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Photography: The Key Concepts
Photography: The Key Concepts
by David Bate
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult, 21 Feb. 2013
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It's not bad, but it's a very academic book. I found myself reading every paragraph about three times before I could understand it, and even then sometimes I was baffled.
For example page 17 "..the more technology develops the diffusion of information (and notably of images), the more it provides the means of masking the constructed meaning under the appearance of the given meaning"

I mean, what on earth does that mean?

For me it's a book to pick up, read a page or two then leave back down for a while.
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Mastering the Nikon D700
Mastering the Nikon D700
by Darrell Young
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.17

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comparison, 28 Aug. 2010
If like me your wondering how this book compares to the other alternatives that are available heres a couple of my first impressions.
Thom Hogans D700 guide is by far the most comprehensive at over 800 pages, but its only available on pdf, and I hate scrolling through pdf manuals,so a book is best!! David Busch's D700 manual is also large at 400 odd pages.
Both of these other titles go into every aspect of the camera in detail including how to charge and insert batteries, how to open the door and insert a card the right way round (includes half page photos for clarity), but I imagine most of you know these things already. Sure there is some nice stuff about the D700 history, choosing lenses, maintenance etc, and a bit on using the Nikon software. But when you strip all this extra stuff away the actual chapters on the camera functions and menus are the same in all three titles.

In 'Mastering the D700' Darrel Young has written a pretty clear and consise book, in an easy to read style, which includes lots of his own working experience. It starts with a bit of the technical background to the D700 then each of the major controls such as exposure mode, autofocus, white balance etc are explained. Each get a chapter of their own. Then we get into the menu system controls. At all times throughout the book a reference to the relevant page number in the Nikon manual is given so you can look this up at the same time, I found that pretty useful.

Note that if your eyesight's not so good the print size is smaller than in Busch's D700 book, screen shots and illustrations are quite small too in some places. But the quality of the paper in this book is far superior, it has a nice glossy look and feel to it. I think also this book is a more practical size to take with you when you go out, Busch's lump of a book will just remain sitting on your table to read after you come home, and if you ever print Hogan's pdf you'll need about three ring binders to put it in !

Bottom line - the're all good, but if you already have some experience with Nikons or DSLR's in general, this book has all you need. You won't be disappointed.

Frommer's Krakow Day by Day: 20 Smart Ways to See the City (Frommer′s Day by Day - Pocket)
Frommer's Krakow Day by Day: 20 Smart Ways to See the City (Frommer′s Day by Day - Pocket)
by Peterjon Cresswell
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good a guide as any !, 21 Jun. 2009
This is indeed a very good book. It is the most up to date I've seen (June 2009) and packed full of useful info. Quite a good waterproof map in the back cover as well.

Navigation: Finding Your Way on Mountain and Moorland
Navigation: Finding Your Way on Mountain and Moorland
by Kevin Walker
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little book., 22 Sept. 2007
This proved to be a really excellent book. I liked the emphasis the author put on map interpratation more than for instance compass work. I had never looked at a map in such detail before, now I examine every little squiggle. You will certainly learn from this book and it's made nice and simple to follow.
The only downside is that some examples are made with reference to one OS sheet (Black Mountains), without having a copy to look at makes reading the examples a little pointless. It would have been better if map extracts appeared in the book.
On the plus side it's a really handy size for your coat pocket so you can take it out on the hills when your practising your techniques.

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