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Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are Illustrated Edition
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About the Author
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.
- Item Weight : 1.43 pounds
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780817435936
- ISBN-13 : 978-0817435936
- Dimensions : 8.55 x 0.41 x 10.86 inches
- Publisher : Amphoto Books; Illustrated edition (August 21, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 081743593X
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
Brenda and Jed make a case for "seeing deeply and feeling deeply" in order to create images that may or may not be technically perfect, but that have personal meaning -- the ones that makes your heart go pitty-pat and cause you to exclaim a silent or very loud Yes! to yourself. And to carry out that expression effectively, the authors suggest that we begin with a "creative vision that comes from seeing with an open heart and mind."
They illustrate the "how" of this process through a series of intelligently presented chapters that each focus on an aspect of expanding one's awareness and perception. Entries such as "Practice Seeing Daily," and "See Beyond the Subject" offer simple but effective ways to see beyond the normal -- for example, to look for potential subjects in close-up and macro work, in reflections, and in patterns. Recommended exercises at the end of each chapter offer simple ways to practice what is discussed.
The chapters, "Discovering Pictures Where You Live" and "Capturing Everyday Moments" are at the heart of the book, which challenges the notion that one needs a fat travel budget to take great photos. On the contrary, the authors say, right around you -- in your own neighborhood, park, back yard, or even kitchen -- lie opportunities for "extraordinary everyday photography." Using examples of common objects (a cheese grater!, a coat hanger in an open window, a sheet of ice), the authors take us on a little bit of a magical mystery tour, showing how simple techniques such as isolating elements through cropping, identifying abstracts, and using light imaginatively can yield beautiful and unusual images.
Another chapter, "Expanding the Creative Process" shows examples of images manipulated either in camera (multiple exposures, slow shutter, panning) or in post-process (such as Photoshop) and provide fresh ideas for making "straight" photos more artful and personal. And the resources chapter lists several smartphone apps and websites that photographers will find useful.
Who will like this book? Any beginning-to-intermediate photographer who wants to expand their photographic skill and horizon, or any photographer who feels stuck, stymied, bored, or unchallenged. Anyone who thinks they can only make great photos in "great" locations. Practicing these techniques is likely to greatly improve your photography at home while preparing you to take even better photos when those big travel adventures do come your way.
Finally, I love the authors' suggestion to make photo play dates to practice the techniques offered. While they don't make a specific recommendation about whether to do this alone or with others, I personally think the exercises provide a useful framework for getting together with other explorers eager to expand photographic boundaries and to then share/compare results in a space of camaraderie, support and fun!
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Hierbei handelt es sich um ein sehr schönes Buch zum Einstieg in Themen
wie Komposition und Bildgestaltung.
Es wird in einfacher Art und Weise auf diese Themen eingegangen und man
wird durch viele "Exercises" dazu ermutigt, selbst rauszugehen
und Fotos zu machen.
Was dieses Buch von vielen anderen unterscheidet:
Man wird bewusst dazu angeregt, in seiner näheren Umgebung schöne Fotos zu machen,
ohne, dass man zunächst an irgendeinen schönen Platz dieser Erde fliegen muss.
Für all diejenigen, denen die Kameraeinstellungen keine Probleme mehr bereiten
(darauf wird hier nämlich nicht großartig eingegangen) und die einen Einblick
in Komposition und Bildgestaltung suchen, oder, die einfach nur einen
Anreiz brauchen um rauszugehen und Fotos zu machen sehr empfehlenswert.
Wer Bedenken hat, dass das Buch in englischer Sprache verfasst ist:
Es wird sehr simples Englisch ohne viele Fachbegriffe verwendet, mit passablem
Schulenglisch sollte man hier keine Verständnisprobleme haben.
Zahlreiche Abbildungen illustrieren im besten Sinne des Wortes die verschiedenen Ansätze, etwas in der Welt um sich zu finden, das es wert ist, mit der Kamera festgehalten zu werden.
Die Texte sind in einfachem Englisch verfasst - wer mit einer durchschnittlichen englischsprachigen Website klar kommt, wird auch hier keine Verständnisprobleme haben.