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Forever: The New Tattoo
Forever: The New Tattoo
by Robert Klanten
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £28.62

5.0 out of 5 stars An art book!, 12 Sep 2014
Exactly what I was looking for and what I expected. An artistic and fresh approach to this ancient medium. Superb photography and printed on great, thick matt paper; it really captures the new phase of the tattoo design and people. If you're looking for a book with the usual biker type guys and girls with photo-realistic tattoos of peoples faces, dragons and tribal designs etc, then this one is not for you!


Seven Troop
Seven Troop
by Andy McNab
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly boring with zero action, 27 Aug 2012
This review is from: Seven Troop (Paperback)
Like another reviewer said, it's mostly about his friends and what they do when they are doing nothing.
When it looks like something is eventually about to happen, he somehow manages to skip over the action with no details, and then pick up again where he left off: his friends and what they do when nothing is happening!
His other books are so much better so I would give this a miss.


Wedding Photography - a Guide to Photojournalism (Invest in Knowledge)
Wedding Photography - a Guide to Photojournalism (Invest in Knowledge)
by Kerry Morgan
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, 19 Jan 2011
Although this book is probably under half the size of most other wedding books out there; it's by far the most packed with proper information. It's not full of full page pictures with some copy and lots of white space on others; it's well balanced with text and pictures to illustrate the point. This is a book by a first rate wedding photographer and her professionalism carries throughout the entire book. Good solid advice.


The Complete Guide to Professional Wedding Photography: Creating a More Profitable and Fulfilling Business
The Complete Guide to Professional Wedding Photography: Creating a More Profitable and Fulfilling Business
by Damien Lovegrove
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre photography and trying to spin it as his "style"!, 6 Jan 2011
When I was looking for a wedding photography book this one kept popping up with it's good reviews; so after visiting his blog I decided to order it.
Since then I have read many other wedding and general photography blogs, and the more I researched the more dated and weak his book comes across.
Things start to look alarming to me now from the very beginning of the book. After leaving the BBC (as he seems to name drop so often) as a cameraman he puts himself in £40,000 debt for Hasselblad camera. Yes, £40,000. I am nervous to take advice from someone who thought he needed a £40,000 camera to start as a beginner in the wedding photography field. And I think he mostly uses a £2000 5D MKII now.
He seems to restrictively shoot entirely at f4, but then claims that it's his "style". In fact the camera setting he gives is not much help as it's just f4 and then whatever works at that setting - he might as well shoot in AV mode. Another one of his "styles" is not to include the sky - why? It seems to be a very forced and limiting "style". Almost all the couple shots are posed and because of it often look stiff. I think his best photo is the one on the cover. The rest seem to be from the 80-90s.
Another odd things is that he now boasts that he has a studio with 2 full time staff - one who works on photoshop mostly and the other just for sales.
At one part he points out how in the old days he used to try and up-sale heavily to clients, which is hardly practiced now, but he then goes into detail over 2 or more pages about how this dated sales technique works. Thanks.
One starts to get the feeling that he somehow got a lucky break when he started out (in the 80s or early 90s I think) and has managed to ride that since. If he where to re-enter the wedding photography field today as an unknown, I think he would remain unknown. He seems to lack a natural artistic eye, however he does have some good technical capabilities.
I would also suggest having a look at his wedding photography on his dedicated wedding site to decide for yourself if his technique and "style" work for you.
Overall I find his book looking very old school and not up to date with the rising young wedding photographers out there who really understand branding and don't think it just means shooting at f4, and not including the sky, and labeling it the "Lovegrove style"!
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Kata DB-453 Medium Digital Bag
Kata DB-453 Medium Digital Bag

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality, 30 Dec 2010
This bag is great if you just want something to carry your dslr and maybe another lens and flash around town. The separate camera bag easily fits a Canon 450d, and would probably fit snugly a 5d too.
I was looking for something that did not look like a bulky obvious camera bag. This bag is subtle and just looks like a normal medium sized messenger bag. It's properly protected and has great attention to details.
One thing that may not be visible in the pictures is that the flap is secured in each bottom corner of the bag by a clip; open and flip this right over and then there's a top cover that is secured by a zip.
I think my next big bag will be a KATA too (or Vanguard - they're great as well), they seem to make the other brands like Lowepro and Tamrac look very boxy and dated.


Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens
Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens
Offered by spot sales
Price: £73.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Keep crop factors in mind., 26 Dec 2010
Great lens as can clearly be seen in the reviews; just keep in mind the crop factor for your particular camera.
I have both a 1.3 and 1.6 crop Canon and find the crop factor of 1.3 fine, but when I switch the lens onto the 1.6 body I do find it too tight and close to the subject and I'm often looking for extra room to get the subject in frame when indoors.
It must work even better on a full frame.


RF-602 Wireless Remote control Switch & Studio Flash Trigger combi System for Canon Eos 1D,1DS,5D,5DII,6D,7D,10D,20D,30D,40D,50D 60D DSLR Camera as RS-80N3
RF-602 Wireless Remote control Switch & Studio Flash Trigger combi System for Canon Eos 1D,1DS,5D,5DII,6D,7D,10D,20D,30D,40D,50D 60D DSLR Camera as RS-80N3

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great, 26 Dec 2010
After a lot of research this came out as the best option if the Pocket Wizard is not an option. It's made well, works just as described and can be easily added on to when you need more receivers or cords.
It also works great through walls and I could even trigger the shutter with the camera downstairs and myself upstairs in another room - although that's not exactly the norm; but does show the level of sensitivity.
Another great aspect is that I can place the transmitter on one camera and the receiver on another camera and when I release the transmitter camera it will simultaneously fire the receiver camera too. With this option you can set up one camera with a receiver on a tripod and have the transmitter camera in hand and be basically taking photos with 2 cameras from different angles.
Highly recommended.


The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War
The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War
by Greg Marinovich
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars The working environment of press photographers, 5 Dec 2010
A quick paced book about the hard job, emotionally and professionally, of being a press photographer in South Africa. A country that experiences violence on a daily basis, but during the end of Apartheid it was historically intensified and these guys were there to capture it - often at the expense of their personal lives and lives themselves.


Behind Deep Blue: Building the Computer That Defeated the World Chess Champion
Behind Deep Blue: Building the Computer That Defeated the World Chess Champion
by Feng-Hsiung Hsu
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Super computer 1.., 5 Aug 2010
This is a great read for anyone interested in chess or the making of a super computer that ultimately, and inevitably, beats man. This book is about the background that went into to creating a computer that only just manages to beat Kasparov, despite being able to evaluate 200 million positions per second!
Some people think Hsu is a bit vain but it's written by him and about his achievement in the holy grail race, so fair enough for being a little smug! Still worth the read until someone writes a better book!


Short History of World War II
Short History of World War II
by James L. Stokesbury
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 11 July 2010
This is a great book that covers the lead-up-to and the history and battles of WW2. It does read more like a novel than your normal history book but is still mostly full of the different theatres and their outcomes. Recommended.


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