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The A-Z of Creative Photography: Over 70 Techniques Explained in Full Paperback – September 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Photography for All Levels: Beginners
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817433139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817433130
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lot of nice pictures to see.
Michelle M. Mariscal
Excellent writeups and light-hearted reading, so good it's one of my most often read books.
Darren Chong
The book is in full colour and well illustrated.
Ed

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124 of 128 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you don't know what an f stop is then this probably isn't the book for your looking for, however for beginner of intermediate photographers, who are looking for new ideas for creating new imagery this book is very inspirational. Essentially there are 70 techniques layed out alphabetically, with a few color and b/w examples for each one. Although the book has many technical ideas, much of the emphasis is placed on learning how to see photographically, and if you have a 35mm, a flash, and tripod, you can attempt nearly everything in the book. Each "technique" is arranged into sections: How it's done, what you need, and tips.The text is clear, insightfull, assumes a basic camera knowledge, and is even humorous at times. The ideas suggested are practical and inexpensive. Things you could do in your neighborhood or town. Very easy and fun to read, very nice images, and packed with creative suggestions. I have purchased a few similiar books but this one is the best so far.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I purchased this book I was looking for something to give me some ideas of what to photograph. What I got was ideas plus explanations on how to take the photo. This book covers almost every type of photographic technique used and explains in full the way you can take the photograph yourself. It give tips, explanations and How-to's in an easy, non-boring, format to the reader. The book explains everything from infrared to macro to grainy-artictic photography. I have, and would again, recommed this book to anyone who wants to get into photography and learn some of the many techniques invovled, and areas there are to explore in creating a photograph that is pleasing to you and your sense of photographic style.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Darren Chong on December 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Unlike most other techniques books, the techniques shown here are very practical and easily tried out, with the f-stops, FL and shutter on every photo (unlike many other books). Most of the techniques you will ever need are included, and more. Well served as a field guide too, it's fairly small to tuck into the camera bag.
Excellent writeups and light-hearted reading, so good it's one of my most often read books. Not much of a coffee table since the images are fairly small. Another excellent book from Lee is Night and Low Light Photography, a seldom touched area of photography.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Damon Johnson on November 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book 3 years ago when I first became interested in photography and have thoroughly enjoyed it since. The layout of the how-to sections are easy to understand and even make enjoyable reading. The section on exposure is excellent-IMHO.
I really enjoyed the "shooting floodlite buildings" section. The shot of the Eiffel Tower at night was so inspiring, that I told myself if I ever get to Paris, I wanted to shoot a similar picture. Well this past September 2001, my wife and I went to France and thanks to Mr. Frost, who told me the time of day to shoot, the film to use and to shoot at f8 for 20 seconds, I finally got my shot and have had a few offers for it! I uploaded it to a website known for desktop pictures for PC's. Excellent for those who want to improve in making pictures.
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Elif (mia@yours.com) on August 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
For intermediate level amateur photographers, this book has exciting and well organized content. Explains techniques clearly, and gives aperture and shutter combinations for pictures displayed so that you can try the same. I loved it.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sergiy Beketov on January 26, 2002
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An excellent book - your start in life of photography!
I don't know exactly how many pictures are presented here, but I assure you that all of them deserve the highest mark (without any exceptions!) And considering the fact that all these pictures are followed with the detailed explanations on how to do this photos, this book becomes invaluable.
All of us know that any science, any skill we get only in the course of practice. No theory, no advises can make us a good pros; they can only help. Making photos with the instructions of Lee Frost will foster in you the professional Xperience. And don't be afraid of copying his photos; it's only for some time and then you'll just use his best techniques for your OWN ideas.
Overall, a really great book, with beautiful pictures, interesting ideas and the finest polygraphy. A must have for all amateurs (and may be - future pros?)
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey R. Elver on August 8, 2002
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I've read some of Lee Frost's other books, and really have enjoyed them. This book is probably best suited to the casual photographer who's wants to try a few things, but doesn't want to seriously pursue technique. At least, that's my best guess, judging from the format and subject coverage.
I can't say it's my favorite photography book. Other options would be Frost's excellent book on low light photography, or the National Geographic Field Guide series.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ed on July 18, 2001
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The book is in full colour and well illustrated. All the concepts are explained really clearly including what equipment you need and exactly how to take the shot (e.g. where to take the meter reading from, etc.).
Because of it's A-Z organisation, it is very easy to refer back to the book when you have a question.
If you are serious about getting more out of your camera you need to buy this book!
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