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The Creative Photography Handbook: A Sourcebook of Over 70 Techniques and Ideas [Paperback]

Lee Frost
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30 Mar 2006

Maximize your photographic creativity with this invaluable sourcebook of techniques, effects, and ideas from best-selling photography author, Lee Frost.

Whether you want to learn how to be a photographer or you already have a good knowledge of photographic expertise, you will be inspired by more than 40 creative techniques and subject ideas, helping you to produce exciting, innovative photos.

Part One of the book deals with the fundamentals of photography – Light, Composition, Focusing, Colour and Dark Room – while Part Two looks at the main subject areas – People, Scenics, the Urban Landscape, Nature and Movement.

Ultimately, the aim of The Creative Photography Handbook is to shed new light on popular subjects, teach you all about photography, and to show you how to see and think more creatively – guaranteeing to put the creativity back into your photography.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 3rd Revised edition edition (30 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715315374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715315378
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lee Frost is an acclaimed photographer and one of the best-known writers on photography in the world. Although a keen photographer in his youth tit really took off in 1988, while still an amateur, Lee entered and won a travel photography competition organised by SLR Photography magazine and this marked the start of his professional career. A year on he was offered the job as features writer of SLR Photography magazine, then soon after became part of a small team which launched the successful magazine Photo Answers. In 1992, after working as assistant editor on both Photo Answers and Practical Photography, he decided to pursue a freelance career. still a regular contributor to the leading UK photography magazines he leads photography tours all over the world. His best selling books include The A-Z Creative Photography, The Complete Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography, and the Photographer's Guide to Filters.

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About the Author

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, 50 Photo Projects – Ideas to Kickstart Your Photography, Lee Frost's Landscape Photography, Lee Frost's Panoramic Photography, New A-Z of Creative Photography, and The New Complete Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography  for D&C) and regularly contributes to magazines including Photography Monthly, and Black & White Photography. Lee lives in Northumberland.

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of a reference book 10 July 2007
By Cp80
I now own 3 books by Lee Frost which surprises me because I was not a big fan of the first one I received as a present (Photos that sell). This one however is much better in my oppinion because it concentrates more on how to take good pictures rather than what you should use.

First, forget the idea that this is a handbook as it's almost A4 in size. The first section of the book contains chapters on lighting, composition, focusing, colour and the darkroom (ok so a darkroom is not relevant to digital photographers but it is a short chapter).

The second section of this book is what I was looking for as a digital photographer as it has usable chapters on how to photograph people, landscapes, nature scenes and movement effects. By concentrating on the content of the images rather than the equipment used, Lee shows what makes a good photo, not just one that's technically perfect.

Reading this book inspired me to go out and take more pictures which is what a good photography book should do.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what I wish I had 20 years ago 11 Dec 2006
By Malcolm
Some photography authors have brought out 20 books over 20 years. The piblishers rave as if to say that's a good thing. I think it's bad. They either can't get their ideas across well or are milking the photography market to death.

This author isn't one of them. Lee Frost gives enough here to keep you busy for a lifetime. What a lot of authors would have devoted books to, Lee covers in a chapter. Warning, this book is intense. I re read the first two chapters three times before putting the book down for a day, there was just so many ideas coming out from those two chapters that I felt swamped.

This man is your friend. He has written a book that is so jammed packed with ideas and techniques that you will be swimming to keep up. If I had this book 20 years ago I could have done so much better.

In the forward he states how he'd buy mags and books to learn new things and was mostly disappointed, so decided to put together the kind of book he wished he had found when starting out. Oh yes Lee you did just that.

Excellent book, one that every photographer should have and for a lot of people, the only one they will need.

Forget the authors who bring out the same re vamped rubbish every year, and read this book, after your camera, it's the best investment you'll make.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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Its easy to go through a lot of photography books these days that specialise in only a certain type of photography, especially digital and 35mm. Though this particular book does not seek to point out the pros and cons but instead concentrates upon the generation of high-standard photos.
Lee Frost is an excellent writer with regards to providing examples as well as describing how to achieve certain results, to boost this he is an outstanding photographer, though he can relate to the amateur by explaining specifically how he achieved the final piece. He goes into a lot of detail about filter types and what situations they best work in, as well as the pros and cons of certain camera and lense types.
The book is divided into two sections. The first concentrates upon the practical aspects of photography, such as focusing in difficult conditions as well as scene composure etc. The second section looks at different types of photography, such as portraits and landscapes and goes into details about the best kinds of films to use as well as shutter speeds etc.
One way or the other this is a book filled with ideas, with many details that I have since found invaluable. There probably is not a better book than this for going into high detail about a broad range of subjects.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next phase after the snapshot 2 Sep 2004
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This is a definate must for anybody who is looking to get into amateur SLR photography. The book does not specialise in 35mm or digital photography but instead concentrates upon techniques and methods to produce high-standard photographs. There is a lot of information on equipment that can add significantly to your work as well as tips upon suitable mediums. As always the examples that Lee Frost utilises are highly useful in demonstrating his point.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars unremarkable book 11 May 2008
By Colin
The many positive reviews do not reflect how I have found the book.

If you are an amateur like me who wants to seriously learn how to take better photographs this is not a worthwhile book.

It addresses the various styles of photography (landscapes, wildlife, interiors, people) and makes you aware of numerous fundementals that exist in photography, but as the book valiantly wants to cover everything it actually teaches you little about anything.

Too little information, teachnique, detail or help is given on any subject and you end up feeling as if you've just read a closed book.

Compared to the other jack-of-all-trade offerings out there it is decent, but it still feels as if it could have been cut and pasted from anywhere.

If you want to be aware of the various fundementals of photography it will do that, but I don't think it teaches anything and you will be discarding it very soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Old news 4 July 2013
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Disappointing book as it is not stated clearly that, although this is the 2011 edition, it is in fact a reprint of a book first published in 2003 and therefore only film is used. For digital photographers, this book, if full of good ideas, is useless. Because of their age and original medium, many of the photos are of poor quality and I was left wondering how the hell this got into print - until I checked the printing history and realised what this book really was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... this as a gift and the recipient is very happy with it
I bought this as a gift and the recipient is very happy with it. It arrived in perfect condition.
Published 1 month ago by Frances O'Keeffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Book on creative photography
This book explains lots of the technicalities surrounding the composition of picture taking with digital slr's in a way that's easier to understand than a lot of other books on the... Read more
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I bought for my boyfriend and he really loves it. Very nice pictures and details in it!! we like it :)
Published 9 months ago by Valeria Szucs
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Very detailed book covering all the points i was specifically looking for. i'm a keen amateur photographer and this hellped me gain alot of knowledge i was lacking
Published 18 months ago by Shona
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Photography
Now here is a great book for ideas, Good reading and easy advice, if you are new to photography try this book
Published 19 months ago by P. Wightman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guidance
For the enthusiastic amateur this book provides easy to understand directions and background knowledge that will definitely increase your chances of taking more complex and subtle... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Isabel Moritz
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book
A very useful book for stimulating the creative side of ones photography. Great range of images with technical data included.
Published 21 months ago by MP
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
A great book that covers lots of different aspects of photography even for a novice like me. A good all rounder. X
Published on 7 Oct 2012 by S. Holter
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
Thanks very much. Great speedy service and a lovely book for anyone interested in photography. I would definitely recommend x
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