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Photo Index- Things.jpgThis one got to me instantly and powerfully: “not a book of pictures … (it) is a book of ideas.” As author Jim Krause calls it.

Measuring a pocket-book sized 23x15x2cm, it could fit into a mid-sized camera bag and would rapidly give you a jolt of fresh ideas when out and about with a camera.

In reality you have to take Krause’s “not a book of pictures” message with a pinch of salt: the book is actually chockers with pictures and very light on text. However the pictures — well over 300 of them — are of such a concise and powerful style that each does in fact give a creative jolt as you skim through them.

Delving deeper I discovered that each group of thirty images is backed up by 40-50 words of explanatory text describing how each was achieved at the camera and software stages.

Krause is a designer/illustrator/photographer by trade and his precise eye for a picture shows up brilliantly, not only in his choice of subject but also in the tight framing that avoids distracting elements in the frame.

I see a lot of books kin my reviewing tasks but this one impressed the hell out of me as a concentrated stimulant to get out there and get the shots! Great shots!

One of the best!

Author: J Krause.
Publisher: HOW Books.
Distributor: Capricorn Link.
Length: 354 pages.
ISBN 978 1 60061 044 8.
Price: Get a price on Photo Idea Index – Things at Amazon.

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Barrie Smith is an experienced writer/photographer currently published in Australian Macworld, Auscam and other magazines in Australia and overseas.

  • http://www.edanial.com Danial Shah

    Oh that was my first Photography book. Infact I’ve all of its collection.
    People should buy Photo Idea Index [Places] as well :)
    Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.365photographytips.com 365 Photography Tips

    A bit expensive, although you should get back your money investment through photographs’ ideas ;))

  • Jade

    I hate reviews like this :) They make me use lots of money on books I just cannot live without :) No I can hardly wait to get it in my mail!

  • http://tylerwainright.com Tyler Wainright

    Thanks for the write up…I wish there were some additional reviews on Amazon. This seems like a nice idea – one of his other books on amazon has many glowing reviews so this one may be just as good.

  • Tanja Rigby

    I just ordered it! Thanks for the tip

  • http://garubal.multiply.com oliverignacio

    why not just google images if you need “ideas”

  • Dawnwithacamera

    I have this book, and the “Photo Idea Index” also, I haven’t seen “Places” at my local Barnes and Nobles yet. I know am building an impressive collection of cloud photographs.

  • http://picwordsbook.com Andy Merrett

    @Oliver – I guess if you have your mobile and Google with you everywhere you have your camera, you could just do that — or find a batch of photos and put them on your phone before you go out, but sometimes there really is something about having a beautiful print copy with you.

    It’s a bad analogy, perhaps, but why do you bother to print out your photos? Because there’s something tangible and ‘real’ about taking images out of the digital realm.

  • http://www.nathanfrankephotography.com Nathan

Some older comments

  • Nathan

    September 23, 2011 02:13 am

  • Andy Merrett

    June 4, 2010 09:28 pm

    @Oliver - I guess if you have your mobile and Google with you everywhere you have your camera, you could just do that — or find a batch of photos and put them on your phone before you go out, but sometimes there really is something about having a beautiful print copy with you.

    It's a bad analogy, perhaps, but why do you bother to print out your photos? Because there's something tangible and 'real' about taking images out of the digital realm.

  • Dawnwithacamera

    June 2, 2010 10:26 pm

    I have this book, and the "Photo Idea Index" also, I haven't seen "Places" at my local Barnes and Nobles yet. I know am building an impressive collection of cloud photographs.

  • oliverignacio

    May 31, 2010 12:49 pm

    why not just google images if you need "ideas"

  • Tanja Rigby

    May 31, 2010 01:12 am

    I just ordered it! Thanks for the tip

  • Tyler Wainright

    May 30, 2010 12:18 pm

    Thanks for the write up...I wish there were some additional reviews on Amazon. This seems like a nice idea - one of his other books on amazon has many glowing reviews so this one may be just as good.

  • Jade

    May 30, 2010 09:48 am

    I hate reviews like this :) They make me use lots of money on books I just cannot live without :) No I can hardly wait to get it in my mail!

  • 365 Photography Tips

    May 30, 2010 09:22 am

    A bit expensive, although you should get back your money investment through photographs' ideas ;))

  • Danial Shah

    May 30, 2010 06:19 am

    Oh that was my first Photography book. Infact I've all of its collection.
    People should buy Photo Idea Index [Places] as well :)
    Thanks for sharing

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