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John Hedgecoe's New Introductory Photography Course


John Hedgecoe     

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Laljit S. Sidhu
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More a portfolio of self-aggrandizement than a "introductory course" on photography, this book is a waste of money and time.

Unless you are a fan of Hedgecoe's photography and simply want a portfolio masking as a guide to photography, there are other books that are much more useful for the beginning photographer. For intermediate and advanced photographers, the information is vague and technically sparse. The only useful material in the book is the data in the appendix. For that information, I would get this book from the library and photocopy those two pages.

The instructional section of the book is limited to a few sparsely and vaguely written paragraphs in the first section. This is followed by the "projects" which would imply some sort of instruction on taking photographs in a step-wise fashion that increases the readers skill. Instead, each project is nothing more than a series of photographs aimed at demonstrating Hedgecoe's skill along with a brief and vague paragraph on the topic at hand. Hedgecoe does not even make the effort of explaining how he arrived at the photographs or the techniques used.

Hedgecoe has numerous other books on the market. Apparently, the reader is supposed to purchase all the books to get a grasp of photography from Hedgecoe's perspective. Personally, I find it difficult to spend money on any other books by this author.

Those interested in increasing their photographic skills, are better served purchasing other books.

9/7/2002 11:22:21 PM
 

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