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Being a Photographer by [Young, Laurie]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Frozen Event Ltd; 1 edition (2 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JGCFKVW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #854,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a delightful surprise this book was, it really helped challenge me on something I did because I think I am good at it - which I now believe isn't enough.

I feel you could replace the word photographer in the title of this book with, painter, singer, dancer or any other kind of artist and the message still stands up.

There are many technical books on how to take photos and what makes a great photo, but there are none that I have read that really challenged me on my own purpose for doing it.

The language the author uses is simple and it is a really well written book and at the end he asks: if you like the book please recommend it to two friends. I hope this review counts as the same thing.
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A must-read for anyone looking to make more out of their hobby but not sure how to start. It is clear, concise, to the point and doesn't take ages to read. It leaves out confusing jargon but offers tips which leave you wanting to find your own inspiration. A definite one to recommend to anybody with a camera wanting to move from taking good pictures to doing something with them.
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Laurie Young shows us that moving to the 'next level' of photographic skill isn't about poring over technical how-to's or buying expensive kit. It's about clarifying your intentions, learning how to inspire confidence in your subjects, and getting feedback--making sure you achieved the desired impact on your audience.

The book is simply and clearly written, and you can breeze through it in an afternoon if you please; or you can take your time over each chapter, completing the exercises before moving on; or (like I did) a combination of the two approaches. Either way, it's well worth your time.
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I am an amateur photographer. Having read this photography book I really noticed the difference in my awareness of what I was taking, why I was taking it and what drew me to take the photo in the first place. It seems to be an inevitable and almost subconscious change from reading the book. It has become a subliminal part of my thinking process. This can only be a good thing. I am taking fewer photos and throwing away less, so the lengthy going through the pictures taken has become less cumbersome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 6 April 2014
By Haje Jan Kamps - Published on Amazon.com
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Not since Sontag's 'On Photography' and Barthes', Camera Lucida have I found a book that has really managed to jog loose inspirations and introspection on this level. What does it actually mean to be a photographer, and how does your photographic journey change as you take on new audiences for your photographic output? Or, put differently: Who are you taking photos for, and how does that affect your photography?

Young takes you through his thoughts around matching up your audience, your photographic technique, and your photographic skill levels, and overlays it very neatly on a typical timeline for photographic development - with some incredible insights into what it means to 'be' a photographer.

Whatever 'being a photographer' means to you, this is a great read, whether you are - or want to be - a photographer...
3.0 out of 5 stars Well meaning, but overly focused on people photography 2 Jan. 2015
By Frank Mercado - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Young is well meaning, and he writes from the heart. But his ideas are a bit simplistic. Moreover, the emphasis on people photography does not extend well to photographers focused on other genres of fine art photography.
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