- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118290526
- ISBN-13: 978-1118290521
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 84 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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the images are awesome and the stories behind them make it a great read. There s plenty of inspiration available here and many genres of photography are covered too, so well worth a look. (Advanced Photographer, July 2012) Full of inspiring images to keep your creative juices flowing. (Digital SLR Photography, August 2012) Featuring outstanding shots aspiring enthusiast photographers will find plenty of ideas and encouragement a reasonably priced and inspiring book. (Digital Camera Magazine, August 2012)
From the Back Cover
Look. Learn. Be inspired.
To be a photographer is to endlessly crave new, innovative waysto express your vision. The archives of 1x.com offer atreasure-trove of images from photographers known and yet to beknown. This breathtaking, one-of-a-kind volume puts into your hands100 of those spectacular images, each with the photographer'spersonal description of the process, technique, equipment, andvision behind the photograph.
Enjoy the work. Study the stories. Here is a well of inspirationto which you can and will return again and again.
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First of all, know that this isn't a nuts & bolts technical book, nor is it a coffee table book. The book is rather unique in that it exhibits over a hundred beautifully reproduced full-page photos and then provides the motivations/insights/how-to comments of the creator on the opposing page. I found it thoroughly entertaining, informative and, yes, inspirational. Unlike a few early reviewers, my copy was well printed, indicating there may have been problems with the first printing.
Organized into ten categories, like Abstract, Landscape, Nature, Street, etc., I would slowly cover one category at a time, allowing myself time to contemplate upon each one. I found myself coming up with my own ideas, and wanting to explore some of the techniques described by the artists. The photographers vary in how much of their technique they describe, but I could usually fill in the blanks when needed. I initially found this a bit frustrating, but then I realized it challenged me to engage in the photographer's process. It made me think.
This is a different type of photography book than most. If you are searching for ideas and techniques to stimulate your imagination, you will likely be as satisfied as I am with Photo Inspiration: Secrets Behind Stunning Images.
4 stars for the photos, none for the book quality. What a shame!
Like all "how to" books, not every description is a recipe to follow. Instead, books like this give you a good idea about what is possible. The only way to get images as awesome as the ones presented here is by knowing what you can do with a photograph in post processing. By knowing what can be done with a photograph after it is captured in camera, the photographers artistic vision of the subject becomes more refined. This book does an outstanding job of presenting that information from the many great photographers whose work was selected for inclusion in the book.
The only minor complaint I have is the inclusion of a Photoshop Composite image in the "Street Shooting" category. The image in question began as a street shot, but once altered it became a Photoshop Composite, and therefore should have been placed in one of the other categories of the book. Street shooting, a sub category of photojournalism, is intended to represent reality. Viewers of street photography and photojournalism instinctively hope and trust that such images are true unaltered representations of the scenes, not imaginary re-creations. I love Photoshop Compositing and I also love street shooting and I do both, but "never the twain shall meet"!
That said, this is an excellent book that should be beneficial and enjoyable to practically anyone, and especially photographers.
Whatever your favorite sort of photo is, you'll find a tutorial about it (macro, landscape, and so on).
You're not only going to get into the photographer's mind and going to understand the process of creation behind each of those stunning pictures, but you'll also realize you don't need an awful amount of gear to make a good picture, only a little skill and imagination.
The book is thrilling indeed because those tutorials are so clear, so easy to understand and adapt to your own photos that after reading this book you feel invigorated and eager to try something by yourself !
A great "mind opener" too. If you you are fond of taking landscape pictures, for example, you'll soon feel like trying some abstract or why not have a go at editing ?
As an amateur photographer, I'll say it's a book that boosts you !
Besides, it's addictive ! A page turning book !
Open it you won't leave it, and it's even better than a thriller : the story never ends since you'll create your own from what you got in that book !