Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Cool new books

One of the problems with being away from the office for so long is getting caught up with all the mail that comes in whilst you're gone. There were a few books that came in that are worth a mention.

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS / 1000D Companion by Ben Long offers a course on digital photography (albeit one based on the Canon) in easily digestible step-by-step lessons. I like the fact that this one isn't just a guide to the many buttons and levers. Ben takes the time to show the reader how to shoot great photos with this camera. Because of this, owners of other camera bodies can certainly benefit from this book. JPEG shooters beware, Ben points out that the Picture Styles feature only works when shooting in RAW and using Canon's Digital Photo Professional software. 

The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers by Derrick Story takes a walk down the "workflow" path. Derrick takes those "must have" options from Photoshop CS4 and shows you how they work and where they fit in to an efficient photographer's workflow. It's a handy little book that will fit nicely in your favourite photographer's stocking this Christmas.

Adobe InDesign CS4 one-on-one by Deke McClelland is just perfect for the LE pro who wants to start utilising the power of this awesome layout program. Those who have taken my classes know how much I rely on InDesign for contact sheets, presentation layouts, and so forth. If you are looking to start bringing InDesign into your workflow, Deke's your man. Sample files, videos, and 12 easy to follow step-by-step lessons will get you on your way.

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