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The Photographic Eye: Learning to See with a Camera [Hardcover]

Michael O'Brien , Norman Sibley


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June 30 1995
Learn how to take apart each element of a successful photograph, analyze it, master it, and then put it all back together. 228 pages (8 in color), 240 b/w illus., 8 1/2 x 10 1/4.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Davis; 2nd Revised edition edition (June 30 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871922835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871922830
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 21.8 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #393,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good beginner's book. March 20 2007
By dr magu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have been interested in photography for quite a while. I've taken many photos, but have never found the elements that i need to understand to compose good images. This book takes you from a know-nothing beginning, through Lines, Shapes, Negative/Positive Space, the grid, etc. It lays an excellent groundwork with lots of examples to get you started with the right way of taking pictures. The assigments are a good way to put the knowledge learned in the book to practical use. No expensive cameras needed, even a cheap 35mm SLR you can find at a thrift store (i found mine with 2 lenses for 19.99) is perfect for this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye for an Eye Oct. 25 2010
By Lee Murray Brazos Booksellers - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book for a beginner--which I am. It is a school textbook still in use today. While written for film cameras the book is still useful because it is not a how to use your camera
book, but is geared to the artistic side of photography. I found the insights useful and it helped me 'see' through the lens in ways I had not sone before reading the book. A very useful tool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never too old to learn Aug. 14 2010
By R. Lombardo - Published on Amazon.com
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As an experienced amateur photographer with 30 years experience, I've found all photographers seem to get caught up in the technology of new digital cameras and lose all perspective on the fundamentals. This book, though a bit dated regarding technology, is an excellent reference and should be required reading when one ventures into the world of photographic art.

This book takes you on a step-by-step journey with detailed instructions and photographic assignments. It has explanations of the tools as well as many aspects of composition. The chapters are well organized with many examples of photos to guide you in understanding each concept.

I highly recommend this book. Search out used book stores if you can't find a copy online. It is well worth the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kinda dated, but still relevant April 25 2012
By Henry G - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a bit old, but still relevant to the art of photography. I will be using it as part of a school photo library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best photography book ever Jan. 11 2012
By Vroom Vroom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book uses ordinary subjects (stairwells, regular folks, local buildings) to illustrate how to make great pictures...instead of relying on exciting subject matter.

Following this book's advice got me into two photo shows.

I have bought three copies for other friends. Buy it. You WON'T be disappointed.

Sections on architecture, portraits, snapshots...so much. I love it.

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