Favorite Photography books TOO

by Staff

photography gift books Here's the second part of yesterday's photo books list ... these being for, perhaps, the more serious photographer! Continue with this new list of selected titles to make you a better photographer . . .
* The HDRI Handbook 2.0: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers
* The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer
* Masterclass: Professional Studio Photography
* Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4
* Mastering the Nikon D800
* Panobook 2012
... and more

Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4

coverPhotographers often feel overwhelmed when starting with Photoshop; the sheer number of tools and options make it difficult for the novice. There is no shortage of instructional books, yet very few direct the user to the most significant aspects of the program in a way that reflects a real workflow for the photographer.
      Adobe Certified Instructor Steve Laskevitch has leveraged his experience as a teacher and practitioner to create a guide that provides a clear and effective workflow for editing photographs in Photoshop CS6 and its companions Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom 4. Focusing on the critical elements of the workflow rather than covering every arcane feature, this book is designed to get you working quickly in these applications.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4, by Stephen Laskevitch
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Mastering the Nikon D800

coverMastering the Nikon D800 by Darrell Young provides a wealth of experience-based information and insights for owners of the new D800 camera. Darrell is determined to help the user navigate past the confusion that often comes with complex and powerful professional camera equipment.
      This book explores the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user's manual. It guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; color illustrations; and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup according to various shooting styles.
      Darrell's friendly and informative writing style allows readers to easily follow directions, while feeling as if a friend dropped in to share his knowledge. The learning experience for new D800 users goes beyond just the camera itself and covers basic photography technique.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Mastering the Nikon D800, by Darrell Young
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Masterclass: Professional Studio Photography

coverThe first part of the book focuses on concepts of studio planning, lighting, perspective, and camera and lens choices. The workshops that follow include 50 full-page photographic masterpieces, each with a detailed description of how the image was created. Author Dennis Savini walks the reader through all of the steps that led to each of his magnificent studio shots as he describes and illustrates the camera and equipment specs, studio design and setup, lighting, and post-processing.
      All of this information is communicated in a clear and simple manner and includes example images, diagrams of studio setups and lighting arrangements, and computer screenshots. Savini reveals the tips, tricks, and secrets he has learned throughout his many years as a professional photographer and teacher.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Masterclass: Professional Studio Photography, by Dennis Savini
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The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer

coverWhich lens should I buy for my camera? It's such a simple question, but choosing the right lens or lenses is actually one of the most important photographic decisions you can make. Nothing affects the quality of a photo more than the lens. It's no longer just about the megapixels-it's the glass that makes all the difference!
      Many first-time buyers of DSLRs don't venture past the basic lens included in the box. While some are reluctant to spend more money, others are confused by all the buzzwords or are overwhelmed by all the choices out there. It's really a shame, because interchangeable lenses give you amazing scope for quality photography.
      Take in vast sweeping scenes with a wide angle lens. Capture faraway birds with a telephoto lens. Examine the tiniest detail of a flower with a macro lens. Record the perfect portrait with a prime lens. Anything is possible when you choose the right lens for the job!
READ THIS REPORT Full story : The Lens, 1st Edition, by NK Guy
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Panobook 2012

coverPanobook 2012 presents 150 winning pictures from Kolor's 2012 Panoramic Photography Competition. These photographs were selected from more than 1,600 images submitted by professional and amateur photographers who captured a variety of subjects. Browse through images of breathtaking landscapes, cities, beaches, buildings, people, and street scenery, taken by day and by night.
      This collection of images provides an introduction to the best of today's panoramic photography and serves as inspiration for the interested photographer.
      Kolor is the global leader in image stitching and virtual tour solutions, along with its Autopano and Panotour software. The company has been rewarded many times for its expertise and innovation. Its technological advance and commitment to the community make it a natural choice for the people who wish to enjoy panoramic photography, virtual tours, or any other applications based on image stitching or 3D technologies.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Panobook 2012, 1st Edition, by Kolor
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The HDRI Handbook 2.0: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists

coverHigh dynamic range imaging (HDRI) takes photography to a whole new level. It opens the door to unprecedented creative freedom in digital post-processing by capturing everything from the darkest shadows to the brightest highlights. HDRI means truly lossless image editing, full exposure control, and the ability to master any scene's contrast without artificial lighting and preserve all light from a scene so it can be digitally revisited anytime in the future. Combined with panoramic photography, this captured light can even be used to render 3D objects with a deceivingly realistic appearance.
      In 2007, The HDRI Handbook was the first book to present this revolutionary new field to a larger audience. These days HDRI is a fully mature technology available to everyone. Real estate and landscape photographers have adopted it as part of their regular workflow, it has become one of the hottest trends for ambitious amateurs and creative professionals alike, and the modern movie industry would be completely dysfunctional without it.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : The HDRI Handbook 2.0, 1st Edition, by Christian Bloch
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