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Bryan Peterson's Understanding Composition Field Guide: How to See and Photograph Images with Impact Paperback – November 6, 2012
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In short, this book would be of great value (with its inherent limitations due to its relatively short coverage of many topics) to readers new to Peterson but of only limited value to those who have read many of his previous books. What he covers in this book he covers in much more detail in his previous books.
--Bryan Peterson Bryan Peterson's Understanding Composition Field Guide: How to See and Photograph Images with Impact
When I read this I immediately thought of a recent photo* I had seen of a political candidate speaking to a teacher in a grade school classroom. By any standards this is a typical campaign photo op. Yet the photographer took it one step further. Off in the corner were two children making faces at each other not paying any attention to the adults. The photo was framed with one child on the left smile askew and another on the right rolling her eyes and sticking out her tongue. In between the two in the close distance was the hand shaking politician. What a fresh composition.
This is what Bryan Peterson helps us understand. I have read most of Bryan Peterson's books and have always come away with a fresh perspective and a renewed understanding of photography. Through his analysis and experience you can feel him radiate his joy and love of photography.
Regarding this book "Understanding Composition" Bryan gives the novice a field of view on "seeing" their image. He gives the enthusiast and hobbyist a fresh perspective and offers the advanced shooter a good read and new ideas. There is literally something for everyone. Whether you "see" new images differently or mine your old images for a fresh perspective Bryan will guide you along that path.
For anyone interested in photographic composition this book is a must read.
*Ruth Fremson/NY Times Slide Number 9 (Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg visited a first-grade class at PS 195 in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. [...]
I think that Peterson lifted some of the photos from his other books and on page 251 he points out that our cameras now have the advantage of automatic winders! Really. Peterson's photo examples are usually taken with a full frame DSLR Nikon camera or a professional DSLR camera with a crop factor of 1.5. Even his limited use of the Leica D-Lux (rebadged Panasonic LX-3/5) can do much better that the film rewinders. I'm sure this just slipped by.
By reading this book, you can at least get some small idea of the thoughts and creativity of a really great photographer who also enjoys teaching.
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I understand that this guy is teaching a somewhat popular version of composition, but it almost seemed to me at times like he was scared of composition. Read morePublished 1 month ago by HB
Very handy guide to the basics of composition. Gives plenty of real world examples and encourages the reader to get out there and practice.Published 2 months ago by Robert
Great to walk you through perspective and techniques in photography.Published 3 months ago by Pickle6
Bryan Peterson's advice is clear and very easy to understand and follow. Each lesson is fully illustrated with sample photos to make his lessons very clear. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Larry W. Cormicle
A very useful guide to the basics of composition. Has definitely improved the quality of my photos. I love the easy to apply tips that make such a big difference in quality.Published 4 months ago by Ken in Boston
I've been taking photos for 35 years. But now I understand what it takes to get that wow factor. And that was only by "filling the frame". A great read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bruce
I'm an amateur with a very strong passion for photography and this book is one of my favorites. I purchased this book with the intent of learning more creative ways to frame my... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ryan Miller
Bryon Peterson provides you with an outstanding book. Well written, easy to follow, and great examples that work with the text. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Wyoma Smith