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    Book Reviews

    Have you read a good book on Photography, Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro or any other photographic related matter? How about writing a short review and placing it in this thread for other members to read.

    Remember to include the book title, the authors name, the publisher and the ISBN so that other members can easily order a copy if they like your review.
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    I read a great book a few months ago. It's the National Geographic Photography Field Guide written by Peter K. Burian and Robert Caputo. It was both informative and interesting and covered a huge variety of topics. It also has plenty of mini biographies on National Geographic photographers. Here's a look at the contents:
    Essential Basics
    Getting started with photography
    Composition
    Cameras
    Lenses
    Light
    Electronic flash and accessories
    Film
    Exposure and metering
    Gear and maintenance
    A World of Subjects
    Weather
    Sam Abell Art and Photojournalism
    Landscapes
    People
    Jodi Cobb Beyond the Barriers
    Annie Griffiths Belt Getting Close to People
    Architecture
    James L. Stanfield Making History Come Alive
    Festivals, Parades and Sports
    Michael Yamashita Capturing the Essence
    Close-up Photography
    Motion - stopping it, using it
    David Alan Harvey Finding the Symbol
    Evening and Night
    William Albert Allard The Cultural Essay
    Making Photographs Under Pressure
    Underwater
    David Doubilet Visual Impact Underwater
    Animals
    Chris Johns Working on Wild Turf
    Aerials
    Adventure
    Michael Nichols Environmental Photojournalism
    Computers and Photography
    Useful Information
    Preparing for travel
    Displaying and organising your photographs

    I think I'll be reading this one again very soon.
    Here are the essential details:
    Name: National Geographic Photography Field Guide
    Authors: Peter K. Burian and Robert Caputo
    Publisher: National Geographic Society
    ISBN: 0-7922-7498-9


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    Now, this one is probably not going to mean much to most of you.

    But I cannot recommend enough the following book for A100 users:

    The Complete Guide to Sony's A100 by Gary L Friedman.
    ISBN 0-9790196-0-5
    Available as either an ebook, black & white printed or colour printed from www.FriedmanArchives.com

    Now, you might be thinking "another manual by a tech house", but this is where you are wrong. Gary has lived & breathed Minolta for a very long time & he knows the system in & out (for the un-initiated, Sony bought out the Minolta SLR arm & their camera's still contain a very visible Minolta influence from the ergonomics to the A mount lens mount)

    the big plus for me is the de-mistifing of the wireless flash system. Very much looking foward to getting my new flash on the 25th (hint hint Santa!)

    & please also note, Gary has just released his guide on the new A700. If you are a new owner of the new Sony, take my word, it would be well worth the effort of obtaining this book

    Cheers
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    Title: Understanding Exposure - Revised Edition
    Author: Bryan Peterson
    Publisher: AMPHOTO Books
    ISBN: 0-8174-6300-3

    This is a must have book for those learning photography. The author provides an easy to understand explanation of how to get the best exposure. With plenty of examples of the many aspect of photgraphy from landscape, portrait and macro style. He explains how to make the most of light and shows examples of the use of frontlight, backlight and sidelight.

    This is a book that I read over and over again to refresh my knowledge.
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    The manual that came with the camera that you are using.

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    If you are into nature photography I could recommend:

    Arthur Morris - The art of bird photography
    Arthur Morris - The art of bird photography II (CD version only, no books)

    His website is http://www.birdsasart.com appears to be a little full of himself when you read some of his comments and also heard from a few bird photographer friends from around the globe, but his images are enough to shut any critic up!!!!

    He is my main inspiration for improving and leaerning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Briancd View Post
    The manual that came with the camera that you are using.
    Thats soo funny... havent heard that one in a little while!
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    Landscape Photography
    Peter Eastway
    Lonely Planet
    ISBN 1-74059-669-2

    This is a cool book. It has the first few chapters on the basics of digital photography, stuff that you guys will all know about lots. But the third chapter of this book covers hints and tips for all the possible locations that you could shoot landscapes with full colour examples from Peter Eastways work and the lonely planet library. It includes the details of the shots which is also useful. I found that it is a cool book for ideas if you are stuck for something too shoot. Great book.

    It covers the following landscape locations: Sunrise and sunset, skies, storms and bad weather, rainbows, lightning, mist and fog, rain, snow, mountains, deserts, the coast, forests, flora, details, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, reflections, twilight, night, silhouettes, aerials, famous places, human scale, buildings in the landscape.

