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A little disappointing
on 1 October 2010
In this book, Lee Frost details a series of creative photography ideas for a budding photographer to try out. He details his experience of what he feels works and where possible gives reasonably detailed walkthroughs re how to replicate it. In the introduction he explains that the book is in fact an update on the original version he wrote some 10 years ago, with the obvious advent of digital photography being the single best change in that time.
What I like about the book is that the focus is on technique and the photo itself rather than what tricks you can do in Photoshop which for me misses the points of photography anyway. That said I noticed what I assume are sections added for this new edition which simply plug (sorry for the pun) his favourite Photoshop plug-ins... for me it adds nothing to the book as I would have preferred a more general analysis of a plugin's capability than what is in essence a user guide.
There are two things I don't like though. Having looked through Lee Frost's website and photo gallery there is no doubting his knowledge and expertise in photography. Yet somehow after reading this book I felt I had read something written by a beginner. The photos feel as if they've all come from two recent trips (there's loads of photos from Cuba) and there's this odd mix of insightful experience (such as the section entitled Wide Views) and fairly off the wall stuff (reflections and pinhole cameras amongst others).
Secondly, I feel a little uneasy about where the book sits though - it's a little too complex for beginners in my view, and I'm not sure there's enough content there for a keen amateur who is looking to improve on technique. Certainly the topics are broad but there's something just missing for me.
So overall, there is some good stuff in this book, but it's too little in my view to hit the market I think it's aimed at.