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Product Details

  • Series: Lark Photography Book
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pixiq; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600595170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600595172
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Outlines how to express yourself through experimental photography. I like the hands-on exercises - great way to experience the information and techniques taught through this book. Extremely well done! --thereviewsource.net -- review by Thomas Nelson

Doble, a photographer for more than 40 years, throws out the rule book and teaches techniques that foster expressive, experimental images. ---- libraryjournal.com -- by Daniel Lombardo

Filled with stunning images...the book is a feast for the eyes and so can be both read as a book and flicked through for inspiration at other times when you are feeling creatively constipated. Wayne Cosshall, Digital ImageMaker.  --dimagemaker.com

From the Author

Experimental Digital Photography is my third book on digital photography. I put everything I learned about experimenting with a digital camera -- based on my 12 years of experiments with digital photos and 30 years previous experience in film photography -- into this book. I reveal my best tips, tricks, insights and working methods to show you how to make stunning experimental digital photographs. The book comes with detailed examples and hands-on exercises to help you get started quickly.
Rick Doble, author, Experimental Digital Photography

More About the Author

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL MY ONLINE WEBSITES/INFO/PAGES GO TO:
WWW.ABOUT.ME/RICK_DOBLE
After experimenting with digital photography for over ten years, I got to write my third book on digital photography: Experimental Digital Photography (Lark Books/Sterling Publishing, New York/London, 2010) -- a book about creating photographs with in-camera techniques and not software. The portrait of me here on Amazon is an experimental digital self portrait photograph. I have been a photographer for over 40 years.
You can view my photographs at:
http://www.rickdoble.net
And my photography resume at:
http://www.rickdoble.net/resume
I am also the author of two books on frugal living -- a timely topic if there ever was one. I have been writing about saving money and living cheaper for over fifteen years -- I am not a recent convert. You can see my frugal tips and background for this lifestyle at:
http://www.savvy-discounts.com
I have a B.A. in English (Honors in Writing) and an M.A. in Media, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
You can see my photos at Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rick_doble
And join me on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/rick.doble

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For the content covered, it should be a pamphlet, not a 150 page book.
d
My mother got this book in the bargain bin at B&N and paid a dollar for it...and quite frankly she spent more than it's worth.
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I failed to find a single image in the book that was either inspiring or interesting.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Nantena on September 21, 2010
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All the techniques in this book are already fairly well-known, and you can find much more books on the individual techniques that are more in-depth. This book helps one learn how to play with the camera and create different effects, but it would be much better to simply play with your camera and learn on your own. I found this book to be a waste of time and utterly useless to anyone with minimal photographic experience.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Don't Stop Banana on October 25, 2012
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I was given this book as a gift from a family member who thought I might find it interesting. She knows that I am into photography and thought I might enjoy something a little off the beaten path. Not wanting to waste a gift, I put it in the only place where I knew it would get read; the bathroom. After forgetting to grab my iPad on the way in one day, I decided to actually open it up and take a look. Oh dear lord.

If you've ever taken a camera out of Auto mode, you probably figured out in a few minutes that you can leave the shutter open for more than 1/60th of a second and make some neat trails with the available light in the room. Maybe you played around with the fireworks/night mode at a concert, or maybe you just have even a passing understand of how a camera makes an exposure and were able to put 2 and 2 together. Either way, the author figured this out as well and decided to make a book about it. It is page after page of long-exposure hogwash partnered up with self-congratulatory text wherein the professor explains the inspiration and technical breakdown behind his art. If you're into colorful shiny things, this might be a good book for you, but so would many Dr. Seuss books, which I can handily recommend, as they are full of actual art.

"But random internet guy, don't you see, man... it's about the art and the experimentation, it breaks all the rules! Don't be such a square!" one might say. Well, in order to fly the pirate flag over Rulesville, it is a good idea to first take a stroll through town. There are plenty of opportunities with long-exposure photography to convey things that are more difficult in traditional photography. None of that is present here. Setting your camera to a 10 second exposure and then shaking it angrily at the VCR is not groundbreaking or entertaining unless I get to watch and possibly play along.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawlan on February 24, 2012
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I was excited at the chance to see what other photographers are doing with DSLRs. I have longed to become more acquainted with the techniques for taking infrared, HDR, tilt-shift, time-lapse, ets. photos and I thought that since this was a book on "experimental photography" that this would cover such techniques

Alas, after having received the book today and giving it a thorough look through including reading several chapters, I'm convinced that the title for this book should instead be "How to Take Blurry Photos" since that is really the only examples the author has presented here. How to drag your shutter, how to use ND filters to extend your shutter time, how to shoot in the dark, etc., all with the purpose of coming up with blurry photos that the author deems "art".

While I agree that some of these photos are quite attractive, devoting a whole book behind the history and science of long exposures is quite overkill. A single chapter would easily have been sufficient.
Hardly "experimental photography" and more of a single technique in the wide range of "experimental" or "artistic" techniques available to the digital photographer, this book is not for those looking to expand their horizons with their camera.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By d on December 4, 2012
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For the content covered, it should be a pamphlet, not a 150 page book. The only thing worse than the pictures is the text that goes along with it. You can boil the entire book down to one sentence: Leave your shutter open for several seconds (maybe while panning around?) and see what happens. I hope I get this book back to the library on time since it's not worth the late fee.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Girlphoto22 on September 15, 2012
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My mother got this book in the bargain bin at B&N and paid a dollar for it...and quite frankly she spent more than it's worth. There is not one well executed photograph in the entire book. I know you don't have to be a professional photographer to write a book, but you should probably be better than average. Don't waste your money!
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