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ISBN-13: 978-0321719898 ISBN-10: 0321719891 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (July 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321719891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321719898
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Simon has been passionate about documenting the beauty and drama of the human condition his entire photographic life. The author of four critically acclaimed photography books with pieces in major museum collections around the world, his work has been featured three times at the Visa Pour L'Image Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan, France and at solo shows in New York, Buenos Aires, Toronto and Montreal. He has been honored by the Art Director's Club of New York, the National Press Photographers Association, an Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Award Nomination and chosen Canadian Newspaper Photographer of The Year. He loves to lead workshops with passionate photographers everywhere and is on the faculties of ICP and SVA in New York City, where he lives.

More About the Author

Steve Simon has been passionate about documenting the beauty and drama of the human condition his entire photographic life. The author of four critically acclaimed photography books with works in major museum collections around the world, he has had solo shows in New York, Buenos Aires, Toronto and Montreal and his work has been featured three times at the Visa Pour L'Image Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan, France. He is on the faculty of ICP and SVA in New York and is a contributing photographer for The Digital Journalist. International awards include: Art Director's Club of New York, The Canadian Newspaper Photographer of The Year, Global Health Council Photography Award for his work on AIDS in Africa, Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award Nomination, PX3. He has lead workshops all over the world, including Mentor Series 2010 in New Orleans and Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai.

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Customer Reviews

This book is well written and enjoyable to read.
Gísli Halldór
From the technical to the artistic, Steve Simon's book takes you through the 10 steps to becoming a better photographer.
Nikon_Bob
This is undoubtedly the best photography book I've ever read.
Rob LaRosa

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Matt Welsh on August 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great by Steve Simon, and I'm happy to say that it's one of the best photography books I've read in years. In the Passionate Photographer, Simon presents 10 things that photographers and those that aspire to photographic greatness can do to to improve their photos including a discussion about how personal vision fuels photography projects, how to approach and photograph people, and learning how to focus (you, not the camera) as you shoot and how to manage your own workflow.

The Passionate Photographer is not a technical book on the how-to of working a camera and the author assumes a level of comfort with photographic concepts, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Examples from his own life and body of work illustrate perfectly the points he makes (and his work is very, very good), and even after 25 years of doing photography I found myself getting excited about picking up a camera.

I don't often buy photography books, and even less often recommend them, but I think that anyone with an interest in photography and taking their own work to the next level can benefit from this book.
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130 of 144 people found the following review helpful By D. Hobby on July 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
As the author of the Strobist blog, books just show up in the mailbox and doorstep several times a week. To be honest, far more often than I would like -- as Strobist is generally not a book review blog. Luckily for me, one of this week's crop was an advance copy of Steve Simon's The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great.

Simon's experience in his genre (documentary photography) rivals McNally's as a lighting photographer. But what makes this book special is Simon's ability to get his tenets across to the reader with clarity as well as passion. The bullet points in the promotional copy above give you a sense of what the book contains, and I won't repeat them here. But they really do not give the book justice.

This book is very hard to describe in a single sentence. The best I can do is this: Passionate Photographer is to the fieldcraft and compass point of being a photographer as Joe McNally's books are to small-flash lighting. And that is saying a lot.

Suffice to say that "The Passionate Photographer" is one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. I give it five stars because Amazon won't let me give it six. I think it is destined to become a classic.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Rob LaRosa on October 2, 2011
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This is NOT a beginners photography book. I suppose some pros could consider it a beginner's book looking at it from the aspect that it's a great book to read if you are just starting a career in photography or nearing the completion of your studies. However, there are no in depth discussions on the effects of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. There is no discussion about what the buttons on your camera do and there is only brief discussion on traditional compositional techniques (e.g. the rule of thirds). The author assumes you know these things and you should before reading this book.

If you feel you have a good technical and creative grasp of photography but that your knowledge somehow isn't making it from your brain to your eye to your final photos, then I think you'll enjoy this book. The author breaks down ten easy to understand steps to improve your photography. These aren't just quick little tips or tricks, this is a veteran photographer who has gone through the growing pains selflessly giving you the knowledge he's picked up through his experiences. It's the closest you can come to spending a few hours learning from a professional without paying a ton of money for a workshop.

Typically intermediate photography books have taken me about 6 weeks to read. Not because I'm a slow reader but because I've found them lacking or felt the authors holding back knowledge and I've had to force myself to finish when I really didn't want to continue. This is undoubtedly the best photography book I've ever read. The highest compliment I can pay it is that it took me less than a week to read it from cover to cover.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mike Hagen on September 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
I spend a lot of time talking about photography gear in my newsletters, blogs, and workshops. People are always interested in learning how to get the most out of their cameras or which lenses to use. Gear is an important part of our photography, but improving our creative skills is of equal or greater importance. For many people, figuring out how tto improve their creative skills can be extremely difficult, so they keep pushing them under the rug. For these folks, it can be much easier to buy a new lens than to diligently work at becoming a better photographer.

Personally, I don't have any desire to be a "good" photographer; I want to be a great photographer. I'm always looking for ways that push me to the next level and Steve Simon's new book titled, The Passionate Photographer, Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great provides a well designed path to great photography.

Steve wrote The Passionate Photographer to inspire us to take a critical look at our own work and then use that knowledge as a foundation for growth. His book helps us take our passion for photography and translate it into strong images through ten specific actions that range from assessing your skills, improving composition, following the light to increasing your shooting volume and sharing your images.

Warning: Following Steve's plan will not be easy. If you seriously embark down the path of the ten steps, you'll spend a significant amount of time working on your craft. These ten steps aren't for the faint of heart or the semi-committed. Steve wants you to get serious in order take your photography to the next level and his book is dedicated to help you get there.

Every chapter is richly illustrated with Steve's own photography from his journalistic and editorial career.
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