Citing examples gleaned from a study of history - the Ancient Greeks' Golden Rule; Fibonacci's mathematical ratio; and the principles known as the Gestalt theory - professional photographer and author Richard Garvey-Williams analyses the concepts, rules a
The success of a photograph depends on more than it subject. For big impact, the photographer must finesse every visual element at their disposal to communicate with the viewer. In the right hands, lines (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curving, radiating, and converging) draw viewers’ eyes through the frame in a predictable manner. Color creates a dynamic rhythm or a balance. Depth of field (the area of sharp focus in the image) tells the viewer what is important in the image—where it is that the eye should settle. Of course, even the positioning of the various elements in the scene (the subject, image color, points of strong tonal contrast, and more) help to establish impact. In this book, Chen describes the compositional “rules” artists have used for centuries to create high-impact work. With each discussion, images are presented that clearly show how the design strategy was used and how it strengthened the photograph
Mastering Composition with Your Digital SLR is a master class in creative composition techniques. With step-by-step workshops on portraits and people shots, landscapes and action, action images and specialized techniques, this book shows photographers how to think about the creative aspects of pushing the shutter. Stunning examples and detailed workshops focus on in-camera techniques, along with information on using software. For photographers who are ready to move beyond the manual, here is the book that reveals how to improve visual instinct and maximize creative potential.
Alain Briot states that, "The personality of the photographer must be present in the image for an artistic photograph to have value." And in this book he sets out to teach the things that are essential in achieving this goal. Following his successful first book, Mastering Landscape Photography, Briot goes beyond the conventional rules of composition and takes on a fresh, new approach to teaching the art of photography. Based upon his personal experiences as an artist, teacher, and photographer, he opens new doors to the reader-doors leading to new ways of seeing and composing images. Briot approaches fine art photography as being a combination of art and technique. In this new book he addresses both of these by presenting artistic and technical information. On the artistic side, Briot introduces artistic concepts that have been rarely, if ever, associated with photography. On the technical side, he presents numerous tools that can help you learn how to create better photographs and provides technical solutions to common photographic problems. The author practices photography as a fine art. What matters most to him is how photography can be used to express feelings and emotions. For Briot, a good photograph must be both artistically inspired and technically excellent. To have just one of these two elements is not enough for a fine art photograph to be successful. Topics include: - How to compose with color, with black and white, and with light - Why you need to consider your audience while composing a photograph - Recreate the emotions you felt when you captured your photographs - How the elements of color-hue, contrast, and saturation-work in your images - How to control the elements that have a visual effect in your photographs - How to draw upon your personal way of seeing and then share your vision - How to diagnose image maladies and apply the proper remedies - How to define a color palette for a specific photograph - How to use compositional elements to develop a personal style Forweword by Tony Sweet
Learn to take photos like a professional with Tom Ang's masterclass In Digital Photography Masterclass, 2nd Edition, Tom Ang provides a one-on-one guide to every aspect of digital photography. Improve your skills, develop your eye and take control of your camera. Learn to take better pictures and be a better photographer by finding out how to imagine the results you want before achieving them. Fully updated to include all the latest equipment and software, discover how to master the complexities of lighting, composition and timing. Enhance your pictures with image manipulation and expanded lessons on post-production. Then start to specialise in whatever interests you, from sport to portrait, following Tom's tips on taking photos in a variety of genres. With Tom Ang's clear tutorials, practical assignments, step-by-step projects and inspirational examples in Digital Photography Masterclass, 2nd Edition you'll soon be picture perfect every time.
In photography, every decision, creative and technical, rides on achieving a good exposure. When shooting portraits or products, landscapes or architecture, we must control our camera’s settings to ensure that just the right amount of light is allowed into the camera. When we strike the right balance in our exposure, we have a full range of tones, from pure white to deep blacks. We have rich visual detail. We have a sense of dimension. The colors and tones and contrast in our images weave the visual story of our subject and scene in a way that visually computes. As a result, we see just the image we strove to create, rendered perfectly in a way that satisfies our creative vision. In this book, Mark Chen shows you how to take full control over the science of exposure, providing you with the foundational skill-set you need to maximize your artistic vision.
