Trio of new books provide solutions to photographic challenges.
Three new books on digital photography were released in recent weeks:
Digital Photographic Capture,by Glenn Rand, David Litschel, and Robert Davis: Explains in-depth how to conceptualize, find, compose, and capture a successful image. While the book hits on the basics of digital capture (tools, sensors, lenses, image creation, exposure, workflow, files, light balance), it also addresses some of the finer points as well. Its final chapter deals with "hybrid" digital photography, an approach that meshes film with digital capture, and addressing the various challenges with this technique (dynamic range, color gamut, and workflow). Price: $39.95. (Focal Press/Elsevier, www.focalpress.com)
Paint Shop Pro for Photographers, by Ken McMahon and Robin Nichols: Features real-life examples of Jasc's Paint Shop Pro 9, demonstrating how to broaden image-making skills. Features step-by-step tutorials as well as tips and tricks. Contents include: "Digital Image Making: the Basics," "Simple Picture Manipulation "? Improving the Look of Your Photos," "Controlling Change," "Combining Images," "Print Preparation," and others. Price: $24.95. (Focal Press/Elsevier, www.focalpress.com)
Photoshop CS for Photography: The Art of Pixel Processing, by Tom Ang. In this updated version of Ang's Photoshop for Photography title, the author provides step-by-step instructions on how to create and improve images using Photoshop CS or similar software. Sections include: "The Photoshop CS Workspace," "Mastering Levels and Tones," "The Art of Dodge and Burn," "Simulating Film and Lens," "Methods of Cloning," "Adding Local Color," "Noise as Sweet Music," "Preparing for Printing," and others. Price: $24.95. (Amphoto Books, www.amphotobooks.com)