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This review is from: New A-Z of Creative Photography: Over 50 Techniques Explained in Full (Paperback)
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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.
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!