The Photographer's Eye: Composition And Design For Better Digital Photos

Paperback | May 23, 2007

byMichael FreemanEditorMichael Freeman

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Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs.

Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design - first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures.

Now published in sixteen languages,The Photographer's Eyecontinues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs. The 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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Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs.Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to desi...

Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture, and Asian art. He is particularly well known for his expertise in special effects. He has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian magazine for many years, and has worked for Time-Life Books and Reader's Digest. Michael i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 10 × 9.5 × 0.6 inPublished:May 23, 2007Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0240809343

ISBN - 13:9780240809342

Customer Reviews of The Photographer's Eye: Composition And Design For Better Digital Photos

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and informative Set up in the clear, user friendly manner of all of Michael Freeman's guides, this lays out the fundamentals of composition. Challenge yourself and improve your photographic skills!
Date published: 2010-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting & informing A very good read. There's lots of text, but if you're more of a picture person, there are captions for the pictures that'll give you the gist of things, too. He gives tips on everything from shapes, lines, and colours to lenses, exposure and contrast. Easy to understand, and makes you want to pick up your camera and start looking for subjects to shoot.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Have for aspiring documentary photographers!!! Being a firm believer of "f/8 and be there" and "it's the photographer behind the camera who takes a picture", I have been desperately trying to find good books which would broaden my creative options. There were lots of books about lighting and other technical stuff, but somehow on the subject of composition, the books were either absolutely useless garbage or too trivial. They were all talking about too basic things which I already learned over the years by taking over 30,000 pictures already. Every single book on composition was a disappointment. Then, I discovered this book "Photographer's Eye". It really opened my eyes, also taught me why in specific certain things worked and certain things didn't. The book provided me with new skill set and ability to analyze a photograph. Now, I have a better ability to judge which photo is more dynamic or powerful when there are similar photos in my view, or to see and capture a critical moment. I just don't know how to describe this brand new revelation. I guess that is why Mr. Freeman gets paid so much for what he does.
Date published: 2008-03-28

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Table of Contents

The Image Frame; Design Basics; Graphic Elements; Composing with Color; Using Design

Editorial Reviews

"Beautifully presented with generous and helpful color illustrations, this book is a very affordable addition to the library of the serious photographer."--Canadian Camera (Feb. 08)