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Photography for the Joy of it Paperback – 27 May 1993

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550130951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550130959
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 21 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,060,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am gradually reading everything that Freeman Patterson has written. Every book is a joy to read because every book contains new insights that make photography fun.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A comprehensive first book for serious amateurs 12 Feb. 2002
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An excellent first book for serious amateur photographers. Not a primer on photography - you should know the basics before tackling this one.
That said, it has one of the best introductions to exposure (specially for color film) and composition I have read. The short section on equipment (oriented to 35 mm SLR, but this is what most serious amateurs use anyway) alone is worth the book. I wish I had read this book when I was younger and was starting my hobby!
Patterson ties expertly photography with introspection, which is not surprising if you look at his background.
The examples in the book address mostly nature and a few urban subjects, with a few portraits thrown in. I find Patterson's photograhic style subtle and intimate, sometimes a bit too much for my subtropical taste (maybe he developed it from that wonderful high latitude Canadian light!).
This book is full of sensible, useful advice - not just on taking photographs, but also practical tips (At the end there is an excellent list of tips). Highly recommended. I wish there was a Spanish version to give to my children!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
First book of visual design and some equipment 18 April 2001
By Sarawoot Chittratanawat - Published on
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Freeman Patterson is an artist with camera in his hand. All of this books are not limited to the "talking-of-equipment" nor "exposure setting". Instead, Freeman gives you the visual design; then, you address what you see + what you design on film. In this book, Freeman tells you how joy of photography using a basic set of equipment. Unlike other books, Freeman spent more pages on equipment discussion as well as exposure. Therefore, I believe this book will favor both novice and professional photographers. From the first page, Freeman starts with the fundmental of photography, a tool and basic exposure, then he extended the scope to "visual design". Many simple workshops are given for your practice and I found they are very useful. The workshops are both "visual design" and "exposure" practice. This book is the greatest book of Freeman Patterson if you plan to have only one. This book is also suitable if you start to learn Visual Design technique.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great first book for novices 21 Dec. 2001
By William P. Barr - Published on
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If you have just received a camera as a present, this would be an ideal first photography book to buy. Patterson covers all the basic technical and design aspects of the art without getting into too much boring detail.
The only rule or admonishment Patterson really conveys is to get out and use your camera. Take photos!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
It's all about learning to see, and "making" a great shot. 28 May 1998
By Rushin Judge - Published on
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Freeman Patterson brings you with him on an eye-opening trek into the Canadian wilderness where he shares his frame of mind and a packsack full of expert shooting advice. The only disappointment in this book is on page 165 when the writing stops and there are no more of Freeman's amazing photos to devour.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
People Picture Taking 4 July 2008
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I believe this is a good book for a novice from which to learn the essence of portraiture. The author obviously has had lots of experience do this kind of photography and includes with the essential text extra tips that he has learned from years in this trade. Since this book is very much one's personal perspective, I would suggest at least one or two other books on the same subject to better round out the views and insights) on how to perform this artful photo technique.
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