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
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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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.
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".
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.Read more ›
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Another recently acquired book that helps to generate ideas and sort out difficult exposures in photography.Published 13 months ago by beporage
Well laid out with lots of B&W and coloured images
Ideal book for all new photographers wanting to produce interesting images.
I bought this after flicking through the pages in my local bookstore and liked what I saw. Some people have mentioned that there are some inconsistencies in the text (setting up in... Read morePublished on 15 April 2013 by C. Nellis
I've found this book to be extremely useful as I learn how to take better pictures. The topics each have three or four pages devoted to them, so they don't go into great depth but... Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2012 by sb
Just flipping through this book was a good experience. The photos and presentation are done very well. Read morePublished on 18 May 2012 by Amazon Customer
Competent enough run down on techniques for use with up to date digital photography.
Somehow, perhaps due to the relatively low number of really jaw-dropping photographs... Read more
Taking photographs has never been this easy, and yet to really get a great result, you need to know what equipment you need and how to achieve particular results, whether directly... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2011 by Rendition
This book is excellent and a true must-have. It provides a lot of creative ideas and explains topics in a simple way. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2011 by B. Bera