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Theory into practice.,
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This review is from: Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)
Theoretical knowledge does not amount to much if it does not inform practice and skills. This excellent book ( as others have pointed out ) may not be what a beginner would find too useful. It is not really a 'How to....' book either, it is more subtle. It is a more 'Have you considered this... ?' or ' Now do you see why your last image did/did not work ?' book. In short it forces those of us who are by nature impulsive snappers ( a charge to which I have to plead 'guilty' ), to pause and THINK about what is possible in what we see through our viewfinders. There are no doubt many people who would find this book superfluous as they already follow similar thought patterns to the author. It may be the images used to explain and illustrate points may not be to the taste of some. It does not matter. The author is not trying to clone anyone to his way of working or to his tastes, merely offering a series of checks and observational skills to be heeded or ignored as you see fit.
The exercises given are a good idea, and I have enjoyed them thus far. ( I read the book through first and then returned to read it in greater depth chapter by chapter , engaging with the exercises . This is still on-going). Of course the book is heavily weighted to the experience of the author with problems of too much light and heavy shadows prevalent in the South Western USA, but, as with so many things, if you go back to his compositional basics THAT is where the knowledge he can give you is located.
I am so glad I bought this book.