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For an understanding of your camera's many controls and features, check out the section called “;The Camera.”; If all you need is a quick explanation, you'll find it. If you're looking for the whole story, you'll find that, too. Settings that affect how your pictures look are accompanied by full-color examples that show you exactly what you can expect. This section also covers the camera's menus, playback features, memory, and power sources.

Focal Digital Camera guides Nikon D90


Just bought a Nikon D90 and looking to combine practical know-how with inspiration? This one-stop, easy-to-read guide covers all the basic functions of the camera, and everything beyond.

Inside, you'll find detailed explanations of every control and every feature, including full-color illustrations showing how changing each setting will affect your photos. But this book's greatest strength isn't its focus on the camera; it's the detailed, easy-to-follow instruction it offers on using your camera to take superior photographs. The lens, the subject matter, the light – all these variables are covered in depth, and always in the context of the Nikon D90.

Written by a widely acclaimed photographer and photography instructor, the Nikon D90 Digital Camera Guide shows you how to get the shots you can see in your head but have never been able to capture with a camera.

*Get up and running in five minutes with the quick start guide

*Profit from dozens of tips and tricks

*Master all of your camera's many features and controls

*See first-hand how different settings affect your photos

*Refine and manage your photos using the Nikon photo software

*Be inspired by hundreds of gorgeous, full color photographs, and learn how to get the same effects in your own shots

**Get you FREE Nikon D90 Pocket Guide with purchase! Visit for more info**

*Reveals the creative potential of your camera with clear, practical guidance, great tips, and advice from an experienced photographer

*Highly visual approach with camera screenshots, highlighted tip boxes, and inspiring photos throughout

*Includes valuable advice on general digital photography techniques as well as camera-specific information


Introduction; Visual Tour; Quick Start: How to Get Good Images out of the Camera in 5 Minutes; First Principles; Part I: The Camera: Making Pictures; Viewing the Images; Menus; Cards, Batteries and Maintenance; Part II: The Software: Nikon Software; Digital Photo Professional; RAW Conversion; Fundamentals of Color Management; Building an Image Library; Backing Up; Part III: The Light: Using Natural Light; Part IV: The Lenses; Part V: The Subjects: Portraits & People; Travel; Pets and Animals; Action; Products; Part VI: Accessories; Glossary; Index; Links

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D Focal Digital Camera Guide


Just bought a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D and looking to combine practical know-how with inspiration? This one-stop, easy-to-read guide covers all the basic functions of the camera, and everything beyond.

Inside, you’ll find detailed explanations of every control and every feature, including full-color illustrations showing how changing each setting will affect your photos. But this book’s greatest strength isn’t its focus on the camera; it’s the detailed, easy-to-follow instruction it offers on using your camera to take superior photographs. The lens, the subject matter, the light €”all these variables are covered in depth, and always in the context of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D.

Focus On Apple Aperture


232 pages
Copyright 2011
USD 19.95, Softcover

Key Features

  • No-nonsense end-to-end professional Aperture workflow for photographers who want to spend more time behind the lens, and less in front of a screen

  • Unique approach tailored specifically for traditional ‘realistic’ photography in the digital age, tells the busy photographer exactly what they need to know to get the best from their photos

  • Clear format with emphasis on the visual aspect throughout, in a handy, affordable, guide


    Are you into photography not photomanipulation?

    Frustrated that you are spending too much time in front of the screen and not enough behind the lens?

    Feel like you are not getting the most out of the powerful processing functions of Apple Aperture?

    This straightforward, inspiring guide is aimed at photographers whose goal is to use the software to bring out the best in their photographs. Professional photographer and educator Corey Hilz leads you through a highly effective, professional’s workflow with Aperture, from importing your photos from your camera and making image adjustments, to labelling each photo with metadata and keywords for effective organization and searching, and finally outputting your images for print or social media. He focuses on the vital aspects for photographers such as correcting tone and color, targeted adjustments, metadata, and managing a fast expanding library.

    Focus On Apple Aperture is packed with stunning photographs and screenshots to illustrate every tweak the author makes, to effortlessly teach the new or beginning user the fundamentals of the software. Users of all versions of Aperture will benefit from this book.

  • Author Information

    By Corey Hilz, Corey Hilz’s work is seen in magazines, books, calendars and catalogues, as well as in art galleries and several Focal Press books. He is the author of best-selling Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective.

