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Photo Op: 52 Inspirational Projects for the Adventurous Image-maker 1st Edition

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"A treasure trove of ideas to pique your curiosity and put the fun back into your photography.. A terrific tool for getting you up off the couch and back to a time when discovery and play meant as much to you as taking photographs."--The Picture Professional

"Kevin Meredith shares a plethora of photography tips, tricks, and techniques in his latest picture book Photo Op: 52 Inspirational Projects for the Adventurous Image Maker. Drawing from his own experience, as well as 15 fellow photographers, Meredith compiles a how-to book that takes an idea, lists the necessary tools, and explains the process in simple terminology. Each project illustrates the procedure with vivid examples. Several collage pages scattered throughout the book create visual overload, but in a good way."--San Francisco Book Review

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240814002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240814001
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had this on my "wish list" and received it for Christmas. I was excited and looking forward to jump starting some creativity. There are some great ideas here, and this book is full of truly beautiful photographs, but too many of the 52 projects require very specialized equipment, some of which is very costly. I don't have, or have the means to get, a Holga, a Lomo LC-A, a tilt shift lens, or all of the stuff required to take aerial shots from a kite, just to name a few. Fewer than half of the 52 projects have "ingredients" that are on hand or available for most of us. One example with reasonable ingredients is project #31, Children. It lists for ingredients "any camera, children and a sense of fun," and offers some fantastic tips and ideas for photographing kids. Some others, like Low-down, are for any camera, and are more out-of-the-box, creative ideas that I was hoping to get from this book.
There are definitely some great things I will get from this book, I just wish that there wasn't so much in it that the more average photographer can't use.
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Photo Op is a fun book of 52 ideas to challenge photographers, to play and have fun with their cameras.

Most of the technique and sample photos are laid out in 4-6 page spreads; more complicated topics may have a couple more pages. The wide page layout of the book allows for plenty of images, from full page to three horizontal photos on a page plus room for text.

Techniques are written by 21 different photographers so the techniques vary from traditional (time-lapse) and serious to quirky and fun. Each photographer's voice and unique creative outlook and perspective kept the book from becoming boring reading material also.

Something important to know is the camera techniques requiring different cameras. This is not a book of just photo techniques for DSLR cameras or point and shoot digital cameras. Some techniques include the use of antique cameras such as the Diana or newly manufactured plastic "toy" cameras such as the Holga, a Polaroid camera and film, or a pinhole camera. Thus unless you photograph with a wide variety of cameras and toy cameras you would not be able to try every project in the book. The good news is on the first page of each project there is an ingredient list that tells what type of camera and accessory equipment is required, such as a remote shutter release or tripod. Perhaps one of the most surprising accessories is a kite, to which you attach a lightweight camera to and fly it high to take aerial photos.

This is an inspirational book for photographers of creative ideas ranging from serious to just plain fun. The book layout is great, the paper is high quality and thick, the color photography looks great on these pages.

Personally I learned some new techniques that I can and will use.
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The ideas in the book are decent enough. But too many of them require specific equipment (e.g. tripod, remote switch, waterproof housing), props (kite, flashgun) or specialized locations (airplane, beach, concert). Some of the ideas are simple and straightforward. But far too many of them require a good amount of prep and setup. I wanted ideas that required minimal amounts of equipment so that I might be able to try them out while in the normal flow of daily life. This book doesn't present those types of ideas. So if you have a fair amount of camera equipment and don't mind planning excursions to specific locations just to take pictures then you'll probably find this book to be a decent source of ideas. But if you're looking for "spontaneous" photo ops, definitely look elsewhere.
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There is nothing wrong with this book if you are looking for photo projects oriented around "how-to-do-it" themes. It probably will be best for people who have shot a few pictures and want to get some ideas. I was hoping for something a bit deeper (I think it was the word "inspirational" in the subtitle) and in that sense found it a bit disappointing. I'm giving it a three star rating as something of a compromise--it's nice as a photo activity book, not very useful to help deepen the quality of your photography.
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My interest in this book was generated from a Photo Group I listen to. It did not grab me, nor hold my interest tightly. The subjects are very random may more artistically directed than outlined and detailed.

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NCR
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I gave this book to my son just when he bought himself a fancy schmancy camera. Since then, he's been taking photographs that are gradually becoming more sophisticated and serve as evidence that he is developing his artistic vision, experimenting with angles, lighting, and more. I asked him to write a review and he sent me the following:

Photo Op: 52 Weekly Ideas for Creative Image-Making presents a different approach to teaching photography. Traditional books tend to focus more on knobs and dials, stuff that is readily available in the manual. Rather, this book encourages the user to try various techniques and challenges in a series of 52 (one for each week) methods. There is a combination of simple photography insights, as well as post-processing techniques. I've enjoyed exploring this book, in terms of both the methods used as well as the examples created by other photographers. I'd say the only downside is that much of what is taught is fully available on the internet. That said, many of us still enjoy the book format and enjoy simply being able to flip a page and try something new!
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