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The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
by Michael Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book, 13 Dec. 2011
Photographic skills do improve only by shooting, shooting & shooting. No doubt. Theoretical knowledge would not help much. There are lot of good books on understanding the technical aspects of photography especially understanding the exposure (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, metering).

However, this book is stunning. It tries to bring the asthetic sense behind each photograph thereby letting us to try & present our photographs better. The curves, the vectors, the placement of the subject, the lighting aspects are dealt with top notch details.

Well this is not a book which has lot of photographs with EXIF info for aspiring photographers to try similar shots. This is a book that explains various concepts through series of photographs which would certainly improve your compositional skills.

The photographs presented are exceptional. The book is aptly provided with the information that matches with its title (Composition & Design). It definitely improves our ability to visualize the subjects better the next time we take photographs after reading this book.

This book is more of an analytical/technical one in nature that tries to address the geometrical aspects of the subjects/photographs.


The Photograph as Contemporary Art (World of Art)
The Photograph as Contemporary Art (World of Art)
by Charlotte Cotton
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Value for money, 13 Dec. 2011
For this price & the amount of information, all I can say was its a value for money purchase. Not a great collection/exhibit of photographs or stunning pros. But adequate to cover the price of the book.

If u are looking at improving ur artistic sense with photographs, this book cud be a good beginner. Somehow I was disappointed with the other book I purchased authored by Susan Bright. It was too much of information disoriented & not cheap.


The Photographer's Vision: Understanding and Appreciating Great Photography
The Photographer's Vision: Understanding and Appreciating Great Photography
by Michael Freeman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.39

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book. Cud have been better, 13 Dec. 2011
I liked the book 'The Photographer's eye' from Michael Freeman. It improved my compositional skills to a greater extent. It changed the way I think about taking photographs.

I purchased this book as I consider photography as an art than just a hobby. I wanted to understand how great photographers were able to bring in that artistic dimension to photography. Michael Freeman does not disappoint. Indeed he does provide various evidences with great details. It is very useful & enjoyable. Its more like a reference book which sort of kicks ur imagination. Or probably would try to justify your point of view or perception about a concept/subject of ur photography that might act as a catalyst for ur future photographs.

I felt the author could have explained more in terms of the application of the gears used..

However a good book nevertheless.


Tripod Mount Ring for Canon 100mm/F2.8L IS 2.8L Macro Lens Made of Aluminum Alloy
Tripod Mount Ring for Canon 100mm/F2.8L IS 2.8L Macro Lens Made of Aluminum Alloy
Offered by UK Highland Photography
Price: £21.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice for this price but beware of sharp edges, 6 Dec. 2011
Based on few comments in dpreview.com, I explored this product and found it to be good value for money. Ordered it. Compared to the more expensive Canon Tripod mount ring, this one is real value for money. Reasonable quality.Made of aluminium alloy with nice paint coating.
However, there are certain sharp edges which u might need to take care as they might produce scratches on the 100mm f2.8L IS lens. These sharp edges are found on the joints (inner periphery of the rings)
Another aspect I found a bit irritating is the inability to loosen quick for removal.But for this price, expecting anything more is unreasonable.


Art Photography Now
Art Photography Now
by Susan Bright
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.96

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very ordinary book, 6 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Art Photography Now (Paperback)
The author seems to rant a lot merely compiling the photographs of famous photographers. But the content is badly managed & even the selection of photographs leave a lot to be desired.
The texts are somewhat better. However, it seems the author just wants to rant rant & rant providing snippets of information without a streamlined approach.
It would have been nice to see the author speak of important aspects like dimensions, lighting & other features in the photograph as means of contemporary art.
Simply a waste of money.


The Rough Guide to Slovenia - Edition 2
The Rough Guide to Slovenia - Edition 2
by Darren (Norm) Longley
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stands out amongst the others, 15 Aug. 2011
I did pick up couple of other books on Slovenia as well. Its a pity that most of the books do not have detailed maps that could help micro level aspects while planning the trip. They do have maps on a macro level geography though.

This book covers a lot of details in depth. For sure the author has waded through every inch of the country. His recommentations of restaurants,bus transports, tips on the strategic locations around scenic spots. For example Lake Bohinj where he explains elaborately about various spots like Ukanc, Ribcev & how each place could hold significance in terms of visiting Mt. Vogel or the old church/bridge.

What the book lacks is a detailed map of the places in and around each tourist attraction. For example anybody planning a trip to Lake Bled wud know that the Bled castle & Vintgar gorge of Triglav national park are reachable by walk. Though the author says the sign boards marked with 'Grad' would take us to the castle, it would have been easier if he had a one pager map with spots marked. Same case with the other spots he suggests around Lake Bled. The near by villages could have been put in a map to easily identify. He has mentioned them theoretically but very difficult to decipher them especially when we ride bicycle or prefer to go by walk.

The tourist information offices in Lake Bled or near Lake Bohinj are crowded with private tourist operators.
There are no good maps available. I spotted lot of tourists asking the gondola owners & cafes about the directions.

On ljubjiana, the author mentions the heritage railway station is maintained impeccable and has a very good tourist information center. I disagree. The railway station is just okay. The tourist information centre had long queues as its under staffed & has an odd cleaning time around noon when we have no choice but to wait outside.

The book is definitely better than other books. Certainly in terms of detail and recommendations. However detailed maps of those scenic spots & supplementinformation like bus frequencies being different between 'school'& 'non-school' periods, etc would definitely make this book the best.


The Digital Photography Book: The Step-by-step Secrets for How to Make Your Photos Look Like the Pros'!: 1
The Digital Photography Book: The Step-by-step Secrets for How to Make Your Photos Look Like the Pros'!: 1
by Scott Kelby
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Practical guide for amateur photographers., 14 Mar. 2011
The book provides lot of tips which are not known to an amateur photographer. Tips including usage of polaroid filters,usage of mirror lock,tripod usages, suggestions while shooting wildlife, wedding photographs, etc.
The important thing about this book is the way it has been written. It is simple,light weight & lucid.Every time you flip the pages, one or two tips would make you feel better. People who are new to photography normally get bogged down by the amount of technical details. This book is definitely for them. Not too much of jargons or details yet it tries to educate the amateur in a simpler way so that his/her photographic techniques improve without having to learn too much technicality.
If you are expecting the book picks up a topic and explains step by step, then this book is not for you. This book is a random collection of photographic tips in an entertaining way.
However I feel there could have been more tips for using manual options instead of auto focus.


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