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The Theatre of the Face: Portrait Photography Since 1900

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

faceBy Max Kozloff

THE THEATRE OF THE FACE is an engaging and authoritative account of the history of portrait photography by one of the world’s leading photography critics. It is an essential title for all photography students and enthusiasts, and for anyone interested in portraiture, one of the most popular and enduring of all photographic genres. The book covers many styles and movements, including works by pioneers such as Edward Sheriff Curtis; seminal figures such as Walker Evans, Cecil Beaton, and August Sander; and artists such as Martin Parr, Cindy Sherman, and Philip Lorca diCorcia. With over three hundred black & white and color photographs, THE THEATRE OF THE FACE offers a new perspective on the history of photography by examining the personalities both behind and in front of the camera. Call Number TR575 .K69 2007

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Photoshop Compositing with John Lund

Friday, September 19, 2008

By John Lund

Many of acclaimed photographer John Lund’s images are instantly recognizable. What’s not instantly recognizable are the elements that make up these composite images or the Photoshop techniques behind them–to unravel those mysteries, you need this beautiful, full-color volume. In these pages, Lund and co-author Pamela Pfiffner show you not just how to reproduce his results but the creative process that generates them. The emphasis here is on simplicity: how to create extremely complex images using a few, fairly simple Photoshop techniques that even beginners can grasp. After providing an introduction to the creative process and conceptual imagery in general, the authors get to the heart of the volume: the images. Each of the 15 chapters deconstructs an incredible Photoshop compositing process showing the final image–in full-page, full-color glory–with an accompanying description of Lund’s creative approach to the assignment, and a detailed, step-by-step explanation of particular techniques used in the project. So how’d he make that fire-breathing dragon? Why, with images of a pet iguana, flame, a wall, and the sky, of course! (Description from barnesandnoble.com) Call number: T385 .P574 L962 2003

Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Friday, September 19, 2008

by Richard Harrington

TR267.5 .A36 H37 2006

If you’re exploring a career in digital imaging or design, then you’re likely to encounter Photoshop along the way–you probably already have. But how well do you know it? Digital Image Production Techniques with Adobe Photoshop goes beyond the school newspaper or internship and teaches you the fundamental digital imaging techniques in Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements that you’ll need to succeed both in the classroom and the workforce. While many Photoshop books focus on features, tools, or techniques, this book covers both the basics and delves into specific skills, tricks, and uses in multimedia. With a friendly style and interactive DVD-ROM, Richard Harrington covers digital imaging basics (correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting photos) and shows you real-world projects and exercises, including: digital painting; designing a CD/DVD label, magazine cover, and advertisements; creating Web sites/animations; and more!

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The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2

Friday, August 1, 2008

By Scott Kelby

Call Number: TR267 .K4394 2007 Vol. 2

Scott Kelby, author of the groundbreaking bestseller “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 1” is back with an entirely new book that picks up right where Vol. 1 left off. It’s more of that “Ah ha—so that’s how they do it,” straight-to-the-point, skip the techno jargon; packed with stuff you can really use today, that made Vol. 1 the world’s bestselling book on digital photography.

In Volume 2, Scott adds entirely new chapters packed with Plain English tips on using flash, shooting close up photography, travel photography, shooting people, and even how to build a studio from scratch, where he demystifies the process so anyone can start taking pro-quality portraits today! Plus, he’s got full chapters on his most requested topics, including loads of tips for landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and there’s an entire chapter devoted to sharing some of the pro’s secrets for making your photos look more professional, no matter what you’re shooting.

This book truly has a brilliant premise, and here’s how Scott describes it: “If you and I were out on a shoot, and you asked me, ‘When I use my flash, the background behind the person I’m shooting turns black. How do I fix that?’ I wouldn’t give you a lecture on flash ratios, or start a discussion on flash synchronization and rear curtain sync. I’d just say “Lower your shutter speed to 1/60 of a second. That should do it” Well, that’s what this book is all about: you and I out shooting where I answer questions, give you advice, and share the secrets I’ve learned just like I would with a friend—without all the technical explanations and techie photo speak.”

Each page covers a single concept on how to make your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you’ll learn another pro setting, tool, or trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. If you’re tired of taking shots that look “okay,” 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.

This isn’t a book of theory—full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts. This is a book on which button to push, which setting to use, and when to use it. With nearly another 200 of the most closely guarded photographic “tricks of the trade,” this book gets you shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time.

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The Digital Photography Book

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

By Scott Kelby

Call Number: TR267 .K4394 2007 Vol. 1

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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Design Studies: Theory and Research in Graphic Design

Friday, July 25, 2008

by Audrey Bennett

Call Number: NC997 .D449 2006

In an age of globalization and connectivity, the idea of “mainstream culture” has become quaint. Websites, magazines, books, and television have all honed in on ever-diversifying subcultures, hoping to carve out niche audiences that grow savvier and more narrowly sliced by the day. Consequently, the discipline of graphic design has undergone a sea change. Where visual communication was once informed by a designer’s creative intuition, the proliferation of specialized audiences now calls for more research-based design processes.

