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Get the Photos Others Can't

Michael Freeman

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Best-selling author Michael Freeman brings his 40 years of photographic experience to bear on the key issue facing every photographer - how to get those stunning shots that others struggle to capture.

Getting the best possible photo is not a game of chance - there are proven methods and innovative approaches that the professional photographer uses to succeed. From Freeman's decades of reportage experience, he has developed proven methods for going beyond where tourists stop, and delivering the photographs that make the cover. Get the Photos Others Can't uses five 'nodes' or guiding principles, in various combinations, to elucidate each particular method of access:
Right Place, Right Time - train yourself in the art of anticipation
Hearts & Minds - understand the importance of people skills
Immersion - involve yourself fully in your subject
Deep Learning - research and reflect
Left Field - take an unexpected direction to find a new angle.

With examples from Freeman's own archive of images, as well as from iconic photographers including Weegee, Cindy Sherman, Guy Bourdin, W. Eugene Smith and Garry Winogrand, the secrets shared in this book will let you find your own modus operandi for overcoming the obstacles between you and the shot, so you can bring home your own world-class images.

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Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career.

Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographers has been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.

Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.

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