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Inside the Rolls-Royce & Bentley Styling Department 1971 to 2001
Inside the Rolls-Royce & Bentley Styling Department 1971 to 2001
by Graham Hull
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £35.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, entertaining and a fascinating read, 2 April 2014
This book will appear not only to Rolls Royce and Bentley enthusiasts, but anyone interested in the inner workings of a unique institution. The author has written the book in a very entertaining style and it's great seeing this organisation from his position. Lots of very interesting detail about how the various vehicles came to reach the market and a fascinating insight into the 1990's era which was an extraordinary period in the history of the company culminating in the splitting of RR and Bentley between BMW and VW.

I recently went on holiday for a week and virtually read the whole book cover to cover and I can see myself continuing to dip into it on and off over the years to come.


The Darkroom Cookbook (Alternative Process Photography)
The Darkroom Cookbook (Alternative Process Photography)
by Steve Anchell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.09

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, straight forward. If you think you dont need this book, think again!, 30 May 2009
This book is extrememly well written and easy to follow. I always thought I didn't need this book because it was probably just for people who are into messing around with raw chamicals. How wrong I was. It really adds a new dimension to your traditional monochrome photography when you understand what is in the various developers, how they work and the history behind them. It really is not complicated, and you definitely do not need to be a chemist. And, infact, neither do you have to be into mixing your own formulas to need this book (although you might start wanting to anyway) because its key objective is to address how different developers and chemicals are used to control and achieve the results you are after from your photography.

On top of this, it is now bang up to date having been revised in 2008 and therefore it takes into account film brands such as ADOX/Efke which have become more prolific in recent years, plus other current products and developments in the industry. Further to this there are contributions from other photographers.


John Blakemore's Black and White Photography Workshop
John Blakemore's Black and White Photography Workshop
by John Blakemore
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very important book on Photography, 30 Dec. 2007
This book has already received a couple of very well written reviews and I don't want to try and emulate these (and fail!). All I will say is that this is probably the most important book I have read or own on fine art photography.

(although it is aimed at the "fine print" genre, I believe that the thorough understanding required of exposure and printing techniques is invaluable for all other types of photography.)

The book covers both traditional technique (brilliantly, and so easy to digest) together with the development of ones own style and subjects - thus I would recommend this book to photographers shooting exclusively digitally aswell as the obvious audience of traditional fine art photographers.

Saying that, it is undoubtedly traditional photographers who will benefit most from this book and, being one of those, this is a very welcome book to appear at a time when the world has gone digital mad.

As an example, the Zone System is explained superbly and in this sense the book is a great accompaniment to Ansel Adams "The Negative" and "The Print" - for anyone who finds the Zone System difficult to get to grips with, irrelevant or boring, Blakemore's chapter in the book on exposure ("Postvisualisation") is excellent.

Buy this book, however you capture or print images, as it will lend a superb understanding of what makes a great monochrome photograph.


The Art of Wedding Photography: Professional Techniques with Style
The Art of Wedding Photography: Professional Techniques with Style
by Bambi Cantrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some useful information, but contrived., 21 Nov. 2005
My first impressions of this book was very impressed and much inline with the other reviews here. However with time and having read the book throughly, my respect for the publication waned.
It is in no way a bad book, in the accepted sense, but you just get the impression that the photographer, Bambi Cantrell, is probably not quite as well known and influential as the book makes out. You also get he impression that Kodak and Hasselblad have probably had a hand in bringing the book to the shelves. Whilst I have the greatest of respect for both these organisations, it is irritating that throughout Kodak products are refered to as being simply the only ones to use.
Another irritating aspect is that you get the impression that many of the photographs are set up and not from real weddings - nothing wrong with this at all, but I do have a problem when the tone of the book is insinuating they are all real.
On the plus side I did like the exposure and film emulsion information for each photograph, although I doubt the accuracy if some of it. (like the endless photographs shot with Kodak T-Max 3200ASA exposed at 1600ASA at f1.2 or f2.0 at 1/60 shutter when there are clearly huge windows with daylight pouring in - mabey she had a load of ND on the lens, but it doesn't say this)
In conclusion I think that there are some interesting ideas in this book - but you can pick up a lot of these if you keep up with the latest wedding magazines. I would have been annoyed if I had paid the RRP for this book.


New Photo Series 2: Negative:: The Ansel Adams Photography Series 2
New Photo Series 2: Negative:: The Ansel Adams Photography Series 2
by Ansel Adams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.98

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible book, 14 Nov. 2005
If you want to creat true masterpieces, regardless of whether you shoot large format, medium format, 35mm or digital, the method explained (and developed infact) by Adams in this book is essential.
Some people have accused this (and the two sister books) as being out of date. This is misleading because the main thrust of the whole trilogy (but especially The Negative) is the concept of visualisation of the final print and the techniques can be carried over into all formats and are analagous. The Negative concentrates on the importance of visualising the desired end result at the time of exposure. This is so important, whether you shoot film or digitlly. You can't make a silk purse from a sows ear. You have to start with the best exposure you can possibly achieve.
I would highly recommend any aspiring (and experienced!) photographers to study this book, it certainly helped me an enourmous amount.


Practical Cinematography
Practical Cinematography
by Paul Wheeler
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the art of cinematography, 8 Oct. 2003
I write this review as an amateur cinematographer with limited experience, but with a thirst to know more about this amazing art - Practical Cinematography can be described as an excellent introduction to the subject written in a wonderful style. Starting with the absolute basics and covering everything from lenses to sensitomitry and even the type of politics which may be encountered on a film shoot. I found the book very rewarding and has answered many many questions indeed.


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