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The Complete Guide to Digital Audio

A Comprehensive introduction to digital sound and music-making The Complete Guide to Digital AudioA Comprehensive introduction to digital sound and music-makingBy Chris MiddletonIlex Press, 2004ISBN: 1 904705 14 6 Whether we work with video, Flash, animations, multimedia, games, digital slideshows or even pure audio, working with digital audio is part of almost all our futures, […]

The Essential Digital Video Handbook

A Comprehensive Guide to Making Videos That Make Money The Essential Digital Video HandbookA Comprehensive Guide to Making Videos That Make MoneyBy Pete MayRockport Publishers, RotoVision, 2004ISBN: 1 59253 024 9 There is a lot to learn about digital video and many people are coming straight to digital video cold with no prior analog video […]

Wolfgang Tillmans

Artist profile book of this interesting, contemporary artist who works in photography and video. Wolfgang TillmansBy Jan Verwoert, Peter Halley and Midori MatsuiPhaidon Press, 2002ISBN: 0 7148 4192 7 Wolfgang Tillmans is an artist who works in photographic and video forms. Much of his work is quite confrontational. This book includes an interview with Tillman, […]

Flash 8, The Missing Manual

A fantastic book to learn Flash from. Flash 8, The Missing ManualBy E.A. Vander VeerPogue Press, O’Reilly, 2006ISBN: 0 596 10137 6 The Missing Manual books are, from my observations, universally the best books I have seen on a given topic, when you are looking for a real understanding of how to use a piece […]

Amphotoâ

Techniques for Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera Amphoto’s Guide to Creative Digital PhotographyTechniques for Mastering Your Digital SLR CameraBy George SchaubAmphoto Books, a division of Watson-Guptill, 2004ISBN: 0 8174 3485 2 This book aims to help photographers to get the most out of their digital camera. It does this by covering all the bases from […]

Close Up – Creative Techniques for Successful Macrophotography

A great book on clse-up and macrophotography Close UpCreative Techniques for Successful MacrophotographyBy John BrackenburyRotoVision, 2004ISBN: 2 88046 782 9 This book aims to inspire and educate through stunning macrophotography. The author is a zoologist and a lecturer in veterinary medicine, as well as being a dedicated photographer, so he brings both a scientific and […]

Nature Photography â

A book of stunning nature photography and how to do it yourself Nature Photography – Learning from a MasterPhotographs by Gilles Martin, Text by Denis BoyardHarry N. Abrams, Inc, 2003ISBN: 0 8109 9116 0 Like Martin’s other book, Macrophotography, this is a profusely illustrated 300+ page book that is a must have for those interested […]

The Practical Guide to Photographic Lighting for Film and Digital Photography

A book covering photographic lighting but with little specifically about digital. The Practical Guide to Photographic Lighting for Film and Digital PhotographyBy Jon TarrantFocal Press 2001ISBN 0 240 51580 3 This highly practical book takes you from basic to advanced lighting, covering all the bases from daylight and tungsten to flash and the newer continuous […]

Digital wedding photography

A guide to shooting weddings for people using digital equipment. Step-by-step / 006 /Digital wedding photographyBy Paul F. GeroIlex, 2006ISBN: 1 904705 49 9 This book on wedding photography in a digital mode takes a good, hard look at how to shoot weddings and what a digital process can add to it. Covering the contents […]

Macrophotography – Learning from a Master

A great book on this technically challenging area of photography MacrophotographyLearning from a MasterText by Ronan Loaec, Photography by Gilles MartinHarry N. Abrams, 2003ISBN: 0 8109 9117 9 Gilles Martin is certainly a master of nature and macrophotography and this book is a gem. This thick (300 pages), big and beautifully illustrated book is divided […]

Darkroom to Digital

Black and White Photography with Photoshop – The Art of Transition Darkroom to DigitalBlack and White Photography with Photoshop – The Art of TransitionBy Eddie EphraumsArgentum, 2004ISBN: 1 902538 28 5 This is a book about why and how to make the transition from darkroom-based monochrome photography to the digital domain. The book does not, […]

Photoshop CS2 RAW

This book comes to grips with working with RAW files in Photoshop, and does it well. Photoshop CS2 RAWBy Mikkel AalandO’Reilly, 2006ISBN: 0 596 00851 1 This O’Reilly book gets to grip with that troublesome topic for many photographers, RAW files, whether to shoot them and what to do with them. In 200 heavily illustrated […]

Art Models, Life Nudes for Drawing Painting and Sculpting

A great book of photographs of nudes for use as inspiration for drawing, painting and sculpting/ Art ModelsLife Nudes for Drawing Painting and SculptingBy Maureen and Douglas JohnsonLive Model Books, 2006Various ISBNs This book is, simply, a book of nude pictures. Various male and female models are shown in a wide variety of poses, each […]

Photoshop CS2 in easy steps

A good reference book for beside the computer while working in Photoshop Photoshop CS2 in easy stepsBy Robert ShuffleBothamComputer Step, 2005ISBN: 1 84078 300 1 There are so many books on Photoshop. Most are good. And many people still report getting so far and then being overwhelmed by the complexity of the program. This book […]

Picture Perfect – Collecting Art and Photography and Displaying it in Your Home

This book looks at the collecting of art and photography, its framing and display within your home. Picture PerfectCollecting Art and Photography and Displaying it in Your HomeBy Stephanie HoppenJacqui Small/Aurum Press 2004ISBN: 1 903221 25 0 This book looks at the collecting of art and photography, its framing and display within your home. This […]

