Question by Viddler: Books on Photographic Special Effects: Can you recommend project idea guides for niche imaging techniques?
Answer by Simmi
Lighting and Photographing Transparent and Translucent Surfaces
This covers a virtual arena of everything you want to know about both special effects photography and niche imaging, right from creating realistically fantastic images to abstract art-like images.
As a niche photographer myself, I use them for ideas and inspiration as much for techniques and the reasons behind them. The basic rule is to understand the intricate play of light and shadow, with or without color.
From that perspective, I’d say these are good books for basic-to-advanced photography projects.
P.S. If you’re interested in the history of photographic illusions from the 19th and 20th century then there’s a fine book by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s called Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop. It’s primarily for photo history buffs.
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