Tamworth Photographic Club have a modest library of books, that members can hire for 3 weeks
at a time for a small fee of 50p.
Please see Angie Atkins on club nights.
if you would like one of the below titles, quoting the books number and title.
The Step-by-Step Digital Photography series caters for all who are new
to photography, but who have been enticed by the falling prices of digital cameras. One of the first four titles, Step-by-Step Digital Landscape Photography focuses on all the stages between image capture and output. The book describes useful techniques for creating impressive landscape photographs in straightforward detail, then shows how to scan your images onto a computer and create great effects through software manipulation.
If you’re already a keen landscape photographer, you’ll learn how to make your pictures more striking; if you’re new to the field, it will give you all
the professionals’ secrets for capturing – and circulating – great images.
Covers everything from cropping, colour correction, tonal adjustments, dodging and burning, to the use of filters, sharpening, and how to use layers to create montages. Provides helpful tips on how to get the most from your photographs, maximizing their quality to give full impact.
The digital darkroom is clean, warm, comfortable and bright — and you
don’t need to convert your bathroom!
Book 26 - Digital Landscape Photography by Tim Gartside
Although aimed at keen amateur photographers who wish to break into
the professional market, the superb images and technical expertise offer something for all levels of skill and will also inspire those just becoming interested in photography and more established photographers who need
to refocus their photographic motivation. This book's primary goal is to
draw the attention of readers to the absolute importance of light and how to make the best use of it, with an emphasis on being in the right place at the right time, anticipating fine light and ensuring that for the short
duration that those qualities are present, they are successfully recorded
to film or pixel. However, composition and technical expertise are also
vitally important and Ian outlines the best field techniques for choosing
the correct exposure, discusses depth of field, hyper-focal focusing, exposure bracketing and the use of appropriate filters.
Book 27 - Transient Light by Ian Cameron
"Waiting for the Light" is a breathtaking visual celebration of photographer David Noton's work to date, including some of the world's finest landscape photography. It offers a long-awaited exploration of David's images, showcasing the very best from his extensive global portfolio, with photographs from every continent. Accompanying text places an emphasis on his use of light, and his ability to capture the essence of a place
through outstanding landscape photography. David offers amateurs and professionals inspirational and practical advice on how to achieve this in their own work. This work contains an invaluable chapter exploring the impact that transferring David's workflow from traditional to digital has
had on his working practices and output. Beautifully displayed images combined with explanatory captions and practical, revealing text, make
this an indispensable must-have for any photographer.
Book 28 - Waiting For The Light by David Noton
Build and Refine Your In-Camera and Photoshop Skills with This
Authoritative and Visually Stunning Guide to Capturing Incredible
Practical demonstrations, step-by-step examples and invaluable secrets from five leading professional photographers show you how to use your digital SLR to its full potential
Darwin Wiggett, David Noton, William Neill, Tom Mackie and Tony Worobiec tackle subjects key to taking great landscape images: controlling exposure; understanding light; composing shots; choosing the perfect location and working in black and white
Breathtaking photography showcases a wide variety of landscape
locations from coasts to mountains, cities to countryside and deserts to forests, highlighting the versatility and full potential of digital photography
Book 29 - The Digital SLR Expert - Landscapes
Drawing on decades of experience, Joe Cornish, one of Britain’s most distinguished landscape photographers, has distilled the key elements of
his craft into a collection of thought-provoking essays accompanied by a stunning selection of his photographs.
From his beloved North Yorkshire, to the rocky canyons of the Colorado Plateau, the photos in First Light have been chosen to reflect the breadth
of Joe’s work and to illustrate how he puts his working philosophy into practice.
Each picture is accompanied by text describing the conditions that must
be taken into consideration before taking a photo; the composition of the image, including viewpoint, selection of film and filters; and post
First Light is replete with supporting technical data and Joe’s own explanations of the thought processes that lay behind the creation of
each of these wonderful photographs. These fluent and very personal accounts are full of practical advice on subjects ranging from anticipating changes in the weather or lighting conditions, to the relative advantages
of using colour filters.
For all photographers, whether amateur or professional, First Light is a source of on-going inspiration and advice. With a foreword from renowned landscape photographer Charlie Waite, it will also appeal to anyone who appreciates natural beauty and loves landscape for its own sake.
Book 30 - First Light by Joe Cornish
Have you ever wondered what it is that professional photographers do
day in and day out that enables them to take consistently compelling images? Or thought that unravelling the insider secrets of the
professionals could inspire you? This book takes a contemporary and innovative approach to revealing the day-to-day habits of the world's
most successful wildlife, landscape and macro photographers, divulging
the core skills and techniques through which they excel.
