77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
It's ok, but it's not great.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Learning to See Creatively: How to Compose Great Photographs (Paperback)
Having bought this book on the strength of the other online reviews, I have to say I was disappointed with it. Whilst it is inarguably a very nice-looking book with some interesting ideas, it doesn't contain THAT much beyond simple common sense. Ideas such as crouching down to get a slightly different persective, or zooming in to get rid of extraneous content in your viewfinder, are not particularly groundbreaking. For all the author's undoubted skills behind the lens, I felt that there wasn't much to be learned from this book, apart from studying the numerous good photographs contained within. And if that is what you're after, there are many other books that would be better suited to that purpose.
That's not to say that it is a bad book. It does contain some great photographs, and the author's style is very readable. It's also very aesthetically appealing, and for people who are complete novices to photography I think it would be a great gift. But if you are even slightly more advanced in your use of photography, this book probably won't give you much that you haven't thought of or come across yourself already.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2010, 14:26:34 BST
I'd have to disagree, by defining precisely elements and processes which lead to bad pictures and a lack of versitility then this book is good for tangible ways to keep your photos interesting. Whilst a lot of it may be "obvious", I've found many amateurs including ones with several years experience who are not specifically thinking about the elements of creative photography.
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