The Minimalist Photographer
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Final Release Date: April 2013
Pages: 144

This book covers photography from a minimalist perspective, proving that it is possible to take very good photographs with relatively cheap equipment. The minimalist process emphasizes the importance of first knowing what you want to achieve as a photographer and then choosing the most effective equipment, subject matter, and general approach to meet your goals. The minimalist photographer works with the idea that the brain and the eye are far more important than the camera.

Author Steve Johnson begins by asking you, the reader, to look inward and make the connections between your nature and your photography. Why do you want to take photographs and what subject matter are you attracted to? What type of photographer are you now and what type of photographer would you like to become? These are important questions to consider when deciding what approach works best for you.

In subsequent chapters, you'll learn about the equipment and workflow of a minimalist photographer as Johnson discusses the strengths and weaknesses of various types of cameras and explains why the biggest or most expensive piece of equipment is not always the best. He also addresses the importance of lighting and teaches you how to achieve effective lighting without spending a lot of money.

Also included are discussions about aesthetics and composition, as well as a brief history of photography and the future of the art form.

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    4.0

    Photography and Philosophy

    By Wayne

    from Greenwood, AR

    About Me Amateur Photographer, Developer

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    Pros

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    • Thought Provoking
    • Well-written

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    • Not Very Technical

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    Comments about oreilly The Minimalist Photographer:

    The Minimalist Photographer by Steve Johnson, is a fantastic introduction into the world of photography.

    This read is much less of a technical how-to guide, instead opting for the philosophical approach to photographer. With sections such as "Why Do You Want to Take Photographs?" and "What Type of Photographer Will You Become?" the author begins with questioning the motives of the reader and sets the overall tone of the book. He continues sharing his philosophy of minimalism and his own personal approach and workflow, before discussing some of the technical aspects of photography and the types of equipment out there. He concludes with the more "soft" (though arguably essential) aspects of photography, such as aesthetics and composition, and finally a brief history of photography.

    I really, really liked this book because it forced me to think about what it was I actually wanted out of photography, as well as some darn good advice. Instead of spending hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on equipment at first, use what you have - whether that's a cell phone, or a cheap point-and-shoot, and exhaust its capabilities. Once you have pushed the lower-end equipment, and identified just why it is limiting to you then is the time to start shopping for higher end equipment that will overcome the limitations of your current setup.

    This book completely changed how I think about photography, and has also shifted how I feel about life in general. I think that's really the hallmark of a great book.

    There were a few things that I didn't agree with - such as his philosophy on HDR photography - but the author makes it perfectly clear that disagreeing with him is OK. Actually, his real goal (which he mentions at least once) is to get you to think about photography - you may agree or disagree with him (and others), as long as you think.

    If you are interested in photography and actually thinking, you should read this book.

     
    5.0

    Worthwhile for any photographer

    By jb

    from Lubbock, TX

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      Comments about oreilly The Minimalist Photographer:

      This is an ideal book for new ideas.
      The book is for anyone who wants to get out of a rut or expand their photography.
      I wish the book was longer,

       
      5.0

      How to REALLY focus

      By ABTucker

      from Sierra Foothills, CA

      About Me Camera Club Prresident, Educator

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        Comments about oreilly The Minimalist Photographer:

        I shall purchase for the Camera Club shelf in our community library.

         
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        excellent

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