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LIDLIPS Lessons I Didn't Learn In Photo School: 100 Modern Insights On Photography [Paperback]

Syl Arena
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Book Description

4 Jan 2010
Lessons I Didn't Learn In Photo School opens up new territory for photographers. As our world becomes increasingly cluttered with cameras, there are fewer people who truly understand the nature of photography. Refreshingly, LIDLIPS presents thought-provoking insights on photography as art, philosophy, science, business, and lifestyle. This collection of 100 micro-essays discusses photography from angles you've likely never considered: relationships, persistence, creativity, leadership, confidence. In a unique voice, LIDLIPS proves that there is much more to crafting great photographs and being a photographer than knowing how to operate a camera. Author Syl Arena spent many years in photo school-eventually earning a BFA in fine art photography. Yet, the most important lessons he learned about being a photographer, he learned by being a father, husband, business owner, mentor, and artist. Photography, it turns out, has more to do with who you are as a person than with the brand of gear you use. For both amateurs and pros, LIDLIPS will expand your understanding of photography and inspire you to create images in completely new ways. Here's a sampling of a few LIDLIPS titles: #1 - If you can't be remarkable, be memorable. #17 - Learn to think of the viewfinder as optional. #22 - There is nothing more interesting to us than photographs of other people. #32 - Be open to your camera capturing realities you did not see. #46 - Creativity comes as a breeze before it comes as a gale. #56 - Hollywood is waiting to teach you how to light. #68 - Making yourself vulnerable is a sign of strength. #77 - Play photography like a team sport. #83 - Sometimes the best way to see something is to not look straight at it. #92 - The exotic is easy. The common is hard.

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: PixSylated (4 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984225307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984225309
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 20.3 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nice little book of tips and hints for keeping the motivation going. Serious issues addressed in a direct but thought provoking way. Well done Syl..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lessons I didnt learn from this book 12 May 2010
This book basically consists of neat one line lessons you can apply to life as a photographer. Dont expect any lighting tips or gear guides. It about all those anecdotes that we tell each other to help us not make the same mistake twice. Well written and not the kind of book to read all at once. Great for keeping in the loo!
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3.0 out of 5 stars nice to pick up and open every so often 14 April 2011
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I like Syl Arenas book's , this one reminds me of a book I had along time ago called zen and the art of photography!.
Great to pick up and read at random.If you are looking for technical photo / speedlite info get Syl's other book speedliters handbook which is a true classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humor...insights...take pause and think 29 Jan 2010
By karen bobotas - Published on Amazon.com
Syl Arena's sense of humor comes through full scale with LIDLIPS. The insights he shares through his experiences in his photographic career gets you to think about what's going on in your own. I'm a newby to the "business" of photography even though I've enjoyed photography for decades. Reading quickly through the 100 lidlips I'm looking forward to taking some time with each one of his thoughts as well as bouncing and sharing with fellow photogs.

Karen Bobotas
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5.0 out of 5 stars About Being a Photographer 16 Feb 2011
By ksuwildkat - Published on Amazon.com
If you are looking for an instruction manual on how to shoot pictures, keep moving. That is not the point of LIDLIPS. This is a book about being a photographer but could just as easily be used in a general business class. The "lessons" are all things Mr. Arena learned by doing or not doing something in the real world. Some are no brainers that we just need to be reminded of - like not letting gear define us as photographers. Others are things that are counter to other advice - like not worrying about having a "look" of your own.

More businesses fail because of a series of small mistakes than ones that flame out in a huge ball. LIDLIPS gives you lessons to prevent you from making mistakes others have already learned from. Lessons like #25 - "Your client has her own problems. She doesn't want to hear yours" - are ones I would rather not learn the hard way. Same with #47 - "When the client says 'It's a simple job, don't worry' its time to worry." Both of those would make great reminder signs in an office.

None of this means there is not advice on shooting in LIPIDS. Advice about learning from Hollywood (#57) and about shooting the common things around you (92) will make you a better photographer. But even the lessons that don't explicitly describe shooting apply to being a photographer.

Syl Arena is an exceptional photographer who has built a successful business centered about photography. A big portion of that is teaching workshops. But at the same time he maintains a number of websites where he gives away knowledge by the bucket loads - including every one of the LIDLIPS. I had read them all multiple times before I bought my copy of the book. It has earned a place in my camera bag because of the many things I want to be able to remind myself of. Instead of playing Angry Birds while waiting for a model, I can pull out LIDLIPS and answer one of the questions that is on every other page. I am not the smartest guy in the world but I am smart enough to learn from someone who has DONE what I want to do.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I had never heard of Syl Arena before... 19 Jun 2010
By Ray Galyon - Published on Amazon.com
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...reading his book. I have to admit that this is the best $$$ I have spent on a book in a while. Clearly a thought provoking, introspective book. I keep it handy for those moments when I am particularly frustrated or lacking creative flow. Of course it's also a great read when things are going well and I have a little time to kill and just want to read a few passages. It's clearly an inspiring book that will stay in the back of your mind long after reading. While everyone will find the book useful, I think it is most useful to those that are experienced shooters comfortable with their craft and are looking for new ways to explore the way they approach their work and creative process. After reading this, I felt I had spent time with a Zen master, more so than a photographer. As a final note: one lesson Syl imparts is to always be thankful to the masters that choose to share their experience and time with others in their craft. "They choose us, we don't choose them". Syl, thank you for writing an inspiring, introspective book and sharing your canny insights on the creative process.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monkey Butler APPROVES! 8 Dec 2010
By N. Schale - Published on Amazon.com
Awesome name. LIDLIPS.

I am not a "traditionally" trained photographer. I have spent maybe 10 hours in a darkroom and never owned a `real' film SLR. Video was my first love anyways, it was only two years ago that I started shooting professionally. This lead me to think `am I missing something that other photographers got at photography school?' Read tons of books on the subject, from theory to functionality. I spend a ton of hours working with the camera in the field, but never taught by a master. Looking up specialty schools you will find no shortage of people saying, `full sail didn't provide me with the skills I needed' or `save your money from x,y,z and invest into gear'.

Well, Syl Arena DID go to a `photography' school, and instead of complaining about it's short falls, he wrote this book. LIDLIPS is SHORT. I mean REALLY short. But it's not meant to be burned through on a lunch hour break. The way I approached it was reading 1-3 LIDLIPS a day and reflecting on them. It truly is a book to keep handy to get a quick dose of inspiration!

Wish it was 1,001 Lessons, but that's the only `con' but at $0.15 per nugget of wisdom, I can't knock it. 5 out of 5 from the Monkey Butler.

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5.0 out of 5 stars incredible book! 19 Oct 2012
By Jose L. Miranda - Published on Amazon.com
this is not a your regular specs & how to book. Its a book that makes you think & question all aspects of photography. Its not even meant to be read front to back, you could just bounce around. Highly recommend this book to everyone.
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