Designers who ignore research run the risk of becoming mere tools for communication rather than bold voices. Design Studies, a collection of 27 essays from an international cast of top design researchers, sets out to mend this schism between research and practice. The texts presented here make a strong argument for performing rigorous experimentation and analysis. Each author outlines methods in which research has aided their design whether by investigating how senior citizens react to design aesthetics, how hip hop culture can influence design, or how design for Third World nations is affected by cultural differences. Contributors also outline inspired ways in which design educators can teach research methods to their students. Finally, Design Studies is rounded out by five annotated bibliographies to further aid designers in their research. This comprehensive reader is the definitive reference for this new direction in graphic design, and an essential resource for both students and practitioners. (Description by BarnesandNobles.com)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Iraq War

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

by Ashley Gilbertson

Call Number: DS79.762 .G55 2007

This collection of photographs and commentary presents a relentlessly tragic vision of the ongoing conflict in Iraq, where freelance and later New York Times photographer Gilbertson began working even before the U.S. invasion. Based in Iraqi Kurdistan, he missed much early fighting when Turkey refused passage to U.S. troops. Entering the northern city of Mosul, he was outraged to see newly liberated citizens engaged in an orgy of looting, quickly joined by the Kurdish troops whom he accompanied. Gilbertson’s camera records chaos descending as the Kurds and Arabs (longtime enemies) sectioned off their neighborhoods and began arming themselves, even before Baghdad fell. In dozens of striking battle scenes, American soldiers go about their business with courage and discipline but show little affection for Iraq’s civilians and positive contempt for its army. While plenty of dead and injured Iraqis are pictured, no dead Americans appear (because fellow soldiers forbid photographs), though captions in half a dozen name those later killed. The author rarely passes up the chance to record blood stains, ruined homes, flames and explosions as well as the sad stories behind them. Not yet 30, Gilbertson has clearly studied James Nachtwey, Robert Capa and David Douglas Duncan; this impressive book shows he has absorbed their lessons. (Descriptions by BarnesandNobles.com)

The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

by Scott Kelby

Call Number: T385 .K394 2007

Scott Kelby, the #1 best-selling Photoshop author in the world today, once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers the latest, most important, and most exciting new Adobe Photoshop CS3 techniques for digital photographers. This major update to his award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that’s never been done before – it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step-by-step the exact techniques used by today’s cutting-edge digital photographers, and best of all, he shows you flat-out exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why.

That’s why the previous editions of this book are widely used as the official course study guide in photography courses at college and universities around the world, and this new edition for Photoshop CS3 exposes even more of the top pros’ most closely-guarded secrets.

Learn How The Pros Do It
Each year Scott trains thousands of professional photographers on how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same questions, the same problems, and the same challenges – and that’s exactly what he covers in this book. You’ll learn:
-The sharpening techniques the pros really use.
-The pros’ tricks for fixing the most common digital photo problems fast!
-How to get great looking prints (that actually match your screen!)
-A whole chapter on the latest, most requested Photoshop special effects!
-How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat.
-How to process Raw images, plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features in CS3!
-The portrait retouching secrets only the pros know about!
-How to add real automation to your work.
-How to show your work like a pro!

Plus a host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick “insider” tricks to send your productivity through the roof! If you’re a digital photographer, and you’re ready to learn the “tricks of the trade” – the same ones that today’s leading pros use to correct, edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their work – then you’re holding the book that will do just that. . (Description by BarnesandNobles.com)

DIY: Design It Yourself: A Design Brief

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

by Ellen Lupton

Call Number: NC997 .D59 2006

Not satisfied with the new T-shirts on sale at the local mall? Maybe you’d like a wedding invitation that expresses your own vision, not your party planner’s? How about some personalized stationery? An upgrade to your website? A business card? A poster for your political campaign? A CD package for your band? Sound good? Then get up off your couch and Design It Yourself! Avoid graphic identity theft: build your own. Ellen Lupton, bestselling author of Thinking with Type, will show you how.

DIY: Design It Yourself, provides you with all the tools you’ll need to create your own projects, from conception through production. Here you will find:
– simple ideas on how you can “think like a designer”
– clear and coherent explanations of design technologies, from silk-screening to web development
– what materials you’ll need to get your job done
– where to find and buy them
– how much time and experience your project demands
– diagrams that show how to handle complex tasks
– basic typographic dos and don’ts
– the history and theory of the DIY design movement
– hundreds of innovative and beautiful projects for inspiration

No more excuses. With this book, virtually any design task is within your grasp. Just do it (yourself)! (Description by BarnesandNobles.com)

100 Years of Fashion Illustration

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

by Cally Blackman

Call Number: TT509 .B53 2007

A visual feast of 400 dazzling images, this is a comprehensive survey of the genre over the last century. The book also offers an overview of the development of fashion, as seen through the eyes of the greatest illustrators of the day. Early in the century fashion illustration reflected new, liberating currents in art and culture, such as the exoticism of the Ballets Russes, while the postwar period saw inspiration from the great Parisian couturiers. After the dominance of the celebrity fashion photographer in the ’60s, a new generation of illustrators emerged, embracing the medium of the computer, while many returned to more traditional techniques. (Description by BarnesandNobles.com)