Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Fox Paw, Jul 14, 2008.
I ran a search before asking this. Can anyone recommend any good books on composition?
just a general question, but what are you composing?
I am sure there are some good books on general composition - but different types of photography call for differnet compositions - further and more importantly - aquireing those different compositions requires different skills in different situations
Another (cheap) tip is to go the art galleries and photo exhibitions and look at the work of the best people in the areas you are interested in and take note of how they compose their photos
I'm not all that specialized. I've been photographing people, landscapes, still lifes and anything else that grabs me. Maybe there's nothing that general.
I think you're right about observing the work of the best and I've been trying to do that with books.
hmm the "Rule of Thirds" is well voiced as a photography composition standard method - though I admit I don't know much about it.
There are some composition articles here:
as well as a range of other ones that are good reading - informative and easy to understand
I really like "The Photographer's Eye" by Michael Freeman
Remember that composition isn't unique to photography. This book is a pleasant read and grounds you well in the basics (and the not-so-basic).
PS Be careful. There is another book out there with the same title. The right one is by Freeman
I appreciate the suggestions. Thanks.
Learning To See Creatively by Bryan Peterson is a good one.
Just ordered Freeman's book from Amazon. I'll look for the others at the library. Thanks to everyone for bothering to respond.
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