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Elements of Color Photography 
The Making of Eighty Images 
by George E. Todd
ISBN: 081743822X 
Paperback, 138pp

Sometimes you pick up a book and become engrossed in the plot, unable to put it down until you've read it all the way through. Still others are organized into small pieces that are best enjoyed one or two at a time. The latter is the case with George Todd's book on the making of eighty images. Each snippet is a look into the mind of the photographer. A bit of background on the scene, what it was that caught his eye, lessons learned and thoughts about what worked and what didn't. Beginners won't get this book. Experienced photographers will enjoy the small bites and put the book down with a smile.

Digital Photography Special Effects 
By Michael Freeman 
ISBN: 0817438254 
Paperback 160pp

I was a bit less than enthusiastic when I originally approached this book. For me Photoshop is a tool for working with my photographs rather than an end in and of itself. If you just want to make your scanned images pop like your slides when you print this isn't the book for you. If you want to explore Photoshop artistically and use it as a way to express your vision this book just might be the best place to start.

I knew you could do these things in Photoshop but I hadn't tried any of them myself. In some cases I was surprised just how easy it is to accomplish the wild effects Freeman illustrates. In other cases I was surprised that you could even do some of the things he shows you. If you have a desire to go beyond using Photoshop as a photography tool and to start using it as an artist's tool you need to buy this book.

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