Top positive review
Useful insights on how a picture works, but very dry writing.
on 16 June 2017
A good tagline to this book would be 'gear is not a talent booster'. This book firmly basis itself on the image, not the equipment used to make it. You won't be reading a book on technological photography, this is purely a book on how images work and what cues are pleasing to the eye and why.
The book is divided up into sections, most a page or two long, which are helpfully titled in the top left of the page so you can find inspiration quickly just by skimming through. This is a book that can be dipped into as much as read cover to cover although I don't recommend you do read it end to end as this is a very drily written book, and would certainly benefit from friendly asides here and there. For example, there is no mention of the 'happy accident' - you might come away from this book thinking that to create good photos you need a set square and ruler before you even start!
There is no interest in the fun of photography here, purely the 'science' and calculated interpretation of imagery which while useful to know is intensely dull to read about. That said, it could be worse and the author could have gone down the even worse route of being 'wacky' and unfunny which would have been unbearable.
You should buy this book if you want to know why pictures work, or why they don't. Why do some pictures seem pleasing to the eye when others, almost identical, just don't have that spark? If you ever struggle to articulate the reasons why a piece of photography just feels right then this is a very useful book. There are lots of things to think about here, and while you won't absorb every piece of information there is plenty to get you thinking about your own work, and how to convert a scene into art. A worthwhile read.