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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456572016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456572013
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

Photographer Lorenzo Dominguez has the uncanny ability to find beauty in his surroundings. Also gifted in the use of words, his book, 25 Lessons I've Learned (about photography), (blurb.com) is much more than the typical tech manual on photography. It's more like a roadmap for using your heart, soul and senses to capture images through the lens of a camera.

When a change in life events had him soul searching, Lorenzo took to the streets of New York with his camera, photographing every night using his digital "point-and-shoot" cameras. He was mesmerized by the color and movement of the city and feels that "pictures see what we do not see." His mantra is that the craft is liberating and everything possesses its own beauty. He stresses the allure of black and white images because they emphasize form. Inspired by paintings of the masters, they train his eye for the use of color in photos.

"25 Lessons I've Learned (about photography) rekindles passion in photographers and photojournalists. Reading Lorenzo's advice can spark and stir the Muse to grand proportions. He offers strong advice to always have your camera ready to shoot. He also advises shutterbugs to employ their imagination and see the world with child-like eyes. One main ingredient he specifically looks for in his subjects is attitude. This is apparent in many of his photos. The choice of backgrounds is as important as the people in them. Read his book and you will fall in love not only with photography but also in the area in which you live, regardless of its socioeconomic standing.

Serving as a mentor, Lorenzo covers the importance of persevering, staying calm and seizing the moment. Any successful person can confirm this. His eye for the unusual, results in extraordinary shots worthy of emulation. From contrast to optical illusion, he inspires others to lighten up and think outside of the box.

Photographing the Big Apple, a city with "aesthetic milk and honey," he found that it offered him endless wells of inspiration. An honest and often candid view of life is what he peddles on Flickr, a photo sharing site, and elsewhere. His desire is to help others do the same. He challenges fellow photographers to "make something out of nothing." It's a thought that sounds Seinfeld-like in sentiment. Perhaps there's a kinship with the show about nothing; he likewise emphasizes the importance of employing humor in the craft.

25 Lessons Learned (in Photography) will fire you up to dust off your camera and hit the street running. You will gain a fresh perspective on seeing things you've never noticed before or previously took for granted. Not only is his book valuable for writers and photographers, but anyone who needs a fresh outlook on life.

--Phyllis Johnson, photojournalist and author of Being Frank with Anne & Hot and Bothered By It, November 20, 2010

"I am on lesson 7 of the 25.

The one which has stuck with me the most to this point is "Use Your Imagination". I won't go into the details (mainly because I don't necessarily remember them as much as how they affected me). This was the first chapter to make me want to print small posters of quotes and paste them around the office.

Use your imagination is a reminder to use the creativity each of us has (and yes, believe it or not, we all have our own imagination. It helps make possible what we and others feel might not be possible. And it makes living just a bit more fun. Read the book. You'll see what I am saying. --David Stoddard, The Unmotivated Motivational Speaker, January 26, 2011

"Because his photography was part of his healing process, Lorenzo learnt to see photography as a metaphor. If what you see causes you pain, you can move, adopt another viewpoint, another perspective. Happiness is mobility, flexibility. There is a perspective for everyone where what they see brings contentment and fulfillment. They just have to keep moving until they find it. There is a point of view we can all seek out. From it we can view the beauty inherent in all things." --Phillip Kay, author of The Far-Famed Blue Mountains of Harry Phillips, BestQuest, November 16, 2010

"Lorenzo is a master. His body of work is some of the very best online and may very well be some of the best being done in the medium today. His street work follows in the tradition of Paul Strand, Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand and Larry Friedlander. Lorenzo's 25 Lessons are...as seminal as Ansel's dissertation on the zone system. I found them to be reenergizing, perceptive and extremely useful. I have been touched by his story, his writings and by his work. I can't imagine anyone not being so." --Photographer Barry Shapiro, Los Angeles, CA, USA

"In many of my conversations on great photographers, I frequently mention Lorenzo's work. His sequential photographs...are nothing less that a visual urban poem. It has been my pleasure to watch Lorenzo's rapid growth as a leading photographer of our time." --Photographer Jim Van Meter, Rochester, NY, USA

From the Author

I'm getting married on Sunday, February 27 in Savannah, GA, and in celebration of this special occasion all Kindle versions of 25 Lessons, will be .99 cents for the entire month of March. This will include both text-only and text-with-photos versions for all language versions in English, French and Portuguese (Italian and Spanish coming soon).

John Templeton once wrote: "Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth... Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it."

