Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817441814
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 117,091
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2005

    5 Stars!

    This book is great if you are past learning the basic skills of photography and want to make the subjects of your photos compelling and remarkable. The book helps you to look at dull, everyday objects from a different perspective to give your photos an edge. The book describes and gives terrific examples of elements of art, such as color, line, pattern, and texture. Different types of lenses and their uses are also described in the book. The placement of your subject and the exceptions to the rules are well illustrated. This book will definitely help to enhance the quality of any photographer¿s photos.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2005

    Great Book

    This book was very informative. A great read. It takes you through every step of composing a photograph with great composition. The messages next to each photo is just as informative as the chapters on what makes a good picture. Easy, fast read. Well written. Already looking into buying his next book Understanding Exposure.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Highly Recommended - like his other books, full of interesting and practical advice

    I've had a camera of one form or another for the past 40 years. I use a Canon 5dmkii and 40D now, have a nice set of lenses, and I'm interested in improving and exploring new ways to capture light. I read Peterson's "Understanding Close-Up Photography", then "Understanding Exposure", and now "Learning to See Creatively". There is overlap in the three books, and I've read some of what he teaches elsewhere, but he offers interesting and fresh insights in a "matter of fact" way. I bought this book to find out what he has to say about "seeing" things "better": read "The Right Third" chapter. It was news to me. The book can be read all at once or bit by bit over time. The simple "exercises" along the way reinforce what he's trying to teach. I go back to each book now and then and they occupy front-and-center space on a shelf above my desk. If you want creative and inventive result-oriented advice read Bryan Peterson.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2011

    Very helpful

    Taking a photography class is alot of fun and this book is very helpful and teaches you the basic that all amateur photographer should know

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    Excellent book to get you thinking!

    The author illustrates his text well with relevant photos. He makes his points on
    composition clearly and comprehensively. He wakes up the brain and stimulates
    you to consider composition and the art of creating a great image. Well done and
    easy to read. Useful to students as well as more advanced photographers.

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