Results 1 - 30 of Discover Book Depository's huge selection of Photo & Image Editing Books online. Free delivery worldwide on over 20 million titles. Discover the best Digital Photo & Video Editing in Best Sellers. Find the top most popular items in site Books Best Sellers. The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers (Paperback) Demystifying Pro Photo Editing Apps: Learn the Essentials in Snapseed and Perfect (Social Media for Small Businesses Book 2) Photoshop: A Step by Step Ultimate Beginners’ Guide to Mastering Adobe.
|Language:||English, Spanish, German|
|Distribution:||Free* [*Register to download]|
What are the best photo editing books? Find out what our readers think are the best books on photography software like Photoshop, Lightroon, Aperture, NIK. More reference book than training now and again your images can benefit from a little photo editing. Penguin Picture Editor Samantha Johnson discusses the inner-workings of the art department at the famous British publishing house.
Nick Fancher Pages: There's something magical about the idea of a photo studio, a place where you can ensure the right lighting, space and ambience to capture the perfect shot. But in the real world, photography takes place in much more challenging locations, and that's where this book comes in. Whether you're shooting a corporate portrait of a CEO, a test shoot with a model, or a promo shoot with a band, professional portraitist Nick Fancher explains how to get great looking shots in less than ideal scenarios.
He takes you behind the scenes of his own photo shoots and explains how getting creative, from changing the lighting to post-processing, allows you to develop your own vision and achieve professional looking shots in the potentially worst places. If you do a lot of portrait photography and want some tips on thinking outside the box, you won't find better. Ilex Press Author: Michael Freeman Pages: There's no point in understanding the technical side of photography if you don't understand composition.
This classic book, updated to celebrate its 10th anniversary in , explains the principles of good composition, and how to put them into practice. It's divided up into bite-size chapters to make everything easy to follow. And usefully the images which are mainly from the author's travel photography are shown with multiple crops, thus demonstrating how one particular composition of a picture works better than another. Following the author's reasoned and well-explained advice will help you develop your compositions and take better pictures as a result.
In short, if you struggle with composition as a photographer, then you need this book. Brenda Tharp, Jed Manwaring Pages: Great photography lies not so much in technical expertise but in learning to see things in a different way to the norm. The starting point for this book is that you don't have to travel to far-flung locations to take arresting pictures; great images are possible any where.
You just have to scratch the surface and find them. Authors Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring encourage you to slow down, open your eyes and respond to what you see through advice, discussions and exercises. Throughout this book, you'll learn to use composition, available light, colour, and different point of views to raise the quality and interest level of your shots.
Aimed at amateur photographers who have technical knowledge but are lacking purpose and vision, this insightful read will help you rediscover your photographic soul and give you new ideas and enthusiasm. Amherst Media Author: Christopher Grey Pages: Aimed at intermediate and advanced studio photographers, this book offers expert advice on how to light your studio portrait subjects properly.
Author Christopher Grey walks you through the process from start to finish, with step-by-step walkthroughs and before-and-after images demonstrating how each change you make to your lighting equipment affects the look and feel of your portraits. This book is not suitable for beginners, but anyone with some experience of taking portraits in the studio will find this practically focused and comprehensive book a useful resource in improving your understand of this essential skill.
Bryan Peterson Pages: Updated for , this popular book explains the fundamentals of exposure as it relates to light, aperture and shutter speed, in order to help you taking successful photographs in almost any situation. Author Bryan Peterson, founder of www. Peterson has a clear enthusiasm for his subject, and whether you're an experienced beginner or an intermediate photographer looking for a refresher, you'll get a deeper understanding of exposure from this guide that can't help but improve the quality of your images.
CreateSpace Author: Al Judge Pages: Many of the most basic photography terms can be off-putting to the beginner, and even experienced photographers don't always understand them properly. So this book explains the fundamentals in a quick, easy and very accessible manner, allowing you to have more control over quality of your images. By the end you'll fully understand exposure and its components, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO — also known as the Exposure Triangle — and how they work together.
