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

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

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by Bryan Peterson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817441816

ISBN-13: 9780817441814

Pub. Date: 10/01/2003

Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817441814
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
449,492
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 11.05(h) x 0.37(d)

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Learning to See Creatively 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
afmarks More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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glspinson More than 1 year ago
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.
november9 More than 1 year ago
It is a great book. If you are trying hard to make good pictures, this book is for you. It shows you that you are not seeing!!!! There is no special place or special thing that make a good picture. Whatever is in front of you, can make a good picture. And if there is really nothing, you can make one real fast with very little. It is not what you see, but HOW your see. Until you can really understand that, you will struggle to "find" the good subject or make a good picture. This book will show you how. There are other books from the same author that are also good. And if you are getting the message, he has a website where he teaches photography, and gives you free examples to prove what he preaches. You will be amazed!!! www.ppsop.com
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