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Recommended Books on Art Techniques
Brushwork Essentials: How to Render Expressive Form and Texture With Every Stroke by Mark Christopher Weber (Hardcover - May 2002)
Oil Painting Secrets from a Master by Linda Cateura
Problem Solving for Oil Painters: Recognizing What's Gone Wrong and How to Make It Right
The Painter's Problem Book: 20 Problem Subjects and How to Paint Them by Joseph Dawley
Encaustic Art: How to Paint with Wax by Michael Bossom
You Can Paint Oils: A Step by Step Guide for Absolute Beginners by Linda Birch
How to Paint Murals & Trompe L'Oeil by Victoria Ellerton and Simon Brad
Reader review: 4.5 star
'I am a very experienced computer user, and have read countless books. This is the best yet. It is extremely well organized. Each section is written in a step by step fashion of what to do. It is written by a photographer - not a computer geek, so the steps are really practical to improve your workflow. I'm not a pro - just an amateur. But with my digital SLR, it's not unusual to generate 200 - 300 images at a shoot. Scott Kelby's tips on improving workflow are awesome. Further, using Lightroom with the tips from this book will make me a better photographer.
The entire book is beautifully printed in color! It is divided in to very manageable sections, making it a breeze to use. If you want to learn Lightroom, you owe it to yourself to read this book.'
The Digital Photography Book (Paperback) by Scott Kelby - Bestseller
Scott Kelby, the man who changed the "digital darkroom" forever with his groundbreaking, #1 bestselling, award-winning book The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, now tackles the most important side of digital photography--how to take pro-quality shots using the same tricks today's top digital pros use (and it's easier than you'd think).
This entire book is written with a brilliant premise, and here’s how Scott describes it: "If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, 'Hey, how do I get this flower to be in focus, but I want the background out of focus?' I wouldn't stand there and give you a lecture about aperture, exposure, and depth of field. In real life, I'd just say, 'Get out your telephoto lens, set your f/stop to f/2.8, focus on the flower, and fire away.' You d say, 'OK,' and you'd get the shot. That's what this book is all about. A book of you and I shooting, and I answer the questions, give you advice, and share the secrets I've learned just like I would with a friend, without all the technical explanations and without all the techno-photo-speak."
This isn't a book of theory—it isn't full of
confusing jargon and detailed concepts: this is a book of which button
to push, which setting to use, when to use them, and nearly two hundred
of the most closely guarded photographic "tricks of the trade" to get
you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more
professional-looking photos with your digital camera every time you press
the shutter button. Here's another thing that makes this book different:
each page covers just one trick, just one single concept that makes your
photography better. Every time you turn the page, you'll learn another
pro setting, another pro tool, another pro trick to transform your work
from snapshots into gallery prints. There's never been a book like it,
and if you're tired of taking shots that look "OK," and if you’re tired
of looking in photography magazines and thinking, "Why don't my shots
look like that?" then this is the book for you.
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