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LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals 2

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LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals 2

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  • Various Contributing Photographers
  • Photography Guide
  • Shows Creative Potential of Filters
  • Covers Buildings, Coast, Handheld/Travel
  • Mountains, Sky, Snow and Ice, and Water
  • Correct Exposure, Composition, Color
  • Deals with Stitched Panoramas
  • Includes Guide to Thinking in B&W
  • Chapter on Shooting Digital
  • Filters Covered Include ND and Polarizer
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The book Inspiring Professionals 2 from LEE Filters is full of insight, guidance and pictures from professional photographers who demonstrate the creative possibilities provided by filters. Continuing where Inspiring Professionals left off, this volume discusses and shows the effects of using filters in the photography of different objects and environments, including buildings, coasts, mountains, sky, snow and ice, and water. Various types and styles of photography are also covered, including handheld, travel and stitched panorama shooting. Correct exposure, composition and color are dealt with, as well, and the book features a guide to thinking in black-and-white and a chapter devoted to using filters specifically in digital photography. Inspiring Professionals 2 encompasses various types of filters, including neutral density graduated and circular polarizers.

Featured Contributing Photographers
Photographs and commentary from:

  • Joe Cornish - travel and landscape shooter and bestselling author
  • Mark Denton - panoramic shooter and bestselling author
  • Paul Gallagher - master black-and-white photographer, printer, lecturer, teacher and author
  • John Gravett - photographic director of Lakeland Photo Limited and photographic tutor
  • Plus: David Ward, David Noton, Tom Mackie, Jeremy Walker and Charlie Waite
  • Contents
  • Introduction: Pages 11-15
  • Chapter 1: Buildings - Pages 16-31; Correct Exposure - Pages 32-35
  • Chapter 2: Coast - Pages 36-55; Composition - Pages 56-63
  • Chapter 3: Handheld and Travel - Pages 64-75; Color - Pages 76-81
  • Chapter 4: Mountains - Pages 82-97; Creative Use of Filters - Pages 98-101
  • Chapter 5: Sky - Pages 102-121; Shooting Digital - Pages 122-127
  • Chapter 6: Snow and Ice - Pages 128 - 141; Stitched Panoramas - Pages 142-145
  • Chapter 7: Water - Pages 146-169; Thinking in Black and White - Pages 170-173
  • Subject Creative use of filters in photography
    Author Joe Cornish, Mark Denton, Paul Gallagher, John Gravett, David Ward, David Noton, Tom Mackie, Jeremy Walker and Charlie Waite
    Hard/Soft Cover Hard cover
    Pages 174
    Illustrations Yes, photographs
    ISBN Number Not specified by manufacturer
    Publisher LEE Filters
    Date Published November 2012

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    4.1

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    78%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4)
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      5.0

      excellent book

      By vo hug kha

      from Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam

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          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals 2:

          guy, who start to use filter for photography, should read this book, event they do not use lee filters

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          5.0

          book inspiring pro 2 by lee

          By peter

          from san rafael ca.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals 2:

            gives you ideas on most filters to use in different areas by different photographers .
            quite healpful

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            4.0

            Inspiring Professionals 2

            By Mamabear984

            from Vancouver, BC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals 2:

              Really explains the use of the filters & why they were chosen.
              Shows exactly which filter was used & how by the instructor.
              Great book!!

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              3.0

              Missing info...?!

              By Rafaello

              from Sacramento

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good quality

              Cons

              • Missing Info
              • To Much Portfolio Book

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals 2:

              You are paying not enough to get information like: Shutter Speed, F-stop, Focal length, ISO, post-progressing etc.
              It's more like portfolio book for the author's with some not totally successful photos e.g. page21.
              Three stars only because I like some of the author's work. I THING YOU CAN USE THIS BOOK AS A GUIDE FOR THE MOST USABLE LEE FILTERS.

