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Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide
Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide
by Bryan Peterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars another book on technique, 28 Jun 2012
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Bryan Peterson's book on photography is a mixed bag. It starts very well with details on stuff like how to get good exposure, but (to be frank) the idea that this book will show you how to shoot great photographs with any camera is optimistic at best. As it goes, much of the information included relates to digital SLR cameras.

Then towards the end of the book he loses the plot by introducing a rather lengthy discussion of what he calls "the sky brothers", which basically revolves around the idea that one can use various techniques to overcome the problems presented by working under "difficult lighting situations". I am sure that he knows what he is talking about but I just dont get it.

By the time you finish this book you may well have discovered some information relevant to your photography, but there are other (and better) books out there


A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites
A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites
by Zizi Papacharissi
Edition: Paperback
Price: 29.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Networks for everyone, 30 Dec 2011
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The title of this book implies that it is some kind of discussion of what has come to be known as "social media" - and its main topic is social networking sites such as facebook and MySpace. This is an ambitious agenda, but instead of tackling the subject with a detailed analysis, the contributors to this book rely on an academic approach using scientific methodology to explain the recent developments in social media.

And there is where the problem lies - this is, essentially, a media studies text book that uses statistical analysis (among other methods) to make its point, and if (like me) you have very little knowledge of how statistics are analysed then you will find yourself struggling with the mathematical intricacies of that analysis.

That said, there are soem very useful details that serve to clarify "grey areas" that come up when discussing social networking sites, but in the main this is one for those of you who choose to look at social media from an academic perspective.


New Image Frontiers: Defining the Future of Photography
New Image Frontiers: Defining the Future of Photography
by Matthew Bamberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.17

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the new school, 6 July 2011
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This book presents an overview of all the latest developments in photography, along with many of the kinds of technology that came before them. Many people would probably be satisfied with the "summary" approach that the author has used, but for myself I was left wanting more detail.

This book is not cheap, and so better research and a less generalistic approach may have been a better idea. There are not so many books out there that attempt to tackle subjects as difficult as the future of photography, and so if you are interested in what's going to happen next, this book may very well be the best place to start.


Letting Go Of The Person You Used To Be
Letting Go Of The Person You Used To Be
by Lama Surya Das
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars getting over it, 1 Nov 2010
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Have you ever found yourself brooding about past events? Do you spend time reminiscing about your losses, and (perceived) failures?

If this kind of thing does happen in your everyday life, then it might occur to you that there is a way to get over this kind of thing, but you just don't know how.

This book shows you how. It does have its less interesting parts, and it may go on a bit at times, but the message is clear - there is a way out, and you do not have to keep on repeating the same mistakes.

It does all this from a Buddhist perspective, and is all the better for it.

Highly reccomended.


Doctoring the Mind: Why psychiatric treatments fail
Doctoring the Mind: Why psychiatric treatments fail
by Richard P Bentall
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the truth about psychiatry, 4 Sep 2010
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Reading a book like this is essential to those people who are not necessarily deeply involved in anti-psychiatry (or even - psychiatry). It presents a balanced view of a system that needs a radical overhaul, so that patients are the priority, and not doctors (or - even - the drug companies).

Many people in "the system", who are either service users, or psychiatrists, or other kinds of mental health professional, seem to be of the opinion that books like this are some type of heresy, and that the only appropriate attitude for both patients (and their carers) is to treat the judgements of professionals as if they are gospel. Basically, patients are supposed to take the attitude of blind faith when under the treatment of psychiatrists.

This book, however, is a balanced and extremely well-researched attempt at de-mystifying the whole psychiatric process, and it varies from looking closely subjects such as diagnosis, and the actual efficacy of certain treatments.

I would reccomend this book to anyone who is, or has been, a "service user", or carer. It puts many "hot" psychiatric issues in perspective, and provides valuable information on what actually goes on inside "the system".


Crisis of the Real: Writings on Photography (Aperture Ideas)
Crisis of the Real: Writings on Photography (Aperture Ideas)
by Andy Grundberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars for real this time, 26 July 2010
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There are very few photos in this book, but it is all the better for that, as the book contains some very intelligent writings on the nature of photography in a (post-)modern world, which supply answers for questions that perplex every serious photographer.

While so many photography books concentrate on the quality of various images (usually all taken in the same,or in similar - places), this one takes a more intellectual perspective, and it succeeds in de-mystifying much of the so-called "magic" that surrounds the great work of the 20th century.

So if you are interested in reading a book that concentrates on what filter to use, or how to choose the right tripod, then look elsewhere. But if you want to find clues as to why (and how) the photographic greats have achieved their greatness, then look no further


Avedon Fashion 1944-2000
Avedon Fashion 1944-2000
by Richard Avedon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 39.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glamour and sophistication, 21 Mar 2010
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If, like me, you live in a place where glamour and sophistication are hard to find, then you might want to resort to buying this book, as I believe that it is the antidote to a mundane, humdrum kind of ife.

Many of the images in this book are of an extremely high quality, with a sense of inventiveness showing through on almost every page. Added to that, there is an in-depth, (and highly detailed) essay on Avedon and his career path.

Even if you live in an exciting, civilised place, you will undoubtedly find something in this book to inspire you.


Buddhist Wisdom: The "Diamond" and "Heart Sutra" (Vintage spiritual classics)
Buddhist Wisdom: The "Diamond" and "Heart Sutra" (Vintage spiritual classics)
by Edward Conze
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.33

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow your heart, 27 Dec 2009
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I have never trained as a "proper" Buddhist, and I have also rarely chosen to try meditation. Despite these apparent disadvantages, I can say that this book is deeply involving and a joy to read. It is basically a translation of the two sutras, and that translation is, to my mind, one of the most thorough and careful of any of the great Buddhist scriptures.

This is despite the fact this translation was done (by Edward Conze) a number of years ago.

I was particularly impressed at the exhaustive way in which each phrase (of the two sutras) was carefully dissected and discussed - this is scholarly work, and made all the more relevant by the great level of care taken in producing it.

Anyone who has recently found themselves wondering "what's it all about", or "what direction is my life taking" should buy, and read, this book.


The Business of Studio Photography
The Business of Studio Photography
by Edward R. Lilley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Business, 1 Nov 2009
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Have you ever wondered how the professionals do it? By all accounts, all you need to do to be a successful photographer these days is to buy an enthusiast-level digital SLR camera and a computer, and you'll be well on your way to making big money, from something you enjoy.

This book, however, demonstrates a more reasonable point of view, and places studio photography in the context of the business skills that you will need to acquire before you start to make a decent living from it. The level of detail that is contained within each chapter of the book is intense - everythingn that you will ever need to know about setting up a business in studio photography is here.

The fact that the author is American, and that some of the detail (such as on the tax situation) does not really translate, does not affect the value of this book to any great degree - everything that you need to know, to be a successful wedding photographer, is here.


Reading the Landscape: An Inspirational and Instructional Guide to Landscape Photography
Reading the Landscape: An Inspirational and Instructional Guide to Landscape Photography
by Peter Watson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 22.39

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Landscape photography, and how to do it, 10 Aug 2009
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This is a wonderful book, beautifully-made and extremely useful for any enthusiastic (as in - amateur) photographer who wishes to expand their knowledge of landscape photography.
After reading this book I found that I was looking at the countryside (for that is where I live) in a completely different way. Patterns formed, and themes presented themselves.
I can highly reccomend this book to anyone who wishes to add to their knowledge of this challenging kind of photography.


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