Monday, October 13, 2008

Tao of Photography

I tend to read an unseemly number of photography how-to books. They're a little like cookbooks in that they often focus on equipment you'll never own and ingredients (scenery or food) you'll never have access to. That's what made this book so refreshing. For a how-to book, it's remarkably cavalier about disregarding technical finesse. Proper exposure, the famous "rule of thirds," key lights, main lights etc. etc. ad nauseam, get tossed out the window in favor of going for what simply works for a shot. Many of photography's most celebrated pictures have come from the simple but elegant hand-held Leica, a fact that's telling about the art of photography. This book recommends cutting through the noise and simply experimenting.

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