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The Lost Army Of Cambyses
The Lost Army Of Cambyses
by Paul Sussman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 9 Oct 2009
This is a real page turner. It is fast-paced, but I got so involved in the book while reading it that I've missed my station. It is set in modern-day Egypt, although most of the action relates to Ancient History. It's a nice thriller. It is not a work of high literary fiction, but I think that it is top of its genre.


A Comprehensive Guide to Digital Glamour Photography
A Comprehensive Guide to Digital Glamour Photography
by Duncan Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.88

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Features Some Nice Photographs But Very Scarce Info, 18 Jan 2007
This book is neither comprehensive nor a guide. It seems to be a small collection of post-production techniques--the description are not even specific enough for these techniques to be reproduced. I don't quite understand the focus of this book. Sometimes, a technique is described as follows: "dodging was used to accomplish this effect." No further explanation is provided. It is not specific or comprehensive enough for novice users, nor does it provide any new information for advanced users. I would recommend that you chose a different book on the subject, particularly if its your first encounter with the subject.


Hume: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Hume: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Alfred Ayer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction, 15 Jun 2005
This is a great starting point for an interaction with the works of Hume. It is written in a format of a long essay that briefly touches upon biographical details of Hume's work. Secondly, it discusses all the major works of Hume and places them in both historical and philosophical context of the period. The language of this book is clear and to the point. I was particularly interested in the economic ideas of Hume and used this book as a reference point for further investigation. I highly recommend this book to both philosophy students and those working outside the field. It is certainly worth the time and money.


Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography: 107 Lessons on Taking, Making, Editing, Storing, Printing and Sharing Better Digital Images
Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography: 107 Lessons on Taking, Making, Editing, Storing, Printing and Sharing Better Digital Images
by Rick Sammon
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners, 15 Jun 2005
This book is obviously written by someone who is very passionate about his work. 107 Lessons are not really lessons, however, but rather sections dealing with a certain issue at a time. The photography throughout the book is wonderful and inspiring. The great deal of the book is devoted to working with Photoshop and the author provides a plethora of useful information and "tricks" in this regard. As far as I see, this book has only a couple of flaws, but these flaws made me subtract one star from my final rating:
1. Exposure, along with the attendant technical information, is not thoroughly or clearly discussed. It seems that someone else wrote that section of the book.
2. The discussion of lenses (probably the MOST important accessory for your camera) takes only about couple of pages. Certainly not sufficient.
Not book is perfect, and trully think that this one is one of the best books available on the subject. I keep it for reference and constantly use it when working on my own photoprojects. I also find it quite motivating. Mr. Simmons makes you want to drop everything that you are doing, grab your camera, and just go outside to shoot some photos. Overall, a job well done.


Shooting Digital: Pro Tips for Taking Great Pictures with Your Digital Camera
Shooting Digital: Pro Tips for Taking Great Pictures with Your Digital Camera
by Mikkel Aaland
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best you can buy., 15 Jun 2005
My actual rating for this book is 2.5 stars. Here is why:
For a book about photography, it has very uninspiring photos. They do demonstrate the points the author is trying to convey, but the photos are average at best. I am certainly not a pro, but a lot of my snapshots look better than most of the photos in this book. While the author does a rather good job explaining different factors that contribute to exposure, his tips are not of "pro" level:
"Position yourself and your camera in relation to the subject carefully, and with forethought" (46).
"Learn to anticipate the right moment to shoot through careful observation and knowledge of the subject" (46). I personally do not find this sort of advice very useful. Throughout the book (aimed at beginner), the author devotes a great deal of time to discussing electronic strobes and soft boxes (equipment which is not readily available to a beginner), while not enough place is given to working with natural light. I don't know about you, but I have no undiffused strobe of medium height nor do I have an interest in purchasing one. When discussing processing, he avoids going to detail and constantly self-markets his other book, Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions.
You do learn something from this book, but I had much better and more useful experiences with other works in this genre. If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to digital photography (beginner or intermediate), I would look somewhere else.


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