- Series: Voices That Matter
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (November 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321793927
- ISBN-13: 978-0321793928
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Visual Stories: Behind the Lens with Vincent Laforet (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
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"Visual Stories blends art, meaningful technical know-how and thoughtful discussion on the role and power of photography to make an impact on society. It’s one of the best photography books I’ve seen."
-Christopher Robinson, Editor, Digital Photo Pro Magazine
"Once in a while a Creative comes along who’s body of work causes anyone who sees it to stop in their tracks. That’s the gift that Vincent Laforet has given us here. Life Through the Lens with Vincent Laforet is an inspiring gift that demands to be on your bookshelf (virtual or otherwise)."
- Dane Sanders, Photographer & Writer, DaneSanders.com
"99% of the process happens before you even get the opportunity to press the button. As much as anything else, Visual Stories is about that process. It is about previsualizing, planning, cajoling, persevering — and whatever else it takes to transport an image from your mind’s eye into print."
- Scott Bourne, Photographer & Writer, Photofocus.com
"Visual Stories will be an instant classic. It is well written and is an easy read for photographers of every level. It contains over 100 of the author’s photos with information on the shot as well as the technical camera settings used. Also included with Visual Stories is a DVD that contains 60 videos that provide a personal view of the author and his work. Here he explains in more detail about his work and how he captured his images. If you want to see into the mind of an award winning photographer and learn from his experiences then I very highly recommend Visual Stories."
-T. Michael Testi, Seattle Post Intelligencer / Blog Critics
About the Author
Vincent Laforet, a three-time winner at the prestigious 2010 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, is a director and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who is known for his forward-thinking approach to image-making and story-telling. In addition to having been commissioned by just about every important international publication
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If you're looking for a photography book that tells you exactly what settings to use to take exact photos like Vincent Laforet, then this is not the book for you. However, this book offers something much more valuable than just how to take pictures - it actually gets into Vincent's head and explains why he took the photographs that he did. I found this to be infinitely more valuable than just a book with technical details. For example, Vincent explains his exact thought process and mental state when taking pictures. The mental state for photography, the how and why an image is taken is extremely valuable and not many people are teaching it. Anyone can learn settings for a camera and how to use the technology, what really matters is knowing when to take the photo.
Read this book, it will help you be a better photographer.
On the negative side:
This book contains some things that I know a lot about and some things that I don't. On the things I know about, he gets the facts wrong. (One example: p125 shows a picture of jets which he says were getting ready to leave for a weekend in the Hamptons and that there was a traffic jam. In fact, the jets are parked, not ready to leave (they still have orange covers on their engines). There is a big orange x at the end of the taxi way, signifying the taxiway is closed. It is being used for parking and storage, and is not a line waiting to leave.) The reason this bothers me is it makes me question whether he is getting the facts right on things I don't know about and have to take his word for. The inaccuracies (a plane can't fly in rain, one has to constantly get approval from the tower as they fly around NYC, the Canon 5D MK II being "nearly weightless" to name a few) make me wonder what else is not correct, and undermine the whole book. I came away with some new ideas but also with the thought "let's see if that REALLY is the way he says it is." So, in a twisted way, I guess that is motivating me to get out there and do my own experimenting.
It is an easy read, could be done in a rainy afternoon. This is good in some ways (easy to get through the material) and bad in others (sometimes more depth would be nice).
The book was worth looking at but I don't think it will be one that I return to often.
I have not looked at the enclosed CD yet, but will update the review when I do.
The DVD segments each consist of an image, a discussion of the story behind it (this varies from technical challenges to aesthetic approach and goals to logistics to office politics etc), the technical shooting info and then a repeat of the image. On a minor note in regards to the DVD. I agree with a previous reviewer about there being minimal instruction. I would have liked to see the image which is bring discussed while it was actually being discussed so that I could relate his words to the image and not have to try and remember the details of the image that he is referring to in his discussions.
However, I found the book disapointing. There are several repetitions of photographs used throughout the book as though he just wanted to use up the space. Most, if not all the photos, can be seen on his web site. I was looking for more to be included in the book.
It would have been nice to have included more of the story that it took to get the shot. Perhaps even some insight of working from heights, the mental and physical preparation, would have been nice?
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