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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book to dip into - not a beginners guide, 15 Oct. 2010
This review is from: New A-Z of Creative Photography: Over 50 Techniques Explained in Full (Paperback)
I don't have a digital SLR camera but as I was getting a new compact camera I got this for a bit of inspiration to help me put a bit more thought into my "snaps". For this purpose it is great. Being an A-Z it is actually in no particular order! It is therefore good to dip into at random, rather than being a comprehensive guide for a beginner or pro.

The book covers an interesting and varied selection of techniques from basic rules of composition, to toning and effects in editing software, to specialist lenses, lighting and equipment. Lots of stuff I'd never heard of or thought about. Each technique is set out as a project with details of what you need, an explanation of how it is done, top tips and of course lots of photographs. I like the pieces on composition, colour and subjects especially as you don't need much specialist equipment for these.

I liked this book because it is very much from the author's perspective. He even congratulates himself frequently on his achievemnets! They are all his own photos and I found the fact that this is a revision of an earlier book interesting as it is an old pro bringing himself into the digital age with a new enthusiasm.

You would need a lot of expensive kit to embrace all the projects in here but for a bit of inspiration it is good. You can adapt quite a lot of the photoshop stuff for cheaper and free software and the book gives ideas without you having to copy step by step.
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