- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Amphoto Books; 1 edition (August 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081743593X
- ISBN-13: 978-0817435936
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 154 customer reviews
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About the Author
Brenda Tharp is a professional photographer and author of Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography, Revised Edition (Amphoto, 2010). Her work has appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Audubon, Discovery, Forbes, Sierra, and Sunset, and clients include Audubon, Canon, the National Park Service, and the Sierra Club. Brenda teaches workshops at Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and BetterPhoto.com. She can be found at www.brendatharp.com.
Jed Manwaring is a professional photographer whose images have appeared in such publications as Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Sunset. He has contributed to several books and leads photography workshops with his partner, Brenda Tharp. For more about Jed, visit www.jedmanwaring.com.
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Who is/are the photographer(s) you admire? Very likely these people did not need to travel to exotic locales like so many photographers desire so they can find 'the shot'. These masters saw the great images they later captured all around them. For example, Henri Cartier-Bresson just wandered the streets taking quiet images using his little Leica. Ansel Adams' images sell for seven figures yet he mostly shot places millions of others have and will travel to yet never equal his shots. Clyde Butcher makes wonderful images where others see nasty swamps. Weston's most famous photographs are of common vegetables.
So why do so many art and amateur photographers dream of finally taking that voyage to Antarctica or Africa or some other place to get stunning images when the masters seem to find them in their backyards? The difference is that they are masters because they see artistically. This book, as well as those others cited (and more too) have examples, essays and exercises to help you develop your eye to you too can see like those who can seem to always find 'the shot' where others just walk by.
This book isn't very long but is dense in information, sample snaps to illustrate the authors' points and exercises to assist you in this artistic development. The book concentrates on the image - the composition and its elements. It strives to break you free of any creative restrictions you may have developed. For example, the book instructs you, at one point, to (horrors of horrors) set your expensive DSLR rig on 'P' so you can concentrate on the image rather than fiddling with the aperture or shutter speed or whatnot. At other places, the authors even exceed this recommendation by suggesting you (double horrors of horrors) using your cell phone camera where you won't worry about these settings because you cannot.
Do not expect here a technical discussion of how aperture affects DOF or how to use CS to post process your way to imaging happiness or other purely technical issues. The authors figure you either know that stuff or can find it elsewhere. This is a book about how to move from where you are to a more artistically inclined version of yourself. By that, I mean one who can see the great photo no matter where you are.
To paraphrase the previously cited Freeman Patterson, what do you expect to photograph at that exotic location if you can't see what there is to photograph right at home? On a personal note, after reading this book for all of 15 minutes, I had a sort of awakening. I went home, got my expensive DSLR, and walked to a place I pass each morning. Putting the camera on the never before used P, I took a snap which is one of my better ever. It was nice to open my eyes and wake up to that which is always around me.
The best thing about the book is that each chapter is short, concise with ideas and tips for good photography and illustration with beautiful pictures.
I find it very easy to travel the world to exotic places and take great pictures but I found it very easy to lose motivation once returning home. I shot many images of local scenes whenever I got a new camera body or lens, but after I had mastered the technical skills I would lose interest - which was only revitalised when I once again ventured away from home. Cameras and lenses would stay on the shelf … and my interest dwindle.
Unlike most other books which mainly teach the technical skills this one gave me more creative inspiration.
Excellent and highly recommended.
With chapters such as "Photographing at Dusk and Dawn" "Creating Strong Compositions" "Finding Fresh Vision" "Finding your Point of View" the authors take the mundane around us and transform it simply and in most cases without expensive equipment into strong photographs.
Is this new material? No. But it is very well done, and easily accessible to every photographer, even those on budgets who can't afford high end cameras or long trips to exotic places. I highly recommend this book to anyone attempting to learn how to take pictures that will capture interest.