Composition Digital Field Guide Paperback – 3 Sep 2010
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easy to follow, and each piece of advice is accompanied by a photograph, making this a colourful and visual title. (Digital Camera Essentials, November 2010).
From the Back Cover
Learn how to put together the perfect photo
No amount of subsequent editing can perfect a photo that was poorly composed. If you′re frustrated because the pictures you take are merely good, not great, this is the book you′ve been looking for. In these pages you′ll find the rules and techniques that help you compose better photos every time you pick up your camera. You′ll learn to apply them in a wide variety of situations, and you′ll even learn how and when to break the rules for that unforgettable image.
Explore lenses, focal length, how to pick the right focus point, and how your camera′s sensor affects composition
Review the basics of light and exposure
Master the rule of thirds, leading lines, symmetry and balance, and color
Learn to compose superior landscapes, action shots, travel and wildlife pictures, even wedding photos
Inside your free gray and color checker card to help you achieve accurate white balance and colorSee all Product description
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If "Composition Digital Field Guide" is your very first photography book you have, naturally, the level of unique information will be high. If, however, you already own one or two general photography books, "Composition" will offer you very little not already covered in any basic photography book.
This was a disappointment to me. What I was looking for was a book that would delve deeper into the composition aspect of photography. I was looking for a book with specialized information on composition. I already have a modest photography library and consider myself a skilled technician. What I was seeking was intermediate or advanced information focused on composition (pun intended). Unfortunately, I found "Composition" a rehash of what other basic photographic books cover.
First the good. This is by no means a bad book.
The first two chapters (Composition Basics, Light and Exposure) are very good introductions to these foundations of composition.
Each photograph referenced in the text had the exposure information in the description of the photograph. This is excellent and should be the standard in any book on photographic techniques. Including this information allows the reader to more fully understand the exposure of the referenced photograph.
Now the not-so good.
Chapters three through six give basic overviews of the components of composition. The problem is that this is not supposed to be a basic photography book giving an overview of composition; it is supposed to be a book focused on composition.
The photographs, while labeled with the exposure information, lacked a significant explanation of the thought process for composition. The author simply states "I wanted to fill the frame with the subject" but did not really explain why that would be good. This book was more a "show me" as opposed to a "teach me" type of book.
Something that was particularly disappointing was chapter three "Rule of Thirds". The Rule of Thirds is the elementary school level of composition. It forms the foundation for more advanced composition techniques. Every photographer needs to understand the Rule of Thirds. Fortunately, pretty much every basic photography book explains the Rule of Thirds. For some reason, the author neglects to introduce any of the other composition rules (Golden ratios, triangle, spirals, etc). These terms are referenced on page 36 and not expanded. This was surprising for a book that is supposed to be about composition. The rest of the book kept referencing back to the Rule of Thirds. Great for a basic book, not so great on a book supposedly specializing in composition.
Chapters seven through fourteen give very basic hints on different types of photography (event, wedding, sports, animals). If you have read any basic books on photography, you have already read this.
Bottom line: If you are looking for a book that will delve further into different composition techniques, how to apply them, how they can affect your photographs, then "Composition" is not the book for you. Pretty much any basic photography book will already have covered what was covered in this book.
Again, not a bad book. Just not particularly a good book that offers the reader anything special.
I recommend it with no doubt!