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Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Styleby Alain Briot
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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
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Briot merges his studies in drawing and oil painting with his experience as a leading landscape photographer of the Southwestern US to offer a new approach to photography as a fine art. For Briot, a good photograph must be both artistically inspired and technically excellent in order to express feelings and emotions. On the artistic side, Briot introduces artistic concepts that have been rarely associated with photography, and discusses finding inspiration, overcoming creative fear, and developing a personal vision. He explains how to compose with color, with b&w, and with light, in order to recreate the emotions the photographer experienced in the field. Also covered are the interactions among the three variables of color: hue, saturation, and lightness. On the technical side, he presents tools for creating better photographs and provides technical solutions to common photographic problems. Techniques are demonstrated with before and after versions of inspiring color photos of the American Southwest on every page. Briot is a web columnist. The book is distributed in the US by O'Reilly Media. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.
This is an updated and newly revised edition of the classic book The Art of Photography (originally published in 1994), which has often been described as the most readable, understandable, and complete textbook on photography. With well over 100 beautiful photographic illustrations in both black-and-white and color, as well as numerous charts, graphs, and tables, this book presents the world of photography to beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographers seeking to make a personal statement through the medium of photography. Without talking down to anyone, or talking over anyone's head, Barnbaum presents "how to" techniques for both traditional and digital approaches. Yet he goes well beyond the technical, as he delves deeply into the philosophical, expressive, and creative aspects of photography so often avoided in other books.
Bruce Barnbaum is recognized as one of the world's finest landscape and architectural photographers, and for decades has been considered one of the best instructors in the field of photography. This latest incarnation of his textbook, which has evolved, grown, and been refined over the past 35 years, will prove to be an ongoing, invaluable photographic reference for years to come. It is truly the resource of choice for the thinking photographer.
About the Author
Alain Briot is one of the leading contemporary landscape photographers. Originally from Paris, France, he attended the Academie Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris where he studied drawing and oil painting. Briot began studying photography in 1980. Currently living in Arizona, his favorite photographic locations are in the southwestern United States.
Briot's goal is to create the most exciting photographs possible. His equipment, be it cameras, software, etc., is chosen for the ability to make this possible.
Table of Contents
ForewordPrefaceChapter 1: About CompositionThe Differences Between What We See and What the Camera SeesChapter 2: Learning to See Like a CameraChapter 3: The Eye and the CameraNew Rules of CompositionChapter 4: Composing with LightChapter 5: Composing with ColorChapter 6: Composing in Black and WhiteChapter 7: Important Elements of a Strong CompositionThe Creative ProcessChapter 8: Finding InspirationChapter 9: Exercising CreativityChapter 10: Developing Your VisionChapter 11: Achieving Your Personal StyleYou and Your AudienceChapter 12: Just Say YesChapter 13: Of Audiences and BestsellersChapter 14: The Numbering AffairThe Relationship Between the Technical and Artistic Aspects of PhotographyChapter 15: Technical and Creative Field Checklist for Fine Art PhotographyChapter 16: Image MaladiesChapter 17: Memories of What I Have SeenChapter 18: ConclusionPrologue
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