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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing international (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559718765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559718769
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,403,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Fortney is a nationally known professional photographer who has contributed to many magazines dedicated to the outdoors, photography, and flying. He is the founder and director of The Great American Photography Weekend, a company that organizes workshops and tours for teaching outdoor and nature photography. He was co-creator and editor for The Nature of America: Images by North America's Premier Nature Photographers; and with his son, Wesley, is the author of the best-selling America From 500 Feet! He lives in Kentucky.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Davis on July 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Excellent, well written. This is definitely a photo course in book form. From the inclusion of amateurs' work to the use of a pleasently large font this book does exactly what it sets out to do- improve your photography. The self assignments (of which I have already done some and do without realising it) , which are easy to do are instructive and provide immediate feedback in many cases. The tone of the book is straightforward, informative, humorous and down to earth, a rarity. At the worst the pictures will inspire to get up and go shooting, at the best after trying the assignments and treating it like the text it is, your photography should improve.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Cristian Alexe on November 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you have the chance to read the introductory pages or if you will read the recommendations from other readers - for sure you will get excited about this book. And you will feel proud for your choice in buying it:-)) For sure Bill Fortney is a good manager for the business he runs (including good knowledge of promoting his book), he may be a good professional photographer but this book could be better. Interestening details are extremely poor or just mentioned in hurry. This is why I believe beginners could find much better books and advanced amateurs either. Try "John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide" and you will have a *****book!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Bill Fortney's Great Photography Workshop: Getting Serious About Outdoor Photography is a simply brilliant guide to improving techniques of outdoor photography, and ranges in subject matter from making the most of creative controls; to keeping a close eye on exposure; to selecting the right equipment; to choosing between film and digital media. Jaw-dropping full-color example photographs illustratively pack the pages of this enthusiastically recommended resource for students and practitioners of the art of photography.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
A short flip through the pages of this book and it soon becomes obvious that Bill Fortney is undoubtedly a master photographer. Inside "Bill Fortney's Great Photography Workshop" you will find page after page of sound photographic advice complete with illustrations and examples. While it is a technical presentation in many aspects, he also clearly shows that great photography is every bit as much an art form as it is a technical knowledge. Besides discussions of such things as shutter speed and aperture and how they affect the picture he delves into the importance of the right light, composition, seeing with an artistic eye, and using filters (especially the effect of a good polarizing filter). If you like photography you will leave the book excited about the possibilities before you as you apply what you have learned. This is a highly recommended read for any photography enthusiast.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Drdul on June 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is an average book similar to so many photography books that give you an introduction to/overview of landscape/outdoor/nature/whatever photography. Nothing in this book sets it apart from the crowd. The "workshop" part is almost non-existent -- just a few brief, vague "self assignments" at the end of each chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bennington on May 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book will get you started right, keep you going, and coming back for more!

I've been reading about exposure (Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure - MUST HAVE), composition (Michael Freeman: The Photographer's Eye - MUST HAVE! And pixelatedimage.com recommends it, too, I've found out subsequent to getting the book.) and various topics such as off-camera lighting (strobist.com - for fun for now, but I desparately STILL need a basic approach to photography) and portrait/group photography. In all of this, I understand the need to know basics such as composition, exposure, HOW-TO get the shot (Scoot kelby's digital photography series is phenomenal), but I still need to know the proper APPROACH when I place the viewfinder before my eyes without getting into the nitty-gritty of what makes a superb image.

THIS BOOK PROVIDES the BIG PICTURE needed to approach the art of photography. I feel the title is somewhat of a misnomer in that it makes it seem it's just about outdoor photography alone. It does in this regard, but the book also spends a large portion discussing proper technique and things that should be going through the mind before one takes a snapshot.

He begins the book by showcasing amateurs' journeys and their works, demonstrating that anyone with determination can do this (motivating!). He then tells you the 4 things necessary for a great image:

1. Appropriate light
2. A clearly defined subject
3. Effective foreground and background
4. Proper conditions for a photo to work that matches your intentions

He doesn't mention the word "vision" per se yet it is what he talks about.
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