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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 (TWPPP)
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 (TWPPP)
by Eamon McCabe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very poor compared to previous years., 19 Feb. 2015
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i have been buying the Wessing catalogue for a number of years, and i usually find it contains a fair proportion of inspiring and/or thought-provoking images. the same cannot be said for the 2014 edition. i can only imagine the judging panel were somehow ashamed of the polished quality of previous works and felt obliged to nod to the throw away mobile snap culture.
they have thrown together a poor collection of dull, dull images - with a few exceptions.
very disappointing!


The Tudors: Kings and Queens of England's Golden Age
The Tudors: Kings and Queens of England's Golden Age
Price: £0.98

5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting and easy read, 19 Feb. 2015
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my interest in this arose from seeing the television adaptation of Wolf Hall. i read a sample chapter of that book and found the writing style awkward and annoying.
Jane Bingham's style is neither of those. despite being a slow reader and easily lost by complex relationships, i got on well with this book. it's thorough but not overly detailed: some history writers insist on including every snippet of information they have uncovered but Bingham doesn't. she maintains a breezy pace but not at the expense of depth.
it's a tribute to her writing that i read this book at every opportunity and managed to keep track of the many relationships it covered.
i thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone.


Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

5.0 out of 5 stars graphic and exciting, 24 Jan. 2015
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an outstanding read. a graphic, dynamic documentary of the operation that went so badly wrong.
i am a slow reader and generally find it difficult to follow a book that has numerous threads running through it but i was so drawn into this book that i got through without getting too lost.


Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models (Voices That Matter)
Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models (Voices That Matter)
by Roberto Valenzuela
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.79

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars random collection of dull images, 24 Jan. 2015
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really don't understand why this is highly rated. for a book aimed at demonstrating how to achieve great posed photos it containts many dull images.
it's a classic case of somebody having a load of photos kicking around and then thinking what words they can use to make a book out of them. poor excuse for a book.
part of being a photographer is having the quality of knowing when something looks right, and if you consider yourself a photographer, you really really don't need this book


Easy Learning Italian Grammar (Collins Easy Learning Italian)
Easy Learning Italian Grammar (Collins Easy Learning Italian)
by Collins Dictionaries
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I have bought another couple of books to use alongside - including BBC Talk Grammar - and suddenly this has become mighty useful, 30 Sept. 2014
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Initially, i struggled with this, and found it hard going. I have bought another couple of books to use alongside - including BBC Talk Grammar - and suddenly this has become mighty useful.


Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers: A professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC
Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers: A professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC
by Martin Evening
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.75

1.0 out of 5 stars useful if you want a paperweight, 30 Sept. 2014
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Almost half the book deals with importing and images, which unless you've had no exposure to Photoshop in any shape or form, is a complete waste of space. I was hoping this book would cover techniques and tips for adding the "wow!" factor to images - but none of that, just banal basic stuff that's too easy to write about.
The images are less than inspiring and this book will only serve as a paperweight for me! Waste of £25!


CPO 2M DVI Cable, DVI-D 24+1 Pin Full Dual Link Monitor Lead - Black and Blue
CPO 2M DVI Cable, DVI-D 24+1 Pin Full Dual Link Monitor Lead - Black and Blue
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars perfect, 26 Aug. 2014
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Perfect. Needed the extra length to allow me to have my monitor remote from the desktop unit.
Delivery was quick and well packaged.


The Story Of Bo Diddley: Very Best Of (2CD)
The Story Of Bo Diddley: Very Best Of (2CD)
Price: £9.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetative, 30 Mar. 2014
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On first listening to this, I loved it - a great journey through 'real' R&B but after a few play I I noticed a number of the songs were very very similar. So I now play about 50% of the whole album


Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 (PC/Mac)
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 (PC/Mac)
Offered by Logic Works
Price: £99.99

4.0 out of 5 stars After the intial shock...., 30 Mar. 2014
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I've been using PSE7 for a few years now so it was a bit of a shock to the senses when I first encountered the very different UI that version 12 sports. On first exposure it seemed 'noddy' and I went back to using v7 for a while. But having forced myself to use v12 a few times know, I've got used to it and now quite like it.


Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics
Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics
by Jennifer Niederst Robbins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 30 Mar. 2014
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Although I have a programming background and basic knowledge of HTML, version 5 is new to me as are CSS. My preferred style of learning is very much step-by-step with narrative closely linked to those steps. I like to see a clear a-z path that those steps will take me along. While this book is partitioned logically, it doesn't have a strong enough roadmap for me to make it a 5/5.


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