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Serial Photography: Using Themed Images to Improve Your Photographic Skills Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1933952734 ISBN-10: 1933952733 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (March 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952734
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Berlin in 1936, Harald Mante studied graphic design and painting at Werkkunstschule Wiesbaden. He taught Photographic Design at Dortmund Polytechnic and at the European Art Academy in Trier, as well as many seminars and workshops. Professor Mante has authored numerous art books and textbooks. His photographic work has been exhibited in museums and private collections world-wide, and his books and calendars have become collector's items.

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Unfortunately it is quite disappointing.
If you're stuck in a photographic rut, working with themes is a great way to expand your creativity and develop your eye.
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Some of the themes in this book give you ideas that you can build off of to create your own themes.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 4, 2011
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It is said that the development of photography allowed painting, as an art, to free itself of the burden of representation and concentrate on what it did best: line, color, and shape. The theory is that this ultimately led to abstract expressionist painting. Apparently photographer Harold Mante is unwilling to cede even that space to painting,

Most of the pages of "Serial Photography" are devoted to collections of images which have the same subject matter: thirteen photographs of plastic, or a dozen photographs of umbrellas and sunshades, or twelve pictures of laundry. A smaller part is devoted to design theory with collections of photographs of two subjects, or three subjects, or circles. Another part deals with color theory, with pictures emphasizing a single shade, or contrasting colors, or pastels of the same hue. Finally there is a part dealing with special themes like mirror images or glass facades. There is also a short section about displaying serial images. Each set of images is accompanied with a few words about how to photograph the subjects, but I confess to feeling that these words had been added to create what someone saw as a better method of marketing the photographs, that is, as an instructional manual. While there are some good points about technique, basically this book is a portfolio of serial images by Mante.

One might think that there would be some synergistic effect from the grouping of subjects that would help to explicate the subjects. However, content here really is immaterial. Rather these pictures are all about form. Right from the cover, which displays a dozen pictures of cars draped in clothes of different colors, what seizes the eye is the color, or the shape, or the line.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 21, 2011
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Harald Mante states that "serial photography" is taking a series of photos that deal either with single or multiple themes, and in which each image has its own formal qualities. That is in contrast to "sequential photography" in which has an overriding theme or serves to visually explain accompanying text. Advantages he states are: shooting whenever and wherever, using portrait or landscape mode, having full freedom to discard images or augment them, and free-form presentation of the finished product.

He illustrates the ideas with many photos and little text. The text primarily contains some tips on enhancing the visual quality of the photos, with a little of "this is how I do it" prose.

General themes explored include prosaic subjects such as houses, stairs, tables and chairs, plastic, balloons, well, you get the picture. The book closes with some additional tricks to add interest to the shots.

This is the kind of book in which pictures largely replace words. If you're looking to get ideas on composition and presentation, there are many here, but they're often in the photos themselves. As one looks at the reproduced images, a sense of "I could do that" is often replaced by "how did he do that" or "Oh, now I see what he was seeing." In that sense this is a book about the artistic use of the camera to depict ordinary scenes, scenes that might be overlooked.

This book is unlikely to attract a wide following, but for the photographer who wishes to study how to add interest to common scenes, it will provide many avenues to pursue.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Masahiko Aida on July 17, 2011
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This book contains 35 set of examples of serial photographs by author.

It deals with various themes such as colors, water, lines and mirror images. So if you are looking for some catalog of serial photography, this book might be helpful.

It does not really do good job in explaining, anything skill related, it does not really include any sorts of discussion of challenges, pitfalls and goals related with making of serial photography. While the each example contains some explanation of reasoning behind each set, the book lacks central theme, am not sure what author wanted to convey besides the fact he had many serial photo examples he wanted to present.

You might as well look for other places such as Flickr and search photos with particular key words -- and they might as well likely present you the similar sets of photos that might give you inspiration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James A. Williamson on June 4, 2011
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"Serial Photography" is not a photographic technique book, although I learned from it. It's not really a `self-help' book, but I found it very inspirational.

This book is written for photographic artists - struggling or accomplished. If you're a photographer who wants to do more than snapshots, but struggles with finding interesting subjects (or an artistic direction), this book may just snap you out of it. Using beautiful examples, it demonstrates that a collective whole can be much more that the sum of the individual parts.

The collections in this book may not be your cup of tea. Some didn't do much for me, but my creative juices got a much needed shot in the arm. While reading this book, I found myself making a list of subject types, not specific subjects. I imagine I will have many months of fun ahead - if not years - trying to capture them. I'm looking forward to the effort.

I think this book could be valuable for artists in other media too. I'm sure that painters, sculptors and others could use these ideas to break out of the mental log jam that plagues all creative people.

This one is a keeper! I'm quite sure I'll read it more than once...
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