    There are also a few others in the lonely planet series on various topics - travel, people etc
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    the understanding exposure book how much is that n is it at libraries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vetna_gal1 View Post
    the understanding exposure book how much is that n is it at libraries?
    You should be able to search and find it using the info supplied above by Brian. I just went to www.dymocks.com.au and put the ISBN in, here is the result: http://www.dymocks.com.au/ProductDet...=9780817463007

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    I have "photoshop restoring and retouching" by Katrin Eisman ISBN 0789723182

    Great book, It also has a website with images that are in the book so you can practise on the same samples as you have in the book http://www.digitalretouch.org/

    just have a look at her website...highly recomended

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    Quote Originally Posted by TassieSnapper View Post
    Landscape Photography
    Peter Eastway
    Lonely Planet
    ISBN 1-74059-669-2
    Anything written by Peter Eastway is a good read. He also publishes several top mags; Better photography and better digital photography. His other mags/small books are Better photoshop techniques are really tops. Most of what I know has been learnt from these mags. Can be found at most newagents or write to po box 5455 chittaway nsw or ph 024388 6851 Newbies should try and get the first Better photoshop techniques; that one got me started.

    Happy reading

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    Arrow Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers - Scott Kelby

    Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers - Scott Kelby 496pp
    Publisher: New Riders
    Pub. Date: August 2007
    ISBN-13: 9780321501912

    I got a copy from Amazon about a month ago. As someone coming to grips with PS CS3 this book has been great. I use it as a reference now, but just as easy to skim through and get lots of ideas.

    SK has a quirky writing style, but is very readable. Make sure you read the intro (aka. Q&A). SK provides additional downloads of sample images (so you can follow his examples exactly) and extra sections for chapters from www.scottkelbybooks.com/cs3book Check these downloads to get a feel for the rest of the book.

    As an IT guy I know what works in a technical document and this is a really good one. The examples are really practical and have a good balance between theory and too much detail. SK uses a illustrated step by step explanation of what and why he does things. SK often gives alternate methods.

    Rating 9/10. Highly recommended.


    Table of Contents
    CHAPTER 1
    London Bridge
    Bridge Essentials

    CHAPTER 2
    The Bridge
    Advanced Bridge Techniques

    CHAPTER 3
    Raw Deal
    Processing Your Images Using Camera Raw

    CHAPTER 4
    Resized
    Resizing and Cropping Your Images

    CHAPTER 5
    Fit to Print
    Step-by-Step Printing and Color Management

    CHAPTER 6
    Local Color
    Color Correction Secrets

    CHAPTER 7
    Black & White World
    How to Create Stunning B&W Images

    CHAPTER 8
    99 Problems
    Dealing with Common Digital Image Problems

    CHAPTER 9
    Faces
    Retouching Portraits

    CHAPTER 10
    Special Delivery
    Special Effects for Photographers

    CHAPTER 11
    Look Sharp
    Sharpening Techniques

    CHAPTER 12
    Best in Show
    How to Show Your Work

    CHAPTER 13
    Working for a Livin’
    My Step-by-Step Workflow
    regards, Kym Gallery Honest & Direct Constructive Critique Appreciated! ©
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    I am a big Scott Kelby fan, I too like his writting style and the step-by-step instruction are easy to follow. I would recommend any book by him.

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    I have just got the "Understanding Exposure" book by Bryan Peterson and it is such a revelation. After reading it the penny has dropped on so many things, I am starting to feel in control of the final product instead of hit and miss like it was before. He makes it easy to understand and takes you through step by step. Highly Recommended!!
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    Two of the best wildlife photography books i have read to date and that i continually read and refer to are:

    The essential guide to wildlife photography by Chris Weston and
    Travel Photography: Wildlife by Andy Rouse

    Both really informative and a great read they keep me inspired to get that one perfect shot

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    ok this 'understanding exposure' book has got me intrigued. Will have to get my hands on a copy.

    another book that I found a god send (esp when I was doing a lot of darkroom work) was:

    Ansel Adams: Basic Techniques to photography
    By John P. Schaefer

    A good read with loads of info, great for any beginner and also handy to have as a quick reference guide.

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    this is such a great topic and thankyou to all for your input of book reviews, I have taken note of the details for some of them that I would like to buy.

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    I just bought "Canon EOS Digital Photography" by Serge Timacheff

    Looks pretty good can't wait to read it all

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    I am a big Scott Kelby fan, I too like his writting style and the step-by-step instruction are easy to follow. I would recommend any book by him.
    Me too

    I think his latest Adobe Lightroom2 book is outstanding. Simple to follow and navigate (the chapters echo LR's tabs) but packed with simple and advanced advice including practical step-by-step workflows
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