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*Beautiful design with full color images on every page which makes it much easier to remember everything you've learned once you're behind the camera
*Tip boxes spread throughout the book highlight the most essential information so you can get started right away making better images
*Each chapter contains an easy-to-follow assignment to jumpstart your own creativity
Chapter 1: Strong Focal Point; Chapter 2: Rule of Thirds; Chapter 3: Simplicity; Chapter 4: Leading Lines; Chapter 5: Lens Choice and Cropping; Chapter 6: Highlights and Shadows; Chapter 7: Breaking the Rules
Posted August 18, 2011
Ensenberger has the communication ability with both the 'picture' and the 'thousand words'. The information, flow and presentation creates one of the best photographic books I have encountered in years. It refreshes information that may have faded, and provides supporting reasons to attempt other techniques.
Photographers often create a rote shooting pattern and, while capturing great images, leave many areas uninvestigated. Peter prompts you to explore, take chances, and seek alternative viewpoints - follow the 'rules', but break them for potential new drama.
This is a must have book in a photographers library, if just to remind them of what makes this medium great.
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Posted October 22, 2011
The major portion of the book covers the "Rules" of good photographic composition. The author performs competently as he progresses through the various chapters. The text is clearly written, and examples abound.
But the very best has been saved till the end; "Epilogue: Where Do You Go from Here? Like the author, I am an advocate of "having a game plan" and being prepared. In the earlier pages the author speaks of scouting out one's subject and determining different perspectives. On pages 126 and 127 you will find six very different images of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Clearly photographic evidence of the truth of the author's instruction.
I teach photographic composition to beginning photographers and I'll be using this book in my next class.
Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.