I recently ordered a copy of Brian Lloyd Duckett’s new book, 52 Assignments Street Photography. Brian runs the marvellous StreetSnappers, specialising in street photography courses. I will admit to being a big fan of Brian’s approach to photography since I first read his other book, Mastering Street Photography. Since then I have been on a couple of StreetSnappers courses and had a thoroughly brilliant time.
In this book Brian tackles the sticky problem of learning to see, and be creative. Most photography coaches teach the basics, how to get the correct exposure, how to use the basic composition rules, and leave it that. Brian, however, has written a book to help you get into some really creative photography.
First of all, this is a really nice book to hold. It is hardback and has a lovely cover with a myriad of Brian’s images. Inside, the pages are really good quality. This may seem like an odd observation, but a tactile and good quality photography book is a must in my view.
The book is made up of 52 individual projects, some short, some long, all of them designed to help develop your eye and enable you build a portfolio of themed photographs. There is a very wide range of topics, which focus on composition, storytelling, light and even shooting on film*. Each assignment has advice from Brian on how to go about it, and things to consider. There are also areas for you to write your own notes and thoughts.
This book is hugely accessible, filled with Brian’s helpful, and gentle coaching approach. What is most appealing is the obvious joy he gets from his own photographic endeavours, and the joy he gets from sharing his knowledge with others. There is no requirement for fancy kit, just a good pair of shoes, a charged camera battery, and a willingness to have a try. Whether you are new to photography, or in a photographic rut, then this book could take you in a whole new direction.
Order it now, or ask Santa nicely for a copy, I am sure he would oblige. As for me, I am already planning on doing one of the assignments next week, so keep your eyes peeled on the blog to see how I get on.
*The Delightful Mr F, being an avid film shooter, was overjoyed at this.
Note: I have not been sponsored or paid for this review. The book was bought and paid for by me.