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Covers all the right topics but not the most engaging read
on 6 November 2010
I tend to agree with A Smith's review - while this book includes all the fundamentals of composition and covers a lot of ground, it still somehow feels lacking.
I bought this along with Michael Freeman's The Photographer's Eye at the same time. I read David's book first and was surprised to find myself struggling to get through it, as early as page 20 I was struggling to put my finger on why the book was so unenjoyable to read. Perhaps the tone is too dry, it lacks warmth and personality (sorry David!). Topics are presented with reasonable brevity, no subject or concept is explored in huge detail and it sometimes reads like a pure statement of fact, when what I really wanted was to feel like I had an experienced photographer sitting next to me sharing ideas and experiences (as well as the facts/rules etc). It was a bit of a chore reading, for me anyway. On the positive side it could be useful as a reference as the book is fairly compact compared to many and most topics only have a page or two on them.
I picked up The Photographer's Eye next - what a relief as I was starting to wonder if I was going off photography! Michael's book was much easier to read. Ideas and concepts were presented and discussed in a more engaging way and I flew through it feeling like I was taking in a lot more. I thought Michael's book explored topics in a bit more depth, the tone was much more conversational and more photographic examples are given (physically it's just a bigger book).
In summary David's book is fine and I am certainly not sorry I bought or read it, but if you can only buy one my personal preference was Michael Freeman's The Photographer's Eye.