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New A-Z of Creative Photography: Over 50 Techniques Explained in Full Paperback – 24 Sep 2010
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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
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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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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.
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.
Overall, the layout is very clear with black text in a decent font size, liberal colour and black and white photographs, plus hints in 'tip boxes' dotted here and there. I recently reviewed another photography book - Creative Composition by Davis - which was also chock full of engaging images, but think this 'A-Z' has the edge in terms of explaining what to do and how to do it. Recommended!
Each section has a few examples of how the pictures could look using the techniques described, along with a step-by-step description of what to do to get the shots.
For example, to use the pin-hole technique, there are a few pictures of what pin-hole pictures will look like. they also describe how to make your own home-made pin-hole cover and then how to set your camera to make the best use of it.
Some of the techniques assume you have certain bits of equipment which means that unless you have the equipment or are willing to pay out for it, you need to skip over the page.
There are also techniques on photo editing as well which will appeal more to some than others.
Overall though, if you are looking to get more creative with your photography, this book would give you some great ideas. The quality of the of the printing, and cover means that this book will take plenty of battering before it falls apart - so it should last you years!
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For anyobe looking for ideas to make the most of their camera, this is a must have addition to the bookshelf!
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