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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715329766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715329764
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lee Frost is an acclaimed photographer and one of the best-known writers on photography in the world. He leads photo tours, has written several best-selling books, including The A-Z of Creative Photography, and is a regular contributor to magazines, including Photography Monthly, Outdoor Photography and Black & White Photography.

www.leefrost.co.uk

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Great ideas for having fun with the camera.
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I would recommend this book to anyone that is into photography.
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Bought this book just few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By John Guilbault on July 1, 2009
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Let me start by saying that I love reading Lee Frost's books. His work always has a certain style that makes them fun to read. He never has that "I'm the master and this is what you must do" approach. He's more like the guy down the street who just discovered something new and runs over to tell you about it. The discovery might not interest you, but you'll still enjoy hearing about it.

That's kind of what this book is like. These photo projects are things Mr. Frost did to get his photographic juices flowing, so he decided to share them. The problem is, a lot of the projects he mentions aren't really projects. Shooting at first light, last light, in cloudy weather, etc, aren't so much projects as the basics of landscape photography. He also suggests trying old cameras, toy cameras and instant cameras. I'm thinking these suggestions won't be what most people had in mind as photo projects. So a one star deduction for that.

Now, he does have some good ideas in here. Creating a photo blog, using the internet to have a photo book published, shooting the changes in your hometown over time, etc. These are all good ideas to get you out of a rut. Add that to the fun writing style, and you've got a book that is worth your time and money.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Learning All The Time TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 24, 2010
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I really love this beautiful book. There are at least 37 projects I want to try. I already have a blog, and I plan to choose one project a week and document the results.

The projects are arranged alphabetically, rather than thematically (which I would have found more useful, actually). Also, there are very few projects in the crafting/artistic sense. These are more like photo challenges that push you to explore one aspect of photography, ranging from compositional challenges (grapic design, water, graffiti, color, shadows,etc...) and technical challenges (slow shutter speeds, low light, etc...).

I am looking forward to really stretching my photography skills with the inspiration this book provides.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mara Fernandez on November 22, 2009
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Im starting in photography and this books has so many ideas to help you
explore the world of photography!

The only problem I have with it is that some of the ideas include you
buying more equipment, which in my case is out of the question, but non
the less, the idea is there for the future!

It also gives ideas of amazing places to shoot all over the world and
even on how to approach them, such a talking to people for portraits.

Im very pleased with the book so far, and think is very helpful
for people starting and those who want more things to do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Loloma on December 27, 2012
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This was an informative & interesting book, however I have decided not to buy art or photography books on Kindle any more as there are two problems. One is lack of colour, quite important, the other is where the picture is situated in regards to the instructions, okay in the book, but not on a Kindle.
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I was slightly disappointed in this book. There ARE some interesting, even unique things in here--how to set up your DSLR to do infrared, and how to effectively stitch up a panorama. Also a good project on time-lapse. But other things in here are hit-or-miss; the lomography chapters are nothing you couldn't find on the web, not a real project, the texture, graphical, weather chapters are tired material, and the food photography chapter is frankly inadequate. This book does a few things very well but over all, it's very uneven. Some "projects" will be new to you--or a good tutorial for the beginner. Other stuff is a complete yawn.

Good: panorama, looking for graphical subjects, architecture, infrared, water
Meh: food photography, texture, weather, using med format like TLRs (ok for those with money to spend on processing, dealing with vintage cameras)
Bad: Lomography and actionsampler projects.

Summary: hit or miss. Some great stuff, some not-so-great. Interesting reading in some spots, utterly dull in others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johnny D on January 21, 2013
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This is a great idea and source book for a photographer looking for interesting ways of improving and diversifying your portfolio before heading out to the next job interview or applying for that scholarship.

Well-organized, easy to understand without feeling dumbed down --- worth picking up and trying out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claus Plapp on January 6, 2014
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This book goes through the basic stuff of photography, what you should fokus on as a beginner. It's also a good reminder for those of you who know your basic tecnical skills but need some concrete ereas to focus on. Most of us need to make some choises and commit to some conscious and planned experimentations to get real progress. This book will help you with that. It also have some inspiring and informative sections on analouge toy camera photography.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Martin on March 20, 2012
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I purchased this book to use as an activity guide for our PICS team meeting for photographers at church. It's interesting how differently people can interpret the activities themselves and keeps us moving and growing as photographers. We all enjoy the book and look forward to the next project activity from this book. Even the best photographers need a break from their normal job and should do these as fun to break up the monotony of portraiture or weddings all the time.
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