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Composition Digital Field Guide 1st Edition

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easy to follow, and each piece of advice is accompanied by a photograph, making this a colourful and visual title. (Digital Camera Essentials, November 2010).

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Learn how to put together the perfect photo

No amount of subsequent editing can perfect a photo that was poorly composed. If you're frustrated because the pictures you take are merely good, not great, this is the book you've been looking for. In these pages you'll find the rules and techniques that help you compose better photos every time you pick up your camera. You'll learn to apply them in a wide variety of situations, and you'll even learn how and when to break the rules for that unforgettable image.

  • Explore lenses, focal length, how to pick the right focus point, and how your camera's sensor affects composition

  • Review the basics of light and exposure

  • Master the rule of thirds, leading lines, symmetry and balance, and color

  • Learn to compose superior landscapes, action shots, travel and wildlife pictures, even wedding photos

Inside – your free gray and color checker card to help you achieve accurate white balance and color

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470769092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470769096
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Hess is a San Diego-based commercial photographer specializing in concert and live-event photography. He has photographed hundreds of concerts three songs at a time. From small club shows to big arenas, Alan enjoys the fast pace of shooting on the fly, the rush of the house lights going down, and the drive to capture the "show" in the images of first three songs. 



The wide variety of bands that Alan has shot include: Billy Idol, Black Eyed Peas, Bob Weir and RatDog, Bruce Hornsby, Bullet for my Valentine, Citizen Cope, The Dead, Death Cab for Cutie, Derek Trucks Band, The Grateful Dead, Jackie Greene, John Legend, Marilyn Manson, Mickey Hart Band, Robin Williams, Slayer, The Smashing Pumpkins, Steel Pulse, Widespread Panic, and Willie Nelson.

Alan's work has been published online and in print in the following outlets:Soundspike.com Associatedcontent.com, Bruuce.com, Dead.net, Glidemagazine.com, Jambands.com, Jambase.com, MarkKaran.com, Poughkeepsie Journal, Mill Valley Herald, Otherones.net, Pauserecord.com, Philzone.com, Photoshop User, Ranch & Coast Magazine, Rat-dog.com, Ratdog.org, Relix Magazine and Vintage Guitar Magazine. His images have been used for various CDs and other promotional work.

Alan is currently the house photographer for a large concert venue in Southern California and when he isn't out shooting concerts, he is writing photography books.

He is the author of the best selling "Exposure Digital Field Guide" and "Composition Digital Field Guide", and has written two books on Sony DSLRs the "Sony Alpha A700 Digital Field Guide," and the "Sony Alpha A200 Digital Field Guide." Alan is also the Author of the iPad Fully Loaded series and theNight an dLow Light Photography Photo Workshop all for Wiley Publishing. Alan has contributed to Photoshop User magazine and is a key contributor to the Lexar.com website.

Alan a regular blog at www.alanhessphotography.com

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whether youre a beginner or been doing it for 40 years, I feel like the information in this book is full of things that you need to know or need to be reminded about as a photographer. And as a bonus, its also full of a wide variety of brilliant photography. Its not just focused on one type of genre oh photography, but touches on on several to show remind you that the tools it offers carry across to every type of photography. Easy read and valuable knowledge
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If you are looking for a book on photography composition, this is one you should get. It not only will help you with composition but it has great tips and techniques on other aspects as well. I thought I would include this email I sent to the author as it sums up how I felt about the book. I hope that it is helpful.

Mr.Hess, Thank You for your book "Composition". I thought it was fantastic. Well written and easy to read. All the information was to the point with great examples. I am already seeing much better results in my photographs and I went out and purchased your book "Exposure" as well. I am confident that it will be as good as the "Composition" book. I read about photography all the time and there are not to many authors that I have read that I thought enough of their writing/teaching skills to go and buy another book by them. Yours is one of the few exceptions.
Thank You again for your time in writing the book and not wasting my time (and money) reading it as other photographer/authors have done.
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I'm an advanced beginner/intermediate photographer, and besides trying to figure out what I should shoot, my biggest problem now is figuring out how I should shoot it. I picked up this book to help with that. Not only after reading the first few chapters did I pick up a bunch of new information, but I absolutely love the specific "recipes" in the second part of the book for various situations (portraits, landscapes, sports/action, etc...). After reading the Landscape chapter, I went out and followed some of the tips, and got one of my favorite landscape shots that I'd ever taken. I didn't know it was even possible for me to compose a shot like I had. :) Each concept in the book also has several example photos where he also includes all of his camera settings for that particular shot. I'm a very visual learner, so having a plethora of photos to illustrate a particular concept worked great for me (it's also a photography book, so I'd expect a lot of photos).

I want to add as well, that not only is the information fantastic, but Alan Hess is a really good writer. I've tried to read so many books on various topics in the past which I've thrown to the side after 2 chapters since the writing was so dry and so boring, but that is definitely not the case here. Before I had known it, I had read through 5 straight chapters because I got so sucked into it.

I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.
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I'm a big fan of Mr. Hess' book on exposure, so I snapped up this book as soon as it came out. I thought I knew a lot about composition, but this book has taught me so much more. Like the exposure book, it's well-written, comprehensive but easy to understand. Lots of great photo examples. Mr. Hess even includes a free gray and color-checker card. Highly recommended.
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This was NOT the first book on photography I bought and I didn't like the fact that I got so much of the basic photography techniques explained once again when I was looking for insight into composition specifically. Even in this specific field, the book mostly repeated the tips that an introductory book typically provides: leading lines, rule of thirds, etc. Mostly a rehash of commonly available information. Some of the examples are an insult to an intelligent reader: you know that the Sun is high in the sky when shadows are short. Sheesh.
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Whether you are new at photography or a seasoned veteran, you will enjoy and get a lot out of this book. Alan presents the topics very clearly, in a well organized and structure way, with plenty of photographs to illustrate his points. Couple this book with his 'Exposure Field Guide' and you have two winning titles to help you take your photography to the next level.
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Fourteen chapters covers all the bases of composition, and it's relatives lighting and color. You'll also learn types of photo shoots. There is a chapter on post-production programs, a useful glossary and index. You could carry this with you, or use it to practice your techniques in studio. Another Wiley winner.
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