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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (24 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715338242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715338247
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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this new edition of one of his best-selling titles is a welcome update. […] full of great ideas […] Lee's enthusiasm for the subject shines through and anyone reading is bound to be inspired. --Claire Harris

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Lee Frost is an acclaimed photographer and one of the best-known writers on photography in the world. He has written several best-selling books (including The A - Z of Creative Photography for D&C) and regularly contributes to magazines including Photography Monthly, and Black & White Photography. Lee lives in Northumberland. www.leefrost.co.uk

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim on 12 Oct. 2010
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As a relatively newcomer to the world of DSLR photography, I was generally impressed and inspired by the techniques described in this book. The accompanying photos are great. The text itself is generally excellent, but is slightly oddly pitched, with some parts assuming quite an advanced knowledge already, while other sections seem quite basic.

The A-Z gimic seems a little clumsy, not adding anything positive to the book, and resulting in some strained titles and a completely random ordering to the chapters: e.g. "Grain is Good", "Hands", "Harmony and Discord".

Each chapter is between two and four sides long, which makes this an excellent book to dip in and out of. (The lack of structure across the chapters also encourages such an approach).

The writing is generally clear and to the point. Some of the technical discussion of f stops gets a little dry, and there are occasional slips - the picture on page 17 was apparently taken "soon after sunset on a tranquil summer's morning".

The book claims to be "updated for digital photography" and is very much tailored to DSLRs.

My biggest criticism of the book is the presumption that the reader has access to some quite expensive software, lenses and filters. A mention of some of the lower budget options, such as free graphics editing software (the GIMP etc.) would have been nice.

Aside from these minor quibbles, I found this an inspiring book which has given me lots of ideas to try out. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RM/TM TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2010
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Creative photography books have to do two things, in my opinion. One is to inspire with great images, and the other to provide helpful technical direction on how to achieve the effects shown. The A-Z of Creative Photography delivers on both fronts, with some great pictures (grainy portraits, sheltering skies, paint peeling on fishing boats), plus well written directions on the techniques employed (backlighting, panning moving subjects and blurring, to name but three). It is a revised version of Lee Frost's original guide, to take into account the massive increase in popularity of digital photography.

I found the technical information given in this book much easier to follow than a lot of other photography guides I've read, and think that for that reason, this will suit beginners (to dslr) more than some other publications. If you have a basic point and shoot, though some of the compositional advice will still apply (e.g. framing), other aspects of the book won't be for you (e.g. polarizing filters).

Topics covered include abstract art, architectural details, candid camera, urban detail, silhouette photography, poster art, physiograms, low light shooting, long shots and even mobile phone pics. I particularly liked the section on digital pinhole photography and the accompanying rather ghostly images (a doorway in a dark courtyard and an imposing lion statue, both with a very ethereal feel).

It's common for photography books to mention post-production and image manipulation - but again, this book gives more detail than most, with a step by step guide to producing your own calendar that doesn't just show the finished article, but recommends specific software to download, system requirements, and then talks you through the process, step-by-step.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louise G on 15 Oct. 2010
I don't have a digital SLR camera but as I was getting a new compact camera I got this for a bit of inspiration to help me put a bit more thought into my "snaps". For this purpose it is great. Being an A-Z it is actually in no particular order! It is therefore good to dip into at random, rather than being a comprehensive guide for a beginner or pro.

The book covers an interesting and varied selection of techniques from basic rules of composition, to toning and effects in editing software, to specialist lenses, lighting and equipment. Lots of stuff I'd never heard of or thought about. Each technique is set out as a project with details of what you need, an explanation of how it is done, top tips and of course lots of photographs. I like the pieces on composition, colour and subjects especially as you don't need much specialist equipment for these.

I liked this book because it is very much from the author's perspective. He even congratulates himself frequently on his achievemnets! They are all his own photos and I found the fact that this is a revision of an earlier book interesting as it is an old pro bringing himself into the digital age with a new enthusiasm.

You would need a lot of expensive kit to embrace all the projects in here but for a bit of inspiration it is good. You can adapt quite a lot of the photoshop stuff for cheaper and free software and the book gives ideas without you having to copy step by step.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P.Rox VINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2010
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this is a great book if you are a photographer who is looking to increase soome of their creative techniques and get some interesting shots.

Each section has a few examples of how the pictures could look using the techniques described, along with a step-by-step description of what to do to get the shots.

For example, to use the pin-hole technique, there are a few pictures of what pin-hole pictures will look like. they also describe how to make your own home-made pin-hole cover and then how to set your camera to make the best use of it.

Some of the techniques assume you have certain bits of equipment which means that unless you have the equipment or are willing to pay out for it, you need to skip over the page.

There are also techniques on photo editing as well which will appeal more to some than others.

Overall though, if you are looking to get more creative with your photography, this book would give you some great ideas. The quality of the of the printing, and cover means that this book will take plenty of battering before it falls apart - so it should last you years!

hope that helps.
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