The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos

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Elsevier Science, May 23, 2007 - Photography - 192 pages
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Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs.

Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design - first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures.

Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer's Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs. The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder.

*Covers both traditional in-camera composition and the new opportunities for picture-making made possible by digital imaging editing
*Shows how to explore situations and locations in order to find the best possible photographic possibilities
*Uses clear examples from real photographic assignments, with schematic illustrations of how and why the pictures work

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This is excellent reading for beginners and advanced photography enthusiasts. It approaches the subtle and intricate area of Composition in a fresh and personal perspective from the viewpoint and experience of a Professional. Read full review

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This is a great book. This book is for anyone that has an interest in photography. It is actually a great book for any one looking to gain knowledge on composition, form and color. This book will help you gain an understanding of why an image works and how to build your own images. There are many simple diagrams that are placed along side the images that reveal the formula of success for the image. With a quick study of these diagrams and pictures I was picking out pictures in my every day life that I would not have seen before. I recently learned how to sketch and I have since began sketching out photography ideas to help me develop my pictures and this book is an abundance of inspiration. This book makes me think like a photographer. It makes me think about developing more of a style. The cover is awesome as it shows a gloss focal grid on a matted cover at the targeted point of focus in a crowd scene. See if you find it. 

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About the author (2007)

Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture, and Asian art. He is particularly well known for his expertise in special effects. He has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian magazine for many years, and has worked for Time-Life Books and Reader's Digest. Michael is the author of more than 40 photographic books, including the hugely successful Complete Guide to Digital Photography and The Photographer's Eye. For his photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.

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