I wholeheartedly agree. The happiness which my matrimony promises and the experiences of life from which I have learned and that I share in this book have endowed me with so much joy and spiritual wealth that I am compelled to give to others, especially those in need of a little encouragement, a little inspiration, a little reassurance, or perhaps simply, a little love.


More About the Author

Lorenzo is an author, a writer and an award-winning street photographer.

He has written numerous books, interviews and articles about fine art and photography for TRVL, En Foco, Nueva Luz, Rain Tiger and the Examiner.

Most recently, Lorenzo edited and published a new edition of Jacob Riis's How The Other Half Lives, which is widely considered one of the most important works in American history and is a staple in college courses about photojournalism, social reform and literature.

Throughout 2010, 2011 and 2012, his book, 25 Lessons I've Learned about photography Life! has been the #1 Best Selling Photo Essay and Artist & Photography Biography on Amazon.com. Paul Giguere, guru for the popular podcast thoughts on photography, considers 25 Lessons one of the "classic" essays on photography. In October of 2010, he served as the NYC photography adviser for the recently launched Microsoft foursquare photography app. In 2008, he was chosen to be the HP Be Brilliant Featured Artist.

Since taking up digital photography in 2005, his photography has been featured in fotoMAGAZIN, Germany's premier photo magazine, and his photos have been cited, posted and published by over 330 other blogs, websites, and print publications.

Today, Lorenzo has over 34,000 photographs published on flickr.com--one of the world's most popular photography websites--where his photos have been seen over 6 million times and where he ranks as one of the site's most popular photographers (aka "lorenzodom").

He has been called an "Internet photography sensation" by Time Out New York and is considered a "Flickr star" by Rob Walker, Consumed columnist, for New York Times Magazine.

His photography work is represented worldwide by Getty Images. He is represented by the Vantage Copyright Agency (VCA) for foreign literary rights in Mainland China and Hong Kong and the Bookhearts Agency for Korean Foreign Literary Rights in South Korea.

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http://www.25Lessons.com

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http://blurb.com/user/store/lorenzodom

http://www.twitter.com/lorenzodom

http://www.gravatar.com/lorenzodom

http://www.amazon.com/author/lorenzodominguez

http://www.scribd.com/LorenzoDominguez

http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/lorenzodom/


WHAT READERS ARE SAYING

"The book has been the best investment in my life." PD, New York

"I don't think I've ever read as moving a piece on the craft of photography in my life. Most pieces on photography are more tech manual in approach, this one really touches my soul...it's going to really impact my life." Phyllis Johnson, photojournalist and author of Being Frank with Anne

"We received our copies of 25 Lessons today and began reading it as a class - it is truly amazing." Paul Scott, Head of Photography, St. Boniface's Catholic College in Plymouth, UK

"In many of my conversations on great photographers, I frequently mention Lorenzo's work. His sequential photographs...are nothing less that a visual urban poem. It has been my pleasure to watch Lorenzo's rapid growth as a leading photographer of our time."
Jim Van Meter, Rochester, NY, USA

"Lorenzo is a master. His body of work is some of the very best online and may very well be some of the best being done in the medium today. His street work follows in the tradition of Paul Strand, Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand and Larry Friedlander. Lorenzo's 25 Lessons are...as seminal as Ansel's dissertation on the zone system. I found them to be reenergizing, perceptive and extremely useful. I have been touched by his story, his writings and by his work. I can't imagine anyone not being so."
Barry Shapiro, Los Angeles, CA, USA

"Lorenzo...has a passion for life, photography and writing. He is a linguistic genius, a storyteller through words and pictures. He captures with his camera the world as he sees it, its feelings, love, beauty and all it has to offer..." Brenda George, Adelaide, Australia

"As an oncologist, my primary job is not only to add days to people's lives, it is to add life to people's days. Lorenzo's book has provided me with a great instrument through which I can further become the counselor, healer and confidant my patient's demand. It has reignited in me the passion, warmth and compassion which are sequential for me on a daily basis to be the best physician and person I can be and I've encouraged all of my patients and families to share in his masterpiece as laughter, love, and imagination are the ultimate weapons against grief and despair. Secondary to Lorenzo's great influence in my life, I continue to use his writings and photography as a means to inspire my patient's to express their deep inner emotions as a way to reflect on their understanding of disease and in developing goals of therapy. I recommend his book to all." Mike Rotkowitz, MD, New York City

