Instantly Understand Composition & Design for Better Photography
Author: Michael Freeman
Pubpsher: Hachette UK
Taking a new look at composition, the theme of his bestselling classic The Photographer's Eye, Michael Freeman now explores the visual mechanics of photography in its own native terms. Lushly illustrated with straight-to-the-point diagrams and graphic deconstructions, this new, digitally remastered edition speaks in that intuitive, visual, and instantaneous language in which photographers think and work. Each section is organized into discrete units that articulate a working method for communicating particular ideas and capturing certain subjects. Dive into beautiful images and explore how each compositional element is placed and arranged in relationship to each other. Examine the outtakes from each shoot to understand why one particular image succeeded, compared to those shot before and after. Track the viewer's eye as it moves throughout the photo to see the optical dynamics held within each frame. And most of all, internalize this graphic language so you can instantly recognise amazing and powerful shots as they appear in your own viewfinder.
The Photographers Eye was the first systematic guide to photographic composition, and Michael Freemans practical and authoritative advice quickly won a wide readership that made the book a best-seller worldwide and makes it required reading for all serious photographers. In the companion volume, The Photographers Eye: A Graphic Guide, he develops his theme using a uniquely visual approach; illustrations and diagrams bring Freemans expertise to life so you can instantly understand how and why a picture works. Together, they represent the last word on the subject, and presenting both books in hardback in a substantial cloth-bound slipcase, this two-book set will prove an enduring reference to the central photographic art.
Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs. Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design - first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures. Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer's Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs. The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder. Features *Covers both traditional in-camera composition and the new opportunities for picture-making made possible by digital imaging editing *Shows how to explore situations and locations in order to find the best possible photographic possibilities *Uses clear examples from real photographic assignments, with schematic illustrations of how and why the pictures work
The Essential Handbook to Getting the Perfect Exposure in Photography; Any Subject, Anywhere
Author: Michael Freeman
Choosing the exposure for a photograph is both alarmingly simple and infinitely complex. Exposure is at the very heart of photography. It has always been a subject of fascination to aspiring amateurs and professional photographers alike. Developments in digital technology have transformed the ways in which exposures can be manipulated, and this in turn has forced photographers to think about what they can achieve by understanding the variable of aperture, ISO, and time. In this book Michael Freeman takes you through this difficult and fast-moving area using unique workflow illustrations, histograms, and clear, visual examples to explore the subtleties of the subject and enable you to shoot with confidence. Divided into six sections-Fast-track & Foolproof, Technical, The Twelve, Style, Post-processing, and Reference-the book will provide you with the necessary instruction to get perfect exposure anywhere and with any subject matter.
When photographing people, you can have a great composition, perfect light, and the right camera settings, but if your subject doesn’t look right—if the pose is off—the shot will not be a keeper. Posing is truly a crucial skill that photographers need to have in order to create great photographs. If you’re looking to improve your ability to pose your subjects—whether they’re men, women, couples, or groups—best-selling author and photographer Lindsay Adler’s The Photographer’s Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone is the perfect resource for you. In the first half of The Photographer’s Guide to Posing, Lindsay discusses how the camera sees, and thus how camera angle, lens choice, and perspective all affect the appearance of your subject. Lindsay then covers things that ruin a pose—such as placement of the hands, and your subject’s expression and posture. Next, Lindsay dives into “posing essentials,” outlining her approach to start with a “base pose,” then build on that to create endless posing opportunities. She also discusses posing the face—with specific sections dedicated to the chin, jaw, eyes, and forehead—as well as posing hands. In the second half of the book, Lindsay dedicates entire chapters to posing specific subject matter: women, men, couples, curvy women, families and small groups, and large groups. In each chapter, Lindsay addresses that subject matter’s specific challenges, provides “go-to poses” you can always use, and covers how to train the eye to determine the best pose for your subject(s). Lindsay also teaches you how to analyze a pose so that you can create endless posing opportunities and continuously improve your work.
Missed opportunities are a photographer's nightmare -- especially when faced with the once-in-a-lifetime sights of a trip away from home. Whether it's the horde of tourists crowding that brilliant shot of the cathedral, the charming old man who refuses to give a smile, or the safari that results in a few too many pictures of empty sky, travel photography can be daunting for both beginners and the experienced alike. In The Traveler's Eye, Lisl Dennis clearly explains how to overcome these challenges to capture on film or video the essence of your travel experiences. As an award-winning photographer and an experienced teacher of travel photography, Dennis understands the many dilemmas that arise when wielding a camera on foreign territory. Is there any way to take a novel approach to such overexposed sites as the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, or the Golden Gate Bridge? How can the serendipities of light and background be manipulated to create lively portraits? How can one handle requests made by potential subjects for tips? And what about buying and packing lenses, a tripod, film, and flashes for a safari versus a city trip? To these and many other questions, Lisl Dennis brings the insights, experiences, and practical tips gained over her thirty years as a travel photographer. She offers not only fascinating information about the craft and art of photography but also eye-opening explanations of how she took the extraordinary photographs that illustrate her book. For everyone traveling with a camera, The Traveler's Eye is a stunning guide to getting truly memorable videos and photographs of any excursion, near or far.
No one knows better than world-renowned travel photographer Michael Freeman how important it is to achieve great exposure in each and every image. In this handy field guide that you can tuck in your pocket and take along on your next photo adventure, he shares his secrets for getting a good exposure every single time - tips that are just as relevant for the hobbyist and home shooters as they are for someone with expertise ability. Lighting, technical information, and creative inspiration are discussed side-by-side in this essential guide for understanding exposure - the most fundamental aspect of photography. Michael Freeman is the author of the global bestseller, The Photographer's Eye. Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer's Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs. Expert author of the best-selling Photographer's Eye-over 100,000 copies in print Packed with 350+ beautiful images Portable format; it’s like having Michael right by your side as you’re out shooting Expertise advice broken down into easily understood language for the novice photographer