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The Creative Photographer
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Catherine Anderson's Creative Photographer book is the best how-to book I've laid my hands on in years. Whether you're a point-and-shoot person, a working pro, or someone who uses your phone for image-making, this book will guide you into amazing ways to make photo-based art that will knock your socks off. The book is full of ideas, illustrations and SIMPLE and CLEAR directions for a variety of art projects that call for your photos. It will stimulate your creative genius in no time and have you creating colorful, beautiful artwork that you can use for exhibition, personal healing or original gift-giving. Catherine makes the whole thing fun, easy and do-able, whether you think of yourself as creative or not. She is a master teacher, a guide into new frontiers that will delight and alter you. And this is a great book for a group to use together.

Once you get one for yourself, I guarantee you, you're going to want a few more to give to your best photo-loving friends. Personally, i can't wait for the sequel! Jan Phillips, author, God Is at Eye Level--Photography as a Healing Art. [...]
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2011
I bought this book on a whim and am very glad I did. If you are an amature photographer working to develop your skills, this book will be a great help. The author is trying to get you to look differently at the world around; to take the ordinary and turn it into photographic art.

Many photography books give suggestions to increase the quality of your work. However when you delve deeper, you find that you have to outlay some serious money to achieve their results. Many of this authors suggestions are very budget friendly which are appreciated by any struggling, starving artist.

I would say that a major theme of this book is the Self Assignment. She gives exercises to build your body of work and it does not require anything other than your camera and exploration of the world you live. Also her alternative printing techniques are cost effect and the products are easily obtained.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to just expand their vision and get into a daily or weekly habit of building their photographic skills.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2011
This book is almost a visual course in "beginner's mind." It promises months of creative discovery and delight. Interspersed with useful hints, insightful quotes, like Carita Kent's, "Art does not come from thinking but from responding," and encouragement in specific `explorations' to rediscover the world around you through photography, "The Creative Photographer" is both reflective and instructive. And if, like me, you have been afraid of venturing into photoshop, Catherine Anderson will coax you into trying by using the beautiful simplicity of the images on every page, teamed up with her easy to follow instructions.

Some of the recommended `explorations' give an idea of the book's content: an alphabet box, a natural sculpture, a word banner, a visual idea journal, random acts of photography, seeing like Leonardo da Vinci, photographs as collage elements, secret vision box, collecting colors, mirroring the world (a different slant on reflections) are all creative ideas that the author combines skillfully with practical instructions.

Just by its simple but evocative images, this book has encouraged me to take my camera out on an "Artist's Date" to capture what the casual eye easily misses. Examples in the book are: dried petals in an open book, old pearly buttons forming the letters CALM, resting on an embroidered sheet, a single autumn leaf lying on a cracked pavement, a handful of scrabble tiles, the peeling paint on an outside door with a rusted handle, a row of supermarket trolleys viewed from an unusual angle.

An observation from the author herself sums up the book; "I create simply for the joy of doing it." No matter how skilled - or unskilled - you are at photography, how simple or how elaborate your camera is, Catherine Anderson inspires you to go out and use it to record life in an entirely new way.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
"The Creative Photographer" by Catherine Anderson is a refreshing departure from many of the books on mixed media art and art journaling. Many of us can't draw a stick figure and shudder when we are confronted with the inevitable list of art supplies needed to accomplish some technique or other. Keeping an art journal intrigues us, yet we feel frustrated with all these books espousing the same old mantras for us to get out the old art supplies, ephemera,etc., and just get moving. Really? We stare at a blank page and still don't know where to begin. Or we do and the result looks anything but "creative." Well, relief is at hand. This book has a completely different approach. We can pick up a digital camera or even our cell phone camera and just start shooting our day, our routines, our habits, our secret rituals, beautiful sunsets, flowers, street shots, our kids...whatever strikes our fancy. This sense of freedom to create photographically is so incredibly refreshing. Five or ten or twenty or more shots later, we have artfully and honestly captured our lives and our journey is well underway, hopefully sans the fear and paralysis the other books purport to cure us of. That blank page neurosis could be history. With the sound of a shutter click, we've taken a giant step in seeing ourselves and our world differently and more fully in a way that all those art supplies could never do for many of us. Anderson's book is to be savored by the beginning to the experienced photographer and the author leaves no one behind. The instructions within are clear and easy to understand; the ideas and artwork are inspirational. What a relief to know that there are techniques and projects that we can all learn and utilize in our photographic creations with satisfying results.

Before I conclude this review, note that the author works her magic in Adobe Photoshop Elements, the easiest to use and least expensive of Adobe's photographic suite of products. However, the functions in PE that she instructs us to use are pretty basic and can be found in several of the free on-line photo programs like GIMP as well as less expensive options by Corel Paintshop Pro X, for example.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2011
The Creative Photographer is not your typical photography book... It's a soulful book about the creative expression of photography, with out-of-the-ordinary exercises ranging from useful to introspective (for example: making beautiful photo gift tags and bags, photography as meditation, visual poetry, photographing color, compassionate photography, photographing your Inner Self). This book is a joy to read, with its personal insights from the author, gorgeous photography, colorful layout and inspiring quotes. The Creative Photographer has helped me not only see things differently through a camera lens, but more importantly see the world in a whole new way and beauty in unexpected places. Highly recommend!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2011
Catherine Anderson's new book is so beautiful; it's a joy just to hold it in your hands and quietly soak up the abundance of lovely images. I bought the first one as a birthday gift for a friend, the second for me, and I'm sure that I will be giving more as holiday gifts. My friend called to share her delight and to tell me about several ideas that she had for new creative projects. I am new to photography and this feels like just the right beginning. I especially like the chapter on "Photography as Meditation" with its section on "Seeing with Slow Eyes." Thank you, Catherine, for a book that is clearly a labor of love, a special gift from your heart to your readers.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2011
Wow. What an awesome surprise to find her teaching me how to combine both interests! I have a completely new way to approach both.

I just wish she had made a practical workbook companion because this one may get messy!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2012
I finally had a chance to read this book cover-to-cover, and I'm so inspired! As a retired portrait photographer after thirty-five years shooting with my Hasselblad, I've been spending a lot of time taking digital photography classes and collecting cameras and books. This is by far the best book for me! I want to send one to all my friends who enjoy photography.
Thank you, Catherine Anderson, for your clear instructions, creative and accessible personal explorations, and fun projects.
BBFrick

The Creative Photographer (Pixiq)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
This book is an amazing resource for how to see every day objects in new artistic ways. It is amazing to see what you are capable of. Much of the art that is shown/taught in this book is easy to do yourself and sells for top dollars from art dealers. This is a great resource!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
Great photos and lovely ideas that I can try. I like it that the author used digital manipulation as well as just well shot photos.
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