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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what the title says..., 21 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Take Your Photography to the Next Level: From the Inspiration to Image: From the Inspiration to Image (Paperback)
This book contains lots of useful advice on how to approach the act of photography, just as the product description reads. What it does not contain, is advice on how to really take better photographs. In this respect, there is an inconsistency between the title and the content.

The author, already at the beginning of the book states that this is a book about "fine-art photography". Therefore, fundamental aspects of image composition are not discussed. But then the author discusses in extensive detail other aspects of the image form, while totally neglecting the essence of fine art photography (as we know it from the great masters), which is the message of the image.

The biggest weakness of the book though, is the selection of images, all taken by the author. Displaying several dozens of colourful rocks, close-ups of streams, and overly photoshoped industrial scenes, and calling this "fine-art photography" appears to be too pretentious. I hardly found any images I wished I had taken in this book. This of course reduced my motivation to read the text. It would have been much more effective if the editor had included some of the photographs of the great masters, instead of using only the author's photographs.

The book was compiled from a series of essays originally published on the web, which leaves some noticeable traces on the writing style, which is far too personal, not a disadvantage when writing a blog, but not an advantage when writing a book.

All in all, this is a book about the author's personal approach to photography, and the author's personal experience. Although any photographer can learn a lot from the experience of others, this is neither a book with advice on how to take good photographs, nor a reference book on photography. In this respect, its target group is significantly narrower than what the title implies.
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