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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books (0100)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552636127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552636121
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #377,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book about observing and photographing the world around you is a gift to you from my students - hundreds and hundreds of photographers who have attended workshops over the years, contributed their own ideas, and tackled assignments with enthusiasm, imagination, and determination. Read the first page
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 9 2005
Excellent book. Well written and easy to understand. Freeman Patterson has an amazing way of describing design principles in relation to photography. Right away, this book gets you thinking outside the box. Beautiful, inspirational images with photo analysis in detail. Recommended for beginner to expert.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Digital vs. Film is Irrelevant! Jan. 18 2005
By Michael P. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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This excellent book is about visual design, and every sentence in it applies equally to film and to digital photography. When camera controls are mentioned, they are the basic features of both types - exposure, depth of field, color vs. black-and-white, "film speed". One paragraph is specific to conceptual dangers involved in the digital process; everything else applies equally to both media.

The book is very successful at providing a kind of "grammar" of visual design, while being careful not to discourage innovation. I find it an excellent resource for anyone who, like me, is interested in moving past taking snapshot and postcard type shots, into truly artistic images.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I've Found EXACTLY What I Was Searching For!!! April 12 2008
By Martha E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
I am relatively new to photography and have been struggling to master a fairly complex camera (the Nikon D300). As such, I have spent a good deal of time reading "the literature" on cameras, imaging, photography, etc. While some of this information might be of marginal utility to my ultimate success, I had grown weary of the mundane, the boring, and (especially!) the poorly written. This was my perspective when Mr. (Freeman) Patterson's book was among my latest haul from the local library. What a refreshing and pleasant surprise!

Finally I am reading a book that actually makes sense to me! Here is a man who has something of real substance to say and much to contribute to my understanding of this new-found passion! Mr. (Freeman) Patterson distills a measured quantity of insightful information into brief, terse, to-the-point chapters that have been incredibly inspiring to me. He provides suggestions and alternatives that explain the "what" and the "why" as well as the "how." This is NOT one of those thinly-veiled, vain offerings that purport to teach but only contain page after page of images that are boringly similar to those of the last 'author' I happened to consult. Nor is it one of those endless 'cookbooks' that tend to spit back exactly the same content as the manual that came with the camera. No. Mr. (Freeman) Patterson skillfully incorporates a few of his own well-chosen images to enhance his text. In fact, he does this so conservatively that one image often serves to illustrate several examples -- a feature that I found especially appealing.

If you wanted to see many examples of Mr. (Freeman) Patterson's work then this is not the book for you (although I see that other choices are available for this). If you wanted instruction on exactly which button, dial, or setting to use on your camera this book will not be a good choice. BUT, if you have finally gotten those dials, settings, and buttons sorted out and are really ready to start exploring that marvelous machine in your hands then I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

I have decided that I cannot bear to part with this book when it must be returned to the library; shortly I will purchase my own copy (and I can say this about very, very few recent 'photography' books). In fact, I see that he has an entire set of instructional volumes similar to this one. Likely all will make it to the shelves of my library soon. I have even visited his webpage ([...]) and have discovered that he offers seminars that extend the content of this and his other instructional books. I suspect that one day I may get to meet him; I have printed off the application and brochure and now need to go in search of coins between the sofa cushions!!

This book is one of a very few that I will likely want to consult regularly and reread as my photography matures. If you have managed to wade through the dribble that is so plentiful you, too, may be ready for Mr. (Freeman) Patterson.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book on visual design April 4 2008
By Jon Thornton - Published on Amazon.com
This book describes how the Bauhaus/Itten principles of visual design can be applied to photography. If you are technically competent, but lack composition skills, you will find this book very useful.
Heart of photography - Highly Recommended July 6 2009
By Enche Tjin - Published on Amazon.com
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Freeman Patterson is one of the best photography teacher that I ever known. His book, photographing the world around you is one of his best on teaching beginners and intermediate on how to communicate using photography as a medium.

In the first chapter, Freeman encourages us to take risk, to explore, to be free from rule and principle. I think this advice is wonderful. If everybody taking images the same way, the same exposure, than the creativity will die. Great photography is not just about technical, it is also about creativity.

The next two chapters are the heart of the book and heart of photography: The building blocks of visual design and Putting the building blocks together. Freeman discusses about ingredients photograph (light, line, shape, texture, perspective), the meaning of each elements , and how to combine it together to make a great photograph.

This book is not an usual photography books which shows many eye-catching, digital processed photographs, but the books consists of images, which help us to understand what Freeman is talking about.

Freeman also assumes that readers are familiar with technical aspect of photography such as exposure, lens, cameras and so on. So if you are looking for a book that can teach you about how to operate your new Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black), you need to look for another technical book.

This book is great for reference, inspiration and refreshment. It is library material and I highly recommend this book for photographer on all stage. Please check out my blog (inside my Amazon's profile) for more book and photography equipments reviews.
Very helpful! Feb. 22 2011
By Word Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Freeman Paterson writes in a way that I can grasp since I am only a beginner when it comes to photography. The principles that he outlines, plus the fact that he critiques some of his own images has been helpful in my being able to take better photos. He doesn't concentrate on digital, which is great since I don't own a digital camera and don't care to. There are also photo exercises set up towards the end of the book which really push a person. Of the beginner photo books that I own, this one has been by far the most helpful (and least dry) to me.

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