Photo Op: 52 Inspirational Projects for the Adventurous Image-maker 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0240814001
ISBN-10: 0240814002
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"A treasure trove of ideas to pique your curiosity and put the fun back into your photography.. A terrific tool for getting you up off the couch and back to a time when discovery and play meant as much to you as taking photographs."--The Picture Professional

"Kevin Meredith shares a plethora of photography tips, tricks, and techniques in his latest picture book Photo Op: 52 Inspirational Projects for the Adventurous Image Maker. Drawing from his own experience, as well as 15 fellow photographers, Meredith compiles a how-to book that takes an idea, lists the necessary tools, and explains the process in simple terminology. Each project illustrates the procedure with vivid examples. Several collage pages scattered throughout the book create visual overload, but in a good way."--San Francisco Book Review

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240814002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240814001
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By MAP on December 28, 2010
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I had this on my "wish list" and received it for Christmas. I was excited and looking forward to jump starting some creativity. There are some great ideas here, and this book is full of truly beautiful photographs, but too many of the 52 projects require very specialized equipment, some of which is very costly. I don't have, or have the means to get, a Holga, a Lomo LC-A, a tilt shift lens, or all of the stuff required to take aerial shots from a kite, just to name a few. Fewer than half of the 52 projects have "ingredients" that are on hand or available for most of us. One example with reasonable ingredients is project #31, Children. It lists for ingredients "any camera, children and a sense of fun," and offers some fantastic tips and ideas for photographing kids. Some others, like Low-down, are for any camera, and are more out-of-the-box, creative ideas that I was hoping to get from this book.
There are definitely some great things I will get from this book, I just wish that there wasn't so much in it that the more average photographer can't use.
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Photo Op is a fun book of 52 ideas to challenge photographers, to play and have fun with their cameras.

Most of the technique and sample photos are laid out in 4-6 page spreads; more complicated topics may have a couple more pages. The wide page layout of the book allows for plenty of images, from full page to three horizontal photos on a page plus room for text.

Techniques are written by 21 different photographers so the techniques vary from traditional (time-lapse) and serious to quirky and fun. Each photographer's voice and unique creative outlook and perspective kept the book from becoming boring reading material also.

Something important to know is the camera techniques requiring different cameras. This is not a book of just photo techniques for DSLR cameras or point and shoot digital cameras. Some techniques include the use of antique cameras such as the Diana or newly manufactured plastic "toy" cameras such as the Holga, a Polaroid camera and film, or a pinhole camera. Thus unless you photograph with a wide variety of cameras and toy cameras you would not be able to try every project in the book. The good news is on the first page of each project there is an ingredient list that tells what type of camera and accessory equipment is required, such as a remote shutter release or tripod. Perhaps one of the most surprising accessories is a kite, to which you attach a lightweight camera to and fly it high to take aerial photos.

This is an inspirational book for photographers of creative ideas ranging from serious to just plain fun. The book layout is great, the paper is high quality and thick, the color photography looks great on these pages.

Personally I learned some new techniques that I can and will use.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By RG VINE VOICE on September 27, 2010
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The ideas in the book are decent enough. But too many of them require specific equipment (e.g. tripod, remote switch, waterproof housing), props (kite, flashgun) or specialized locations (airplane, beach, concert). Some of the ideas are simple and straightforward. But far too many of them require a good amount of prep and setup. I wanted ideas that required minimal amounts of equipment so that I might be able to try them out while in the normal flow of daily life. This book doesn't present those types of ideas. So if you have a fair amount of camera equipment and don't mind planning excursions to specific locations just to take pictures then you'll probably find this book to be a decent source of ideas. But if you're looking for "spontaneous" photo ops, definitely look elsewhere.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Adlam TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 27, 2010
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The first thing I noticed when I opened the book for the first time was the table of contents: It wasn't organized by page number, instead it was organized by photographer. Though a minor quirk, it was rather disconcerting.

Getting past that, however, reveals some truly creative ideas, though a number of them would be inaccessible to the amateur photographer. For instance, one idea calls for plane travel, others require specialized lighting or camera equipment, and most of them require some sort of set up time making it nearly impossible for spur of the moment everyday shots.

That said, there are a few which could apply to any photographer or situation, such as finding a new perspective, or using a camera phone in unconventional ways. I've already applied a few of them with great success and I've even picked up a nice tip for using the iPhone's camera.

Most of the ideas used clear language with minimal jargon. And there is certainly no shortage of inspiration. Even if you can't use the ideas to the letter, it's possible to use their essence for improvisation.

Though I wish more of the ideas were accessible, overall this is a great book for professionals and professional amateurs, however, it may be overwhelming for the novice or hobby photographer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pleureur. on October 28, 2010
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This book is gorgeous and therefore, upon quickly flipping through it, many images caught my eye. I was ready to dive in and start. Then I realized that many of the entries called for equipment I don't own -- like toy cameras -- or a technique that is a bit too complicated for me (aerial / kite shots).

However, the ideas that are the most workable are designed to change the way you, the photographer, examine your subjects, or provide exercises to focus you on things you may never have considered photographing before, or providing new approaches to widen your horizons. Some of them are really clever, an encompass both different techniques (time lapse, double exposures, off camera flash) and a few on various subject matter (places, children), including suggestions of making the mundane interesting. Some things are probably given insufficient coverage, such as portraits, children, and storytelling through pictures. Therefore part of the book is really useful to the amateur photographer, while other parts may be . Similarly, some of these techniques are too obvious for a professional. Nonetheless, it's possible that everyone will find something fun about this book. It just may not be THE book.
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