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The Art of the Photograph: Essential Habits for Stronger Compositions by [Sheppard, Rob, Jones, Dewitt]
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“Art Wolfe is a virtuoso.”
—Morgan Freeman

About the Author

ART WOLFE's stunning images are recognized throughout the world for their mastery of color, composition, and perspective. Wolfe is a recipient of the Photographic Society of America's Progress Medal and the coveted Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award by the North American Nature Photography Association. Wolfe's television series, Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge, airs on PBS stations throughout the country. He is also a popular speaker for such companies as Microsoft, IBM, and Sheraton Hotels. He can be found at artwolfe.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter. ROB SHEPPARD is a photographer, author, naturalist and nature photographer, editor and videographer. He has written and photographed many books and magazine articles but what is most important to him about them is knowing that he has helped people become better photographers and gain a better connection to nature. Rob is a Fellow with the North American Nature Photography Association, and many people also know him as the long-time, previous editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine. Some of the books he has done: Landscape Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, Macro Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, and National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography. His website is at joyofnatureandphotography.com, blog at natureandphotography.com.

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  • File Size: 230471 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Amphoto Books (December 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DAD26SI
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I purchased this book based on the many positive reviews, but was underwhelmed by the generalized content and lack of detailed instruction. The book has some beautiful photographs and the text is well-written, but I expected more depth considering the subtitle is "Essential Habits for Stronger Compositions." This book covers everything from light and color theory to camera types, lenses, filters and software – all of which can be found in greater detail in other photography books. Most of the sections fit on one or two pages, which severely limits in-depth discussion of the subject. Many sections seem like filler, and others just barely touch on important photographic elements (e.g., spirals — the author introduces Fibonacci spirals but provides no real application other than to "look for spirals"). As well, there are typos and technical errors like pg 243, where deep depth of field is stated as f/2.8 and shallow depth of field for the same image as f/7.1. While there are some fantastic images in the book, others are curious like pg 82, where the trident is not even in sharp focus. I think more experienced photographers will be disappointed by the generic content and lack of deeper discussion around composition.
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If you were to buy only one book to inspire your photography and take it to the next level, The Art of the Photograph is the book to have. This magnificent book was created by the unbeatable combination of master photographers Art Wolfe and Rob Sheppard—specifically, it offers you photos by Art Wolfe and his stories about how he learned and now approaches his craft, along with Rob Sheppard’s text. Having had personal experience of Rob’s thorough and enthusiastic teaching, I can say that he is up to form in this book.
What makes Art Wolfe’s photographs the ideal visual material for this book—aside, of course, from his being one of the most outstanding photographers in the world today—is the amazing variety of subjects he captures. He travels the world, photographing everywhere from the Palouse to Antarctica, photographing people, landscapes, even abstracts. In fact, he advises you not to limit yourself by self-identifying as a particular type of photographer but, instead, to be open to everything. One of the valuable concepts I’ve learned from the book is to be looking for the photograph, not for the subject.
The chapters are titled “Finding Inspiration,” “Discovering the Subject,” “Constructing the Image,” “Camera and Lens,” “The Elements of Design,” “Color and Black-and-White,” “Light and Composition,” “Creative Solutions,” “The 10 Deadly Sins of Composition,” and “Equipment and Workflow.” The chapters offer springboards to help you formulate your own philosophy of and approach to photographing; this is not a “how to” book of the technical aspects of photography.
One of the great strengths of The Art of the Photograph is that it is conceived, in part, as a dialogue between the authors and the reader. This is vitally important.
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I must admit that I am addicted to photography books. I have more than my bookcases can hold, and yet I continue to buy more, in the eternal quest for the perfect book about photography, while there is no such thing as the perfect book, I am happy to report that many have come very close to this designation. Among my favorites are ALL of Joe Mcnally's books, several of Michael Freeman's (although his recent Photo School Fundamentals is NOT among them), Ansrl Adams' The Print and The Negative, and Light:science and Magic.

am very pleased to report that The Art of the Photograph is the newest addition to my list of favorites. Art and Rob cover all he usual suspects , such as use of line, color, and so on, but they do so in a way which is fresh and engaging. No significant amount of space is wasted covering the usual cliched content which is predictably found in most books (like the rule of thirds, the bigger the light the softer the shadows, the sunny sixteen rule, and so on), I don't know how to describe the approach they have taken except to say that it is profoundly different and far more effective, at least for me. Virtually every page had some nugget of information that made me slap my forehead and say, "wow."

And of course the photography is absolutely stunning. Art Wolfe is a true master, and his photos are a sheer joy to view. This is easily one of the top three books (for ANY skill level) in my library, and I am so grateful to have found it. You will be too.
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Sometimes the credentials of authors are as important as the content of their works. Art Wolfe is one of the great outdoor photographers, and in recent years, he has been working wonderfully in other genres. Rob Sheppard, an excellent photographer and former editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine, is a keen wordsmith. Any photography book coming from these two is worth the attention of other photographers.

“The Art of Photography” is aimed at teaching inexperienced photographers about image composition. There are chapters on inspiration, subjects, image design, equipment (to the extent it influences composition) and so forth. There is even a brief section on workflow, suggesting the order of considerations in making a photograph and then processing it in Lightroom. The book is illustrated with Wolfe’s elegant photographs and Wolfe himself has written a brief autobiography as well as short comments at the end of each chapter about particular photographs or series of photographs. Sheppard provides most of textual instructional material in a clear, easily understood manner that is practical.

The book aims at fundamentals and frankly has a lot of competition from other books that cover the same ground because most photography educators agree on the extent and content of the fundamentals. Occasionally the book strays beyond the fundamentals as when it discusses compositing pictures in Photoshop, but this seems to be more to alert the tyro photographer as to what he or she can look forward to as skills develop rather than to actually instruct. In the same vein are the discussions of Lightroom software. Even a whole book devoted to that subject would still leave room for further instruction.
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