Book Reviews

Digital Photography Boot Camp: A Step-By-Step Guide For Professionals; by Kevin Kubota, Amherst Media; 144 pages; $34.95; (ISBN 1-58428-169-3)
Professional photographer Kevin Kubota earned a fine reputation for sharing his technical knowledge as a speaker at major photographic conventions. His easy to understand teaching style and top quality techniques have been condensed into the form of this informative guide. He explains the benefits of RAW and JPEG format, how to get the most from your camera's settings, the best ways to streamline your digital work flow, as well as effective ways to print and present your images to increase sales. This is top notch advice that is certain to have a positive impact on your business.

365 Ways To Save The Earth; by Philippe Bourseiller, foreword by Elizabeth Kolbert, text by Anne Jankèliowitch and Ariel Dekovic, translated from French by Simon Jones, Abrams.; 752 pages; $29.95; (ISBN 0-8109-5951-8)
Philippe Bourseiller is an internationally acclaimed photographer who has been awarded the World Press Prize five times. This adventurous and talented artist deeply believes that each person has the ability to be an every day hero by taking steps to save our precious planet. This collection of 365 color images is paired with informative text that outlines simple ways we can conserve our natural resources, save energy, improve the efficiency of our cars, and cut the amount of trash we produce. This book is as inspirational as it is educational and I highly recommend it.

The Lighting Cookbook For Fashion And Beauty Photography: Foolproof Recipes For Perfect Portraits; by Jenni Bidner and Eric Bean, Amphoto Books; 144 pages; $24.95; (ISBN 0-8174-4231-6)
In order to achieve perfection in the field of fashion and beauty photography, one must become a master of light. Once you have harnessed this power you will be able to produce outstanding images with ease. Jenni Bidner and Eric Bean have created a comprehensive guide that takes the mystery out of the process and provides valuable insight into the creation of breathtaking photographs. With the aid of lighting diagrams, posing and makeup tips, sample images, and professional quality advice this guide will add drama and glamour to your portfolio.