This book is crammed full with expert advice taken from the world's l
eading pros directly from the field. It will empower the development of
your skills to a professional level and fire your imagination. Starting with
the basics of how to plan a rewarding field trip (whether locally or afar)
for one day or a month, and covering all aspects of camera handling and photographic technique including: how to make perfect exposures every time, ensure pin-sharp images of moving subjects, decipher the
complexities of camera menus and controls, and break through the mysteries of composition.
And, having learned the secrets to success, the book maps out some
simple yet powerful photo exercises and self-assignments to encourage
you to explore all facets of digital photography and put into practice the essential skills that will make you, too, a highly successful photographer.
Book 31 - Nature Photography by Chris Weston
This is an invaluable manual for wildlife photographers keen to improve
and update their work with the newest techniques and digital equipment. "The Essential Wildlife Photography Manual" takes a spectacular photographic trip, from tropical rainforests to the polar extremes of the globe, revealing the myriad of creatures and how to perfectly capture
them. Chris Weston covers the basics-including essential information on transporting kit overseas - as well as understanding and photographing
the best of wildlife subjects. His down-to-earth, practical approach consolidates a huge amount of technical information into easy-to-read, step-by-step chunks. Illustrated with world-class photography throughout, "The Essential Wildlife Photography Manual" boasts practical case studies from top international lights Art Wolfe, Jim Brandenburg, and Paul
Harcourt-Davies, who reveal the secrets of their trade. This gives an
insight into the world of professional wildlife photography, while there's
also essential information on working with biologists, zoologists, and researchers.
Book 32 - Essential Wildlife Manual by Chris Weston
With more than 20 years' experience in wildlife photography, Moose Peterson is America's most accomplished documenter of endangered species. He reveals his professional secrets and techniques in his most comprehensive and spectacularly photographed guide to date. Peterson explains exactly how to make the most of your equipment and how to
use animals' habits to optimize your results. Find the right tools for the
job, including every type of lens; learn techniques such as panning, shooting from blinds, and remote triggering of the flash; and take expert advice on how to make the subject really come to life in your images. Understand how to use animals' habits to optimize your results, see how
to frame the animal within a background for that perfect shot, and explore techniques for modifying the natural light to really highlight your subject.
Of course, Peterson has fascinating stories to tell about his own experiences, and his fabulous photos provide real enjoyment even as
they teach valuable lessons.
Book 33 - Wildlife Photography by Moose Peterson
David Tipling is one of the worlds most widely published wildlife photographers, renowned for his artistic images of birds. His many accolades, include a coveted European Nature Photographer of the
Year Award (2002), for work on Emperor Penguins, and in North
America, Natures Best Indigenous Peoples Award (2009) for his
pictures of Mongolian Eagle hunters. He is the author or commissioned
photographer for many books including the RSPB Guide to Digital
Wildlife Photography (Bloomsbury) and Penguins - Close Encounters
Book 34 - Digital Wildlife Photography by David Tipling
The practicalities of working in the field are the fundamental skills for
any bird photographer. Here the author's many years of professional experience allow him to explain clearly his methods for stalking, using
hides, and photographing rare birds, even in tough conditions, as well
as advanced techniques such as using decoys or tapes. Each section contains a feature interview with leading international bird
photographers showcasing their work and the techniques or subjects
with which they are associated. An extended section of case studies
shows how field techniques are put into practice to capture stunning
images of many birds. Introductory chapters on equipment and creative camera techniques, and concluding chapters on post-production,
including digital storage, complete this comprehensive guide.
Book 35 - Photographing Wildbirds by Chris Gomersall
Professional and amateur photographers alike will find an array of
strategies in this guide that demonstrates how to use classic visual design principles to create strong, compelling, nature photos. Veteran photographer and naturalist Brenda Tharp presents a full-colour guide that incorporates classic design principles with a deeper understanding of the natural world and its "moments". While many photographers may be
experts with the technical aspects of photography, they must also know how to incorporate visual design, strong composition, mood, and bold use
of colour in order to take their work to the next level. Learning to capture
the moment in nature - which, as all photographers know, is an unpredictable subject at best - is the primary focus of this reference. Readers will find not only dozens of specific techniques for effective
outdoor photography, but also practical advice for creating photographs that are emotionally compelling and, in turn, an artistic success. Individual chapters are devoted to such topics as "Light - The Raw Material", "The Elements of Visual Design", "Using Color Effectively", and "Putting It All Together". Plus, clear and to-the-point exercises along with 200 full-
colour reproductions aim to inspire readers to achieve more creative,
more expressive and more personal photographs.