  • Digital Landscape Photography


    Photographing landscape with a film camera is different than with a digital camera. There are several books on the market that cover landscape photography but few of them are specifically for the digital photographer. This book is what you are looking for!

    Pet Photography 101 see F1138472273


    Show off your pet with the ultimate guide for capturing those quirky moments that make us LOVE our dogs and cats. With easy-to-follow tips for finding the best lighting, the best angle and the best pose, your pet will be the topic of conversation among the pet lovers in your life! Pet Photography 101 is packed with beautiful photos with helpful and entertaining tips on everything you need to take better photos of your furry friends, as well as the people with whom they share their lives. Everything from choosing a camera to photo organization to post-production is explained in easy-to-understand language. provides more photos and links to valuable product information, articles, and additional resources.

    Practical HDR, 2nd Edition


    Practical HDR, 2nd Edition

    A complete guide to creating High Dynamic Range images with your Digital SLR

    Print Book

    Key Features

    *Create stunning HDR images – from photorealistic to the hyper-real

    *Covers in-camera image capture and digital darkroom techniques

    *Combines sound, step-by-step advice with an inspirational gallery of images


    HDR is both a technical solution to the limitations of digital camera sensors, and a creative tool that can give any image much more impact – but it is not without its pitfalls, and it’s essential to understand these if you want to take full advantage of this innovative technique. The second edition of David Nightingale’s successful Practical HDR is completely updated with the latest techniques and technologies in HDR. Practical HDR provides you with an abundance of step-by-step examples that will quickly make you an expert on the theory and practice of shooting and processing HDR images, allowing you to get the best possible results every time.

    As well as practical advice on shooting and processing, the book also contains a global showcase of inspirational HDR images – you will quickly find that HDR offers unparralleled opportunities for indulging your creative instincts, from photo-realistic to hyper-realism.


    Intermediate level Digital SLR Photographers who want to learn how to create incredible HDR images  


    Photographing Flowers


    Photographing Flowers

    Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis

    By Harold Davis

    208 pages
    Copyright 2012

    Key Features

    With Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis, you’ll get:

  • An authoritative guide to capturing breathtaking flower images

  • Tips and techniques from master photographer Harold Davis

  • Stunning photographs to inspire your creativity and give you ideas for your own flower photos


    Capture stunning macro floral images with this gorgeous guide by acclaimed photographer Harold Davis. You’ll learn about different types of flowers, macro equipment basics, and the intricacies of shooting different floral varieties in the field and in the studio.

    Harold also shows you techniques in the Photoshop darkroom that can be applied to flower photography to help you get the most out of your images.

    Beautiful and authoritative, this guide to photographing flowers is a must-read for every photographer interested in flower photography. Photographing Flowers will also win a place in the hearts of those who simply love striking floral imagery.


    Introduction: Why Photograph Flowers; Equipment and Lighting; One World Many Flowers; The Bee’s Eye View; Flowers and Sensuality; Flowers in the Digital Darkroom; More About Flowers; Glossary; Index

    Author Information

    By Harold Davis, is an award-winning photographer and the best-selling author of more than 30 books, including The Photoshop Darkroom and The Photoshop Darkroom 2, both for Focal Press. Harold blogs at Photoblog 2.0 and is a regular photography and Photoshop columnist for

  • The Art of the Storyboard- Third Edition, 2nd Edition


    The Art of the Storyboard- Third Edition, 2nd Edition

    A filmmaker’s introduction

    By John Hart

    224 pages
    Trim Size 8 1/2 X 10 15/16 in
    Copyright 2008

    Key Features

  • Plan effectively, communicate clearly and budget accurately with strong storyboards

  • See how it’s done – with more than 150 detailed sketches and storyboards illustrating every point

  • If you are just starting your filmmaking career and want to get to grips with this vital preproduction tool – let John Hart show you how!


    Communicate your vision, tell your story and plan major scenes with simple, effective storyboarding techniques.

    Using sketches of shots from classic films, from silents to the present day, John Hart leads you through the history and evolution of this craft to help you get to grips with translating your vision onto paper, from the rough sketch to the finished storyboard. More than 150 illustrations from the author’s and other storyboard artists’ work illuminate the text throughout to help you master the essential components of storyboarding, such as framing, placement of figures, and camera angles.

