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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (24 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715338242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715338247
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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this new edition of one of his best-selling titles is a welcome update. […] full of great ideas […] Lee's enthusiasm for the subject shines through and anyone reading is bound to be inspired. --Claire Harris

About the Author

Lee Frost is an acclaimed photographer and one of the best-known writers on photography in the world. He has written several best-selling books (including The A - Z of Creative Photography for D&C) and regularly contributes to magazines including Photography Monthly, and Black & White Photography. Lee lives in Northumberland. www.leefrost.co.uk


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As a relatively newcomer to the world of DSLR photography, I was generally impressed and inspired by the techniques described in this book. The accompanying photos are great. The text itself is generally excellent, but is slightly oddly pitched, with some parts assuming quite an advanced knowledge already, while other sections seem quite basic.

The A-Z gimic seems a little clumsy, not adding anything positive to the book, and resulting in some strained titles and a completely random ordering to the chapters: e.g. "Grain is Good", "Hands", "Harmony and Discord".

Each chapter is between two and four sides long, which makes this an excellent book to dip in and out of. (The lack of structure across the chapters also encourages such an approach).

The writing is generally clear and to the point. Some of the technical discussion of f stops gets a little dry, and there are occasional slips - the picture on page 17 was apparently taken "soon after sunset on a tranquil summer's morning".

The book claims to be "updated for digital photography" and is very much tailored to DSLRs.

My biggest criticism of the book is the presumption that the reader has access to some quite expensive software, lenses and filters. A mention of some of the lower budget options, such as free graphics editing software (the GIMP etc.) would have been nice.

Aside from these minor quibbles, I found this an inspiring book which has given me lots of ideas to try out. Recommended.
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By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2010
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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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There really is nothing to dislike about this book, its easy to follow with loads of simple common sense approaches it full of good ideas and if your a creative sort anyway it will inspire you even more - really all the props we ever need for creative photography are right under our nose. I have given this book 5 stars and will be buying a further copy as a present for a chum.
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By RM/TM TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2010
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Creative photography books have to do two things, in my opinion. One is to inspire with great images, and the other to provide helpful technical direction on how to achieve the effects shown. The A-Z of Creative Photography delivers on both fronts, with some great pictures (grainy portraits, sheltering skies, paint peeling on fishing boats), plus well written directions on the techniques employed (backlighting, panning moving subjects and blurring, to name but three). It is a revised version of Lee Frost's original guide, to take into account the massive increase in popularity of digital photography.

I found the technical information given in this book much easier to follow than a lot of other photography guides I've read, and think that for that reason, this will suit beginners (to dslr) more than some other publications. If you have a basic point and shoot, though some of the compositional advice will still apply (e.g. framing), other aspects of the book won't be for you (e.g. polarizing filters).

Topics covered include abstract art, architectural details, candid camera, urban detail, silhouette photography, poster art, physiograms, low light shooting, long shots and even mobile phone pics. I particularly liked the section on digital pinhole photography and the accompanying rather ghostly images (a doorway in a dark courtyard and an imposing lion statue, both with a very ethereal feel).

It's common for photography books to mention post-production and image manipulation - but again, this book gives more detail than most, with a step by step guide to producing your own calendar that doesn't just show the finished article, but recommends specific software to download, system requirements, and then talks you through the process, step-by-step.
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