Photos That Inspire: Photo Workshop 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470119556
ISBN-10: 0470119551
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"It is most certainly a book about pictures and not a book simply to be read." (Business Network, August 2008)

From the Back Cover

SEE YOUR WORLD FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE

This is a different kind of book. Packed inside are more than 200 magnificent photos, each expressing the photographer's unique take on a scene or subject. With each image, the artist shares his or her own description of the setting, what inspired the idea, and what the photo was intended to accomplish, along with the technical details — camera and lens used, shutter speed, aperture, and lighting. Explore . . . experiment . . . enjoy.

  • Let these striking images awaken you to new ways of seeing the world
  • Explore breathtaking landscapes, incredible action shots, heartwarming portraits of people and pets, intriguing close-ups, and more

  • Feast on the technical recipes used to create each photo

  • Discover what the photographer was thinking

  • Feel your own ideas emerge

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470119551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470119556
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Nigl on March 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Photos that Inspire" is the sixth and (for now) final book in the series, and the third that I've reviewed. Unlike the others I've read, this volume is more of a desert-after-the-meal book. Instead of being organized as a tutorial on one facet of photography, such as composition or exposure, that takes the reader from begging to end; this book provides a couple hundred examples of good photos in many different genres. Each entry is one page in length and includes a high resolution image taken by a different photographer; an entry by the author about what the photo has to teach the reader; a comment paragraph by the artist discussing the thought process when the image was made; and technical data such as ISO, film speed, aperture, etc.

"Photos that Inspire" is one part coffee-table book and one part how-to. The author, Lynne Eodice, is the online editor for Double Exposure, the web-based newsletter for Photo Workshop. Before the Wiley series was introduced, the only way to access these photo classes was to enroll in a membership with Photo Workshop.

This book will entertain, but more importantly, it gives you the 'secrets of the trade' from the perspective of hundreds of photographers. I loved it! It is not, however an indexed reference or a course unto itself. Rating five of five.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Lloyd on March 25, 2009
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This book does contain many good photos, but also many that I would not rate as special ... photos that we've seen much the same sort of thing many times before, and just as good if not better.

I have one issue ... in this series they talk about "chapter assignments" that you can submit to their website for critique and feedback. There are no chapter assignments in this book, so I sent them an email asking if the idea is just to submit images in the spirit of a chapter (or several images for one or more chapters). After two attempts I still have no reply ...

Would I still buy this book? Probably. I'm always interested in looking at photos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BIGH on January 2, 2009
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This book is a compilation of images taken by a number of photographers, both professional an amateur, in 10 different categories. Each image is accompanied by comments by the author, comments by the photographer, and techical data about the image.
As you read through the book, you can get a sense of what the photographer saw, how it was interpreted, and then how the feeling was captured on the image. The goal of each photograph is to give us, the readers, as sense of how to "look" at what we see, perhaps differently, and how to transfer what our mind has interpreted to the camera.

This book is an extremely good reference for any photographer who wants to broaden their scope of obtaining somthing better than "snapshot" images. It gives you a feeling of inspiration to think that you, too, can see things in a different way. It also brings home that fact that the opportunities are sometimes serindipitous and unexpected...so carry that camera everywhere!
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stephan Wiesner on March 2, 2008
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I really do love the idea and looked forward to receiving the book. Alas, the pictures are not really great. I mean, they are all solid photos, but on most photos I keep thinking things like "if only he had moved a little bit more to the right", believing that I could do it "better" (what ever that means).
Even worse: The description of how and why the picture was taken is very short and mostly not even about the photo but about background information (like this is my dog, i love him and have been running around with him all afternoon).
Sure the technical details (f/4 at 1/100) are there, but I can see those in any good photo community. I want to know where the lights were placed, problems he had, mishappenings, etc.

A much better book is "Perfect Exposure" from Zuckerman. Just take a look at the cover, I certainly do not believe that I can do better photos than those...
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The book arrived within a week, I considered that fast and efficient service. Already enjoying the book.
I bought it basically to browse the photos and reading the photographer's comment to get some inspiration for my own photo taking, the photographer explain why and how he/she took the picture (each photo accompanied by photographer's comment,and the technical spec they used to take the photos), however, the 'quality' of the comment varied, some gave better comment in that the photographer explain why and how they took the picture in more detail. Overall, a great book to browse and relax. I am pretty sure it will help me appreciate photos differently.

I ordered the same book from the seller last Christmas, and for some reason, the book never arrived (I lost a couple of packages around the time, all via USPS), when I contacted the seller, they refunded my purchase price since they do not have any copy left , that is what I called good service ,5 stars for the seller and when I saw that they have it again, I order and am happy with it.
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By Mary H. Gamble on December 17, 2008
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Another excellent book in the Photo Workshop series. The book serves as an excellent resource of information to learn more about taking great photos. I liked the fact that most of the photographers were like me; amateurs, students, and individuals all with a common goal of making great photos. The book presented a wide range of different types of photos such as landscape, people, travel, etc. Each photo was presented on a full page with comments from the author and the photographer; and, included the technical data used to achieve the photo. In most cases, the shoot was one of the opportunity presenting itself, or a "sidestep" of what the photographer set out to produce. It was inspiring to know that I too, with more training and experience, can shoot great photos. An added bonus was the listing of websites from many of the photographers where I could go to learn even more. A real keeper of information!
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