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500 Composition Hints, Tips, and Techniques for Photographers Paperback – 1 Oct 2008
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Lee Frost is a professional landscape and travel photographer. He is the author of several photography books and is a regular contributor to photography magazines.
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For a start, many of the tips are extremely basic. Anyone who has read any other photography book, or even their camera's own manual, will probably know most of them already. This could be excused if this book could be recommended to beginners as a good basic guide to photography, but it can't because the tips themselves are so brief (one or two sentences long) that they do not contain enough detail to educate a beginner about photography.
It also means that anyone with even limited experience of photography will find a good portion of the book totally redundant. That's not to say that there aren't any good tips in this book, there are. It's just for anyone other than a total beginner, they probably number less than 100, not the 500 promised in the title. And for anyone with more advanced photgraphic skills, I doubt there will be anything here that you don't already know.
One other negative is that whilst the photos used in the book are excellent, and printed to a high standard, it is often not clear which tip they refer to. There can often be 4 or 5 tips to a page, with one or two photos, with no indication of which goes with which.
It is a well made book, and like I said above, the photos are clear and of a high quality print, however it just doesn't deliver on it's promise. Perhaps next time they should produce a book called "100 Composition Hints, Tips and Techniques", which concentrates purely on intermediate/advanced compositional ideas, with one page dedicated to each tip, complete with a photo to illustrate the point, and room for a slightly more detailed explanation. Because in my humble opinion, the jack of all trades quick tip approach that they have used in this book, just doesn't work.