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Inspiration in Photography: Training your mind to make great art a habit Paperback – September 12, 2013


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (September 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415831377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415831376
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brooke Shaden is a fine art photographer and popular blogger living and working in the Los Angeles area where she runs photo workshops. Her passion lies in creating new worlds through photographs, a passion which was recently recognized by Academy award-winning director Ron Howard when he chose her work as part-inspiration for a short film in Canon’s Imagin8tion competition. Her vision extends beyond the realm of the camera, creating images that resemble paintings and speak of an era that is not our own. Each image is a story.


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Creator of worlds, believer of imaginary things, looking to spread passion to anyone searching for a more personally fulfilling life. Fine art photographer, dreamer, and author.

Customer Reviews

A LOT of great tips and hints!
hckystar3386
Brooke openly shares her perspective on inspiration and provides insight on how the reader can embark on their own creative journey.
G. L. Woy
Great book if you are looking to get out of a creative rut.
emmee

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Howard Frisk on November 29, 2013
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Brooke Shaden is a gifted writer as well as an amazing photographer. It is fascinating to learn how she creates her art. While I do not necessarily like her "dark art" style, the concepts she teaches are universal and therefore beneficial to you as an artist regardless of your style.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2013
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What artist, photographer or otherwise, doesn't want inspiration for their week? The idea of training one's mind to make great art a habit should appeal to every serious photographer.

Brooke Shaden is a photographer in a special genre. She takes surrealist photographs, not with pliable clocks or locomotives emerging from chimneys, but with people, including herself, wrapped in yards of red material or vines and branches or floating upside down under water or up in the air. All of these images have a dark, ominous lighting that leads one to feel she is exploring the deep recesses of the mind where fear lies. These images are extremely interesting, and while I wouldn't want one of these hanging on my wall, I was certainly interested in examining the book as a portfolio of her work. I do admit that after a while, the images start to resemble each other, and occasionally some are too small to really make out what is going on. Yet it's clear that she is inspired.

The text contains various two and four page spreads with titles like commercial versus fine art, or creating new worlds, or using the human form as expression. The text beneath the title explores the subjects in slightly more depth, but a lot of the text might seem almost like jargon, especially to photographers skilled enough to be interested in creating art. Little of the material is of a technical nature.

Sprinkled throughout the book are case studies of other photographers, like that of Cari Ann Wayman, who pictures herself cuddling with a raccoon, or on the side of a hill below a house, like the subject of the Andrew Wyatt painting, "Christina's World", or standing against a wall in a badly deteriorated room, dressed like a schoolgirl.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By frankie jimenez on November 15, 2013
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A book that lives up to its name! Brooke's images and post processing work gives a whole new aspect for fine art in photography! Her images intrigue your mind with newer ambitions to challenge yourself in your own photography skills - though you don't have to be a photographer to appreciate her work and be moved by the story telling within each image. =)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Savage on January 1, 2014
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This book is packed with really useful information for coming up with ideas and concepts. It's interesting to read and will be a reference whenever I am stuck for an idea. I liked the preview of the book when I saw it on Amazon and decided to buy it but I was quite pleasantly surprised that there is SO much more to it. This book came along at just the perfect time for me too. I do photo shoots with models and it can be difficult to come up with concepts for a shoot sometimes. But I have a feeling that it will be a very long time before I am stuck for an idea again :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richyyrich on February 19, 2014
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Some books are open to each person's own personal preferences. But to give one's own review as being fact would be irresponsible. Each person should read and devour literature on their own. No one should care if someone else likes it, it's what we like that matters.

Brooke Shaden's book represents her uniqueness and beautiful imagination. Some photos were not something I would choose to do in my art but she makes it work. However honestly I could have done without the implied nude photos of old dudes and men in general. The book does contain implied nudity of men and women as well as partial nudity of women.

And do yourself a favor, skip the free sample book download. I read it sense it was offered when I bought the book, but it turned out it did not play in order. It messed up reading the book when I received the delightful printed version. Nothing can replace holding a real book in your hand. And the sample took away from the printed experience. Sense it was played out of sequence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Itsme on May 16, 2014
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Didn't think I'd like this book as much as I did.She really has an excellent imagination and is able to pull off some amazing conceptual work. I've watched her seminars in the past and it taught this oldster some new tricks.
Hope she does a follow up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tara on December 18, 2013
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I found Brooke Shaden this past year and she opened my eyes to the world of creative fine art portraiture. Before this I had all these ideas in my head but I had never considered myself 'creative' even though I have worked in a studio for 11 years and owned my own portrait studio for 2 of those years.

I watched her a few times on Creative Live where she was just so inspiring with her words, took notes, and soon started following her blog and youtube where I discovered that she is all about giving back to the art community. Unlike other artists, Brooke will put out there her whole creative process, literally from start to finish, even her editing on the images sometimes, and just shares so much to help others, where other photographers in this cut throat industry would rather die before telling their 'secrets'.

I received this book as a Christmas gift from my husband and as soon as it came I ripped open the box like a kid at Christmas! I was surprised to find that even though its a 'softcover' book, it is very large, 12x12 I believe to be exact just looking at it I'm guessing thats the size. There is a lovely pearl finished cover (I believe the texture is a pearl finish, its very lovely) it's a thick book, almost 200 pages packed FULL of images. Not only her images but also 'case studies' of other photographers and their work is featured as well. I have yet to read it, but I have skimmed through the whole book and the amount of images is just wonderful I could look at them all day and read her descriptions on them, I can't wait to read it and as soon as I leave this review I'm going to start.
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