Customer Reviews

This book is a must for photographers of all levels, amateurs, enthusiasts and beyond.
DrDanno
This book is about an inspirational creative journey through a challenging life change for the author.
Laurie Keefe
I found the book very inspirational; it has made me question my life and what I want out of it.
Alexander Freeman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By DrDanno on August 7, 2011
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Of the over 100 books on my kindle, this is the one I cherish and identify with the most. Also the one I will search for a hard cover copy to keep near me on my desk. I took up photography around a year ago as a way to cope with my MS which became progressive. Did the usual surfing between many great and not so great web sites, did a course in an exclusive school and read a number of books on the subject. I did learn how to photograph. What Lorenzo gave me though was the soul my craft was lacking. Lorenzo doesn't teach technique but he gives whole heartedly the essence of photography , of being a photographer.
In the process he shares his philosophy of life with us. He is very well read and knowledgeable and it is a treat to read the passages and quotes with which he enriches his book. Indeed he seems the perfect partner for an intellectual conversation over coffee.
It was easy for me identify with Lorenzo and how he coped with the turmoil in his life as own had immersed in turmoil. A father of three girls, an Orthopaedic surgeon with many years of intensive training in endurance athletics my life turned upside down when my marriage began to unravel and I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis ( which turned into a constantly progressive type). The way I coped , my outlook on life parallel those of the author's. Many times i though I was reading my biography.
This book is a must for photographers of all levels, amateurs, enthusiasts and beyond. It shines a light on what is forgotten while we delve into technique .
This book is a must for anybody dealing with personal crisis of any sort.
Lorenzo is inspiring , and one hell of a good photographer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Keefe on November 5, 2011
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This book is about an inspirational creative journey through a challenging life change for the author. He invited us into his emotionally torn world to illustrate that it is possible to reconnect with a repressed creative passion and in that reconnection remember some life lessons. He retreated to photography, the lost passion of his youth, after a separation from his wife. He picked up a camera once again and found creativity that helped him at a time of loss and disappointment. As he fed his creative soul photographing the city at night, every night, he began to heal and new doors opened.

Exploring and seeing the city each night through his viewfinder seemed to bring him peace. He immersed himself in seeing and capturing scenes of his city with a different point of view. Sometimes he became so focused on his quest that he found himself in unsafe areas. He climbed and straddled fences and stood in the street among cabs to capture a unique point of view. He demonstrated that if we are willing to give ourselves over to our creative passion, we may see everyday things in a different way, including ourselves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Innovation Man on November 18, 2010
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I absolutely loved this book! The author presents his real life stories about photography and life in 25 fun and engaging ways. His lessons learned on the streets of NYC are inspirational and motivating. As a perennial student of innovation, I found many of his 25 lessons to be metaphors for creative thinking. The author's candor is refreshing and the book a must for anyone who wants to see photography and life in a fresh new light.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Kay on November 14, 2010
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Where you are makes a difference to what you see. New York photographer Lorenzo Dominguez found himself in a difficult position when his marriage failed. He, like many, had painted himself into a corner by accepting the values of others: the usual, wife, children, house in suburbia, mortgage, corporate job, respectability, doing the right thing. Everything was right. Everything was false.

Lorenzo's family had broken up, leaving him desperate and grieving. Somehow he broke free of self obsession. He sensed that many others shared his plight, if not his position. Armed only with a camera, Lorenzo took to the streets. The photographs he took were focused with the love he could not express to his wife any longer.

A twirl of the f-stop, a step to one side that moves the frame: the picture in the lens changes. Lorenzo went on a search for the beauty he had seen in his wife and children. He found there was not just a focus and a f-stop. There was an angle of beauty.

Because his photography was part of his healing process, Lorenzo learnt to see photography as a metaphor. If what you see causes you pain, you can move, adopt another viewpoint, another perspective. Happiness is mobility, flexibility. There is a perspective for everyone where what they see brings contentment and fulfillment. They just have to keep moving until they find it. There is a point of view we can all seek out. From it we can view the beauty inherent in all things. No need to resent the ugliness and sterility we see around us. Move!

Lorenzo formulated 25 lessons. Based on his adventures roaming the city taking photographs, they are techniques and tips about taking better photographs. They are also techniques and tips for leading a better life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liz on February 18, 2012
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Picked up this book just for fun, thinking it could be interesting. I'm so glad I did! As an aspiring photographer, 25 lessons has given me inspiration and motivation to really go for my goals. Thank you Lorenzo for your helpful hits, tips and tricks.
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