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The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photographs: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos Paperback – 11 Jun 2007
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'When I first heard about this book I wondered how a topic like composition would take 190+ pages to cover - but the above six chapters do it really well and provide readers with lots of ideas, examples, theory and lessons. I particularly like that this book is not just about theory or compositional rules - but challenges the reader to look at their own intentions and processes. I particularly enjoyed chapter 5 on intent which I'd never given much consideration to previously.
The images in this book complement the words very well. Not only do you get photos but also a variety of diagrams (including some helpful line diagrams) that illustrate what you're seeing in the images by reducing them to lines and shapes. This gives the examples a lot more usefulness as they are effectively unpacked before you.' 9/10 --Darren Rowse, www.digital-photography-school.com
Learn how to improve every photograph you take with this definitive reference book from Michael Freeman.See all Product description
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The reason for 4 stars instead of 5? The book doesn't really end, it just kind of stops. You expect there to be another section, turn the page and find the index. This didn't put me off the book however, I needed to concentrate on understanding the basics of photographic composition and this book has gone a long way to doing that.
I would recommend buying this book, but it should be bought with a number of others, it cannot be relied upon as a reference on it's own.
The content is five star and is helping me to slow down and be much more thoughtful about taking photographs. However, the writing style is so dry that I fall asleep after reading just half a page, so it's very hard going.
I'm familiar with academic writing, and understand the need for it in scientific research papers, but I don't think it's necessary to get the message across in books about photographic composition, yet I buy Michael Freeman's books as they are still preferable to the polar opposite - books by other writers that are crammed with unfunny jokes and babbling irrelevancies. It seems hard to find middle ground.
So five stars for the information, which is truly interesting, enlightening and practically helpful, but only three stars for the writing style. However, if you feel that your photos are getting stale, and you're tired of just pointing your camera at interesting things without really seeing what's in the viewfinder, I would definitely recommend this in-depth look at composition and design.
If you really take the time to absorb all the information and put it into practice, then your photography will advance several stages, without having to spend another penny on extra gear.
Freeman is one of very few photographers, or artists of any ilk, who can articulate their art-related thoughts in concrete, accurate, analytical ways, and not in the jargon of so much of what is written about art that lacks any actual content. Not only is he an outstandingly gifted photographer, with dozens of books to his credit, but one who has mastered the grammar of images and is one of the few who can describe how and why visual phenomena work.
This is the most complete volume on this subject out there in terms of numbers of topics introduced and discussed at a reasonable length. It is also the most effective melding of the insights of current Gestalt perception theory with traditional design elements/principles in print. The first 60% of the book deals with the more concrete aspects of designing an image.
The last two chapters marry the other part of composing that is harder to articulate well: the message in a image, or the photographer's intent. Only in this book has an author attempted to define major categories of intent in making an image. And then categorizes the physical and mental aspects of how a photographer goes after, constructs, or recognizes an image - the process.
Throughout the discussions he introduces those aspects of digital imaging that a photographer can use to influence a picture's design.Read more ›
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More insight than I expected. Very useful. If only I could remember all the good tips... Read more
Maybe a bit too much of mathematic shapes of photo than about art.
Really boring read.
I'm trying to understand photography more and after reading the positive reviews I thought I'd try this. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Darryn
As I began to get more serious about my photography I bought this book based on the favourable reviews, but struggled with it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bellamax2
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