- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Ilex Press (1 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905814976
- ISBN-13: 978-1905814978
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 1.3 x 25.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Photographer's Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos Paperback – 1 Nov 2010
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Since then, working for editorial clients that include all the world's major magazines, and notably the Smithsonian Magazine (with which he has had a 30-year association, shooting more than 40 stories), Freeman's reputation has been consolidated as one of the leading reportage photographers. Of his many books, which have sold 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, and he is the world's leading author on photographic practice. Having been for many years responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts, Freeman now runs a monthly online Photography Foundation Course at http://www.my-photo-school.com/course/michael-freemans-the-photographers-eye/
Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages, and are available on all other Amazon international sites.
"In this volume, Freeman contemplates what makes a photo gripping, appealing, or beautiful, breaking subject matter, lighting, and composition into component parts and defining and discussing each. Filled with examples at each step, the elements of a photo are organized into three sections - intent, style, and process - with examples of the transformations possible using digital technology surveyed in the final section. This is a superb guide, thought provoking and useful for photographers at all levels."--SciTechBookNews
"In Freeman's follow-up to his popular Photographer's Eye and Photographer's Eye Field Guide, he generously shares experience he has gained as a professional photographer to improve the quality of the digital pictures nearly everyone is now creating. The content is streamlined into three chapters, on intent, style, and process, that tackle both the practical and the intangible aspects of photography more thoughtfully than many similar books. Freeman is as adept at explaining composition as he is at discussing the problem of cliché or the philosophy of the sublime. Suitable for all who are serious about improving their photos."--Library Journal
"The Photographer's Mind is Michael Freeman's follow up to his best-selling book, The Photographer's Eye. Containing more than 400 images with schematic illustrations showing how and why they work, the book is targeted at serious amateurs, intermediate as well as professional photographers."--Photography Blog
"Freeman's latest offering reaffirms his place as a skilled photographer and deep thinker with much to impart about the variety of mental processes at play when viewing an image."--DPReview.com--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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 photographershas 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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As per the first book, this is aimed at the intermediate/advanced photographer and as such does not cover technical competencies (shutter speed/aperture/iso etc).
This book to me is a continuation of his previous book and I feel without having read/be aware of the solid concepts/techniques of composition, the reader may be a little lost.
This book takes the reader through and expanding on the 'why's of compositional elements and considerations for certain situations. There's a section in the book that provides a small case study for one of Freeman's images, and whilst not a great image, the thought process and considerations made whilst deciding on the final composition/light control etc is very much appreciated.
One small issue I have is related to the layout of the items on some pages. Whilst Freeman's writing style is flowing, the pages contain images with captions and the layout does not really provide the reader will clear breaks for us to explore the images/captions, before returing to the main text. With this, I found myself jumping between the images, the captions and the main text and getting ahead of myself. The publishers have missed reading Freeman's section on "leading the eye".
If you enjoyed and learned something "The Photographer's Eye" and want the 'why' to the 'what', this is a good choice. Throuroghly recommended for anyone wishing to improve.
The book is written as a teacher or lecturer would explain techniques to students. Of course as the author has written many courses to degree level, then this is to be expected. That is not to say that it is difficult to read, as it is not. My feeling is it should be part of a suite which should include "The Photographers Eye", "Mastering Digital Photography", "Perfect Exposure" and others. The images accompanying the text are excellent and bring the book alive.
If you want to realise the full potential of both your camera and your artistic capabilities, then buy this book.
The Photographer's mind is not for beginners. It is one of the few photography books that truly is for intermediate/advanced photographers. It maintains the level of quality needed to meet its audience throughout. You are not expected to flick through the first 50% of yet another 'padded out with basic photography' type book as it yet again slowly trudges through all the things you know already (basic shutter/aperture, camera lenses, exposure modes, ISO, rule of thirds, layer adjustments and correction). Instead, you are treated as a competent user.
A criticism of the book would be that the author rarely considers photography outside his comfort zone (reportage and travel photography), and there is a hint of snobbishness regarding photography in more mundane and populist settings. This is not explicit, but implied by exclusion. Although this is a stance I have some sympathy for, it may not be appropriate from a book with such a general title (i.e it should be all encompassing and not favour particular photography types). Sure, the book is more conceptual than stylistic, but the example images should certainly have more variety than they do (especially when some images are now becoming familiar to readers of Freeman's previous books - he keeps using the same shots).
Another minor issue is that the author has a tendency towards a noticeably older style of photography than many other competing books (this is the book you would expect a photographer of the 70's to write, complete with a focus on the sights and sounds of the hippie trail).Read more ›
This is not a manual on which settings to use in which circumstances. Rather, it analyses the creative process around choosing what to photograph, and composition. It also looks at how the viewers may perceive a photograph and how you can, to a certain extent, control the way in which they see a scene.
This has made me think about why I take photos and what response I want to elicit from people. It has also made me consider new approaches, and given me ideas on how to move forward and develop my skills.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow! Thought provoking! Not an easy read, but worth the effort for the glimmers of insight gradually penetrative my thick skull. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark England
Looking forward to reading this book as it comes highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by Minder
As all kinds of cameras becoming ubiquitous, sheer volume of pictures explode, there is more and more democracy in the appreciation of good photography. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ning Zhao
Another great book from Michael Freeman with lots to provoke thought. I borrowed the paperback from my library initally and then bought the Kindle version. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ian H
Great book, don't know what else to say about it. Easy to understand, easy to put in practice, understandable, clearly and concisely written. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Andre
Having read the Photographer's Eye, I found this book disappointing. It does not add much, in my view. Read morePublished on 17 May 2013 by Massimiliano Volpi
Excellent account of ways of thinking about photography. Very good examples of successful techniques for achieving distinctive images. Read morePublished on 23 April 2013 by jpm
Totally refreshing, an absolute "must" on any serious photographers bookshelf. After reading this, I would recommend getting Michael Freemans follow up book . Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2013 by Tony Cortazzi
I bought two of Freeman'sbooks: The Photographer's Mind and the Photographer's Eye as one follows on from the other. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2013 by GH