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Low Cost High Impact Photography [Kindle Edition]

Steve Johnson
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Book Description

A collection of previous columns and original writing about photography. The overriding theme is that the eye is more important than the camera therefore photography does not have to be prohibitively expensive.

The major sections, each consisting of around half a dozen articles are, Introductory pieces, equipment, technique, aesthetics, photo essays and a wrap up.

The articles are anything from 600 to 2,000 words in length and many seek to challenge conventional photography wisdom. Discussions range from advice on camera purchase to whether the whole idea of beauty needs a makeover to cheap ways to get into product photography. This book goes from the extremely practical equipment and technique based writing through to the much quirkier, e.g. how to photograph a flaming Christmas pudding or a description of getting landscape shots in sub zero temperatures with a 20 mph wind.

The book is fully illustrated with over 100 photographs, all taken by the author, Steve Johnson, chosen to make the viewer think about their own relationship to the visual and to photography.

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About the Author

Steve came to photography via a fine arts background, mainly painting. He still paints and currently has work on display at Uptown Cafe in Valparaiso, Indiana.
He is a UK citizen currently married and residing in the USA with his American artist/writer wife, Meg Wolfe. He has an environmental biology degree and is still not quite sure how that happened.

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  • Print Length: 144 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CR80YI
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally an Easy, Affordable Way to Learn November 27, 2011
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Low Cost High Impact Photography will be a god send for anyone who is starting out in photography and worried about how they can afford gear and learn. Steve has taken an approach to the basics (and further) which I wish had been available back when I started out. He could have saved me lots of money back in the day. This is a Simple, Clear, and Affordable way to wrap your head around how you can get started, including several examples, without spending those big bucks that everyone infers you have to.

If you're concerned about learning light, aperture, negative space, composition, and all you have is a point and shoot, don't be. He walks you through it in a way that very few have been able to. You'll learn enough to get your groove on and more without a brain cramp, as well as how to keep money in your wallet, which will keep your spouse happy! Starting in photography doesn't have to be expensive.

Well written, easy to understand, and not done in such a rigid, structured way, so you can jump around a bit if you have ADHD, and not feel guilty. Start learning the easy and affordable way. You'll be glad you did.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the book deliver what it promises November 27, 2011
By Petter
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I like taking pictures, but take mostly pictures of the family. However, I can well imagine expanding the horizons a bit. I think this book in a very very simple way explains how to take better pictures. And the best part is that the author shows how, without having to buy much equipment. The author also uses a plain language that is not too technical. Which is good for me!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag July 31, 2012
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The author has an informal and engaging style of writing. The sections on composition and his personal creative processes are refreshingly honest and well worth reading. However, the technical aspects of photography are treated very superficially and some of his comments and suggestions are flat out wrong. For this reason, I cannot recommend this book for beginners. But I do recommend it as a quick read for those who have enough background to ignore the errors. I also must add that most of the impact of his photo's was lost on my B&W Kindle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Sound Advice January 27, 2012
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Aimed at beginners with a will to improve and those with a decent point and shoot (or maybe a pricey DSLR that cost thousands but didnt magically take professional looking pictures out of the box) that want to produce better pictures. This book delivers on its promise and shows that pictures come from the photographer not the instrument. Packed with great advice ("get closer" ... "turn OFF the cameras flash" ... "a cameras 'features' often hinder the photographer ... try turning them off") and a healthy contempt for the photography equipment marketing strategy (spend lots more = better photographer) that serves mostly to separate people from their money and not help them take great satisfying photos. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good guide for budget photography November 28, 2011
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Steve Johnson knows his stuff, and he shares it well in this collection of columns on low-budget photography. He is so right about the basic concept: Photography does not need to be a costly hobby. The modern point-and-shoot digital camera does an incredible job in the hands of a creative shooter. Steve shows how to expand those capabilities with low or no cost tools.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anything Steve Johnson November 27, 2011
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One of the highlights of my day is getting my Minimalist 101 blog in my email from Steve Johnson.

However, I just recently discovered his photography and writing... so when I saw there was a .99 kindle book of his writing I was all over that. What is even better is the writing is all about how you can make your photography better without spending lots of money!

This great book gives you plenty of tips and is great for the $.99 price-tag (I'd of paid more)
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If there is one book that every newbie photographer should read reread, it is "Low Cost High Impact Photography". The very detailed list of contents does prepare the reader for the impact of the opening paragraph, which begins with the statement - "The main purpose of this book is to save you money." It continues. "It will show you that serious photography does need to be a prohibitively expensive pastime. The vast majority of photographs in this book were taken with a camera that currently retails for around $130."
Steve debunks the commonly held belief that in order to take a reasonably good photograph one needs one of those expensive br name cameras. You know those with the foot long lenses, a bagful of different filters other paraphernalia. No says Steve he proves it because - "The vast majority of the photographs in this book were taken with a camera that currently retails for around $130." The INTRODUCTION details his views on the importance of learning to master the basics before thinking of spending your hard earned cash on an inventory of expensive cameras accessories. The next section covers EQUIPMENT starts with the two rules that the author lives by:
"Only buy what you need

Don't let others tell you what you need."
He writes: "For someone who..."is fairly confident that they have the photography bug: I would look to spend between $120 $180 on a point shoot camera." He emphasizes the point later by writing -"All serious photographers that I know carry a point shoot along with their bigger cameras..." So don't worry you are a cheapskate if you give someone a good `digicam' as a gift. You are just been smart practical.
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Steve Johnson was originally a painter who took photographs. Over the last decade he has become a photographer who paints occasionally. His distinctive minimal style stems from the belief that subject matter is not as important as aesthetic considerations like composition, tone, and line. He has taught visual art and undertaken commercial art projects on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Middle East.

He and his wife also owned a gallery that specialized in both painting and photography. His work has been exhibited in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He is a UK citizen who lives and works in the American Midwest. He has written a book, The Minimalist Photographer, which is available in both print and various electronic formats. Steve's other main interests are both reading and watching science fiction, and cycling. He regards his mountain bike as the best and most cost effective piece of photography he has purchased to date.

Steve spent the first forty years of his life in the UK and has spent the last decade in the American Midwest with his artist and writer wife Meg Wolfe.

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