Rethinking Digital Photography: Making & Using Traditional & Contemporary Photo Tools

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Photography is changing at the speed of light--and this imaginative manual offers an amazing look at unconventional imaging methods, both digital and analog. Detailed and playful, it presents ideas for repurposing old cameras, making photo devices out of common household items, and creating unique images with today's cameras, mobile phones, software, and other digital technology. From using TTV cameras lens to panorama and 3D shooting, these techniques will expand any ...
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Overview

Photography is changing at the speed of light--and this imaginative manual offers an amazing look at unconventional imaging methods, both digital and analog. Detailed and playful, it presents ideas for repurposing old cameras, making photo devices out of common household items, and creating unique images with today's cameras, mobile phones, software, and other digital technology. From using TTV cameras lens to panorama and 3D shooting, these techniques will expand any photographer's repertoire!
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There is a retro trend evident in current fashion, in the renewed interest in vinyl records, and in smartphone apps that take crisp, high-resolution digital images that look like they were taken with a Brownie box camera and developed in a darkroom. This book is just the thing for retro camera app devotees who want to go a step or two further. Fine-art photographer Neel presents all manner of camera equipment alteration projects, alternative processes, and playful photographic tricks, often combining digital and analog processes. This is a modern guide that incorporates older tools with great creative effect.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600597862
  • Publisher: Pixiq
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 767,583
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN NEEL is a fine art photographer whose skills include electronic imaging, conventional and digital photography, stereo photography, video, synthesized sound, 3D animation and new media. He currently teaches courses at various colleges in his hometown of ROCHESTER, NEW YORK.
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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    Lots of great ideas!

    This is a fun read with lots of good ideas to stimulate your creativity. Well written and clear instructions highlight the many experiments using any type of film, digital or no-lens cameras. Very worthwhile!

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    An Idea Factory for Photographers

    It's easy to stay in your comfort zone when it comes to photography. Getting the mechanics right takes some time, then gradually developing your own style and expertise takes some more time, usually quite a bit more. By then, the tendency is to want to get better at what you do, photographically. So landscape photographers take more and (hopefully) better landscapes, Flower shooters hone their macro skills, and portrait makers usually stay within those boundaries.

    But sometimes it's good to venture outside your own corner of the picture-maklng world, and just have some fun. Try something you heard about, but didn't know how to get started. Re-visit techniques you've tried before, but put aside and need an expert to show you what's new. Mr. Neel's wide-ranging book will (re) introduce you to a multitude of ways to increase your artistry and enjoyment of this limitless medium.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    Playful and Inspiring! I found Rethinking Digital Photography to

    Playful and Inspiring!
    I found Rethinking Digital Photography to be an incredible resource for creative ideas. As a self-employed graphic designer and photographer, I'm always looking for innovative ways to create unique images that add excitement to my commercial work.

    Bryan Hyde
    Bryan Hyde Design

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    I have know John for 20+ years and remember his early years of p

    I have know John for 20+ years and remember his early years of playing, learning and experimenting. It's wonderful to see that he continues this tradition and encourages the reader to experiment, play and experiment. Creativity can be honed and cultivated by embracing experimentation, cutting the rope, eliminating the barriers, and allowing yourself to have fun. John's book encourages this and is a wonderful and beautiful guide to get you started and encourage your to find and develop the tools that help you share the special world you see around you. Kudos to John for this gift to the creative community.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    I pre-ordered based on description and was not disappointed... T

    I pre-ordered based on description and was not disappointed... This is a great book for anyone interested in experimentation and photography... This should prove very useful for teachers and workshop coordinators... lots of ideas to get things started... shop the yard sales and thrift shops for old cameras, projectors etc and go to town!!! I have used it for some fun projects with my daughter while home-schooling and look forward to just turning it over to her to take off with... "Buy This Book"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    An infusion of pure inspiration and heartfelt exploration of a m

    An infusion of pure inspiration and heartfelt exploration of a medium that is sometimes taken a little too seriously. You can really widen your photography boundaries in studying this book. Mr. Neel's tone is always encouraging and empowering, and his passion for the medium shines through on every page. It's fitting that he hails from Rochester, NY, birthplace of Kodak and spawning ground of so much that is good in the world of photographic imaging.... Just in time, he comes out with a book that lives up to its title: "RETHINKING Digital Photography." Highly recommended...

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    Excellent book!

    Rethinking Digital Photography is an exceptional book and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to expand their digital toolbox. Bought the book after seeing that it was chosen by the Library Journal as a Best Book 2011. It is loaded with playful ideas and many new concepts to kick-start the imagination. This book has given me a new perspective on digital images and I am excited to begin using these new techniques.

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    Good format, low on technique.

    I found this book to be an easy read only because it was low on technique. It talked about how x is a good shot and why y doesn't work, but doesn't explain much about how to get the good shot x. It is also vague on how composition is done. It's a decent book, but don't use it as a reference in your library.

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