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Why You Like This Photo

By Brian Dilg
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Brian Dilg
Beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder. It's something that can be measured and understood. Science Fact.Scientists are starting to unravel more and more about how the mind has developed over human history, revealing some surprising truths about how the mind works. Did you know, for example, that the landscape photos people think of as most beautiful are closely correlated with exactly the kind of lush fertile landscape early humans sought out? This kind of information is fascinating for its own sake, but if you're photographer it's even more useful. Featuring interviews with numerous great photographers combined with concepts from exciting areas of science and psychology, Why You Like This Photo holds the inspiring and practical keys to capturing the images that you, and everyone, will love.
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  • Be a Flamingo

    By Sarah Ford
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    Sarah Ford
    Flamingo is that one friend who always brightens a room as soon as he walks in. He is always the first on the dancefloor and the very last to stop boogying. He has never tried to dress like a Parisian, never followed advice on what not to wear, and certainly has never tried to tone down his natural pinkness; he knows he is perfect just the way he is. And even when life throws Flamingo a curveball, he is always ready to embrace the unknown and jump straight in.A gorgeous little gift book of motivational sayings and hilarious axioms, Be a Flamingo is a perfect pink pick-me-up gift for a friend who needs a confidence boost, or great as an impulse self-purchase when you feel you need to start tooting your own horn a little louder. Because we could all do worse than taking a leaf out of Flamingo's book.
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    Stop Look Breathe Create

    By Wendy Ann Greenhalgh
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    Wendy Ann Greenhalgh
    h3>Stop Look Breathe Create is a simple four-step process for exploring mindfulness through creativity, and in turn, developing creativity through mindful practice.The book engages the reader with ten everyday subjects, from 'The Ground Beneath Our Feet' to 'Returning Home' and for each of these there are three projects: one drawn, one photographic, one written. All are based on the effective mindfulness techniques that Wendy Ann has developed in her successful workshops and courses, and the book is filled with simple techniques and ideas to help the reader enjoy their artistic endeavours while being in the moment.A timely introduction to the benefits of mindfulness through creativity, Stop Look Breathe Create offers an oasis of calm in a frantic world.
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    Make Great Art on Your iPad

    By Alison Jardine
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    Alison Jardine
    You don't have to be an artist to achieve great results on your iPad, and this refreshingly accessible book is perfect for skilled artists and creative wannabes alike. Alongside the step-by-step projects that teach the fundamentals of digital painting, there are also some easy and fun artistic tricks that anyone can try. Tutorials include - What Would Bansky Do?- Find Your Inner Urban Artist- The 30-Second Portrait Portrait- The Purrrfect Cat - Five Easy Art Hacks - The Not-So-Still Life. You'll master the most popular art apps, and you will learn new painting and drawing skills along the way.
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  • The Little Moomin Book of Positivity

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    In Camera: Perfect Pictures Straight Out of the Camera

    By Gordon Laing
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    Gordon Laing
    Understand your camera's capabilities. Master the skills of exposure, composition and focus. Take amazing photos; no post-processing, no Photoshop, just your own vision.With amazing low-light capabilities, incredible definition, intelligent autofocus and a host of other features, digital cameras have now become so powerful that they have left their users behind. Most photographers can take competent shots in a range of conditions, or fix imperfect exposures in Photoshop or Lightroom, but very few have the skill to push their cameras to the limit and capture the perfect shot, under all conditions, with no post-processing required.In Camera is the perfect way to take your photography to that level; to master your camera, understand light, exposure and composition, and make amazing photographs, whatever your camera, without cheating after the event. One hundred of Gordon's beautiful photos are given with his own expert commentary; full settings and camera details are included, and a host of tips and tricks let photographers of any level learn something from every example. The shots are taken with a wide range of cameras, and the emphasis is on getting results by improving your own skills, not wasting money on expensive equipment.
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    Berlin in Fifty Design Icons

    By Sophie Lovell
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    Sophie Lovell
    In this series, the Design Museum looks at the fifty design icons of major cities around the world - icons that, when viewed together, inherently sum up the character of their city. Covering anything from buildings, monuments and iconic designers to a classic film or street sign, these books explore a tapestry of infamous designs, all with their own story to tell. One part design history, one part visual guidebook, this fascinating series unlocks the design stories of the biggest, most creative cities in the world.Berlin's turbulent history has led to a wealth of innovative, evocative design, from the TV Tower and Jewish Museum to the S-Bahn and even kebab kiosks. Uncover this history and explore the fifty design icons that have shaped this city. With stunning photography selected by the Design Museum, Berlin in Fifty Design Icons is the perfect gift for design enthusiasts and anyone who loves Berlin. Also available in the series: London in Fifty Design IconsNew York in Fifty Design IconsParis in Fifty Design Icons
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    Paris in Fifty Design Icons

