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    Kim Fullbrook(Author)

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A brand new detailed guide to digital railway photography that every serious amateur railway photographer simply must have!
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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • Kim Fullbrook(Author)
  • Ian Allan Ltd; First Edition edition (6 Nov. 2008)
  • English
  • 6
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By Nic Joynson on 4 February 2009

    I've had the book a month or so and following the review by C. Wildervanck I felt it was appropriate to submit a review.Much of the content of the book comes from a monthly article in the British railway magazine 'Railways Illustrated', although the content has been extended and updated.C. Wildervanck is correct that only 20 pages or so are about how to take the picture, and much of the remainder being about how to process the image using Photoshop. So... if you are very adept at using Photoshop this is not the book for you. However, for me I found it invaluable.The starting point for the book is an IT novice who has taken railway photographs previously but wishes to take digital photographs and get the best from them. The book covers choice of PC, peripherals, workstation set-up (around 10% of the pages), 10% on capturing the image and the remainder on digital photo processing using Photoshop.I've been taking railway photographs for 25 years, I've been using Photoshop for processing railway images since long before digital SLRs became practical and I've worked in the IT industry for over 20 years.I've found the book invaluable, precisely because of its focus on Photoshop techniques. While there are many 'how to use Photoshop' books and online guides, I'm not aware of any that are specific to railway use apart from this one. As an example, where a 'generic' Photoshop book may describe how to process to deal with poor lighting this book describes how to rescue images where the sun is on the train but not the foreground. As such, this specific guidance is very valuable.Downsides to the book as far as I'm concerned:-The subject is dealt with rather dryly, with the author's enthusiasm for the subject matter not being obvious.-The book is not specifically about processing of scanned images, although many of the techniques described are applicable.-There is not much in the book about composition, although there are plenty of examples of what worksIf you are a novice to railway photography and Photoshop then the early chapters will dramatically improve your photographs. If you are past the novice stage then the subsequent chapters show in detail what else can be done, and reinforce what you will already suspect - there are no silver bullets.In summary, this book does not reveal any silver bullets which will instantly turn your photographs into classics, but does show in detail how to rescue a mediocre image or to make a good railway image great.

  • By E. A. Gale on 12 February 2010

    If you are looking for a book that teaches you how to take pictures of railways then this is probably not the book for you, if however, you already know how to photograph them, but want to improve your shots and get the most out of your processing software then this is an ideal book to have alongside your PC.Transport photography provides many challenges that you won't often come across in landscape or portrait photography, the ever changing light coupled with fast moving objects can leave the photographer with enough on his plate in just getting the subject in the frame, never mind ensuring that there are no unwanted objects potruding from the top of it. We've all done it, taken what we thought was a good shot, only to later find that a lamp post or stansion is sticking out of the roof of the train - now where did that come from? This book deals with things like this, and shows you how to remove them, or how to straighten items that are in your shot, or balance the colours correctly. I often spent many hours struggling and learning how to do these things the hard way, but now I just reach for this book and most of the answers are there already so it's a useful reference book to have.If bringing the best out of your pictures is what you want then this is the book for you, I love it, and I've definitely learned a lot from it and would recommend it to anyone. Transport photography is a subject rarely covered in most photography magazines, but provides its own unique challenges, and this book fills a gap in the market that really needed filling!

  • By Tek Plenty O' Film on 7 April 2011

    This book is aimed at railway enthusiasts who already know what they want in terms of a good picture but are sometimes unhappy with the results of their efforts with digital technology after using film cameras. If you need pointers on how to take a railway photo in the first place you may be disappointed. Likewise if your main interest is just taking a few jpegs to record a day out trainspotting. But if you are serious about improving your railway photographs buy it.

  • By C. Wildervanck on 4 February 2009

    Being a railway fan and having bought a DSLR recently, I thought this was the book for me. It wasn't. All-in-all 20 pages (10%) deal with how to take pictures of trains. The rest is a short introduction to digital photography and some 150 pages on manipulating digital pictures on your PC. I had already learned from photography magazines that without Photoshopping nice pictures are absolutely out of the question but I hadn't expected this book to follow the same philosophy.So back to admiring professional train pictures in for instance Ian Allan publications, and trying to find out how they did it.I am grateful to Amazon's for providing a return service. Only sending the book back from the Netherlands cost about two thirds of the book's value...

  • By Mr. Michael Collins on 10 March 2009

    This book is superb for the novice and experienced railway photographer alike. Kim Fulbrook knows his stuff and he passes his knowledge on well. Thoroughly recommended.

  • By C. Beaumont on 2 May 2009

    In clear and easy to understand steps this book takes you through the basic steps of photographing railways to the more advanced. With advice and guidlines for adjusting your images through to optimising them for use on web sites and submitting for publication. For the beginner to the more advanced there is something here for all levels. I would highly recommend it.

  • By Taylor L Williams on 13 April 2013

    This book is great for learning how to take good photos of trains. I'm still reading it and I've learnt a few tips by reading it. however, I still need to practice those things I've read in this book

  • By alan campbell on 14 October 2014

    Overall it scores 8/10. It concentrates on post processing in Photoshop rather than how to take the actual photograph. Also it assumes you already know how to use Photoshop.


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