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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the horse with the disgusting teeth!, 10 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: How To Take Great Photographs On Any Camera - Extended Edition (Kindle Edition)
I view this book on my Kindle for PC to benefit from seeing the photos in full colour with the plus of not having to deal with the refreshing (positive to negative to positive) after every photo on a Kindle device.

This is a book about composition so a camera spec is incidental, though the author does include the occasional note for 'superior' cameras. For example, he suggests using card or an umbrella to shield a subject (a flower) that is in bright sunlight, to avoid bleached colours. This is such a simple and effective solution (I can't believe I didn't think of it!) which epitomizes the value of this book. But he then adds advice for those with cameras where the aperture on the lens can be changed and I feel a little bit deprived.

Some of the advice can be applied equally to painting and drawing, such as the 'rule of thirds' which we were taught in art classes at school (but comes naturally to some of us). He extends this quite nicely and provides some stunning photographic examples. To be honest, I think most serious photographers and artists apply this rule excessively now and I find it quite refreshing to see the occasional 50/50 picture (or just off-centre to irritate the brain) with something special in one of the halves.

Where photography differs (in simple terms) to painting is we can leave out anything we like when painting but a camera will catch everything including poles out of heads, for example! The author covers this area of layers/dimensions perfectly. I'm fine with landscapes but when it comes to people I concentrate too much on the subject and have indeed produced some horrors - I've uploaded a couple of these if you want a laugh!

I also like how the author gives us 'permission' to break the rules (intentionally) when cropping. Although he doesn't specifically refer to them in this respect, his examples of tops and sides of heads being chopped off are brilliant.

There is so much worth reading in this book - even experienced photographers could pick up a tip or three - some may seem obvious but seeing it in 'black and white' endorses the synapses.

The author shows us some cracking photos as well as giving us advice and as I say in my title I love the horse with the disgusting teeth!
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