Club Library


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

Landscape Photographs


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

production treatments.

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

(New Holland).

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.

Book 50 - Don McCullin by Don McCullin

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