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Composition 201 for Photographers
on September 30, 2009
The Photographer's Eye Field Guide is a superb overview of compositional techniques for photographers, and you don't need to be a digital camera user to benefit from this manual as compositional discussions are, of course, useful no matter what type of camera you use. The author describes major compositional themes that all photographers should be aware of and bases these discussions (which are well organized by the way) on his extensive career as an internationally respect photographer. Having read my share of "how-to" books on photography, I was looking for a book that discussed composition and not just the rule of thirds. This book filled that gap by discussing everything from framing to eye flow through a photograph. Wonderful photos back up the discussions and many sections had several photos of the same subject, but taken from different perspectives or arranged such that the author could discuss the analyses that went on in order to come up with the "best" final picture. It was not delivered in too simple a tone; the author assumes you know something already about photography and light and subject matter, so you won't zip through the first 40 pages finding that the early part is a rehash of the many books you already have read on photography.
If you can only pick up one, moderate-to-advanced level book on photographic composition, I would recommend this to be the book of choice.