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Peachpit Editors' Picks for Creative Summer Reading

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Take a peek at some top picks from Peachpit editors that will show you everything from how to build a better digital portfolio to how to find artistic inspiration.

Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots

If you’re planning on traveling this summer, make sure to get the most out of your camera! Landscape Photography teaches you the basics of how to operate your DSLR and customize its settings for incredible photos that will have you longing for your next trip.

iPad for Photographers

iPad for Photographers, The: Master the Newest Tool in Your Camera Bag

Use your iPad as a portable companion to your camera, instead of hauling a laptop and other bulky accessories. Inside this handy guide, you’ll learn all kinds of fun tricks to put your iPad to work—like how to trigger your camera’s shutter remotely, calculate depth of field, and create impressive portfolios for potential customers.

Graphic Design Sins and Virtues

Thou Shall Not Use Comic Sans: 365 Graphic Design Sins and Virtues

What are the greatest gaffes a designer can make? Filled with great (but non-prescriptive advice), this almanac of style contains something for everyone. Confront your fear of beige, penchant for hyphenation, or hatred of grids with this fun guide.

The Kindle Fire Pocket Guide

The Kindle Fire Pocket Guide

The Kindle Fire is the perfect vacation companion! Learn everything you need to know about it with this inexpensive and comprehensive guide. Browse the web with Silk, take advantage of the Amazon cloud, rent movies, and find popular apps.

Envisioning Family

Envisioning Family: A Photographer’s Guide to Making Meaningful Portraits of the Modern Family

What makes the difference between amateur and professional family portraits? Become a pro this summer with Envisioning Family, your guide to the most unique angles, creative ideas, and inspiring ways to capture your family memories. Even experienced photographers can learn from Lackey’s comprehensive understanding of portraiture.

The Creative Person's Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment

344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment

The secret to creative success is not knowing the right answers, but the right questions, and how to ask them! 344 Questions is meant to inspire creative types of all backgrounds and boasts a hefty list of contributors, including Dave Eggers, Judd Apatow, and Meredith Scardino. Each question is hand-lettered in Bucher’s unique style and contains blank spaces to journal in.

Exposed: Inside the Life and Images of a Pro Photographer

Exposed: Inside the Life and Images of a Pro Photographer

Intermediate to advanced DSLR photographers will enjoy this tour of Michael Clark's most extreme and challenging shots. "Exposed" contains suggestions for on-the-fly problem solving and help with post-production techniques, including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop (including Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6). A DVD-ROM with 149 minutes of video shows the step-by-step processes Clark used to achieve these effects for 16 of the featured images.

Video Nation: A DIY guide to planning, shooting, and sharing great video from USA Today's Talking Tech host

Video Nation: A DIY Guide to Planning, Shooting, and Sharing Great Video from USA Today's Talking Tech Host

How do the best videos get made and go viral? Jefferson Graham, host of USA Today’s Talking Tech and Talking Your Tech, takes you skillfully through the art of video creation and distribution.You’ll learn how to properly set up for and shoot for interviews, use multiple cameras, and set up lighting and sound.

The Photographer's Quick Guide to Photoshop CS6

Photographer's Quick Guide to Photoshop CS6

"The Photographer's Quick Guide to Photoshop CS6" by Rob Sylvan is an eBook designed to get photographers started quickly with just the new features that are most relevant to them. You'll learn how to configure important preference settings, get the most out of the Content Aware tool, and use new features in Adobe Camera Raw 7.0.

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

We design to elicit responses from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind. This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play.

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