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On Being a Photographer [Kindle Edition]

Bill Jay , David Hurn
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A Practical Guide

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LensWork Publishing; Kindle Edition edition (1 Oct. 1997)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044XUVYY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy 27 Feb. 2013
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Having only just got a kindle this was the first phhotography book I purchased for it. I had the paperback several years ago and lent it out and never got it back. Copies of the book were out of stock and prices for used copies were frankly silly so the kindle version at £3.80 seemed the logical choice.

Instant delivery and a great price, what more could you want?

I suppose I had better review the book now!

This book is is an absolute classic for anybody interested in documentary photography: David Hurn has spent a lifetime bot working as a photographer, setting up what is probably the most presitigeous documentry photography course in the world and teaching many of the current crop of photographers working in the genre today. The book looks at the medium from the initial selection and choice of the project right through ways of working and gives an insight into the mind of some of the greatest exponents of the medium.

If you want a book about fstops and shutter speeds etc this is not for you, if on the other hand you want a book on the ideas behind documentary photography then look no further.
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I had the great fortune to have studied Documentary Photography under David Hurn and was also lucky to be on the course when Bill Jay visited to give some lectures. This represents so much of David Hurn's philosophy and approach to photography and would say this is an essential text for people studying photography and photographers who have not read it. In this age of digital distraction it's good to 'come back to the well'...the essence of what photography should be about and how to go about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Or: On Being an Artist 25 Jan. 2014
By Sheryl L. Battin - Published on
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This book was written in 1995, 1997 copyright, when most photographers still used film. There are not only no photographs but no illustrations of any kind. It is a conversation between two photographers. I read it in one sitting.

As others have pointed out, this book doesn't tell you what camera to buy, what settings to use, it tells you to learn to use your tools and get out there and shoot. Use what it takes to get the picture you want to take. The authors feel the basis of photography is knowledge and enthusiasm for your subject and finding the correct place to shoot from and the correct time to push the shutter. And did I mention getting out there and shooting? Mr Hurn contends that when good photographers talk about equipment, they mention shoes.

There are other things covered. Travel clothing is mentioned. Keeping notes on photos taken. Having photos well organized so that you can find what you are looking for. If someone asks you for your photo of a tall, white bird with knee socks, you don't have to search every hard drive on your desk.

But the main thing, it talks about the mindset of a photographer. How everything comes through that lens of being a photographer. You see a commercial on TV and think, look how they used light on that coffee.

David Hurn talks about photographing Graham Greene writing every morning and throwing it all away in the afternoon. It was practice writing for when he had an assignment. Mr Greene said he never wrote seriously until his publisher gave him a title. Bill Jay talks about a photographer shooting around his cabin. He asked the photographer what he was shooting as there was nothing there of the photographer's usual subjects. The photographer replied that he shot three cassettes, of 36 frames each, every day to stay in practice.

This is an interesting book I think for every serious photographer who is willing to work hard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars big ideas about how photography works 5 July 2014
By Joel Morgovsky - Published on
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Two experienced photographers talking with each other about how they think and work. Thee result is the exposition of nearly universal mind sets that guide the making of meaningful photographs. Meaningful pictures come from the practiced interplay of self and the world. Mastery of the craft is, of course, a given but not the end point. Authenticity, curiosity and mindfulness, operating intuitively, leads to images with substance. While the book is dated now it is still highly relevant to photographers hoping to expand their capacity for images that genuinely represent their relationship to the world.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful to learn 20 Jan. 2014
By Kathleen - Published on
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This was a great help for my photography class. Lots of little details that clear up questions. A great value.
4.0 out of 5 stars No Pictures, but excellent 25 Dec. 2013
By Eliezer Hernandez - Published on
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I bought this book because I'm seriously interested in Portrait Photography. It gets to the thinking process of a successful photographer for taking pictures. It analyses some pictures, but you have to google them to know what they are talking about. That's the only reason why I did not give a 5 stars rating. Other than that, I highly recommend to any person interested seriously in photography, no matter if your interest is portraits, travel, landscape or any other field. It teaches the principles, not the techniques. It is not a basic book. It would tell you how to get a perfect exposure or composition, but the small details that most books on Photography skip.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of insights on the practice of photography 30 Aug. 2013
By Victor Bloomfield - Published on
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David Hurn is a deservedly famous Magnum photographer, and Bill Jay is one of the most astute writers and editors in the field. Together they make a great pair - realistic, acerbic, informative.
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