Every photographic term is clearly defined and thoroughly explained, as well as being highlighted by using bold caps, so that you can easily find them again to refresh your memory.
With handy charts and relevant photos included to aid understanding, this book is tightly focused on helping you explain what can be complex and confusing concepts, and so it's the ideal download for anyone who's struggling with them.
Syl Arena Pages: If you're new to flash and have invested in a Canon Speedlite, this is the perfect book to help you get the most out of it. It starts with a general exploration of light and colour in photography before moving to a comprehensive breakdown of the Canon Speedlite family and all of its accessories and related equipment.
Then comes the meat of the book, as the author walks you through the process of creating the right light for your shoot, whether that be an individual portrait, a group shot, an event or whatever. But whatever the kit you have, the real joy of this book is how it walks you through the practices and workflows that will help you make the most out of flash photography using your Canon Speedlite gear. You don't always have the perfect lighting for the image you want to capture, and this can be particularly problematic for beginner and amateur photographers.
Each challenge and solution and is explained clearly and logically, and you'll come away with an array of tools at your disposal next time you attempt to take a decent photograph in poor lighting conditions.
Note though that although the title doesn't suggest this, all the examples given involve photographing people at weddings, etc so there's nothing here on landscape or wildlife photography, for example. Routledge Author: Martin Evening Pages: It doesn't matter how great a photographer you are, every now and again your images can benefit from a little photo editing.
Photoshop remains the industry standard software, and this book by digital imaging professional Martin Evening takes you through the features of the latest version. All the tools and techniques you need to know to edit photos successfully are here, and there's also guidance on how to organise your workflow so it doesn't become too much of a drain on your time.
There are lots of real world examples, plus an accompanying website that features sample images, tutorial videos, and bonus chapters to help you get the most out of this guide. Note that this is more of big reference book than a training guide though; there's a lot of material here and would take a very long time to get through absolutely all of it.
Adobe Author: Andrew Faulkner Pages: Want to learn Photoshop? Then it makes sense to learn from the creators. This guide from Adobe Press walks you key step-by-step techniques for working in Photoshop via 15 project-based lessons.
You'll learn how to correct, enhance, and distort digital images, create image composites, prepare images for print and the web, master essential elements of the interface, and try out the latest features such as Content-Aware Crop, Select and Mask, Face-Aware Liquify, multiple artboards and enhanced brush presets.
This revised edition is bang up to date for the latest release of Photoshop. Downloadable lesson files are available online, and you also get access to a web edition of the book containing interactive quizzes and videos.
John Evans, Katrin Straub Pages: The companion volume to Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book see above , you can follow this guide from start to finish, or choose only those lessons that interest you. John Harrington Pages: Capture Your Style: Digital Painting in Photoshop: Industry Techniques for Beginners. Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers Photoshop for Lightroom Users. The Photoshop Workbook. Photoshop for Landscape Photographers. Not registered? Forgotten password Please enter your email address below and we'll send you a link to reset your password.
Not you? Forgotten password? Forgotten password Use the form below to recover your username and password. New details will be emailed to you. Most people just try to raise their families in a safe environment, get as nice a lifestyle as they can, and live in an area that offers economic opportunity, a clean environment, and lots of social and cultural options. Money and power have always ruled the world, and always will.
Those resources congregate in cities, which means that there is deep rural poverty across much of the world. In those out-of-the-way places, young people flock to cities for the aforementioned reasons. Older people are left to run the vestiges of an agricultural economy, with a dwindling population, and few resources.
So I was both engaged, and not entirely surprised, to read of the plight of the Vjosa river in Albania. Oegger, which was self-published last year. With funding from Patagonia and several other environmental organizations. It showed up from Ireland, though the bio at the end says that Nick was born in California. It inspired my creativity, and made me think about something. An early map shows how much Adriatic coastline it sports, and it made me think, hmmmm, I bet there are some cool beach towns there, but the Vjosa only dead ends in the sea, so this is a more inland affair.
