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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Wow : Photoshop for Photography (Wow!)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Jack Davis, Ben Willmore
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Gets you up and producing quickly.

There are a lot of books out there on Photoshop. Why this one?

Four Reasons:

One, this book is a great introduction to Photoshop. It has a unique indexing system where each heading begins with a picture showing what the about. Each chapter then starts with a sub-index, again illustrated so that you can see what the subject is about without having to know the meaning of the somewhat arcane words that the chapter is talking about. For instance there's a section on watermarking. What's watermarking - well it's a kind of translucent appearance, usually to type that you put on a picture that you want to identify somehow. They have a section on watermarking, but just below it is a picture with a watermark. You may not be familiar with the term, but you probably know the effect you are trying to create.

Second, this book is the first I've seen that combines both the software with some hints about how to take pictures that you intend to modify with Photoshop. There are a lot of problems you can repair with photoshop, but if you make a simple adjustment to some of the settings on your camera you may save a lot of time and get a better result.

Third is the CD contained with the book. This contains some 250 presets for Photoshop that are both quick and fast to use as well as having everything set so you don't forget to check some box. The results will make your work go a lot faster, at least initially while you are learning what you want.

Fourth, as the owner of this book you are invited to watch an hour of video training on Photoshop.

What more can I say?

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not bad at all and haven't even read 1/2 of it

This might sound silly, but I bought this book around the same time I started learning OpenGL with the OpenGL SuperBible. The thing is, the OpenGL SuperBible's examples for the most part relied on GLUT rather than WinMain (and etc). So, I've found this book extremely useful as a reference for many things such as setting up needed Windows calls, multithreading, and sound.
I would have given this 5 stars, but I've yet to jump fully into the DirectX world and finish reading this book. However, I can tell you that my other Andre Lamothe's books kick arse!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CISSP Training Guide
Publisher: Que
Authors: Roberta Bragg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good reading, great 'domain' explenations.

I'm preparing for the CISSP, so I do have a few different books lying around (CISSP Examination Textbooks by S Vallabhaneni = Awful reading, but good factual references; CISSP Prep Guide: Gold Edition by Krutz & Vines = Good reading, Great questions and decent references) and this book. After having done a few 'domains' with the Krutz/Vines book I switched to this guide (available on O'Reilly's Safari site). I like the style of the chapters, the way the domains are covered, the topics are well explained, yet it is lacking on factual details. One strong point is the author's use of sample case situation to emphasis the review points.Over the past week, this book has become my first approach to each domain, using the Krutz/Vines as a very quick checkup before trying the questions from the CISSP Prep Guide.According to me, the preperation for the CISSP cannot be based solely on a single book. So I do recommend using this CISSP Training Guide as the center stage for training. As the title says it's a Guide, and will put down the right foundations for each domain. Then you could pick information in other books that have more details. I would also highly recommend to anyone preparing for the CISSP, to take the time to supplemented the knowledge by doing searches on the internet for supporting documentation, which Roberta Bragg gives as URL pointers at the end of each chapter.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside LightWave 8
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Dan Ablan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect Companion to the manual

I admit that I am pleasantly surprised at the out come of this book. This book has by far exceeded my expectations and has been a pleasure to work through. To be honest I was expecting it to be overly technical ala Inside LW7 but its totally different. Dan's approach this time is just what the Doctor ordered and very refreshing, it has me leaning towards his DVD courseware now. Within 2 days time I have covered over 400+ pages of material and didnt even realize it...I just can't put it down. This book is fabulous and will appeal to the new user right up to expert level users and the pace is excellent. The LW8 Manual and Inside Lightwave 8 are a lethal combo for sure. And to be honest with you, Dan's new quick start approach in chapter one you will have you hooked gauaranteed.
Nice work Dan, thanks for your hardwork, sharing your knowledge and making Lightwave a tool for the people.