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Inspiration In Photography is a book all about training your mind to make great art a habit.
Author Brooke Shaden is an award winning fine art photographer, and in this book she sets out to inspire others and get them to develop their own unique style using their imagination.
The book begins with a few words from Brooke about how she got her start, and what she aims to achieve from her photography. Next she moves on to talk about the philosophy behind her work, and how everyone has the ability to be creative and unleash it to find their passion and create photography they love.
Next, she moves on to talk about the practices behind inspiration in photography, looking at commercial vs fine art photography, and how to create your own worlds within photography. A nice touch is the case studies which are included in each section, in which the featured artist tells us a little bit about how they come up with their work and gives us lots of example images.
Looked at in detail, with lots of images from Brooke are using props in images, the effect of black and white, and how to use colour effectively, before going on to look at uses of different locations, from outdoors to indoors and elaborate locations.
A particularly interesting chapter is looking at building characters in your photography. Looked at is creating anonymous characters, creating characters with substance and also being able to tell a story through your images.
Brooke also looks at dark and surrealist photographic techniques, including creating tension in photography, creating fairytale like images and shooting underwater for that floating effect. Also touched on are fashion photography and self portrait photography.
Overall, this book is quite different and provides some top tips for expressing yourself creatively through the photographic medium. It is a great way of introducing you to new and different ideas and getting your creative juices flowing.