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Take Your Photography to the Next Level

From Inspiration to Image

This book is for the photographer who strives to achieve a higher level of results in their work. Take Your Photography to the Next Level is based on a series of essays originally featured on the popular Luminous Landscape website. Barr tackles some of the rarely discussed, yet essential aspects...
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BOOK AUTHOR

George Barr

PAGE COUNT

224 pages

TRIM SIZE

8 x 10in

COVER

Soft Cover

ISBN

978-1-933952-21-5

PUBLISH DATE

12/2007

1 review for Take Your Photography to the Next Level

  • Just looking at the table of contents of this worthwhile book, love seeing that one of the chapters is called “mind games”. The author is a physician so maybe he is especially qualified 🙂

    Much of what he covers in the book how to work a scene, what makes a great photograph, what to avoid, etc. Not so much a technical, what f-stop to use but more of a defining of what goes into a good image.

    The author includes a section on photographing clichés (e.g., Grand Canyon, Eiffel Tower, etc.) and I love that he points out that it’s OK if you don’t find a unique perspective-it’s OK to photograph a cliché the way it’s been done before just because you like it!

    I like the surprises scattered throughout this book: not just that you don’t need to have a unique perspective when photographing a cliché but also that you do not necessarily need a center of interest in the photograph. Toward the end of the book is a chapter on assessing your images, including a section called “initial disappointment”. When I get home from a shoot I have plenty of initial disappointments :-). He suggests keeping all of your images for at least a year because later review may turn up a gem.

    Probably my favorite chapter in the book is called “mind games” and includes topics such as what do you do when you are stuck in a rut with your photographs, balancing family with career, those times when your conception just doesn’t bear out in execution, and, most fun, how to deal with equipment envy! I am quite certain that I haven’t seen most of those topics covered in a book before and much of it was eye-opening for me. As to equipment envy, he discuss times when he impulsively bought a piece of equipment he later rarely used or found impractical. Have to admit, I’ve done that myself :-). One of his suggestions for getting out of a slump is to photograph a junk drawer-I’m going to try it this week.

    I much enjoyed this book and found a lot in it I haven’t seen elsewhere. The author is great at addressing issues that face all photographers but that aren’t always brought to light. I highly recommend the book to photographers — gave me lots to think about.
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