With wandering, ambling, fresh water, in lieu of the endless, salty horizon of the sea. Like I said last week, I need a vacation. The metaphor she uses, of upstream representing fresh and new, of young and vibrant, makes sense in an old-school DNA way, as in small villages, if you keep moving in one direction, your cousins will always be behind you.
It keeps the genetics fresh, which is so important in isolated, rural communities. Remember, I live in one. As the federal power structure has begun to dam the river, in search of hydro power, the culture and environment are both at risk, and communities have organized to battle.
I like the pictures, and the light in particular. One concern, though, before I knew whether Nick was Irish or American, was why he was in Albania in the first place? In the portraits, the villagers are often guarded, or look away, which is a tell-tale sign that there is a large chasm between the photographer and the subject.
Last week, I bemoaned the fact that so many of these books look alike these days. A plea, perhaps, for some edgy submissions? Eco-tourism is one of the few potentially clean economic engines for places like the Vjosa, so I wish those warriors well as they fight the powers that be.
We currently have a several month backlog, and are particularly interested in submissions from female photographers so we may maintain a balanced program. Still, doing the same thing, over and over again, will make almost anyone bored. Still, I love to be surprised, to see new things, and to keep it fresh for you, my loyal global audience.
So I sat here on my couch, willing myself to be inspired to write. I closed my eyes, thinking about the feeling of inspiration. The rush of adrenaline as your mind expands in real time. The thrill of looking at things that make you want to create, or travel, or both.
I was studying Photo 1 at the time, and at the encouragement of my professor, Jeff Tomlinson, I headed to the Fine Arts library to look at some photo books. Walking the stacks, creeping around like Inspector Javert, I ran my fingers across the spines in the photo section, cocking my head sideways to read the titles. It represents the length of this project, and even then, as a pure beginner, I wondered how anyone could sustain that kind of interest in one subject for that long.
These days, I can imagine a Spaniard, around 30 or so, who enjoyed shooting at festivals in her native country, and checked in from time to time over a decade and a half.
The consistent surreality of the scenes won me over, and still does. The disbelief that these were real people, in real situations, and not staged fantasies. Here, in the book, were versions of that before me, only exponentially more intricate. The Baroque nature of Spanish Catholicism was on full display, with crucifixion rituals, baby coffins, and midget bull-fighters. Little People. I bought the book soon afterwards, at the ICP bookstore in Manhattan, likely 3 or 4 locations back.
And even though it remains my favorite photo-book of all time, somehow, in between all the moves…. Luckily, Ms.
Garcia Rodero is a member of Magnum, and they have a digital copy of the entire book on their site , which is a very 21st Century experience. The pictures feel relevant to me in a totally new way, on the day when Michael Cohen is testifying about his former-boss-and-buddy Donald J Trump. Trumpism and Nationalism can be easily mistaken for each other, these days, though I might be generous and declare the latter is at least based on a proper love for the cultures and traditions of a place on Earth.
Trumpism is nothing more than narcissism having an incest baby with geopolitics. All of us. Even our indigenous folks walked in 15, years ago. Our culture is polyglot and hybridic by nature. Many Americans, myself included, are Europhiles, either because their ancestors came from there, or because the allure of age and aesthetics entice us to stare longingly at rituals that make no sense next to Walmart and McDonalds.
The very specificity of place and time that gets annihilated when beanie-wearing-hipsters FaceTime with each other across national borders, giggling at outmoded concepts like local culture while fiddling with their Apple watches.
Creative excellence, formal craftsmanship, patience and hard work, and shooting thousands of rolls of film. If you can find a copy of this one, by all means download it.
Or probably anything else of hers you can get your hands on. Truth be told, I feel better now than I did before I found her images online, and reconnected with this marvelous narrative. Ways to better myself.
I lost a few friends a couple of years ago, and am pretty sure that gossip-mongering played a role in it. Not that I take the blame squarely, just that I own my part in it. On steroids. Summoning that negative energy, and spreading it further, even if it feels funny, snarky or cathartic in the moment, has the habit of creating ripples of bad juju.
