Basics Photography: Composition / Edition 1

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‘There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph’ said photographer Robert Heinecken. In this thorough and visually exciting guide to composition, David Präkel leads the reader, step-by-step, through the essential elements to consider when composing an image, including viewpoint, perspective, symmetry, scale and balance. A detailed, engaging and practical introduction to the process of identifying and arranging visual elements, Basics Photography: Composition demonstrates how different techniques can help photographers to develop professional images and create a distinct personal style.

Taking examples from both classic and contemporary photographers, Basics Photography: Composition (second edition) advises readers on how to select the most appropriate composition for capturing a subject or communicating a message.

• This title is the second edition of the first title in AVA’s extremely popular Basics Photography series, newly designed with fresh case studies, practical exercises to explore a photographer’s creativity and carefully selected imagery.
• Illustrated throughout with classic images from the masters of photography and creative work by contemporary practitioners, including Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Marc Riboud, David Hockney, Martin Parr, Lu Guang, Claire Martin and Claudia Rogge.
• Images are accompanied by a technical summary, detailing the camera, lenses and settings that were used in each photograph.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782940411771
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Basics Photography 1 Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,464,429
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Prakel has enjoyed a diverse career as a journalist and magazine editor, a publishing consultant, music aficionado and latterly, as an educator. He runs his own photographic training workshops in Northumberland and is a part-time lecturer at Cumbria Institute of the Arts. His books are internationally recognized as ideal started texts.

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Table of Contents



The case for composition                                                                  
Case study - Simplify, simplify, simplify                                             
The rules                                                                                           
Exercise - focal length                                                                       

Formal elements                                                                              
Case study - aesthetics and the formal elements                                 
Exercise - exploring a single object                                                    

Organising space                                                                             
Appearance of space                                                                      
Exercise - depth of field                                                                  
Case study - making space                                                              

Organising time                                                                              
Time passing                                                                                   
Moments                                                                       #160;                 
The decisive moment                                                                       
Case study - Passing time                                                               
Exercise - re-photography                                                                

Still life                                                                                           
Fine art                                                                                           

Finding your own view                                                                     
Contrasts and humour                                                                      
Digital imaging                                                                                
Exercise - reinvent an old process                                                    
Case study - using found images                                                     


Bibliography and webography                                                             


Acknowledgement and picture credits                                                 

Working with ethics                                                                             


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