Photo Op: 52 Weekly Ideas for Creative Image-Making

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ISBN 9781138372153; 288 Pages

Photo Op is a photo projects book with a difference. Featuring 52 inspirational ideas, backed up by jargon-free practical guidance, it is packed with cliche-busting images from some of the best, brightest, hottest photographers working in the Flickr community - many of whom already have a cult following. This book offers a weekly dose of creative inspiration for photographers and images-makers of all levels, and features diverse challenges ranging from quick-fire results to more immersive techniques. Photographers and image-makers are always on the lookout for inspiration and guidance, and Photo Op provides both in a fun, accessible format that will kick-start creativity, enhance skills, and build confidence behind the lens.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Introduction; Category index; Still Life; HDR (high dynamic range); Working with models; Macro; Night; Action; Waterproof cameras; Cut-outs in-camera; Cross-processing; Portraits; Maintain inspiration; Stay unique; Patterned bokeh; Camera tossing; Painting with light; Signage; Tilt shift; Star trails; Pinhole; Through the viewfinder; Strangers; Red shift; Landscapes; Low down; Children; Kinetic; Minimal; Polaroid; Avoiding common mistakes; Architecture; Black-and-white; Picking your best; Strobism; Acrylic lifts; Double exposure; Animals; Avoiding tourist clichés; Online services; Studio; Music events; Long exposures; Reflections; Silhouettes; Alternate realities; Aerial; Low tech cameras; Flash; Bad weather; Color flash; Daylight effects; Montage; Interiors; Snow; Camera types; Photography fundamentals; Index


An accomplished and recognized lomographer, Kevin Meredith was ranked second in the world at the Lomolympics 2000 in Tokyo, and was awarded third place at the Lomographic World Congress in Vienna in 2002. His commissions include photography for Dr. Martens; the Manchester Commonwealth Games; and The National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Royal College of Art, all in London. His work has been published in two Lomographic books-Spirit and Don't Think Just Shoot- and he was on the judge's panel for fl's The Blink of an Eye photo contest and New York exhibition in 2006. In 2008, Kevin was selected to take part in The Purple Pedals Project, one of just 20 people across the world chosen to road test Yahoo's solar-powered bike equipped with camera.


    "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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