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Photographers Eye Remastered 10th Anniv Paperback – June 15, 2017
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Michael Freeman shows how anyone can develop an eye for taking digital photos.
This 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.
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- Item Weight : 1.76 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 1781574553
- ISBN-13 : 978-1781574553
- Dimensions : 9.21 x 0.47 x 10.16 inches
- Publisher : Ilex; 10th edition (June 15, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #336,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But The Photographer's Eys is pure genius. I've read this book about ten times and I'm still learning from it
Learning about design and composition may help us become better photographers, but I recommend Michael Freeman’s book for a different reason. Photography is the art of seeing. Even taking pictures only to capture family moments, looking for photo opportunities and capturing our story in pictures helps us see the world in a more subtle way.
The Photographer’s Eye, in return, helps us develop our eyes further. It helps us see photos from angles we may have not even thought before. By introducing the tools and language of visual design and composition, the book helps us contemplate photos mindfully. The effort to apply what we learn in our own photography then helps us see aspects and angles we have never seen before.
A special strength of the book lies in the beautiful photos illustrating the concepts. The collection of images accompanying the text let us immerse in visual exploration and transform reading into a meditative journey.
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The chapters are bite-sized which makes it easy to dip into. In many chapters, there are multiple images of the same subject, all slightly different, with explanations of how the composition changes the overall effect. There are also illustrations accompanying some images, again explaining the process and theory.
I found this to be quite a specialised book and it is perhaps suitable for people who are already comfortable with all the photography basics and also post processing, who want to instead focus on composition – which is pretty essential for any standout image.
All in all, a good read but bear in mind the narrow (albeit important!) subject matter. If you are newer to photography you might want something more over-arching and comprehensive.
Also, the author's forte appears to be travel photography, so that's what the examples are drawn from. Don't expect much on composition for portraits, family groups, or street photography.
Finally, as others have said, the book stops very suddenly, as if the printer left out the last chapter by mistake. I for one would have found it useful if it had ended with a summary of key points to take away.
It might not be for the complete beginner - they would need something regarding camera settings and basic usage - but once those are mastered, this is the guide to take your photos to the next level and to bring some personality and soul into your work.
The book is well written, easy and conversational, but with a deep and reassuring sense of knowledge and expertise.