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Rethinking Digital Photography: Making & Using Traditional & Contemporary Photo Tools Paperback – July 5, 2011
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More About the Author
John is the author of the recently released book Rethinking Digital Photography by Sterling - Pixiq. The book was named a "Best of - 2011" by the Library Journal. It was also selected as one of the "Top Eleven Best Sellers of 2011" by Sterling Pixiq Books. Newly released in July, this unique book looks at ways to capture the world using traditional and contemporary photo tools. His newest book is scheduled for release sometime in late 2012.
An expert in digital imaging, John enjoys creating images using such things as simple lenses, pinholes and zone plates, analog cameras and non-traditional imaging techniques. As much at home with Photoshop as he is with a 4x5 camera, John blends established techniques drawn from the historical evolution of photography with contemporary cutting edge digital methods. His vision and talent explores the past, present and future of photography.
John's work has been exhibited in public and private galleries and featured in magazines in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has taught creativity, art, digital imaging and photography at major universities and colleges in North America.
First and foremost a photographer, John is among other things, a teacher and graphic designer who lives and creates in upstate New York.
You can find John's digital photography blog at lensgarden.com where he posts to the photographic community.
Top Customer Reviews
Each of the chapters has as at least one Gallery segment - where the author provides a range of examples of the images he has taken or processed. There are nine chapters in all. The two longest - "Painting the Photograph" and "Multiple Dimensions, Multiple Media' - are amongst the best. Where the author deals with digital painting (via the Painter Essentials, Painter and Studio Artist software packages), there's a really thoughtful pre-amble in the preceding chapter, on creating so-called HDR imagery. And, the painting work described sets itself apart, from many others who have written whole books on this topic, in a disavowal of the replication of traditional "wet-media" painting characteristics. Much of the final chapter deals with 3D effects (eyeglasses are included under the back folding-cover of the book). Now not everyone is going to shop for two identical digital cameras to mount side-by-side and so get to grips with the possibilities written about. But it is fascinating to see what can be done (with skill and enthusiasm) along this path.
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The book is for you if you are curious to find out how a "picture" taken without a lens would look like or if you are looking for inspiration on how to tinker with old cameras and lenses (provided you own any) or how to take completely blurred pictures (Digital Zone Plate Photography).
If however you are interested in specific photographic techniques like Macro Photography, HDR Photography or Panoramas you might want to consider more specific or in-depth resources.
Before purchasing this book
- make sure to carefully read the Table of Content
- make sure you understand and take literally the subtitle (see above)
- look at the author's desperate almost daily pitch for his book on pixiq.com: you could be pleased by the teaser HDR images shown, but eventually disappointed by the content of the book
Omitting the subtitle removes important information: this book is about Making & Using Traditional & Contemporary Photo Tools. Many of the ideas in the early chapters cover making lenses or adapting incompatible lenses to digital cameras. Quirky and interesting ideas here may yet see some use at my house.
There are sections on macro photography and High Dynamic Range photography, which organize more material than you're likely to find in a couple of online tutorials. They don't in any sense cover these concepts fully, but they do justice to their topics. There's a section on how to enhance your photos using painting, and one on how to use Corel Painter for those who haven't figured out that the rest of the world uses Photoshop.
Similarly detailed sections discuss panoramas, globes, mandalas (kaleidoscope effects) and 3D effects. All of these topics can be found in Photoshop tutorials if you look for them, but the book organizes the material better than most and gives more detail.
I find a physical book conveys the material better than flipping between screen displays, possibly because my eyes are happier with the level of detail of paper photographs.
The topics covered in Rethinking Digital Photography are a bit quirky, so people who receive this as a gift may see it as a bit weird and off-target. While I liked the book, I find a couple of hours with StumbleUpon covers the same material and more (except for the chapters on lenses). Online offerings are more convincingly up to date, and they use the standard Photoshop toolbars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Photography is a hobby where you never stop learning (and unfortunately buying more and better gear). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael Taylor
Great book very good information recommend it to all people that are interested in photograph, you will see its value for moneyPublished on June 15, 2013 by Jose Silva
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the unconventional, think outside of the box mentality the author has. I was most drawn to the DIY lens ideas he had. Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Christy Hydeck
I checked this book out of the library, along with several others dealing with the topic of digital photography. I am about to step up from a point-and-shoot to an SLR. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by MLSchoenfeld
This is an exceptional book and something very different in the field of photography books. It offers the reader a unique approach to innovative techniques for image making that go... Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by Frederick
I have know John for 20+ years and remember his early years of playing, learning and experimenting. It's wonderful to see that he continues this tradition and encourages the reader... Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by AndyG
I pre-ordered based on description and was not disappointed... This is a great book for anyone interested in experimentation and photography... Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Robert Doyle
Rethinking Digital Photography is an exceptional book and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to expand their digital toolbox. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by BKillingsworth
You might assume that a book titled "Rethinking Digital Photography" was both primarily conceptual (Rethinking) and primarily about uniquely digital techniques (Digital... Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by Mr. Picky