Taylor offers invaluable guidance and expert tips for all keen photographers on the basics of printing, from choosing a suitable printer and printer software to selecting the right papers and inks. Advice is given on how to use image manipulation software to adjust exposure and contrast, improve highlights, correct colour, sharpen an image, reduce digital noise, remove dust and other marks, crop and resize prior to printing. There’s also advice on shooting and printing black and white images, plus how to produce sepia, split-toned, old-style grainy or artistic lith prints. Finally, there’s information on print on demand services for producing calendars, photo books and greetings cards.

 ISBN: 9781907708749 PB with Flaps £14.99 Ammonite

 

Bryan Peterson’s Exposure Solutions

The Most Common Exposure Problems and How to Solve Them

 By Bryan Peterson

ExposureThis essential guide from Bryan Peterson, author of the best-selling Understanding Exposure, shows amateur photographers of all levels how to conquer more than 25 tricky exposure scenarios frequently found in the field. As every amateur shutterbug knows, certain exposure situations prove frustrating time and time again, whether photographing a high-contrast snow scene or getting the perfect backlit portrait. In this ready reference, Peterson demystifies common stumbling blocks one by one, with tips and techniques for getting a great shot every time.

 

ISBN: 9780770433055 PB £14.99 Amphoto

India in My Eyes

 

By Barbara Macklowe

 • Published by Papadakis November 2012 • RRP £40.00

‘Flip through its pages. Hold on to a few images. Read her words. And trust me, you will experience India.’ – Pritish Nandy

India is a land rich in contrasts. From its majestic Mughul architecture, epitomised through landmarks such as the Taj Mahal; to the haphazard, urban sprawl of its chaotic cities; the sweltering tropics of its southwest coast; and the arid desert plains and dramatic Himalayan peaks fringing its northern reaches, this great subcontinent has long been a subject of fascination for photographers.

But aside from the everyday images thrust upon us, how many of us have really seen the ‘real’ India? In her new bookIndia in My Eyes, photographer Barbara Macklowe attempts to peer beneath the surface and reveal the country’s human dimension.

Published by Papadakis this November, this photography book provides a stunning portrait of the diversity of people living on the populous subcontinent, including normally inaccessible areas and tribes.

Drawn from her travels across India – most of which time was spent with tribal communities – Macklowe presents a side of it that few of us have witnessed or think of as India.

With a foreword from high profile Indian personality Pritish Nandy, India in My Eyes beautifully captures the poetry and colour of this ancient place, revealing a land of beauty, hardship and joy, which breathes with life and surges with energy.

About the author

Barbara Macklowe was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Ohio State University. She currently lives in New York. She has studied photography in the United States and abroad with some of the greatest photographers living today. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows and can be found in collections worldwide. She also ran a successful family antiques gallery for 40 years

 

GMC, Distribution has just announced their latest collection of photographic books, here are some titles which caught my eye. Books are always a great Christmas gift. A full selection of other GMC photography books can be seen here www.thegmcgroup.com

 

Shooting high quality movies on a digital SLR camera has become an exciting new genre of photography – and today’s stills cameras have outstanding capabilities when it comes to the moving image. Mastering HD Video is a comprehensive guide to the research, planning and pre-production processes necessary before creating a movie. It asks the fundamental question: “What are you trying to say with the film?” Is it a documentary or a drama, or a professional quality record of a memorable holiday, wedding or other once-in-a-lifetime event? From assembling your team – director, producer, lighting, audio, costume and make-up, actors – to obtaining all the equipment you’ll need, the book gives expert advice on camera settings, shutter speeds, lenses, filters, audio considerations and lighting requirements. 

ISBN: 9781907708626 PB £14.99 Ammonite

 

 

 

Photoshop is an entry into a new world of colour and textures that artists can apply with the touch of a keyboard. Designed as a comprehensive series of in-depth tutorials for painters, photographers and printmakers, Photoshop for Artists demonstrated in detail the complete range of Photoshop techniques that artists can use to produce a wealth of creative imagery. 

