A book bonanza

So, I hit the big ‘five oh’ almost a month back. It eas an experience that bummed me out more than somewhat, but it had the benefit that I got presents in the form of a fistful of book vouchers and some spending money.

It seemed like the perfect opportunity to restock on photo-related reading material, and so that’s what I did. I’ll be talking about the things I bought in due course, but I will mention one of the items today.

It was July 2009 issue of Digital Photo magazine which I first encountered during a year I spent in the UK, and which inspired my first foray into digital imagery.  It has been available in South Africa for a number of years but I haven’t bought it often because, at the equivalent of 17.1 McDonald’s cheeseburgers, it’s quite pricy in this country. Anyway, with a gift voucher to burn, I thought I’d get myself a copy.

I see on the cover that it is now Britain’s largest selling photo magazine and I can see why, because it’s packed with useful hints and tips on photography and photo image manipulation. It has a CD-ROM with video tutorials which illustrate articles in the magazine. This issue has good articles on how to shoot a panorama and create Photoshop actions, among many others.

Digital Photo is probably aimed more at at the novice than anyone else, but there is enough in it to inspire the more experienced as well.  After reading the magazine for a while, and completing all the projects, you couldn’t help but get a thorough grounding in digital photography.  I know I did.

Digital Photo has an online presence at photoanswers.co.uk where you can subscribe and take advantage of online content which includes video tutorials, forums and advice. Talk of their videos, the first one to catch my eye was on shooting without using the camera’s viewfinder; and I thought I was being incredibly innovative when I put together an earlier post on doing exactly the same thing.

Digital Photo = Highly Recommended.


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