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Visual Poetry: A Creative Guide for Making Engaging Digital Photographs 1st Edition

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"Chris Orwig is a vibrant and authentic individual who brings passion to everything that he does. I would unequivocally recommend this
book to everyone who wants to reach further with their photography or other creative endeavor they cherish.” —Douglas Kirkland

From the Back Cover

A great photograph has the potential to transcend verbal and written language. But how do you create these photographs? It's not the how that's important, but the who and the what. Who you are as a person has a direct impact on what you capture as a photographer.
Whether you are an amateur or professional, architect or acupuncturist, physician or photographer, this guide provides inspiration, simple techniques, and assignments to boost your creative process and improve your digital images using natural light without additional gear.
Chris Orwig's insights-to reduce and simplify, participate rather than critique, and capture a story-have made him an immensely popular workshop speaker and faculty member at the prestigious Brooks Institute. His engaging stories presented as lessons follow his classroom approach and highlight what students say is his contagious passion for life.
In this accessible and beautifully illustrated four-color guide you will:
Discover visual poetry in the creative processUse less to say more with your subject matterLearn to see light, color, shape, and expressionUnderstand what gear is essentialCreate compelling portraitsMake lasting memories of your family and kidsCapture the outdoors and adventureBegin the transition from amateur to professionalChris also includes exclusive interviews with such photographers as: Steve McCurry, Chris Rainier, John Sexton, Rodney Smith, Joyce Tenneson, John Paul Caponigro, Marc Riboud, and Pete Turner.
Share your work with the author and other readers at www.flickr.com/groups/visual-poet and visit the Web site: www.visual-poet.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (August 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321636821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321636829
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

CHRIS ORWIG is an author, teacher, photographer, and creator of more than 80 courses at lynda.com. His previous books include Visual Poetry and People Pictures. He speaks on creativity and photography frequently and has been invited to speak at places like the Google headquarters and on the TEDx stage. Whether shooting photographs, speaking, or writing books, he inspires others to become more creative and to lead better lives. Chris lives with his wife and three girls in Santa Barbara, California

For more inspiration visit:
- http://www.thecreativefight.com

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By R. Caldwell on September 1, 2009
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I just finished my first of what I suspect will be many reads through this book. I'm initially struck by both the richness and approachability of the content. It's also incredibly inspiring while remaining realistic and practical. The author drew me in with his intimate style, personal accounts, authenticity, and humility while avoiding fluff, filler, and cheese. I will be recommending this to my pro photographer friends, my point-and-shoot friends, and the others in between. To my pro friends, I would expect this book to rekindle the passion that was once the reason they started shooting seriously. To the others, I believe this could be the book that will provide that extra something needed to take photos that truly capture. This book challenged me as a creative person and photographer, but also as a father, spouse, traveler, and friend.

Inspiration
I had been anticipating this book for a while as I'm familiar with Chris's work and [...] tutorials, but he has exceeded my expectations. I started perusing the introduction and before I knew it, I found myself in Chapter 4 only to look up and see my camera beckon me from its resting place. This book has reminded me that I'm a creative person daily tempted by uniformity and routine. I'm also reminded that creativity needs to be fought for, invested in, and daily cultivated. The author provides very practical methods and tips to foster and maintain a creative spark. I can honestly say that I'll wake up tomorrow with a polished lens through which to view the world.

Technicalities
It seems Orwig takes somewhat of a minimalist approach to photography. The yuppie and boomer gear fiends tattooed with Nikon logos may miss the value here. He doesn't go into great lengths as to what's in the cookie.
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Visual Poetry: A Creative Guide for Making Engaging Digital Photographs is a book written by Chris Orwig, an instructor of prestigious photography school. The approach of this book is workshop style, meaning that Chris will give you tips and tricks in the chapter, then followed by assignment and reference.

The interesting part of the book is when Chris relate literature (especially poetry) to photography. He argues that photography could be a great medium to express or convey a message or story.

In addition, this book discussed many kinds of photography from portrait, wedding, sports, and travel. However i feel that the discussion in each chapter is too general.

This book is geared towards someone who is already have pretty strong basic photography knowledge such as exposure, composition, equipments, but need an inspiration and a push in the back to try out new things.

For beginners, you might be disappointed because there is practically no instruction on how to get those kind of photos. There is no technical information (lens used, focal length, aperture/shutter speed) on each photographs in the book as well.
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There is no doubt that the author loves both his photography and his teaching. The book draws on both to ignite the enthusiasm and creative energies of readers in their pursuit of more fulfilling and engaging photographic work. Anecdotes from his own experiences and those of photographers of his acquaintance that fill the pages are used to excite and enable the reader to enter a more exciting and creative world of photography, as are the references to the books and websites of dozens and dozens of accomplished photo-artists in all the major genre. What is not in evidence is analysis of what distinguishes images that succeed in engaging the energies of viewers and in transforming their ways of seeing. Beyond a paragraph here and there devoted to these matters and the answer that interviews with "guest speakers" reported on what makes a good photograph, there is little guidance on what it is that makes some images sing and other hum. It is energizing to read of the author's bursts of growth as a photographer. It would have been more useful to the reader had he in addition devoted his talents to clarifying just how the reader can become a better critic of his own work.
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I heard about this book by reading an interview that David duChemin did with Orwig in one of his e-books about creativity. I found their exchange particularly insightful and thought-provoking, so I was really hoping that I'd learn something from reading this book. Unfortunately, I came away very disappointed in the content from this book, and thought there was very little value I could derive from reading it.

The first several chapters of this book discuss various topics related to creativity, mostly through the use of anecdotes and analogies. There are some useful points raised here, and a few interesting stories, but the information density is really low. Throughout the book, but particularly in the first few chapters, there's *a lot* of "name dropping" where Orwig will just rattle off names of photographers, artists, etc, and the stories really don't say very much in the end. The constant use of anecdotes also gets tiresome after a while, and it really started to feel like a cheesy self-help book (like a highly condensed "Chicken Soup for the Soul") rather than a book about improving your photography.

There is a brief section on technical topics aimed at beginners, discussing the usual stuff around exposure, lenses, depth-of-field, etc, but the discussion here was frankly pretty bad. If you're a beginner, you'd be well advised to look elsewhere if you're looking to learn the basics. The topics are short, with few examples, and the text has all kinds of gaps in it and is poorly organized. This chapter feels rushed and just crammed in. There are many books dedicated to these topics, that give proper treatment to the subject, and this one doesn't come close.

Part II discusses many different shooting situations, such as portraits, weddings, and travel.
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