Here are a few new books that have either been just announced or recently released and would make great additions to any photographer’s library.
Looking for an alternative to Photoshop that won’t bust the budget? GIMP is a great answer. It is a free alternative that is full featured with many options. As with most software programs, as features are added and performance is improved, complexities of the program also increase. Olivier Lecarme and Karine Delvare have come to the rescue by writing The Book of GIMP.
The tutorials in the first half of the book walk you through essential GIMP skills, like resizing and cropping images, touching up spots and scratches, and customizing your work area.
The book’s second half offers a comprehensive reference to GIMP’s many features, including color balancing, masks, filters, and plug-ins. You’ll find tools described in unparalleled detail, with coverage of nearly every option and parameter.
With illustrated tutorials and detailed references, The Book of GIMP is sure to become your one-stop guide to just about everything GIMP.
Still prefer to use Adobe Photoshop? Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4—A Photographer’s Handbook might just do the trick. Adobe Certified Instructor Steve Laskevitch has created a guide that provides a clear and effective workflow for editing photographs in Photoshop CS6 and its companions Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom 4. Focusing on the critical elements of a workflow rather than covering every arcane feature, this book is designed to get you working quickly in these applications.
HDR seems to be all the rage. The folks at Rocky Nook really brought out one of the first books on High Dynamic Range Imaging penned by Christian Bloch. Mr. Bloch has taken the gold standard and made it better with the release of The HDRI Handbook 2.0. This book has been fully rewritten and upgraded to reflect the changes and advancements in this technique. Many hints and tips in this book originated from digital photography experts Uwe Steinmueller, Dieter Bethke, and Bernhard Vogel.
Thinking about adding a lens to your arsenal but not sure what to get? You might look into NK Guy’s The Lens—A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer.
It’s such a simple question, but whether a new camera owner or a savvy photographer, choosing the right lens or lenses is actually one of the most important photographic decisions you can make.
This book isn’t a simple catalogue of available lenses. New products are coming out all the time, and comparing specific lenses can be difficult. Instead, author N.K. Guy gives you all the information you need to make smart buying decisions. Optical technology is demystified, arcane terminology is decoded, and practical tips are provided.
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