Coincidentally, last week, my Aikido Sensei told the class that he felt he had no enemies in life, and attributed it to the fact that he never talked shit about people. He even used the same expression I do. Even the fighting part is meant to minimize permanent damage to your opponent. Wrist, hand and elbow locks can temporarily immobilize someone, but they will walk away unharmed, as long as they cooperate.
The techniques can be used to tear and break joints too. The truth is, you really never know when your enemy will become your friend, or your friend your enemy. Therefore, I was pretty surprised when Lawrence emailed me in December of with a link to this Artnet news story about him winning a lawsuit against Gerhard Steidl.
I was especially surprised, as it was right around the time that gushing New Yorker piece about Steidl came out, which I referenced here in the column, and this seemed like a wacky tale. To synopsize, Lawrence Schwartzwald wanted compensation for a submission portfolio that Steidl lost, and accused the famed publisher of backing out of a deal to publish his book. But I swear, at first, I thought it was a joke.
As I did the other day on the ski lift, when my friend Derek started accosting the stranger sitting to my right, with whom we would be trapped for the next 5 minutes. Never a good time to pick a fight. Eventually, I opened the book today, in late February, That, and a Kertesz photobook of people reading, inspired him to pursue photography, and he went on to work as a freelance photojournalist for the New York Post for many years.
He also did some celebrity freelance photography, which I take to mean paparazzi pictures. But I could be wrong. As everyone and everything are interconnected, a theme in the blog so far this year, I happened to notice a Facebook post Lawrence made the other day, saying that his book was selling well, and he hoped it might be reviewed before it sold out. A coincidence, like noticing Amy Winehouse at a diner, with her full bee-hive hairdo kicking, and snapping a quick shot.
Which became the cover and signature image. Or spotting Anne Hathaway eating breakfast one morning, or a slightly disheveled Carl Bernstein licking ice cream above a Post headline about the anthrax scare in While there are strong pictures throughout, the image quality is not amazing overall, though of course many of the photographs are sweet, thoughtful, and generally likable.
But with its pretty blue cover, it roped me in again, and this time, I began to think about all photographers, out in the world, who watch others.
Is creeping on a pretty actress THAT different from being out shooting street photography, watching a stranger sit on a stoop, reading quietly? She has the Annie Hall hat on.
But in , when the photo was taken, rents in this neighborhood were already exorbitant. Can she afford it on her salary, with her sensible shoes? Or was she out for a walk on a beautiful day, taking her book from stoop to park bench to stair railing, all day following the sun from spot to spot like a luxuriant cat. You turn away, so as not to arouse her suspicion, and look into the store window before you.
I download it for my girlfriend, wait to give it to her, and then am ultimately crestfallen when she hates it.
Even now, as I flip back and forth, I notice some really excellent pictures, and some that seem like one-step-above snapshots. There are a lot of down-on-their-luck folks, a lot of happy people immersed in their stories, and one photograph, p 57 in which it appears that a tall man is going to murder an older couple with his book, so menacing is his physical stance relative to theirs.
This book falls somewhere in the middle, for me, as I really like parts of it, and it certainly makes me think, but then, it also feels like it needed a much tighter edit, and a stronger reason for being. Other than a court order. It might not work as a general rule, though, because China is an impressive civilization, for sure. I guess Russia is too, if for Dostoevsky alone. Even the idea of pornography, sexual imagery that is considered illegal for traditional methods of media distribution, is unclear as a category.
Penetration is always porn, but boobs alone rarely are? Female frontal nudity is considered more acceptable than male, and why is that? Safe for work. Rob asked me to run it that way from the beginning, and then was open-minded as I experimented with showing a bit of nudity and light sexual behavior stuff here, years ago. She said the pictures were erotic, not porn. And there were enough images for me to present that lacked out-right nudity.
Another photographer sent me a sample recently that was too hardcore, and I had to politely decline. Nudity is problematic for men these days, and rightly so in my opinion, but what are the rules that apply to female photographers? And as the artist is a woman, the politics align with I should know, because last week, within 24 hours, I found myself put in two potentially neck-crushing choke holds, a rear-naked and a guillotine, and then a proper sleeper hold, in which I woke up on my knees, facing the mat.
