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Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style Paperback – 7 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (7 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952222
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 924,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This is a generous book which will repay careful reading. It is neither repetitive nor rambling. It is coherent, detailed and well structured. The author puts himself in the place of his students and takes them imperceptibly from basic photographic concepts that need to be internalised as second nature through to a deceptively simple exposition of what in the hands of a lesser writer are difficult ideas. This is a hard thing to do and I doubt whether any one paying attention will get left behind. Mr Briot is a rare teacher. This book should be read as much for the philosophy it contains as for its practical advice on how to get better photographic results. It is not often that a second volume from a master builds upon the first - but this does brilliantly.
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The other reviews are correct, this is a book with a great many words. It's also a book with a great many pages. If you're looking for instant gratification, this is not the book for you.

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.
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Rocky Nook produce high quality books and this is beautifully printed with excellent illustrations. There's a lot here and it's good value. While Alain Briot is a landscape photographer living in the American West - and all the photographs are from his own backyard - his reflections on issues like photographic vision and personal style are relevant to any photographer in any genre - I'm a documentary and street photographer but found much of interest here.

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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