    Level: Novice


    Beginning college film/TV, animation, art students as well as amateur filmmakers. Novice.


    The Storyboard’s Beginnings: Where it all started
    The Storyboard Artist Is a Part of Preproduction Team
    Basic components of the Storyboard
    Create on Demand – How to Accommodate the Production Team
    On Planes and Perspective
    Added Emphasis on Design, Composition and Color
    Showing Action in Your Storyboard
    Depth of Field and Light Sources
    Dynamics of the Shot
    Animatics – The Future of Motion Control

    Author Information

    By John Hart, Award-winning author, lecturer, storyboard artist, graphic designer and photographer. Based in New York.

  • DJ Skills – The essential guide to Mixing and Scratching By Stephen Webber


    288 pages
    Trim Size 7 1/2 X 9 1/4 in
    Copyright 2008
    USD 29.95, Softcover, Reference

    Key Features

  • In-depth interviews with the best DJ’s for their genre offering insight, tips and techniques

  • Covers the hottest new trends- DVD video mixing, effects, computerised DJ

  • CD with audio samples features US National DCM champion DJ Perseus to demonstrate techniques


    DJ Skills: The Essential Guide to Mixing & Scratching is the most comprehensive, up to date approach to DJing ever produced. With insights from top club, mobile, and scratch DJs, the book includes many teaching strategies developed in the Berklee College of Music prototype DJ lab.

    From scratching and mixing skills to the latest trends in DVD and video mixing this book gives you access to all the tools, tips and techniques you need. Topics like hand position are taught in a completely new way, and close-up photos of famous DJ’s hands are featured. As well as the step-by-step photos the book includes an audio CD to demonstrate techniques. This book is perfect for intermediate and advanced DJs looking to improve their skills in both the analogue and digital domain.


    Intermediate DJs who wish to delve deeper into certain skills, and hear what some of the many high-profile professionals featured in the book have to say about these topics. People with a little bit of experience on DJ gear (bedroom DJs), those with an interest in the art itself, Music Fans

  • Concert and Live Music Photography


    Concert and Live Music Photography

    Pro Tips from the Pit

    By J. Dennis Thomas

    Published February 2nd 2012 by Focal Press – 255 pages

    If you’ve ever wanted to take dynamic and vibrant digital photos of your favorite band in concert, but aren’t sure how to tackle such obstacles as approaching the stage, tricky lighting situations, or even what equipment to use, then look no further! Concert and Live Music Photography is a comprehensive guide to shooting live music performances, providing you with the right information on equipment, camera settings, composition, and post-processing to get the best out of each performance shot. J. Dennis Thomas, whose work has appeared in such magazines as Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Country Weekly, shares tips on lighting, common problems, etiquette, and recommended camera settings for shooting in a variety of different venues, including clubs, bars, outdoor concerts, theatres, stadiums, and arenas. He also explains how to get the right credentials to get you closer to each performance.

    Jam packed with over 160 photos from today’s top concerts, this book will not only give you the information you need to start taking rockin’ photos of your favorite musicians, but will spark your creativity when you’re anticipating the next shot.

    For the on-the-go photographer, a cool companion website features additional tips, venue troubleshooting, and an equipment checklist when you need to think on your feet while running to another gig.

    Chapter 1: Gear

    Chapter 2: The Basics

    Chapter 3: Clubs, bars, and small venues

    Chapter 4: Outdoor Concerts

    Chapter 5: Theaters

    Chapter 6: Stadiums, Arenas, and Amphitheaters

    Chapter 7: Backstage and Offstage

    Chapter 8: Etiquette

    Chapter 9: Composition and Framing tips

    Chapter 10: Editing your photos

    Chapter 11: Credentials & Marketing


    Sound, Lighting and Video: A Resource for Worship, 1st Edition


    Sound, Lighting and Video: A Resource for Worship, 1st Edition

    Key Features

    * Integrate sound, lighting and video together from the ground up for easy application
    * Connect with more people in ways you’ve never imagined
    * Re-examine and re-incorporate your current media systems
    * Be up and running like the pros with this beginner-friendly guide
    * Solve your greatest technical problems efficiently, without the information overload
    * Better communicate your message using media solutions


    Hallelujah! Finally the book you’ve been waiting for! Sound, Lighting & Video: A Resource for Worship is the only book that tackles the integration and use of light, sound and video for houses or worship. Connect with more people in ways you never thought possible. Written by the managing editor of “Worship Arts & Technology Magazine” you’ll learn how to:

