Inspiration in Photography: Training your mind to make great art a habit 1st Edition
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About the Author
Brooke Shaden is a fine art photographer and popular blogger living and working in the Los Angeles area where she runs photo workshops. Her passion lies in creating new worlds through photographs, a passion which was recently recognized by Academy award-winning director Ron Howard when he chose her work as part-inspiration for a short film in Canon’s Imagin8tion competition. Her vision extends beyond the realm of the camera, creating images that resemble paintings and speak of an era that is not our own. Each image is a story.
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I am very open minded and eclectic in my choices of photographic literature, always endeavoring to be open to learning anything I can through study and practice and I remain dedicated to my craft. I regretfully and honestly must say that in spite of the excellent quality of the printing and writing, this book is the only book I have purchased which will fail to join my library and be assigned to the trash. I found it painful to view and read and so self indulgent that it hurt my soul. Also, this is the only negative review of a photo book that I have ever written and I hope that it helps someone to avoid the pain that I experienced in reading this text and viewing the images
I watched her a few times on Creative Live where she was just so inspiring with her words, took notes, and soon started following her blog and youtube where I discovered that she is all about giving back to the art community. Unlike other artists, Brooke will put out there her whole creative process, literally from start to finish, even her editing on the images sometimes, and just shares so much to help others, where other photographers in this cut throat industry would rather die before telling their 'secrets'.
I received this book as a Christmas gift from my husband and as soon as it came I ripped open the box like a kid at Christmas! I was surprised to find that even though its a 'softcover' book, it is very large, 12x12 I believe to be exact just looking at it I'm guessing thats the size. There is a lovely pearl finished cover (I believe the texture is a pearl finish, its very lovely) it's a thick book, almost 200 pages packed FULL of images. Not only her images but also 'case studies' of other photographers and their work is featured as well. I have yet to read it, but I have skimmed through the whole book and the amount of images is just wonderful I could look at them all day and read her descriptions on them, I can't wait to read it and as soon as I leave this review I'm going to start.
It has a full list table of contents that starts with how Brooke herself started out, then goes on into different aspects of inspired art, even touches on the 'fashion' art which she does not really do a lot of but it's neat to see the few photos she does include of it. I did read the last few pages where she has her 'inspiration exercises' and I can't wait to try some of the ones I have not yet done (a few I have already learned from watching her on CL).
Brooke is the leading photographer in this genre, and if you are looking to expand your creativity, mind, and seeking inspiration then I highly suggest this book! Even if you are just a lover of art and photography, I recommend it just for the sheer amount of images that are included. I also recommend that you go check out Brooke Shadens blog and possibly Facebook and youtube as well before you buy this if you have never heard of her, because from the negative reviews I could see that a few have bought this book NOT knowing who she was and it is vital to understand her work so you are not disappointed with what you find. She is not going to offer a 'magic wand' of inspiration or a secret ticket to stardom, but what she is going to offer in this book is a whole new world of possibilities and her encouragement to follow your dreams!
Now, its only $20 bucks, buy the book and then tell me how much you love it :) Time to dig in!
Top international reviews
She teaches that you can make art with any lens and any camera. That you don't need the best things - reading this book will make anyone with a camera a better photographer!
It takes a while to digest, I've read through the pages, looking at the images endless amounts of times, and it never gets old. You'll feel more than inspired, and probably search her YouTube account where the fantasy continues.
If you're interesting in Fine-Art photographer, or any portrait photography - I highly recommend this book. The best money I've spent so far.
No me ha llegado a encantar, de hecho yo estoy escribiendo un libro sobre retratos, didáctico, y me parece que el mio va a quedar bastante mejor y más economico en todos los sentidos.
Esa es otra, me parece algo caro el libro para lo que es
Y el tamaño no me convence, es demasiado grande ( al menos no tiene tapas duras )
pero no es un libro cómodo de leer ni ponerte a estudiar fotografía. :(
Neben vielen gezeigten Bildern wird hier, meiner Meinung nach, schon gut beschrieben wie B. Shaden tickt, bzw. wie sie auf Ihre Bildideen kommt.
Einzelne Passagen mögen auf den ein oder anderen wohl auch ein bischen "esoterisch" wirken. Wenn man jedoch ernsthaft auf der Suche nach Inspiration und Ideen für Bilder ist sollte man diese Passagen vorurteilsfrei angehen und verstehen.
Auch wenn durchaus der ein oder andere Weg beschrieben wird wie man sich und seinen Kopf "frei" für Ideen bekommt ist dies allerdings keins der typischen "Howto" Bücher.
Sondern vielmehr werden hier verschiedene Wege und Anregungen aufgezeigt. ICH würde das Buch jederzeit weiterempfehlen!