PhotographyBB Christmas Gift Guide – Day 3

Welcome back! Today we are going to look at some of our favourite digital photography and Photoshop books. Whether you are a complete beginner, or a seasoned professional, there is something for everyone in our favourite’s collection. Let’s have a quick look at our top picks for 2008.

The Moment It Clicks: Photography secrets from one of the world’s top
By far this is one of the best photography books in existence. Both a coffee table photography book, as well as a guide on shooting better photos, Joe McNally takes you through several photoshoots explaining each image as he goes along. Stunning imagery, combined with excellent narrative makes this one a winner!

The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2
If you are just getting into digital SLR photography, then this is
the perfect book for you. Scott Kelby walks you through short, simple
steps for shooting in a variety of situations. Imagine having a seasoned
pro with you on a photoshoot, and rather than explaining the theory, he
just tells you what settings to use in the given situation. Great book!

The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers
Another winner by Scott Kelby! In this book, Scott takes you through
the Photoshop CS4 steps and techniques that are mainly applicable to
digital photographers. You’ll learn retouching and processing techniques
with ease. Excellent step by step examples with lots of images make this
one our top Photoshop pick! There are also similar titles from Scott for
previous versions of Photoshop (CS3, CS2…)

Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and
Retouching Faces and Bodies
If you are interested in
fashion photography and want to learn more about lighting techniques
along with processing techniques for retouching skin, eyes, glamour, and
model photography then this book is for you. Excellent photographic
examples with clear step by step instructions for achieving different
looks. This one should be the first book in your collection if you are a
portrait or model photographer (aspiring or otherwise).

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers
One of the best Lightroom 2
books available! Scott Kelby shows you step by step processing
techniques using Lightroom 2, using real world photographic examples.
Excellent explanations of library management, collections, metadata, and
of course beautiful photographic examples of processing images in the
new Lightroom 2.

The HDRI Handbook: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers and CG
Artists +DVD
Here’s a great handbook if you are just getting into the world of
HDR photography and processing techniques. Here you’ll learn not only
the basics, but also some advanced HDR processing techniques too. A must
for HDR enthusiasts!

That concludes today’s choices for Christmas gear. Come back tomorrow for some more interesting Christmas gift ideas for this holiday season.

About the author

Dave Seeram is the Editor of PhotographyBB Magazine, photographer, Canucks fan, Lostie,  fanboy, Dad, blogger, entrepreneur, and part-time superhero. Dave is the owner of this blog, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the PhotographyBB Magazine and CLARITY: PHOTOGRAPHY BEYOND THE CAMERA

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