    By Brigitte Fitoussi, Imogen Fortes
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    Brigitte Fitoussi, Imogen Fortes
    In this series, the Design Museum looks at the fifty design icons of major cities around the world - icons that, when viewed together, inherently sum up the character of their city. Covering anything from buildings, monuments and iconic designers to a classic film or street sign, these books explore a tapestry of infamous designs, all with their own story to tell. One part design history, one part visual guidebook, this fascinating series unlocks the design stories of the biggest, most creative cities in the world. With entries on design icons from I.M. Pei's glass pyramid to the humble baguette, Le Monde newspaper to Le Corbusier's striking Maison La Roche, Paris in Fifty Design Icons builds an intricate portrait of Europe's most romantic city. With stunning photography, this book is the perfect gift for design enthusiasts and anyone who loves anything Parisian.Also available in the series: London in Fifty Design IconsNew York in Fifty Design IconsBerlin in Fifty Design Icons
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  • 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die

    By Mark Irving
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    Mark Irving
    From ancient Egyptian wallpaintings to contemporary Western canvases, this book is truly comprehensive in scope and beautiful to leaf through. Within its pages you will see displayed 1001 of the most memorable, haunting, powerful, important, controversial and visually arresting paintings that have ever been created. This newly updated and revised edition improves upon previous editions by featuring larger images throughout and unparalleled readability of text. Entertaining and informative text written by an international team of artists, curators, art critics and art collectors illuminates both the paintings and the people who painted them. An insightful review accompanies a beautiful reproduction of every painting - an enviable art collection to dip into whenever you please. The paintings are listed by artist and by title, making it easy to find a specific painting or trace the development of one painter's work. 1001 Paintings is a collector's must for the bookshelf.
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  • Fifty Paths to Creative Photography

    By Michael Freeman
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    Michael Freeman
    The most important practical photography book in a decade. "A really inspiring book" - Amateur Photographer magazineThe eagerly awaited follow up to global bestseller The Photographer's Eye will show you the paths the greatest photographers took to excellence so you too can take stand-out drilling photographs.In Freeman's own words: "There's a long line of opinion, from Plato through Kant, that holds creativity to be unteachable, and to be the province of genius. You have it or you don't. End of story. I don't agree"By looking at the work of other great photographers, as well as Freeman's own work, the book provides the reader with 50 "paths" they can explore to think about taking photos, looking at subjects from cliché to zen, so you will be able to hit the right point in surprise, originality, insight and execution every time.
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    Terence Conran: My Life in Design

    By Terence Conran
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    Terence Conran
    In My Life in Design, Terence Conran tells the story of the Conran brand from the founding of the Conran Design Studio sixty years ago to the creation of the Design Museum, now moving to a dazzling new space on High Street Kensington in November this year. Extensively illustrated chapters consider the many areas where Terence and his design team have made a lasting impact on the way we live our lives, including the founding of Habitat, which introduced good, affordable homeware to the high street, his restaurants, which brought Britain out of the culinary dark ages to discover the joys of eating out and his talent for rescuing and regenerating abandoned buildings and bringing them back into exciting new use. My Life in Design is illustrated with more than 400 images - many from private collections that have not been published before.The book is introduced by internationally renowned designer, Thomas Heatherwick, who identifies his mentor Terence Conran as 'a modernist who, together with a tiny handful of others, gave us a new vision of Britain and ourselves.' Now in his eighties and still designing beautiful homeware and opening buzzy, welcoming restaurants, Terence reveals the secrets and stories of this transformation of British design. Gloriously lively, opinionated and visually stimulating, this is the only book to tell the story of Terence Conran's remarkable career in his own words. Terence Conran: My Life in Design is published in time for the opening of the Design Museum at its new home in a world-class building. It will appeal to designers, students and all those who have grown up with the work of the multi-talented Sir Terence Conran.
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    Real Life Family Photography

    By Amy Drucker
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    Amy Drucker
    Go beyond the birthday snapshot and learn how to take inspired and unposed family photographs that capture the ages and stages of family life. Real Life Family Photography puts an end to awkward family photos, encouraging you to take inspiration from the every day details, while offering tips on fundamental techniques such as exposure, composition, lighting and focus. There's even advice on how to photograph babies and pets, giving you the knowledge and freedom you need to take unique, frame-worthy pictures.
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    The Little Book of Colouring For Mindfulness

    By Cynthia Emerlye
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    Cynthia Emerlye
    More than a fun way to pass the time, The Little Book of Colouring For Mindfulness features 100 intricate mandala patterns to help focus the mind and awaken creativity. Inspired by the natural world, Cynthia Emerlye's beautiful designs will provide hours of colouring enjoyment for artists of all ages and abilities, ideal as a gift or self-purchase. Perfectly portable in its uniquely compact size, this remarkable collection of aesthetically pleasing mandalas is an ideal way to incorporate colouring for mindfulness into your daily life.
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