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LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals

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Eight leading landscape photographers have joined forces with LEE Filters to produce Inspiring Professionals, a book where top professionals pass on techniques and advice for using filtration in landscape photography.

This 132 page hardback book is full of stunning images taken from around the world that will both inform and inspire you. Whether you are shooting digitally or with film, Inspiring Professionals will help you discover how using filtration can help improve your landscape photography.

Each photographer explains in detail a particular shot they have taken, giving details of when, why and how they used filtration in their image. This is supported by an illustration that not only shows what filters were used, but also how they were positioned in the shot.

Featuring

Joe Cornish
Mark Denton
John Gravett
Tom Mackie
David Noton
Charlie Waite
Jeremy Walker
David Ward
Subject Advanced Photography
Author Lee Filters
Edition First
Hard/Soft Cover Hardcover
Pages 132
Dimensions Not Specified by Publisher
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number Not Specified by Publisher
Publisher Lee
Date Published 2007

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LEE FiltersBook: Inspiring Professionals
 
4.5

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Pros

  • Informative (15)
  • Quality photos (12)
  • Easy to follow (10)
  • Well written (7)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Reference (11)
    • Educational (10)
    • Landscape photography (6)
    • Travel (5)
    • Everyday (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual reader (8), Enthusiast (7), Everyday reader (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent introduction to filters...

    This book provides a very good introduction to the use of basic and not so basic filters. The things that I like are:

    1. a brief biography of each photographer...Read complete review

    This book provides a very good introduction to the use of basic and not so basic filters. The things that I like are:

    1. a brief biography of each photographer is given in the front of the book, together with a website where you can go and see their work.

    2. Each image shows the photographer who took it, the filters that were used, their placement and the result. This way, I at least have a"model" to use in trying some of my image shots with their filters.

    3. Each description and the accompanying photos and drawings are covered in two pages that can be read independently of all the others, so if I am interested in a particular filter or filter combination, I can simply flip to the appropriate pages and read the text and see the result.

    4. Although published for a specific brand of filters, the methods can be used for any brand of square or rectangular filters.

    The only downside, if it can be called that, is that all the photographers and most of the images are from the same part of the world, but this shouldn't stop anyone who wants to learn about the use of filters from acquiring the book.

    It is a very useful complement to my photography library and gives me some very definitive ideas about how to use some of the filters.

    VS

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    OK but no image EXIF provided

    I found this book only partially useful. The three things some image and descriptions lacked were (1) better descriptions on how the pictures were taken (time of day, position of sun/light,...Read complete review

    I found this book only partially useful. The three things some image and descriptions lacked were (1) better descriptions on how the pictures were taken (time of day, position of sun/light, white balance, etc.), (2) EXIF data for each image, and (3) before and after images so readers can see the difference made by use of the filter(s). For example, you can control the amount of light that enters the camera by aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Without the EXIF data one cannot tell the effect these variables had on the image. The assumption made in each case was that the filter was responsible for the effects. Some authors were more descriptive than others in providing this information. That said, there were some stunning examples and after reading it I know I will change my technique for some pictures.

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    4.0

    Great reading

    By Doug B.

    from Cypress, CA.

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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          Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

          Very good knowledge source on the uses of filters in photography. Great, in-detail coverage of the various neutral density filters and how to use them in different situations. Also a great catalog showing the various Lee filter products.

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          5.0

          fantastic book

          By hippiatre

          from montreal canada

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                Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                a pleasure to read.

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                5.0

                As the title states - Inspiring!

                By PK

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Informative
                • Inspiring
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Non I Can Find

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Landscape Photography
                • Traveling

                Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                I've got several books personally signed by Art Wolfe an others regards location, camera settings and filters used to achieve the shot. One problem is that they are big as they're meant to sit on you coffee table. What I find really beneficial about the Lee Filter books is that they are perfect size for travel and to add to your coffee table collection. Really informative and inspirational. Keep'em coming.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect

                By Oli

                from Doha, Qatar

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Well written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Home
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                  i was a newbie and gamble to purchased this book and now i really don't have any regrets having this book. this is not perfect but this speaks for a lot of thing when you are trying to learn and learning from experts really motivates me.

                  i highly recommend this for beginnners and pro.

