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3.0 out of 5 stars The Camera Never Lies., 19 Sep 2010
This review is from: New A-Z of Creative Photography: Over 50 Techniques Explained in Full (Paperback)
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This might be the `A-Z of Creative Photography', but nine letters of the alphabet don't get a mention. Whether there's anything that could have been used for those missing letters is something I can't comment on, but what I can do is to say that if you're looking for a beginners guide to photographic procedures, look elsewhere. This revised edition of Lee Frost's book gives 51 inventive techniques, ranging from looking down at the detail on which you're standing as another way of taking unusual landscapes; making a pinhole camera using a body cap and a piece of foil (and it works rather well); and the urban detail in street furniture and road signs.

One good thing about many of the subjects the author has chosen is that you don't necessarily need a DSLR. Some techniques can be undertaken with a mobile phone, others with a compact and yet more using a 35mm camera. To assist you in your quest to copy the techniques listed, each one tells you what you need to accomplish the task in hand, even though it amounts to only camera, lenses, filters and accessories.

One complaint that can be laid at not only this book but also many others like it is the assumption that everyone owns a copy of Photoshop, or some other type of manipulation software. Whilst this book is aimed at those familiar with aperture, speed, ISO, etc, there really are some people who believe that composition and trial and error is best. Thankfully, the use of anything Photoshop related is minimal.

Is this book useful? If it makes you go out and try some of the things mentioned here, then yes, but don't expect a `walk through' for each technique, as the text is nominal and they are by no means "explained in full".
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