Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style Paperback – 7 Sep 2009
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About the Author
Alain Briot is one of the leading contemporary landscape photographers. Originally from Paris, France, he attended the Academie Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris where he studied drawing and oil painting. Briot began studying photography in 1980. Currently living in Arizona, his favorite photographic locations are in the southwestern United States.
Briot's goal is to create the most exciting photographs possible. His equipment, be it cameras, software, etc., is chosen for the ability to make this possible.
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I like to think of this book as a rambling fireside chat with an old master. If you have some time on your hands you can get some first class advice, presented with good humour and in a conversational writing style. Like many old masters, Alain Briot can tend to go on a bit, but I find that this adds to the charm.
His chapters on developing vision and personal style are particularly good for people who, like me, enjoy to reflecting on the nature of their art/hobby as well as just practising it.
A perfect book for the landscape photographer to take on holiday for relaxed reading during the day as you wait for the morning's "golden light" to turn into the evening's sunset.
The book combines philosophical musings, practical advice on looking, seeing, taking, processing, marketing etc - it adds up to an extensive insight into the mind and working methods of an accomplished and passionate photographer. It is certainly a bit rambling as other reviewers point out but the author has a clear written style and the different chapters are extremely well laid out and split into small sections to enable the reader to read the book in bit-sized 'chunks'. I found myself returning to little sections of the book to read them again and again. Although there is little here that I haven't read elsewhere, the author often says things in memorable phrases that stick - for example, his explanation/definition of photographic vision is excellent.
The central idea running through the book is that of developing a personal style - why it is important, what it means, how the author has developed his own style, how readers might go about developing theirs. The extent to which Alain Briot himself has a distinctive personal approach might be questioned by many as his images look pretty much the same as the multitude of photographers who have 'worked' Briot's territory and the vast majority of his advice and observations - wise as it is - hardly breaks new ground. As someone who makes his living selling prints and running workshops an element of self- promotion can be understood and I suspect that he is an engaging and inspiring workshop leader.
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Reading the other reviews that are generally positive and in some cases very favourable I wonder if I was reading a different book. Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2011 by D. Stoddart
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