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Photography books and reviews

Books recommended and reviewed by Keith Cooper



These books are the personal recommendations of Keith Cooper (they are on his bookshelf and well thumbed)

They should be available at any good bookstore, so do have a look.

Old photography books from 2nd hand bookshops make up a fair bit of our book collection – just because it’s film doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from looking at good photos…

Publishers: Contact Keith if you’ve new and relevant titles you’d like considering for review

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Some of Keith’s favourite books

Black and white landscapesLandscapes

A marvellous book by Terry Hope, that brings together a collection of works by different photographers with their own comments.

Read it and you will soon be reaching for the camera…

ISBN: 2880464803 (UK edition)
ISBN: 1883403685 (US edition)

Landscapes 
Landscapes 

The printThe Print

A classic from Ansel Adams.

Many techniques and concepts are applicable to the production of digital images.

ISBN: 0821221876

The Print 
The Print 

Photoshop for Photographers – Martin Evening

APFPLearn many of the features of Photoshop — written from a photographer’s perspective. Comprehensive and clearly written. The section on colour management (valid even for black and white) is particularly clear in its coverage of an area that many find mysterious. Includes CD with additional material.

There are versions from Photoshop 6 through to CC and I think I’ve many on the bookshelf.

Adobe Photoshop 6.0 for Photographers 
Adobe Photoshop 6.0 for Photographers 

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for Photographers 
Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for Photographers 

Adobe Photoshop CS for Photographers 
Adobe Photoshop CS for Photographers 

Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers 
Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers 
Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers 

A Tree, a Blade of Grass

Collection of colour photographs by Shinzo Maeda. Images of the Japanese landscape.

It’s a book that I never tire of just picking up and browsing. I really do look forward to visiting Japan one day…

ISBN: 3822896551

A Tree, a Blade of Grass 
A Tree, a Blade of Grass 

Digital printsMastering Digital Printing

“The Photographer’s and Artist’s Guide to High-Quality Digital Output” An extremely comprehensive guide to what can be achieved in the digital realm. Covers all the major technologies and techniques. Excellent choice for both amateurs and pros alike.

By Harald Johnson (who runs the useful dpandi site).

ISBN: 1929685653

Mastering Digital Printing 
Mastering Digital Printing 

Mastering Digital Printing  2nd Edition
Mastering Digital Printing  2nd Edition

Real World Colour Management

Color Management bookI often get asked for suggestions about learning more about the nuts and bolts of Colour Management.

My usual suggestion is Bruce Fraser’s Real World Colour Management.

My own copy is well thumbed. It’s my first port of call if I’m asked a question and I feel I don’t quite understand an issue well enough to be absolutely sure of an answer.

Real World Color Management 
Real World Color Management 

Real World Color Management  2nd Edition
Real World Color Management  2nd Edition

Real World Camera Raw

Very thorough look at what you can do with the Adobe Raw Importer in Photoshop CS. Includes lots of info on how to automate raw processing, and getting the best from any particular image.

By Bruce Fraser (who is much missed)

ISBN: 032127878X

Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop 
Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop 

Real World Camera Raw with Photoshop CS2 
Real World Camera Raw with Photoshop CS2 

Real World Camera Raw with Photoshop CS3 
Real World Camera Raw with Photoshop CS3 

Photoshop Masking & Compositing

Possibly ‘the’ book on masking. An essential element of much photo manipulation.

Photoshop Masking Compositing (Voices That Matter)
Photoshop Masking & Compositing (VOICES)


Links are for Amazon.co.uk  or Amazon.com 

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Other areas of our site that may be of interest...

All the latest articles and photo news items appear on Keith's Photo blog .

We've a whole section of the site devoted to  Digital Black and White photography and printing. It covers all the specialist articles and reviews written by Keith Cooper.

There is a gallery of landscape photography and fine art prints.

 


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