Book 36 - Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography by Brenda Tharp
This is a comprehensive and fully illustrated guide to taking stunning
close-up photographs in the natural world.In this authoritative book,
Robert Thompson shares his considerable expertise in both photography
and naturalism to impart everything you need to know about taking impeccable macro photographs.From a thorough survey of the equipment required for both film and digital users, to detailed explanation of the techniques required for photographing all the most popular close-up subjects, including: flowers, fungi, insects, patterns and abstracts in nature. This sumptuously illustrated and highly practical book is the definitive guide to macro photography.
Book 37 - Close-Up & Macro Photography by Robert Thompson
Digital cameras and software have revolutionized the world of
photography. With seemingly endless products available, photographers
are challenged to find what will work best for their individual needs. Renowned photographer Tony Sweet guides readers through numerous lessons, from performing camera 'swipes' and creating abstract images to applying filters and transforming infrared images - all illustrated with his stunning nature photographs. Readers will learn how to use a variety of plug-ins, filters, exposure elements, adjustment layers, film emulation software and more.
Book 38 - Fine Art Digital Nature Photography by Tony Sweet
Covering all the practical skills and aesthetic considerations involved in photographing flowers, this great book explores: technical matters,
colour theory and artistic considerations.
Book 39 - Photographing Flowers by Sue Bishop
Explaining the lighting set-ups behind the world’s best beauty photography.
Each photograph is accompanied by side- and plan-view diagrams showing how the set-up worked.
Includes a directory of photographers, which is an excellent resource for
art directors and designers.
Book 40 - Beauty Shots by Alex Larg & Jane Wood
An amazing (and some would say magical) resource on photographic
lighting that has been talked about in the community and recommended
for years. This highly respected guide has been thoroughly updated and revised for content and design - it is now produced in full color! It introduces a logical theory of photographic lighting so if you are starting
out in photography you will learn how to predict results before setting up lights. This is not primarily a how-to book with only set examples for you
to copy. Rather, Light: Science and Magic provides you with a comprehensive theory of the nature and principles of light to allow you
to use lighting to express your own creativity.
Numerous photographs and illustrations provide clear examples of the theories, while sidebars highlight special lighting questions. Expanded chapters on available light in portraiture, as well as new information on digital equipment and terminology make this a must have update!
Book 41 - Light - Science & Magic by F Hunter, S Biver & P Fuqua
Using small, computerised, battery-powered flash units and lightweight accessories, Tuck shows photographers how to get top quality results -
and arrive on location with more energy and a better ability to focus on creative problem-solving. Packed with incredible images and step-by-step techniques, this is a must for commercial, wedding and portrait photographers who want to maximise their time behind the camera and minimise their time spent lugging heavy lighting equipment.
Book 42 - Minimalist Lighting by Kirk Tuck
Time-tested lighting strategies that will improve the quality of a portrait
are detailed in this book for beginning photographers. Terminology used
by industry pros is explained, the equipment needed to create
professional results is outlined, and the unique role that each element of
the lighting setup plays in the studio is explored. Photographers learn how color, direction, form, and contrast affect the final portrait. The concise text, photo examples, and lighting diagrams enable photographers to
easily achieve traditional lighting styles that have been the basis of
good portraiture since the advent of the art.
Book 43 - Master Lighting Guide by Christopher Grey
With over 70 illustrated tutorials, 11 new techniques, all-new screen
shots and step-by-step instructions with download able examples. This revised edition of Duncan Evans and Tim Shelbourne's outstanding photo guide will help readers master the latest Photoshop software - and create distinctive photographed portraits. Photoshop can enhance even the
well-shot image and Evans and Shelbourne teach photographers of all
levels how they can use it to generate mixed lighting effects that would otherwise require an expensive studio, produce high-key or low-key
styles, retouch facial features and blemishes, isolate and emphasize the subject, optimize monochrome effects and much more.
Book 44 - Creative Portait Techniques by Duncan Evans & Tim Shelbourne
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 18 is undoubtedly the most outstanding new collection of nature photographs available. The book showcases more than 120 stunning images from the 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition - the most prestigious event of its kind. All the winning and commended photographs are here, selected by
an international panel of expert judges and beautifully reproduced in this portfolio.
