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Kingdoms of Ruin: The Art and Architectural Splendours of Ancient Turkey
Kingdoms of Ruin: The Art and Architectural Splendours of Ancient Turkey
by Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.20

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Photography, 20 Feb. 2011
As a keen photographer based in Turkey I was keen to get some inspiration into photographing the ruins of Turkey.

The (presumably) large format photography used here is superb and the composition and shooting conditions are clearly well thought out.
I've not yet been able to get past the glory of the photographs to actually read the text (!) but if the authors written word is as good as his photography then it should be a pleasure to read.

Lonely Planet Turkey  (Country Guide)
Lonely Planet Turkey (Country Guide)

3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Kindle Version, 20 Feb. 2011
I brought this for my Kindle, which I find a lot easier to travel with, rather than the heavy paper version.

Having spent the last 12 years travelling through Turkey with 2 previous editions of the Rough Guide to Turkey, it's good to have an alternative guide this time around. Sure, the historic information is much the same (and just as accurate) but the perspective is refreshingly different. This is my only Lonely Planet book to date and I think it's aimed at a younger (back-packer) audience than the more age-generic Rough Guide is. I do struggle with some of the slang which is used, although I'm 'only' 38! This doesn't get in the way of the book's purpose however.

Regarding the Kindle version, I think this book really needs some improvements: The "click here" links in the book seem to take you to random locations, and the maps are, frankly, useless on the Kindle's screen. Maybe they could make available some full screen PDF versions of the maps to accompany the book? The pagination seems odd at times on my Kindle 3, but you can work past this to get the content. Keeping photograph titles and credit lines in the text, whilst excluding the actual photograph is ridiculous!

Bottom line - a guide book no better or worse than the Rough Guide equivalent, but if you need proper maps buy the paper version.

Photos That Sell: The Art of Successful Freelance Photography
Photos That Sell: The Art of Successful Freelance Photography
by Lee Frost
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Out of Date, 15 Mar. 2008
Whilst the content of this book relating to the title is still valid the areas of the book which are probably of most interest readers - internet based stock image libraries - is horribly out of date in this book; in fact they barely get a mention. The same problem applies to the coverage of digital photography in general. This book is in dire need of an update!

There are many more up to date books on Amazon covering this subject in fresher, applicable detail. Some are even released on an annual basis. Until this book is updated, you'll see a much better return on your money from looking elsewhere.
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