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              5.0

              Inspiring Book

              By GMick

              from Dallas, TX

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Instructional

                Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals 2:

                I am new to the use of filters and this book illustrates the use of filter techniques by many great photographers. Very straight forward.

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                4.0

                Buy it

                By Anders

                from Sweden

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                      Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals 2:

                      Very inspiring book with very good comments from the photographers. Somehow they take the myth from filter photography.

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                      3.0

                      Filters or Photoshop?

                      By Landscape Photographer

                      from Australia

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                            Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals 2:

                            The polariser and neutral density filters are probably the only filters whose effect cannot be replicated by image processing software so I was expecting that this updated book would contain some discussion of the circumstances in which filters work better than software or HDRI techniques, and vice versa.
                            I was disappointed. It contains the advice "get it right in camera" but no explanation of why, or when, this is the best approach, apart from the lame explanation that it saves time at the computer later. For example, many of the photographs demonstrate the use of a ND grad to darken the sky. This works adequately when the horizon is a straight line but is less satisfactory when it is a more complex shape - surely this is one case where software would work better.
                            The introduction claims that all the photographers featured in the book use filters to better represent reality, not to distort it. I wish this was correct. The majority of the photographs in this book are excellent and demonstrate how a subtle use of filters can improve an image, but there are some exceptions where filters are used to create blatantly unnatural effects; these would not be out of place in a book on how not to use filters.

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                            5.0

                            Inspired Professionals, indeed

                            By eelont

                            from Ontario, California

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                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals 2:

                              Not only do they show which Lee filters they are using but the placement over the lens. This book tops the first book by the same name.

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                              3.0

                              LEE missed a big teaching opportunity

                              By DDB

                              from Santa Monica, CA

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                                  Comments about LEE Filters Book: Inspiring Professionals 2:

                                  This book presents a portfolio of images taken with Lee filters. Each image is presented alongside a diagram that shows how the filters were used to create the photo. In addition to this, the photographer of each photo includes a few paragraphs of text to accompany each image. Overall, the book is useful for two reasons: (1) to get ideas on how (and when) to use Lee-type filters and (2) to gauge the effect that all of the filters can impart. (I haven't seen many examples in other books where filter diagrams are presented alongside the resulting image.)

                                  However, there are a few missing features that would have made this book much more useful. For example, it would have been great to include exposure times, sensor size, and focal length for each image. The exposure times would be especially helpful alongside the images that use Lee's "Big Stopper" (10 stop) filter. In addition, I gathered that the images used in the book represented a combination of both digital and film backs, and they were taken using a variety of sensor sizes, to include compact, full-frame, and larger formats. If this information had been specifically mentioned for each photo, I would have gotten a better sense on why the particular filters were chosen for each job.

                                  My biggest critique of this book is with the opinionated commentary that accompanies each photo. The photographers spend too much time pontificating and not enough time teaching. For example, all of the photographers belabor the point of needing to get it right in camera. Okay, got it: message received. But I was bothered that so many of the commentaries would highlight the time-consuming efforts they would undertake just so they could (effectively) avoid having to do 5 minutes of post-production. [As an example, one photographer spends an entire paragraph noting that he always gets up super early on snowy days so there aren't any tripod holes in the snow (from other photographers). Um, hello, clone tool?]

                                  The result of all this commentary is that it lowers the credibility of the artists involved because it's an indication that they (1) don't make effective use of their time and (2) don't have a full command over all the tools available to them. Adding to this is that several of the included photos have weak composition and aren't very compelling. (I don't want to be too negative: there are also a lot of great images in this book.)

                                  The book itself is nicely produced: it is a little smaller than 8 x 10", and it's about an inch thick. The paper used is semi-gloss and of very high quality.

                                  The bottom line on this book? If you're new to Lee-type (Cokin, etc) filters, there's a bunch of great illustrations in this book. However, if you know what you're doing with photography, the wandering and sometimes sanctimonious commentaries will frustrate you.

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