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January/February 2012

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January/February 2012


A Totally Biased Close-Up and Macro Photography Book by Rob Sheppard is an e-book offering the basics on how to improve your close-up and macro photography. Filled with inspirational nature photographs, the book can be viewed on any color e-book reader or on any computer with a free e-reader app. It's available from digital retailers, including's Kindle Store, the Barnes & Noble Nook Store and the Apple iBookstore

Photographing Childhood: The Image and the Memory by LaNola Kathleen Stone (Focal Press, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-240-81818-4). Stone delivers insider advice on how to take inspiring and technically sound images of children. She has contributed to Child Magazine, Pottery Barn, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and more. She breaks down various stages of childhood in a timeline and explains what each offers photographically.

The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great (Voices That Matter) by Steve Simon (New Riders, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-321-71989-8). Translating thoughts and feelings into strong images can be difficult. Simon helps you close the gap in this inspirational and practical guide by revealing 10 steps every photographer needs to become great at their passion.

Black and White Digital Photography Photo Workshop by Chris Bucher (Wiley, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-470-42193-2). This guide helps you master the art of black-and-white photography by exploring integral concepts such as contrast and lighting. The book focuses on the rules of photography and how they apply differently in black-and-white.

The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations by Harold Davis and Phyllis Davis (Focal Press, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-240-81531-2). By keeping in mind what type of postprocessing you'll do before you shoot, you can create more compelling images. Compositing, working with layers, HDR and other topics are covered.

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