Learn to “see” more compelling images with this on-the-go field guide from Bryan Peterson!
What makes an image amazing? Believe it or not, it is not about the content. What makes a photo compelling is the arrangement of that content—in other words, its composition. The right composition gives your images impact and emotion; the wrong one leaves them flat. In this handy, take-anywhere guide, renowned photographer, instructor, and bestselling author Bryan Peterson frees amateur photographers from the prejudices of what is “beautiful” or “ugly” so that they can instead focus on color, line, light, and pattern. Get the tools you need to show your distinct voice and point of view in every image you shoot. With this guide in your camera bag, you’ll be equipped not only to “see” beautiful images but to successfully shoot them each and every time.
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This is my first book that I read from this author. It's very easy to read it and each picture has the camera settings that were used to take the picture (shutter speed, f/stop, ISO). The thing that I liked the most of his examples is that he compares between two pictures: one, that is the "usual or common" picture that usually a new student will shoot and the other one is the example from his perspective: a very creative composition.
I took some online courses that explains basic techniques of photography, but this guy starts in a very different way talking about creativity and in the last part of the book he talks about the rule of thirds or framing with frame for example, making this book more easy to understand it for the new photographer.
I highly recommended it!
Stuck in old ways
Today's modern DSLRs and computer systems and software that support and create the images are truly amazing. I've read a few of Brian's books. They are fundamentally very good. However, he is missing out on tons of great possibilities with his insistence that you "must get it right in camera." This is true for many images. However, there are some images we must engineer with today's fantastic software. Most that I have run into that are almost against post processing files are those that don't fully grasp the software and how it functions. Or they simply don't bother. The image is the image. The end result is the end result. How you arrived there matters only to you. If you're trying to create dynamic scenes with tremendous sharpness of very near foreground elements all the way to the back, focus stacking is today's method that produces far better results than an f22 shot.
So in short, if you're big into the idea of post processing your files, stay away from his books.