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1.0 out of 5 stars Years out of date., 14 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Photos That Sell: The Art of Successful Freelance Photography (Paperback)
This book is at least 10 years out of date and still refers to digital SLRs as new technology. The author states that he knows of hardly any pro photographer who uses a DSLR in favor of 35mm film! I complained to the publisher and here is part of their reply:

"I am very sorry that you are disappointed with your purchase of Lee Frost's
2001 book Photos That Sell. There is of course no arguing with the fact that camera technology and the picture industry have moved on hugely since its first publication. Lee has been updating a number of his popular books in recent years and we are planning to update this title for publication in
2011 or 2012.

As the publisher, the last thing we want is for customers to be disappointed with our books but, having invested substantially in the original publication, we are naturally reluctant to remove from sale any title which is still selling. If demand remains significant enough to warrant a reprint, we will generally keep a book in print until it is uneconomical to do so.

A reprint of an older book like this is not re-promoted through the book shops and sells mainly through amazon where the date of publication is clearly signalled. The entry also often carries independent reviews and in the case of this book, I notice, there are several recent reviews pointing out that it has become somewhat dated.

Of course amazon has made it possible for books to remain available almost indefinitely and many much older photography books by authors like John Hedgecoe are still offered and stocked by amazon (one, I notice today, showing a publication date of 1992!). Even when publishers withdraw them they remain listed and available from amazon marketplace vendors.

All books of this type date, some almost before they are published, but the subject matter of Photos That Sell - the photography market - is unusual in that it has changed not only quickly but radically in recent years, so I can understand your frustration. I would hope however that you would still find some useful advice in Part 2 relating to style and subject matter and the experiences of some successful freelancers, albeit in a somewhat different marketplace."

This is a disgraceful state of affairs with both Amazon and the publisher as guilty as each other of selling dated books to customers.

Avoid this books at all costs unless you view it as a historical document marking tyhe contrast between 35mm film and DSLR.......
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Initial post: 26 Sep 2012 11:12:15 BDT
Clare Mccann says:
I agree entirely with your review, I'm wondering about returning mine to Amazon...

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2012 11:50:53 BDT
DaveH says:
I can't believe they are still selling this book 2 yrs on from my review..!!!
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