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The Creative Photography Handbook: A Sourcebook of Over 70 Techniques and Ideas Paperback – 31 Mar 2003
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About the Author
Lee Frost is an acclaimed photographer and best-selling author whose previous books include The A - Z of Creative Photography, Photos that Sell and The Photographer's Guide to Filters (all published by David & Charles). He also leads photographic holidays and workshops. Lee lives in Alnwick, Northumberland.
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First, forget the idea that this is a handbook as it's almost A4 in size. The first section of the book contains chapters on lighting, composition, focusing, colour and the darkroom (ok so a darkroom is not relevant to digital photographers but it is a short chapter).
The second section of this book is what I was looking for as a digital photographer as it has usable chapters on how to photograph people, landscapes, nature scenes and movement effects. By concentrating on the content of the images rather than the equipment used, Lee shows what makes a good photo, not just one that's technically perfect.
Reading this book inspired me to go out and take more pictures which is what a good photography book should do.
If you are an amateur like me who wants to seriously learn how to take better photographs this is not a worthwhile book.
It addresses the various styles of photography (landscapes, wildlife, interiors, people) and makes you aware of numerous fundementals that exist in photography, but as the book valiantly wants to cover everything it actually teaches you little about anything.
Too little information, teachnique, detail or help is given on any subject and you end up feeling as if you've just read a closed book.
Compared to the other jack-of-all-trade offerings out there it is decent, but it still feels as if it could have been cut and pasted from anywhere.
If you want to be aware of the various fundementals of photography it will do that, but I don't think it teaches anything and you will be discarding it very soon.
This author isn't one of them. Lee Frost gives enough here to keep you busy for a lifetime. What a lot of authors would have devoted books to, Lee covers in a chapter. Warning, this book is intense. I re read the first two chapters three times before putting the book down for a day, there was just so many ideas coming out from those two chapters that I felt swamped.
This man is your friend. He has written a book that is so jammed packed with ideas and techniques that you will be swimming to keep up. If I had this book 20 years ago I could have done so much better.
In the forward he states how he'd buy mags and books to learn new things and was mostly disappointed, so decided to put together the kind of book he wished he had found when starting out. Oh yes Lee you did just that.
Excellent book, one that every photographer should have and for a lot of people, the only one they will need.
Forget the authors who bring out the same re vamped rubbish every year, and read this book, after your camera, it's the best investment you'll make.
There are over 200 photographs, all of which were taken on film and mostly on large format cameras. Nearly all involve long exposure and small aperture, using a tripod, cable release, and filters. There is advice on film selection, print-toning, hand-coloring prints, creating lith prints etc. in a 'wet' (as opposed to digital) darkroom. The author does take himself and his subject very seriously.
Of course many of the ideas and examples can be used to advantage by the digital photographer. Nonetheless the book is aimed at the serious film photographer who is willing to spend time in researching locations and then set off before dawn with tripod, selection of lenses, filters etc to get that perfect light. If that is you then the book may well suit you.
For people like me who simply want to take more interesting photographs with their digital camera, but without devoting the rest of our lives to the hobby, then there are probably better choices.
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