Choosing the winning entries from an incredible 35,000 entries submitted
by photographers around the world is not easy. Each year the new collection is eagerly awaited by nature lovers and photography buffs alike
- and each year they are not disappointed, as the quality of the images
and the ingenuity of photographers reach new heights of excellence.
The range of subjects and styles is diverse - from abstract nature images
to animal behaviour and portraits to environmental reportage. Together
they celebrate the splendour, drama and variety of life on Earth. Each photograph is accompanied by a memorable caption that tells the story
of how and why the shot was taken.
Being placed in this competition is something that wildlife photographers
the world over aspire to. To succeed, they need a mixture of vision, technical ability, knowledge of nature - and luck. All these elements are here in abundance in these inspirational photographs that bring the breathtaking beauty of the natural world to your coffee table.
Book 45 - Wildlife Photographer Of The Year - Portfolio 18
Following in the outstanding success of the first edition, this wonderful celebration of landscape photography shortlists the winning photographs from the second Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. 'Take
a view', the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, is the brainchild of Charlie Waite, one of today's most respected landscape photographers. Together with AA Publishing, he has created this
prestigious competition and award, which was hugely successful in its
first year. Britain's heritage is celebrated by people around the world and entries are welcome from everyone, whether resident in the UK or simply visiting, as long as the image is of the British Isles. The full-colour book
of best entries will showcase the best pictures from amateur and professional photographers alike.
Book 46 - Landscape Photographer Of The Year - Collection - 2
The Photographers Eye, available again after some years out of print,
offers a guide to the mediums visual language through works by such
early masters as Atget, Cartier-Bresson, Evans, Strand and Weston. In
this re-issue, 172 illustrations reveal the extraordinary range of the photograph from the early days of the mediums development to the
mid-1960s. They are accompanied by an essay from Szarkowski, one of
the most influential photography curators and critics of our time.
Book 47 - The Photographer’s Eye by John Szarkowski
"National Geographic: The Photographs" presents an amazing collection
of award-winning "National Geographic" magazine photographs, the facts behind them, and the inside stories of the men and women who took them. The images capture rare moments in nature and the lives of animals, along with defining events in the lives of people everywhere. Many earlier
pictures place the new ones in perspective, illustrating how the "Geographic" has created a unique photographic approach and maintained its tradition over decades, while evolving in response the changing realities that the photography documents. Five chapters cover the Society's major themes: wildlife on land and underwater, cultures in the United States
and around the world, and science - from astronomy to archaeology to
the human senses. On page after page, stunning images reveal the skill
and imagination of Geographic's photographers. Accompanying the images are the photographer's accounts of adventures in the field - sometimes humorous, sometimes terrifying, always vividly compelling. Author Leah Bendavid-Val writes about the photographers' achievements from
technical, journalistic, and artistic points of view. An introductory chapter chronicles the evolution of photographic principles at the "Geographic"
and the visionaries who believed in the revolutionary idea that
photography had the power to tell important truths about the world.
Book 48 - The Photographs - Nat. Geo by Leah Bendavid-Val
This is a smaller, gift version of National Geographic's landmark
publication, "Through the Lens". "Through the Lens" is a cornucopia of National Geographic's best photographs created since 1890 when the Society first started commissioning photographers to go out into the
world and bring images back to its readership. Many of the 250
photographs have been previously published in the magazine but a
great number of them are images that did not make the final edit but
have great merit on their own. Readers can take a virtual tour around
the world to see rice sellers in the Mekong Delta, teenagers in Brazil,
duck hunters in Nebraska, and stingrays in the Cayman Islands, to name
a few examples. You also move seamlessly back and forth in time, from
the days when travellers climbed mountain trails by mule to color-filled
lofty airplane rides above the Galapagos Islands with a greater
appreciation for technological advancements and the chance to suspend time either way
Book 49 - Through The Lens - National Geographic
Don McCullin is one of the greatest photographers of conflict in our time. This book was conceived on a grand scale that does justice to his extraordinary life and the events he has witnessed. It forms one of the great documents of the latter part of the last century.
The book begins and ends in the Somerset landscape that surrounds McCullin's home, but the whole sequence of more than two hundred photographs encompasses a ravaged northern England, war in Cyprus, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Beirut and riots in Derry. The climax of the
book is among the cannibals and tribespeople deep in the jungles of Irian Jaya, where McCullin focuses on humanity in an almost Stone Age
The introduction by Harold Evans, the acclaimed newspaper editor and authority on photojournalism, is drawn from his long experience of working with McCullin. The distinguished novelist and essayist, Susan Sontag, has contributed an essay on McCullin and the role of witness to conflict - a subject of timely pertinence.