Monday, December 20, 2010

Gift Idea: The Complete Photographer

Do you have a photog in your life? This might be the perfect gift for him/her!

Taking the successful thematic approach of How to Photograph Absolutely Everything and combining it with the practical tools and genre tutorials of Digital Photography Masterclass, The Complete Photographer encourages photographers to explore every discipline and experiment with different approaches, to hone their skills, and find their own personal style. Unlike other books, which tend to cover the principles of photography in a general way, The Complete Photographer is based around tutorials on ten different genres-Portraits, Landscape and Nature, Fashion, Wildlife, Sport, Documentary, Events, Travel, Architecture, and Fine Art-and shows in step-by-step detail how an idea progresses from concept stage to final image.

Guest Review by my husband Doug (our resident photographer)

This book is big.  Almost 400 pages of material.  Tom Ang writes about photography at a different level.  Many books I’ve read that are instructional in nature spend time talking about photography basics.  Aperture, shutter speeds, how to focus, equipment, all of this takes a back seat.  In this book he talks about subjects.  How to capture moments.  How to direct models. Where to find inspiration.  

Fashion and nude
Wildlife and Nature
Event and milestone
Fine Art

In each section there is a discussion of the genre and some considerations for it.  He includes an interview and a behind the scenes view of a shoot in that genre with several established photographers in that style.  There are tutorial pieces throughout the book that challenge you to stretch beyond what you might normally do if tackling that style.  

There are also “image analysis” breakdowns of photos that discuss why things in the example photo were done the way there were.  Identifying different elements and what the purpose of those elements are.

I enjoyed this book, or rather I am enjoying this book, it’s got so much stuff in it that I am working my way through this book and going back as I tackle different projects and photos that I come across.  It has become a resource for me.  I particularly enjoyed the step by step behind the scenes way that show how established photographers tackled various photos.  The interviews look at motivations behind photos and photography in general.  I found these to be a great way to get my mind thinking more about images and my approach to photography.    

Highly recommended for the photographer who is looking for a book about more then just f-stops and how to use a camera.

Thanks so much to DK Canada for sending me a copy of this book to review. 

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