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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century

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A book by Matthew Bamberg

If you've ever found yourself looking at a photograph in a museum or gallery and thinking, "I can do that," this is the book for you. 101 QUICK AND EASY IDEAS TAKEN FROM THE MASTER PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY shows you how to recognize and … see full wiki

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Author: Matthew Bamberg
Publisher: Course Technology PTR
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Good Idea, But...: A 101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century Review

  • Feb 2, 2010
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I received this book to read and review. Having read and enjoyed two other books by Matthew Bamberg, I looked forward to receiving 101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century.

Matthew Bamberg has broken this book into 37 chapters each showcasing a photographic master including a short bio, descriptions of the master's image, and example images with the methods used to recreate them. As the title suggests, each chapter is short and only provides a shallow look into the techniques the masters used. Unfortunately, the master's "images are not included in the book for copyright reasons", URLs are provided instead.

The lack of the master's images is the biggest problem with this book. As the master's images were described, I often found myself looking at Matthew's images wondering what he was talking about before quickly realizing I wasn't looking at the image he was describing. Since I don't read in front of a computer, I didn't try the URLs until after I finished reading the book. This approach didn't work well as the URLs are not differentiated by the rest of the text in a visually obvious manner. Many of the URLs are long leading to potential typing errors, and already becoming obsolete. For example, I tried the 99 character link to view Paul Strand's Toadstool and Grasses only to find the site no longer exists. Fortunately a quick image search found what I was looking for.

Even though the image URLs are obsolete and a distraction, each chapter contains valid photographic lessons. Matthew explains the techniques used by each master, recreates the image in his own way, and explains the steps he took to do so. Once I reviewed some of the URLs, I was amazed how well Matthew's images recreated the effects of the original images. Plus, Matthew explains the PhotoShop techniques used to obtain results the masters used film to create.

This is the third book by Matthew Bamberg regarding photography I've read. I've come to expect an interesting and informative read. Even though this book's execution has failed, the lessons within are informative. If you can get past the missing images and problematic URLs, there is plenty to learn. Otherwise consider other options.

PROS:
Provides valuable lessons learned from the masters
Includes many inspiring image recreations
Photoshop techniques explained to duplicate film effects

CONS:
Original images not shown
Excessively long URLs
URLs already becoming obsolete

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