A Practical Guide to Seeing Photographically Through the Eyes of a Master Photographer
Author: Klaus Bohn
Publisher: CCB Publishing
50 Principles of Composition in Photography will reveal how to capture more creative, imaginative and inspired photographs using both film and digital photography. With Klaus Bohn's clear and practical guidelines you will discover how to heighten your visual acuity and take more artistic, appealing and captivating images.These principles of composition have been gained from a lifetime of learning and thousands of dollars spent in attending private courses given by the world's top professional photographers including: Joe Zeltzman, Monte Zucker, Donald Jack, Rocky Gunn, Yousuf Karsh, Arnold Newman, and many more.Learn the techniques to distinguish yourself from the photographers who simply take snapshots. Acquire the skills to give form and balance to your photographs by combining the elements harmoniously in order to see a subject in the strongest way. This book is sure to become a valued resource in your personal library, to be consulted and relied upon for many years to come.Klaus Bohn is a Professional Photographer with a Masters of Photographic Arts. He has been teaching the art of photography since 1984 to amateurs and professionals alike. Klaus has been commissioned to photograph many notable people over the years, a few of whom include: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Norman Vincent Peale, Art Linkletter, Anne Murray, author of the best selling "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books Mark Victor Hansen, NHL All-Star of the Calgary Flames Theoren Fleury, and World Class Cyclist Roland Green."Just for a little while, let Klaus be your mentor. His struggling for creativity is revealing, is so evident. Reach out to grab it. Resolve to integrate this highly saleable touch of class into your daily output."Jack Curtis, author, "Wedding Portaits and Photography World""I was so impressed with what Klaus had to say that I had to restrain myself."Paul Castle, author, "Promoting Portraits""Klaus has been quite successful... and both he and his Photography must be given better than average marks. What follows are epitomized abstractions of some of Klaus' comments on how he operates, and I feel they could be of practical value to you."D. H. Moore, author, "The Practice of Modern Photography"
- Großartig illustriert durch Freemans eigene Werke sowie derer von Anselm Adams bis zu Brett Weston - Entdecken Sie die stilistische Variationsbreite von Schwarzweiß und ihren Einfluss auf die Bildinterpretation - Inklusive eines Schritt-für-Schritt-Tutorials zum Entwickeln eines Schwarzweiß-Films Dieses wunderschön illustrierte Buch ist Michael Freemans Standardwerk zur Schwarzweiß-Fotografie und eine umfassende Quelle für alles, was Monochrom ausmacht. Nach einer umfangreichen Einführung in die Historie und Tradition von Schwarz & Weiß widmet sich Michael Freeman allen erforderlichen digitalen Techniken wie Farbton- und Kontrastkorrektur, Bildbearbeitung, Infrarot, Hauttoneinstellungen und Filtern. Sie erfahren, was Sie bei der Umwandlung von Farbfotos in Schwarzweiß beachten müssen und wie Sie dabei die Kontrolle behalten. Die Feinheiten der Bearbeitung können Sie in kleinen Tutorials Schritt für Schritt nachvollziehen. Zudem geht Michael Freeman auf Stil und Ästhetik dieses ausdrucksstarken Mediums ein, indem er sich berühmter Fotografien bedient, und liefert aufschlussreiche Analysen, warum ein Foto seine individuelle Wirkung entfaltet. Ob Low-Key, High-Key, HDR, Farbstiche oder Tonemapping – den kreativen Varianten sind keine Grenzen gesetzt. Beleben Sie Ihre Fotos mit der Schwarzweiß-Kunst und erhalten Sie die besten Bilder, die Sie jemals fotografiert haben. Aus dem Inhalt: · Die technische Tradition von Schwarz & Weiß · Wellenlänge und Empfindlichkeit · Farbe entfernen · Tonwertnuancen und Textur · Rauschen, Bit-Tiefe & Schattierung · Arbeitsablauf für die Bildbearbeitung · Umkehrung der Helligkeit · Hauttöne und besondere Farben · Schwarzweiß denken · Der Umfang des Lichts: Ansel Adams · Der lange Weg des Grau: Paul Strand · Mitteltöne und Kontrast verändern · Low-Key und High-Key · Das digitale Zonensystem · HDR in Schwarzweiß · Schwarzweißfilm entwickeln
From achieving those first professional strokes to mastering composition, lighting, and colour to finishing beautiful still lifes, portraits, and landscapes, here, in one volume, is a course that covers every basic skill as well as more challenging lessons for the developing artist. Inspiring and instructive images fill the pages, vividly revealing the intricacies of each technique. The artist's journey begins with the tools of the trade, and here is complete coverage on using graphite, charcoal, chalks, coloured pencils, and pastels, as well as information on papers and liquid techniques. · There's advise on how to gain pencil control, select a theme, draw with grids, achieve harmony in composition, and balance the image. · Exercises teach shading and tone; contrasts and volume effects; stumping and contouring; and depth effects. · Find out how to mix and work with colour, and do hatching, optical effects, scratching, and graffito. · The series of guided drawings includes a charcoal of a nude figure, a landscape on grey tone paper, an interior using a white-on-white technique, a still life with chiaroscuro, an interior patio in wash, and many others you'll be proud to show.
There’s nothing more important to the future of your artwork than to educate and nurture the unique talent you were born to share with the world. The Canon of Design represents artistic integrity, and enables you to leave your mark on this earth as one of the most talented visual communicators ever known. Learn the language of design to stand with the great masters and reflect the beauty prominently found in nature. This field manual is written to you, for you, and will help shorten your journey to achieving artistic excellence!