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Urban and Rural Decay Photography: Finding the Beauty in the Blight: How to Capture the Beauty in the Blight

Urban and Rural Decay Photography: Finding the Beauty in the Blight: How to Capture the Beauty in the Blight [Kindle Edition]

J. Dennis Thomas

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If you are a photographer who sees the beauty in abandoned buildings, crumbling facades, and preserving a fading history, and who also has a love of urban exploration, you have stumbled on a must-have for your photographic library. Urban and Rural Decay Photography offers expert tips and techniques for capturing breathtaking photographs of your favorite decay scenes, whether in urban or rural settings. Author J. Dennis Thomas guides you through the history of decay photography, shows you what equipment you will need, and discusses digital, film and HDR capture and composition. The book addresses which artistic considerations work best for the kinds of shots that capture a moment and convey a story.  He also provides you with important safety advice and matters of the law when entering and working with decaying structures.

Chock full of inspiring images that will ignite your creativity and your passion for decay photography, Urban and Rural Decay Photography is just the book you need to get you out and discovering your newest urban or rural exploration adventure.

About the Author

J. Dennis Thomas is a photographer and author based in Austin, TX. He has been photographing a wide assortment of subjects for over two decades and has published over two dozen books and dozens of articles. His photographs have appeared in many prestigious magazines, including Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Country Weekly, and have been displayed in galleries across the country. His fascination with decay photography started in his early career and has continued to develop to this very day.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7527 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Focal Press (19 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DJ4ZJ64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #521,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J. Dennis Thomas (Austin, TX) owns his own company, Dead Sailor Productions, a photography and graphic design business. He freelances for companies like RedBull Energy Drink, Obsolete Industries, Secret Hideout Studios, and Digital Race Photography. He has been published in several regional publications and continues to show his work in various galleries throughout the US. Mr. Thomas has also authored the Nikon Creative Lighting System Digital Field Guide and many camera specific Digital Field Guides, including the Nikon D60, and Nikon D90 Digital Field Guides. You can find his blog at

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 Aug 2013
By slvfreak - Published on
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Unfortunately, this book tried to cover everything, and yet wound up covering nothing. When you buy this book, be aware that you are buying information such as:

What is a DSLR camera, and what should you look for when buying one?
What do proper exposure, f-stops, shutter speed, and noise have to do with your final picture?
What are the benefits of shooting RAW vs. JPEG?
What is the rule of thirds?
What kinds of cameras are in existence; what kinds of cameras can you use for your urbex shooting?
What does a histogram do?

I bought the book hoping it would spend a good chunk of time covering decay-specific composition. Admittedly, SURE, there were a couple of tips and tricks, but they could all easily fit on one 8x11 sheet of paper, and they weren't worth the twenty bucks I spent on the Kindle version of this book.

On the plus side, the book offered lots of photographic examples of rural and urban decay photography, but a google search will get you 50 million times as many results, plus more detailed information on what compositional techniques helped the artist nail the shot.

Bottom line: if you can answer the questions I listed above that the author talks about, do NOT buy this book. If you know all of those answers, skip the book. I was waiting for this book for months, as an avid and intermediate urban decay photographer, but in the end, I would not buy it again.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book 14 Aug 2013
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This is a great read for photographer, fans of photography or anyone interested in urban/rural exploration. The author does a great job detailing the technical aspects of decay photography, but also gives the reader a history of the art form as well as the philosophy behind exploration/infiltration.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mix of photos and technical information 13 April 2014
By Celeste - Published on
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This book is an easy read and offers a good amount of information for someone starting out in urban and rural decay photography. Has some interesting things to try and lots of photos.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting photos 23 Jan 2014
By nmw - Published on
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Enjoyed reading this book. Good information and suggestions. My favorite part is the included photographs which are diverse and interesting. The reason for the four star rating is that the information directly under the photographs which gives camera data, exposure, ISO, etc. is very difficult to read due to the small size of the font and the fact that it is white text printed on gray.
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