ISBN: 9780823006717 PB £22.99

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Extraordinary Everyday Photography will help you search beyond the surface to find the unexpected wherever you are, be it a downtown street, a local park, or your own front lawn. Authors Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring encourage amateur photographers to slow down, open their eyes, and respond to what they see to create compelling images that aren’t overworked. Through accessible discussions and exercises, readers learn to use composition, available light, color, and point of view to create stunning photographs in any environment. Inspiring photo examples from the authors, taken with DSLRs, compact digital cameras, and even iPhones, show that it is the photographer’s eye and creative vision–not the gear–that make a great image.

ISBN: 9780817435936 PB £16.99 Amphoto

 

 

This latest addition to the acclaimed Digital Photo Art series will bring photographers and mixed-media fine artists alike to a new level of creativity. Theresa Airey introduces a variety of hands-on and software techniques that can transform conventional photos into visually exciting works of art. From processing colour infrared pictures to printing pigment transfers on Washi paper or wooden panels, Airey shows how to create stunning results from photographic images.

 

ISBN: 9781600596353 HB £19.99 Lark

 

 

 

Beginning photographers and serious amateurs alike– including students, aspiring professionals and the multitude of existing Bryan Peterson fans– will love this pocket guide to on-location tips for composing images with impact. Bestseeling author Bryan Peterson offers a follow-up to his top-selling Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide, this time offering tips, techniques and exercises to help amateurs in the field compose stronger, more compelling photographs.

 

ISBN: 9780770433079 PB £16.99 Amphoto

 

 

 

Introducing the MAGIC LANTERN GENIE GUIDES®! These all-new books give photographers the high-quality, camera-specific, how-tos they want and need – faster and easier than ever before. Pared down to the essentials, and nicely sized to fit right in the camera bag, Genie Guides cover every vital feature and function required to take great photos NOW! Four years after the release of Nikon’s D700 comes this incredible leap in the D-SLR food chain – and Nikon has bumped up its initial production to meet the huge demand. Nikon authority Simon Stafford cuts through the fluff to help owners master everything from the camera’s whopping 36-megapixel resolution to its superb video/audio capabilities.

ISBN: 9781454704010 PB £12.99 Lark

 

 

GMC distribution has just announced three new photographic books;

Night and Low Light Photography

by David Taylor,

Photographs captured in low light conditions, or even in the dead of night, can be powerfully dramatic, moody, or vibrant and glistening with the illumination of stars, streetlamps, or other artificial lighting. But the knack of capturing photographs in low light requires a basic understanding of the way images are captured by the camera. Modern digital SLR cameras are impressively capable of rendering images shot in low light, and professional photographer David Taylor discusses, clearly and concisely, the best cameras, lenses, tripods, filters, reflectors, cable releases, flash and other equipment that are essential for this enthralling genre of photography. A detailed, jargon-busting guide to exposure includes information on metering, dynamic range, aperture, depth of field and hyperfocal distance when related to shooting in low light. Getting the best results from your camera also requires an appreciation of the effect of its ISO range and the ability to lessen the obtrusive ‘noise’ that can detract from a successful image.

ISBN: 9781907708619  PB £14.99 Ammonite

 

Creating HDR Photos
The Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Photography

by Harold Davis

 

Amateur photographers can create more nuanced, high-impact photography with this guide to the complete HDRworkflow. High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging has become synonymous with compelling photography in today’s digital world. This gorgeously illustrated guide by popular author Harold Davis brings HDR within reach of every photographer, offering a broad introduction to the complete workflow, from shooting to processing, as well as a range of techniques not covered anywhere else.

ISBN: 9780823085866  PB £9.99 Amphoto

 

 

Camera

A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital

by Todd Gustavson and George Eastman House

This gorgeous cornerstone volume celebrating the camera and the art of the photograph, created in collaboration with the George Eastman House, spans almost 200 years, from the first faint image ever caught to today’s state-of-the-art digital equipment. The informative narrative by Todd Gustavson, including insightful essays by Steve Sasson (inventor of the digital camera) and Alexis Gerard (visionary founder of Future Image Inc.), traces the camera’s development, the lives of its inventors and the artists behind the lens. Images of more than 350 cameras from the George Eastman House Collection, plus historic photos, adverts and drawings, complement the text.

ISBN: 9781454900023  PB £17.99 Sterling