Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color And Composition In Photography by Bryan PetersonLearning to See Creatively: Design, Color And Composition In Photography by Bryan Peterson

Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color And Composition In Photography

byBryan Peterson

Paperback | October 1, 2003

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Almost everyone can “see” in the conventional sense, but developing photographic vision takes practice. Learning to See Creatively helps photographers visualize their work, and the world, in a whole new light.

Now totally rewritten, revised, and expanded, this best-selling guide takes a radical approach to creativity. It explains how it is not some gift only for the “chosen few” but actually a skill that can be learned and applied. Using inventive photos from his own stunning portfolio, author and veteran photographer Bryan Peterson deconstructs creativity for photographers. He details the basic techniques that went into not only taking a particular photo, but also provides insights on how to improve upon it—helping readers avoid the visual pitfalls and technical dead ends that can lead to dull, uninventive photographs.

This revised edition features the latest information on digital photography and digital imaging software, as well as an all-new section on color as a design element. Learning to See Creatively is the definitive reference for any photographers looking for a fresh perspective on their work.
Bryan Peterson is an internationally known instructor of photography, a widely exhibited photographer, and a best-selling author. He divides his time between Seattle, WA, and Lyons, France.
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Title:Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color And Composition In PhotographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 11.05 × 8.25 × 0.37 inPublished:October 1, 2003Publisher:Potter/TenSpeed/HarmonyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0817441816

ISBN - 13:9780817441814

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's really not about the camera... I've been a photographer for many years and if there's one thing I know for sure, amazing photographs have very little to do with the camera and has a whole lot to do with the photographer. This book is a great resource for thinking creatively and out of the box.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really, really good overview of the elements of composition Really, really good overview of all aspects of composition. I am an amatuer photographer who is 8 months into using a DSLR. I bought this book because I found many interesting places to take pictures, but all of my pictures seemed boring. I've noticed a difference already. Key areas covered by the book include elements of design - line, shape, form, texture, pattern, and colour. The book also does a very good review of compositional topics such as the rule of thirds, filling the frame, right v left positioning of the subject, working with your subject, and breaking the rules. There is a short review of the light. For me, the strongest aspects of this book were it's good coverage of the elements of design, particularly ones that I didn't think much about such as texture, pattern, form, and line. The section of composition is also very strong - particularly the lesson on filling the frame to create interest, and horizontal v vertical shooting. The recommended exercises are also very good and helpful to start 'seeing creatively'. In summary, this is a very good overview of all aspects of composition and it's enough information to give a newcomer a lot to think about and practice. The only negatives of the book are it's relatively light treatment of colour (it is covered for 10 pages, but I thought it could have been twice as long, particularly on colour combinations and relative weighting of colours in a composition to create interest (e.g., equal or unequal weighting of contrasting colours). The only other area I found lacking was a section on how to pick a compelling subject/composition. I did pick up inspiration to photograph many of everyday things I would not have otherwise thouht of. I would have liked a more specific treatment of the author's thought process for how to choose a subject and the combination of the elements of design (e.g., is combining 2 or more create a more compelling image). Overall a very good read for someone who hasn't been introduced to composition
Date published: 2008-09-03