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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (September 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240815157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240815152
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"How do we provide an effective framework for photographers to investigate without getting lost or distracted by photographic 'politics'? This book gets you thinking about 'why to' rather that 'how to'. It includes practical information and delves into the thinking process that underlies the making of all good photographs. This account provides a timeless structure and not only accommodates but also embraces the fact that cameras, software and darkrooms are constantly changing. It provides a wealth of information and guidance to help all photographers improve skills, and ways of seeing, and more. Angela Faris Belt is fine art photographer and educator for more than 18 years. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally."--WetPaint.com

"The kinds of topics that are addressed in this book are happening in a highly animated way among photography educators. The idea of visual literacy--photographers needing both technical and conceptual skills, being informed about their subject matter through interdisciplinary research, and using all of the tools available to make work--that is a distinctive driving concern for all of us engaged in this education."--Dennie Eagleson Associate Professor of Photography, Antioch College

"Diverse and stunning examples beautifully support the text and provide additional inspiration. Not only does this book explore the dichotomy between fine art and commercial photography, but it also deftly integrates technique and vision, thus enabling photographers to take their work to the next level. More importantly, it promotes the notion that anyone can give substance to their ideas through the language of photography."--San Francisco Book Review.com

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The greatly revised and expanded edition of The Elements of Photography is a new kind of textbook for a new generation of photographers. Moving far beyond the usual technical manual, Angela Faris Belt dives deep into merging technique and vision, allowing you to master craft while adding meaning to your images. Here you ll really learn to see photographically, expand your creative and conceptual use of apertures and shutter speeds, and choose the right media to create the look and feel you want.

The 2ndEdition Includes:

  • A new introductory chapter with thorough explanations and training exercises in metering and exposure
  • Advice throughout the text to help you expand your personal research
  • Extended exploration of how photography's technical attributes affect visual outcomes and the meaning of your images

  • Image discussions that provide additional perspective about the chapter concepts

This book provides a wealth of information and guidance to help all photographers improve skills, learn new techniques, and expand ways of seeing. Excellent practical exercises allow you to use the knowledge you ll gain to build a solid portfolio. More than 300 stunning, full-color images including portfolios from over 40 prestigious artists provide visual inspiration and a gorgeous collection of artwork to add to any photography enthusiast's bookshelf. Whether you do fine art or commercial, documentary or editorial, or just enjoy making pictures for yourself, The Elements of Photography will take your images to the next level.

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Elements is a book that I think every aspiring and professional photographer should have as part of their collection.
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Instead she treats the reader as a fellow artist and presents a concise thesis on photography as a true art form full of expression and vitality.
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The eyewitness book I bought 1997, For 2012 Ms.Belt book will help me see and think more before pressing the shutter.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DaveW on March 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a real photography book. It is a photography book written by a photographer for photographers and about photography. When I purchased this book I did not expect it to be the intellectual powerhouse of a book that it is. It was a most pleasant surprise. The author avoids the pitfalls of the typical photography books that one finds here on Amazon. Instead she treats the reader as a fellow artist and presents a concise thesis on photography as a true art form full of expression and vitality. Her inclusion of various modern photographers and their work is brilliant and adds a depth to this book that stands out in genre of "how-to" literature.

I purchased this book in the hopes that it would spark new ideas for images and not only did this book do exactly that but it also introduced me to ideas I had completely missed in earlier research. More importantly, I found myself repeatedly putting it down and going out and experimenting with my camera. In fact, I found it hard to finish because after a few pages I would once again find myself rushing out to try something new. I am now reading it for the second time and once again find it hard to keep from heading out to try something new.

I could go on and on exalting the virtues of this book but instead will summarize it as this - if you are looking for a book that will help elevate your interest in photography to a true art form, then this book is the perfect book for you. You will find as I did that this book changes your perception of the art of photography as well as change your approach to your own photography. But most importantly it will fill your mind with new ideas for images and for that I am eternally grateful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jwcorba on April 25, 2012
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Let me begin by saying, I love this book. I teach a digital photography class that is geared more towards the non-major. As such, more often than not, my students are using iPhones and "point-n-shoots" as well as DSLR cameras. The great advances in technology for compact digital cameras and smart phones raise the question, do I need a DSLR camera to take a photography class or to create stimulating and thought provoking images? The answer is no. I've seen some great images come from iPhones and compact digital cameras. Most text books I have come across are too focused on the technical aspects of photography, the camera itself, or slick software editing tricks and less about the guiding ideas behind the grammar of photography and powerful image making. I think "The Elements of Photography", does an exceptional job of embracing the current evolution of our field. This book has an approach that keeps the reader engaged whether they be a beginner, amateur, or professional and I consider it a valuable tool for a teacher to have in their arsenal.
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By Cynthia on July 12, 2014
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This is an excellent book. I teach beginning and advanced photography classes, and I've found this to be a great text that helps people clarify their artistic vision and expand their technical and aesthetic horizons.
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By Kelsey Woodward on January 24, 2014
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This book is comprehensive and beautifully written. I recommend it to anyone just getting going in photography and as well as a refresher for those have been looking through lenses for awhile.
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It's required for my class, but I learn better with video than the printed word.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. W. O on April 11, 2012
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This is the best book on photography as fine aret you can find. The way she explain concepts and the portfolios are a perfect combination for any photographer that want to be a real artist.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By emmee on October 18, 2011
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Elements is a book that I think every aspiring and professional photographer should have as part of their collection. It is a wonderful resource that makes you slow down and open up to even more to your craft. Amazing!
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