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                  5.0

                  Great Read

                  By rdmarque

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                    Awesome books to get ideas and inspriation with these flter.

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                    5.0

                    Perfect bathroom read

                    By Home slice

                    from New York

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

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                          Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                          For me this is not the type of book you sit down and read for an hour. To get the most out of it I suggest just reading a page or two and really soak in the images and story's. It's like a coffee table book thats small enough (and cheep enough) to leave on the back of a toilet!

                          One warning is that you'll end up wanting to spend lots of money on filters afterwards. The good thing is that you'll know what your buying instead of the fake product examples you see online where every filter is on the same image of a pool or a meadow.

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                          • Yes

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Nice pictures!

                          By Bren

                          from Vancouver, Canada

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                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                Lovely glossy finish and the picture in here are inspiring (as its name suggests). Only wish they included the EXIF data!
                                P.S. the book is tiny, don't expect anything the size of an encycloepdia

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                                • No

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Pricy good book to understand filter

                                By always learn

                                from Fremont, CA

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Informative

                                Cons

                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape Photography

                                Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                This book has very good examples of using LEE filters. The description of the situation and the location of the filters are well illustrated with pictures. But for [$], I expect more examples like those

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                                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                OK but no image EXIF provided

                                By not2ez

                                from Kansas

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable

                                Cons

                                • Some examples lacked EXIF

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                I found this book only partially useful. The three things some image and descriptions lacked were (1) better descriptions on how the pictures were taken (time of day, position of sun/light, white balance, etc.), (2) EXIF data for each image, and (3) before and after images so readers can see the difference made by use of the filter(s). For example, you can control the amount of light that enters the camera by aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Without the EXIF data one cannot tell the effect these variables had on the image. The assumption made in each case was that the filter was responsible for the effects. Some authors were more descriptive than others in providing this information. That said, there were some stunning examples and after reading it I know I will change my technique for some pictures.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                Share this review

                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Excellent introduction to filters...

                                By WesternGuy

                                from Alberta, Canada

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                  This book provides a very good introduction to the use of basic and not so basic filters. The things that I like are:

                                  1. a brief biography of each photographer is given in the front of the book, together with a website where you can go and see their work.

                                  2. Each image shows the photographer who took it, the filters that were used, their placement and the result. This way, I at least have a"model" to use in trying some of my image shots with their filters.

                                  3. Each description and the accompanying photos and drawings are covered in two pages that can be read independently of all the others, so if I am interested in a particular filter or filter combination, I can simply flip to the appropriate pages and read the text and see the result.

                                  4. Although published for a specific brand of filters, the methods can be used for any brand of square or rectangular filters.

                                  The only downside, if it can be called that, is that all the photographers and most of the images are from the same part of the world, but this shouldn't stop anyone who wants to learn about the use of filters from acquiring the book.

                                  It is a very useful complement to my photography library and gives me some very definitive ideas about how to use some of the filters.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Interesting book !

                                  By trungphoto

                                  from Viet nam

                                  About Me Casual Reader

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Follow
                                  • Informative
                                  • Quality Photos

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Educational
                                    • Reference

                                    Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                    I am a beginner in landcape photograpphy. This book help me alot in choosing filters and taking landcape photograph.

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                                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    3.0

                                    Very basic information

                                    By Jadasten

                                    from Green Bay, WI

                                    About Me Everyday Reader

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Quality Photos

                                    Cons

                                    • Lacks Content

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Reference

                                    Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                    Good example pics and filters used, would like to see a before/after example of each picture. Book is much smaller than it looks. Overall its a nice introductory to filters.