Photographing People

Yet another book from Michael Freeman, this one focuses on photographing people. The book is presented via two-page spreads dealing with individual topics. Photographing PeopleDigital Photography ExpertBy Michael FreemanIlex, 2004ISBN: 1 904705 20 0 Yet another book from Michael Freeman, this one focuses on photographing people. The book is presented via two-page spreads dealing with […]

Window Seat – The Art of Digital Photography & Creative Thinking

A simply stunning book that will stretch and expand you. Window SeatThe Art of Digital Photography & Creative ThinkingBy Julieanne KostO’Reilly, 2006ISBN: 0 596 10083 3 This amazing book is part exhibition and part exposition. The exhibition part comes in the second half of the book and comprises stunning work the author has produced by […]

Art and Photography

Phaidon Themes and Movements book covering the role of photography in the visual arts. Art and PhotographyEdited by David CampanyPhaidon Themes and Movements Series, 2003ISBN 0 7148 4286 9 Phaidon’s Themes and Movements series is one of the really great series of art books in the publishing world. They combine great editorial insights, great art […]

Conceptual Art

Phaidon Themes and Movements book covering this often difficult area of conceptual art Conceptual ArtEdited by Peter OsbornePhaidon Themes and Movements Series, 2002ISBN 0 7148 3930 2 Yet another in Phaidon’s Themes and Movements series, this one looks at the redefinition of art to be focused on ideas. As in all the books in the […]

Digital Infrared Photography

A book covering how to do it, what you need and how you might apply it. Digital Infrared PhotographyBy Patrick RiceAmherst Media, 2005ISBN 1584281448 This book is one of a small number that cover this topic. The author is a professional photographer from Ohio. The book claims to cover everything you need to know about […]

Minimalism

Phaidon’s Themes and Movements series is one of the really great series of art books in the publishing world. This book continues that and does a great job of covering the minimal art movement. MinimalismEdited by James MeyerPhaidon Themes and Movements Series, 2000ISBN 0 7148 3460 2 Phaidon’s Themes and Movements series is one of […]

Scrapbooking Your Favorite Family Memories

A great introduction to scrapbooking Scrapbooking Your Favorite Family MemoriesBy the Editors of Memory Makers books, distributed by Reader’s DigestMemory Makers Books, 2003ISBN 1 892127 33 4 This interesting book brings together four individual books under one cover:*    Michele Gerbrandt’s Scrapbook Basics*    Creative Photo Cropping for Scrapbooks*    Baby Scrapbooks*    School Days Scrapbooks Profusely illustrated, this […]

That Divine Order

Music and the Visual Arts from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century That Divine OrderMusic and the Visual Arts from Antiquity to the Eighteenth CenturyBy Peter VergoPhaidon Press, 2005ISBN 0 7148 4351 2 The links between the visual and music arts has always been a strong one. This can be at the inspirational level, the structural […]

The Painterâ

A great book relevant to all traditional media artists and to digital artists who add traditional media to their digital works. The Painter’s Handbook, 2nd EditionRevised and ExpandedBy Mark David GottsegenWatson-Guptill Publications, 2006ISBN 0-8230-3496-8 Written by a professor of art at the University of North Carolina and closely involved with the international standards committee that […]

Photoflex Training DVDs

First of how-to DVDs on photography and videography of cars, swimwear, and action sports released by Fernando Escovar and sponsored by Photoflex Press Release The first in a series of DVDs on photography and videography of cars,swimwear, and action sports has just been released by internationallyrenowned photographer/videographer Fernando Escovar, it was announcedtoday by Sharon Reeves, […]

Adobe Photoshop Master Class

Second Edition: The Essential Guide to Revisioning Photography Adobe Photoshop Master ClassSecond Edition: The Essential Guide to Revisioning PhotographyBy John Paul CaponigroPeachpit Press, 2003ISBN 0-321-13010-3 Let me state up front that this is an amazing book and deserves a placeon the bookshelf of not only everyone working with photographydigitally but also everyone with aspirations in […]

Mastering Digital Printing

2nd Edition Mastering Digital Printing2nd EditionBy Harald JohnsonPublished by Thomson Course Technology, 2005ISBN 1-59200-431-8 This book is, at the present time, the definitive book on digitalprinting. In around 400 pages the author manages to pack in a hugeamount of information that can guide people through purchasingdecisions, outsourcing decisions and help with getting the best out […]

Going DIGITAL

The Practice and Vision of Digital Artists Going DIGITALThe Practice and Vision of Digital ArtistsBy Joseph Nalvern and JD JarvisPublished by Thomson Course Technology, 2005ISBN 1-59200-918-2 This is a book that I have actually been loath to review, both becauseI know the authors and many of the artists involved and because of themisunderstandings that this […]

Digital Art Studio

Techniques for Combining Inkjet Printing with Traditional Art Materials Digital Art Studio Techniques for Combining Inkjet Printing with Traditional Art Materials By Karin Schminke, Dorothy Simpson Krause and Bonny Pierce Lhotka Published by Watson-Guptill Publications, 2004 ISBN 0-8230-1342-1 Digital Art Studio is a book about extending digital printing, mainly inkjet, by working with unusual media, […]