- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Amphoto Books; Rev. Ed edition (Oct. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0817441816
- ISBN-13: 978-0817441814
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 28.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Learning to See Creatively Paperback – 1 Oct 2003
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About the Author
Bryan Peterson is an internationally known instructor of photography, a widely exhibited photographer, and a best-selling author. He divides his time between Seattle, WA, and Lyons, France.
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Topics are covered in a few pages with limited but relevant photographs showing aspects of the "design" under discussion. The exercises, although deceptively simple, can be very effective in achieving the stated objective - getting the reader to see creatively.
The book is a general guide to photographic composition and design. If you are looking for specific techniques on digital, photoshop or a specialised field of photography then look elsewhere. The writing style is clean and consise, making it a joy to read (over and over again).
A very good purchase if you are actually interested in creating images rather than collecting lenses!
This book is about how to see the picture...and how to see the same picture from a different view. For instance I like to shoot flowers sometimes, close up, but following an idea in this book, instead of standing over, or by the flower, I lay down and shot upwards and forwards, (I also decided to have the sun backlight the petals), the result was a far more interesting picture, and a picture that caught people as they looked,...'oh that's stunning' some kind person said.
That's the idea behind this book, to take what you know, and then say, but try it from this view. Like landscapes, always with a wide angle, but then use your telephoto to shoot detail. Or try a landscape laying down, so a mass of colourful flowers with a skyscape overhead.
I've been taking pictures for 25 years now, but this book did give me a lot of thought and many ideas that maybe some I once knew but had forgotten, and others I hadn't even thought of. So yes, this book is excellent.
And if the measure of a good photography book is inspiring you to go out and take pictures, then this is a good photography book. Even before finishing it I was trying out some of Peterson's tips.
What I like so much about this book is that it has enough "technical" information to be really useful, but not so much as to make it dry. The author clearly loves his work (and his wife) and communicates it with bubbling enthusiasm. He's "artistic" but doesn't come across as a moody, tortured soul.
I have some technical photography books that are highly informative but also dour and depressing. By contrast this book had me buzzing and raring to go. Highly recommended!
The criticism made by bomanjee below that this is a good introductory guide for children only is totally uncalled for and ridiculous.
If there is a criticism, it's that the pictures are sometimes poorly reproduced - grainy, lacking sharpness and the colours are muted. I think this is a result of the printing which is a bit cheap. But the ideas the book discusses are invaluable.
What the author has done is illustrate how by focussing in on one aspect of a scene, a stunning image can be created from an otherwise dull composition. Fundamental concepts such as line, form, shape and texture are covered and well illustrated. The author also illustrates well the properties of lens, aperture and shutter speed and how these can be used to emphases elements of a composition whilst removing other distractions.
Whilst much of the information is not new and may appear basic, its when you take the time to combine the elements and learn to consider the options available that you gain the real value from this book. If I could learn to implement all of the information in this book before I press the shutter release, I am certain that I would produce consistently impressive work. My work has improved as a result of reading and practicing from this book although I have found myself taking many more experimental shots of the same composition.
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I'm the party-pooper here. I often browse these 'how to' books. They make me smile. Basically, I've always been baffled by these sorts of publications and those 'fun with filters'... Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Heath
you have been out all day come home, go through your shots only to be disappointed. yeah a few are ok but nothing special. sound familiar? Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dennis C.
This is my favourite photography book to-date. It really does get you thinking and 'clicking' outside of the box.Published 14 months ago by Andrea London
I love the books written by Bryan Peterson, this one is no exception. The ability to see a creative shot is an important gift for us photographers. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mike Vincent
Gives you food for thought. Great suggestions on how to look at scenes differently and not be afraid to try something new.Published 15 months ago by Janet
Bryan's way of communicating and teaching is superb. I'm so pleased I purchased this book, I will certainly use Bryan's exercises and tips to improve my photography.Published 16 months ago by Craig Reilly
I have several of Bryan Peterson's books and I thoroughly recommend them. He has a very readable style, there is a wealth of technical information backed up with photographic... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Owen Tuckett