    * Integrate sound, lighting and video together from the ground up for easy application
    * Connect with more people in ways you’ve never imagined
    * Re-examine and re-incorporate your current media systems
    * Be up and running like the pros with this beginner-friendly guide
    * Solve your greatest technical problems efficiently, without the information overload
    * Better communicate your message using media solutions


    People that handle the lighting, audio, projection, and AV in houses of worship including (but not limited to):
    * Volunteers and Tech Crew
    * Church Contractors & Consultants
    * Technical Directors
    * Worship Leaders and Pastors

    Shoot Sexy, 1st Edition


    Shoot Sexy, 1st Edition

    Digital Pinup and Boudoir Photography

    Print Book

    Author : R Armbrust

    Release Date: 25 May 2012

    Imprint: Focal Press

    ISBN: 9780240821085


    The pinup look made famous on WWII bombers and in the 50s is a timeless classic now undergoing a revival through digital photography. Alongside the rapid growth of Boudoir genre-also covered in this book-the retro pinup look is an increasingly popular request from clients, and this book will show you all you need to know to achieve it, whether you’re shooting professionally, or just for fun. This book is a complete guide to planning and shooting both pinup and boudoir photography, from a studio or on location, including crucial advice on sourcing and using props to get the perfect retro look, or getting the most out of your lens and lighting to capture a more modern look. There is an inspirational gallery chapter, featuring work of different artists so you try and many different styles as you like, as well as a chapter featuring Photoshop techniques for perfecting the look of your shots. Some of the tutorials are tailored for speed, others for comprehensive control; you pick one to suit your needs. This book is everything you need to shoot timeless, sexy images, some fun, some more artistic, and whether you’re a working professional or you’ve only ever shot landscapes before, you’ll find all the information you need, written by a real pro.

    Creative DSLR Photography


    Amongst the wealth of books aimed at helping you to understand and use your camera equipment and software, Creative DSLR Photography is a rare gem that focuses on the real art of photography and the creative, design and composition skills needed to take your work to the next level.

    Beginning with the basics of visualization and perception, the book gives clear guidance on how to interpret a scene, define a subject and develop a personal style. It covers the key creative factors to be considered pre-capture, whilst shooting and post-capture, taking a practical approach and offering valuable pointers that you can incorporate into workflow immediately to dramatically improve results.

    Visual Effects for Film and Television, 1st Edition


    Visual Effects for Film and Television, 1st Edition

    Print Book

    Author : M Mitchell

    Published: 20 Sep 2004

    Imprint: Focal Press

    ISBN: 9780240516752

    An essential quick reference which provides the latest techniques and practices in the area of special effects

    Key Features

    * Offers an invaluable insight into the use of special effects in film and television
    * Step-by-step coverage from moving camera through to post production for ease of understanding
    * Learn all the skills and techniques required from the only text available on the subject


    * An invaluable insight into the use of visual effects in film and television
    * Fully illustrated with diagrams to show you step-by-step techniques
    * Covers visual effects processes from front-of-camera to post-production
    * Integrated approach to film, video and digital techniques
    * Redefines the rules of photography so that they can be broken for effects
    * Shows the line of development from the oldest to the newest processes
    * A must for cinematographers, editors, designers and students of VFX alike
    * Everything you need to know to plan and supervise visual effects shots
    * Essential reading for anyone working in commercials/advertising photography or effects

    Written by an experienced professional, this manual is the essential guide to understanding the principles and background of modern visual effects.

    Visual effects are at the forefront of a digital revolution in the film and video industry and are becoming more and more important to movie language. This book teaches the practical techniques and skills required to incorporate effects successfully into both film and television production.


    Students on media courses, professional broadcast production staff retraining/multiskilling, professionals on industry training courses, new entrant broadcast staff

    Digital Photo Assignments


    This collection of more than 40 photo assignments is designed to help all students?from beginning freshmen to experienced seniors?improve or reinvigorate their work and reach their full potential as photographers. Whether you are building a syllabus for your first photography class, revitalizing assignments for your students, or looking to add DSLR video, workflow, or color correction to your class, you will find a wealth of ideas in this wonderful working guide. The assignments begin with using the camera, and progress through learning composition and lighting, working in genres, building a portfolio and more.