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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (Nov. 17 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780321741325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321741325
  • ASIN: 0321741323
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.5 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now that you've bought an amazing new DSLR, you need a book that goes beyond the camera manual to teach you how to take great shots. One key component to that is understanding composition--the creative arrangement of elements in the shot, and the way a viewer's eye travels through an image.

WithComposition: From Snapshots to Great Shots,the author starts with the basics of composition--such as the popular rule of thirds--and continues with exploring how the elements of color, shape, angles, and contrast work to create compelling images.

The book covers all key camera features that affect composition (regardless of what type of DSLR you have) including shutter speed's ability to freeze and convey motion, as well as aperture's direct correlation with depth of field. Throughout the course of the book, the reader will gain an understanding of composition, which will allow them to bring their own unique artistic expression to any situation whether taking portraits, action shots, landscapes, or events. Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.

About the Author

Laurie Excell is a professional wildlife and nature photographer. Her images have been published in Outdoor Photographer, Outdoor  Photography (UK), Photoshop User, Elements Techniques, and Layers magazines. She leads popular wildlife photography adventures in North America and is an instructor at Photoshop World. Prior to working as a professional photographer, Laurie spent more than two decades in photographic sales, helping pros and hobbyists decide which equipment suited their particular needs. See her work at laurieexcell.com.
 
John Batdorff is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer who splits his time between Chicago and Montana. He is the author of Nikon D7000: From Snapshots to Great Shots (Peachpit), and his work has been featured in the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole. He loves the outdoors and traveling, and sharing his images with others. See his work and read his popular photography blog at www.batdorffphotography.com.
 
David Brommer is a New York City based photographer, who currently works as the B&H Photo Event Space Manager. Well versed in photography from pixels to platinum, David has built up a body of work centering on portraits of fringe society. David operated the gallery Suspect Photography in Seattle during the 90s and continues to explore new technology and old techniques. See his work at seattlesuspects.com.
 
Rick Rickman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern California photographer with 30 years experience. His work has been featured on many covers of Time and Newsweek magazines. His project and documentary work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Life, Sports Illustrated, and Smithsonian. Rick has traveled the world covering Olympic competitions, wars, and political upheavals as well as innumerable social interests and events. His abilities cross over every photographic discipline, and his greatest motivator is the challenge presented by each opportunity. He excels in creating unique images that excite the eye and captivate the mind. See his work at: rickrickman.com.
 
Steve Simon has been passionate about documenting the beauty and drama of the human condition for his entire photographic life. The author of four photography books with works in major museum collections around the world, he has had solo shows in New York, Buenos Aires, Toronto, and Montreal, and his work has been featured at the Visa Pour L’Image Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan, France. He is on the Apple Aperture Advisory Board and faculty of International Center of Photography (ICP) and School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. He has lead workshops all over the world, including Mentor Series, Macworld, PhotoPlus Expo, and Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai. His forthcoming books include: Steve Simon's Nikon Dream System (Lark) and The Passionate Photographer (New Riders). See his work at stevesimonphoto.com.
 


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lingley on June 29 2011
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If you've just bought a DSLR and you've figured out what most of the little buttons and dials do, this is a great book to help you take the next step into the addicting world of photography.

The author begins by explaining the fundamentals of photography including shutter speed, aperture and ISO (the exposure triangle), so if you already have a basic understanding of these topics it is a great review. Afterward, however, the journey really begins and you start to get into how to really make a photo stand out from the crowd. The author discusses what lens to use, vertical lines, horizontal lines, framing, etc all in an effort to give you a basic and solid foundation into composing your shots. Perhaps my favorite part of the book is that it even gives you Assignments, creative ideas to go try for yourself to reinforce the material learned in each chapter.

For such an inexpensive book, it's a fantastic stepping stone. It's even up to date with a flickr group!
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The book has a lot of basic and introductory information, such as exposure triangle, different kind of lenses and their field of views, etc. Only after those does the author start getting into composition. From what I can see, the author is mainly a nature and wildlife photographer, so a lot of her examples are of landscapes and/or animals.

For myself, I was reading a lot of information about composition from online resources. I find it insufficient to rely on online articles or tutorials about composition, and hence I turned to published books. This book contains a lot of information that can be found online, which makes me feel quite disappointed as I was hoping to learn something new that couldn't be found online.

Nonetheless, it's a great book for beginners who have little ideas about composition, but I was looking for something more with more detailed explanations on why certain compositions work and why sometimes breaking compositional rules might work better.

Then again... I bought this book out of impulse and also because it was on sale... so I guess I didn't think it through properly.
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I purchased this book because I was new to photography and wanted to better understand composition. I found it to be a very easy read and was able to expand my interest even further once I started to improve my skills. I highly recommend this book.
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