We always minimize the risks out there, else how would we leave the house each morning to drive a car, trust the subway, or ski down the hill? Now, how many of us, even those who go to fighting class on a regular basis, would have the peace of mind to get behind the mountain lion, to take its back, and then crush its windpipe and choke it to death, while practically tasting its fur in your mouth.
Now, a story like that is interesting now matter how you tell it. Does our intrepid hippie-mountain-runner-martial-artist-guy get eaten alive, a cougar baby nibbling on his jawbone? Just last week, in this very column, I said that a good book should have a beginning, a middle and an end. This will be a repeating motif within, birds, and while I was OK with it, maybe it did seem a bit obvious. We start with a smart quote by Bertolt Brecht about singing in the face of darkness, which I took to mean that we need to make our art, to speak our peace, to sing our songs, in particular when we think things are going to shit.
And of course many people regard our current situation as a particularly dangerous one, relative to the Post World War II era. But other than that, the photography is spot on. The portrait of the dog in the muzzle? Impending doom is the same as maybe-not-yet arrived doom.
You can feel it coming, but is there still time to affect the outcome? To hope? Mennonite women, a power-company worker at night, more sad portraits, dead-people feet, power washing a building, and then that little girl looking right at you, from the side, like a youngst-century-Mona-Lisa.
Next, another portrait of a guy looking away, behind the hoodie, the birds, and a cold Canadian landscape. The real people, places and incidents portrayed are used fictitiously. There are narrative waves and repeating motifs that work just as well this way, and even better, you can reverse direction whenever you want.
That books should be made this way. Or that. I got hired as an office intern, was soon promoted to office PA, and then got a second promotion to location assistant. Before I was fired in winter so they could hire a much more qualified person for the job.
Because I answered the phones, made the coffee and took out the trash well before shooting, I was around to hear the gossip, pick up on the undercurrents, and generally make myself a part of the furniture. The strangest thing was, though, that Keanu Reeves was insanely charismatic in person.
He would do voices, and crack jokes. Once a day, maybe. He was really bad. It was odd to see him behave one way IRL, but then freeze up, or shut down, once it was time to do his job. And I had to admit the reputation seemed appropriate.
Seemingly, after that, he went into another fallow period, and got super-into martial arts, so much that he directed a film about a Tai Chi fighter, and acted in an awful Japanese sci-fi Samurai film that ended in mass Seppuku.
And what about that amazing personality of his? Photo books, of course, the subject of this long-running column, rely heavily on context. The way a photo book releases its information, teases out its narrative, and gives you what you need to know is as important, in my opinion, as the pictures themselves. In fact, I was just talking with a book-designer-friend about the fact that even the number of pictures included will determine if a viewer looks at a book in one sitting, ingesting the entire message, or flips through a few pages, puts it down, and then picks it up another time and does the same thing.
Think of a photo book as a story, with a beginning, middle and an end, and the whole process makes more sense. Unless you love non-sensical, non-linear video art, in which case, go crazy and make whatever weird shit you see in your head. Let me say it again here folks, outreach is necessary to make change. It opens with a short statement in which the artist admits to having contemplated suicide, almost calling a hotline for help, before abandoning the idea.
The writing is immediately followed by a series of bleak-light pictures featuring things hidden, covered, wilting, and alone.
There are more textual interruptions, each very-well-written, which share that the artist was estranged for her adopted mother for years, but now she visits her in a home for the aging and demented, as her mom no longer knows who she is. We read a story about how her Dad is likely lonely, living on his own in a new home, and how he visits his wife each day.
The story tells us that his own mother married her rapist, and that the family history is not happy in general.
Obligatory intellectual street cred established. Back before the internet, you learned about a country from International Day at school, it was a thing, the Encyclopedia Britannica, or from whatever heritage pride your neighbors exhibited. Discovering Volvos and then Saabs was a way of understanding that there were other places in the world, far from New Jersey, that made cars with different shapes and features.