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                                    5.0

                                    Short, Sweet & Concise

                                    By katzpaws

                                    from Alexandria, VA

                                    About Me Casual Reader

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Follow
                                    • Informative
                                    • Quality Photos
                                    • Well Written

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Educational
                                      • Staying Informed

                                      Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                      Getting started in film medium format for landscape photography. Researching filters discovered this book. Excellent landscape photo examples with details on which filters used and how they were positioned to create picture. Not a elementary book on what a filter is and what it does, rather a pleasant peek at possibilities when using square format filter systems.

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                                      5.0

                                      Nice quality

                                      By Glenn

                                      from Singapore

                                      About Me Casual Reader

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Decent print
                                      • Easy To Follow
                                      • Informative
                                      • Quality Photos
                                      • Well Written

                                      Cons

                                      • Incomplete list

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Educational
                                      • Inspiration
                                      • Reference

                                      Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                      An excellent book which covers the usage of square filters for use with holders.

                                      Various types of filters are "advertised" in this book ranging from ND to soft filters to soft and hard edged filters, this book covers most of the basics of what a newbie filter user would love to learn from.

                                      A must buy for any landscape or portrait photographer looking to shoot with little to none post processing to make your photos looks attractive.

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                                      4.0

                                      Always learning !!

                                      By Hounder

                                      from Barrie

                                      About Me Everyday Reader

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Follow
                                      • Informative
                                      • Quality Photos

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Educational

                                        Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                        Learned a few things that I hadn't thought of before !! Never hurts to see what the pro's are up to !

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                                        5.0

                                        Inspiring to say the least

                                        By CameraDC

                                        from BC, Canada

                                        About Me Casual Reader

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Follow
                                        • Informative
                                        • Quality Photos
                                        • Well Written

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Educational
                                          • Reference
                                          • Staying Informed

                                          Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                          A must read with getting to know Lee Filters.

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                                          4.0

                                          Book: Inspiring Professionals by Lee

                                          By wineguy

                                          from knoxville tn

                                          About Me Casual Reader

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Follow
                                          • Informative
                                          • Quality Photos

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Educational

                                            Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                            great examples of results from using the filters
                                            wished for more comment on possible errors to avoid or how to deal with reflections and glare

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                                            5.0

                                            Very informative resource

                                            By Gumby

                                            from Avon, CT

                                            About Me Casual Reader

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Follow
                                            • Excellent Resource
                                            • Hard Cover
                                            • Informative
                                            • Quality Photos
                                            • Well Written

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Educational
                                              • Reference
                                              • Technique

                                              Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                              I purchased the book after a recommendation from a friend. The book is very well put together, it shows examples from several sucessful photograghers and each photographer goes into depth on how they set up the particular shot, what they wanted to achieve and the equipment they used.
                                              Rather than just dry data, you get to see the result of the individual technique. For me, that provides a goal to try to achiev, when I can see what result can be achieved.
                                              Although it's produced by a manufacturer of filters, you don't get the feeling any particular product is being pushed. It really is a resource collection from professional photographers providing you with their vast experience.

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                                                • Canon Lens Work III, The Camera - Ansel Adams, The Print - Ansel Adams

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                                                5.0

                                                Inspiring read!

                                                By Duke

                                                from Melbourne

                                                About Me Casual Reader

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Follow
                                                • Informative
                                                • Quality Photos
                                                • Well Written

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Educational
                                                  • Entertainment
                                                  • Reference

                                                  Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                                  I love this book. If your new to filters especially ND filters and interested in how they can improve your land or seascape photography this is for you! Photo's are great with good technical back up for application.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Reduce Your Reliance on Photoshop

                                                  By Haiku

                                                  from Hawaii

                                                  About Me Casual Reader

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Informative
                                                  • Quality Photos
                                                  • Worth the price

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals:

                                                      This book was smaller than I had anticipated; however, it was certainly worth the price. I must have looked at the photos in the book at least a dozen times over the past couple of weeks.
                                                      I believe in the use of ND filters to balance the light in your image and to enhance saturation and color; you won't have to PS as much. As it is appropriated titled, it will inspire you!

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