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About the Author

Catherine Anderson is a photographer and teacher of mixed media crafts whose work is in the permanent collection of the York County Museum in South Carolina. She is the founder of the online Photo Art Journals group.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pixiq; First Edition edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600597165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600597169
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine Anderson is one of those fortunate people who spends her days doing what she loves, be it teaching in her studio, exploring with her camera, journaling, mindfully walking her labyrinth, creating with fabric, image, paper, collage, and other mediums, and generally living a creative life. Catherine's journey of self-discovery has taken her from attorney, to photography-franchise owner, to creativity workshop facilitator. For more about Catherine, go to:

Catherine's book "The Creative Photographer" is a 2012 Nautilus Silver Award winner. Nautilus Awards recognize books that stimulate the imagination and offer readers new possibilities for a better life and a better world. Catherine is also the creator of "The Creative Photographer Exploration Cards to Expand Your Creativity" which allow you to focus on a theme to deepen the way you see the world around you.

"The Creative Photographer" combines inspiration, instruction, and hands-on exercises to help you take your photography to a more creative level as well as encouraging you to share your images in ways well beyond a simple print. The book encourages you to play and experiment, to open your eyes to see the world in interesting and fresh ways, to notice the extraordinary in the everyday, and to try easy ways to use image-processing software for creative exploration.

Customer Reviews

I plan on trying many of the projects shown in the book!
Catherine Anderson's new book is so beautiful; it's a joy just to hold it in your hands and quietly soak up the abundance of lovely images.
A. C.
Directions are relatively easy to understand and graphics are wonderful.
Tom Theve

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Jan on July 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Catherine Anderson's Creative Photographer book is the best how-to book I've laid my hands on in years. Whether you're a point-and-shoot person, a working pro, or someone who uses your phone for image-making, this book will guide you into amazing ways to make photo-based art that will knock your socks off. The book is full of ideas, illustrations and SIMPLE and CLEAR directions for a variety of art projects that call for your photos. It will stimulate your creative genius in no time and have you creating colorful, beautiful artwork that you can use for exhibition, personal healing or original gift-giving. Catherine makes the whole thing fun, easy and do-able, whether you think of yourself as creative or not. She is a master teacher, a guide into new frontiers that will delight and alter you. And this is a great book for a group to use together.

Once you get one for yourself, I guarantee you, you're going to want a few more to give to your best photo-loving friends. Personally, i can't wait for the sequel! Jan Phillips, author, God Is at Eye Level--Photography as a Healing Art. [...]
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Click Chick on October 15, 2011
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I bought this book on a whim and am very glad I did. If you are an amature photographer working to develop your skills, this book will be a great help. The author is trying to get you to look differently at the world around; to take the ordinary and turn it into photographic art.

Many photography books give suggestions to increase the quality of your work. However when you delve deeper, you find that you have to outlay some serious money to achieve their results. Many of this authors suggestions are very budget friendly which are appreciated by any struggling, starving artist.

I would say that a major theme of this book is the Self Assignment. She gives exercises to build your body of work and it does not require anything other than your camera and exploration of the world you live. Also her alternative printing techniques are cost effect and the products are easily obtained.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to just expand their vision and get into a daily or weekly habit of building their photographic skills.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Sheilah. Bockett on September 20, 2011
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This book is almost a visual course in "beginner's mind." It promises months of creative discovery and delight. Interspersed with useful hints, insightful quotes, like Carita Kent's, "Art does not come from thinking but from responding," and encouragement in specific `explorations' to rediscover the world around you through photography, "The Creative Photographer" is both reflective and instructive. And if, like me, you have been afraid of venturing into photoshop, Catherine Anderson will coax you into trying by using the beautiful simplicity of the images on every page, teamed up with her easy to follow instructions.

Some of the recommended `explorations' give an idea of the book's content: an alphabet box, a natural sculpture, a word banner, a visual idea journal, random acts of photography, seeing like Leonardo da Vinci, photographs as collage elements, secret vision box, collecting colors, mirroring the world (a different slant on reflections) are all creative ideas that the author combines skillfully with practical instructions.

Just by its simple but evocative images, this book has encouraged me to take my camera out on an "Artist's Date" to capture what the casual eye easily misses. Examples in the book are: dried petals in an open book, old pearly buttons forming the letters CALM, resting on an embroidered sheet, a single autumn leaf lying on a cracked pavement, a handful of scrabble tiles, the peeling paint on an outside door with a rusted handle, a row of supermarket trolleys viewed from an unusual angle.

An observation from the author herself sums up the book; "I create simply for the joy of doing it." No matter how skilled - or unskilled - you are at photography, how simple or how elaborate your camera is, Catherine Anderson inspires you to go out and use it to record life in an entirely new way.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By North Country Artisans (Linda) on April 11, 2012
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"The Creative Photographer" by Catherine Anderson is a refreshing departure from many of the books on mixed media art and art journaling. Many of us can't draw a stick figure and shudder when we are confronted with the inevitable list of art supplies needed to accomplish some technique or other. Keeping an art journal intrigues us, yet we feel frustrated with all these books espousing the same old mantras for us to get out the old art supplies, ephemera,etc., and just get moving. Really? We stare at a blank page and still don't know where to begin. Or we do and the result looks anything but "creative." Well, relief is at hand. This book has a completely different approach. We can pick up a digital camera or even our cell phone camera and just start shooting our day, our routines, our habits, our secret rituals, beautiful sunsets, flowers, street shots, our kids...whatever strikes our fancy. This sense of freedom to create photographically is so incredibly refreshing. Five or ten or twenty or more shots later, we have artfully and honestly captured our lives and our journey is well underway, hopefully sans the fear and paralysis the other books purport to cure us of. That blank page neurosis could be history. With the sound of a shutter click, we've taken a giant step in seeing ourselves and our world differently and more fully in a way that all those art supplies could never do for many of us. Anderson's book is to be savored by the beginning to the experienced photographer and the author leaves no one behind. The instructions within are clear and easy to understand; the ideas and artwork are inspirational. What a relief to know that there are techniques and projects that we can all learn and utilize in our photographic creations with satisfying results.Read more ›
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