Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style

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Alain Briot states that, "The personality of the photographer must be present in the image for an artistic photograph to have value." And in this book he sets out to teach the things that are essential in achieving this goal.

Following his successful first book, Mastering Landscape Photography, Briot goes beyond the conventional rules of composition and takes on a fresh, new approach to teaching the art of photography. Based upon his personal experiences as an artist, teacher, ...

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Overview

Alain Briot states that, "The personality of the photographer must be present in the image for an artistic photograph to have value." And in this book he sets out to teach the things that are essential in achieving this goal.

Following his successful first book, Mastering Landscape Photography, Briot goes beyond the conventional rules of composition and takes on a fresh, new approach to teaching the art of photography. Based upon his personal experiences as an artist, teacher, and photographer, he opens new doors to the reader-doors leading to new ways of seeing and composing images.

Briot approaches fine art photography as being a combination of art and technique. In this new book he addresses both of these by presenting artistic and technical information. On the artistic side, Briot introduces artistic concepts that have been rarely, if ever, associated with photography. On the technical side, he presents numerous tools that can help you learn how to create better photographs and provides technical solutions to common photographic problems.

The author practices photography as a fine art. What matters most to him is how photography can be used to express feelings and emotions. For Briot, a good photograph must be both artistically inspired and technically excellent. To have just one of these two elements is not enough for a fine art photograph to be successful.

Topics include:- How to compose with color, with black and white, and with light- Why you need to consider your audience while composing a photograph- Recreate the emotions you felt when you captured your photographs- How the elements of color-hue, contrast, and saturation-work in your images- How to control the elements that have a visual effect in your photographs- How to draw upon your personal way of seeing and then share your vision- How to diagnose image maladies and apply the proper remedies- How to define a color palette for a specific photograph- How to use compositional elements to develop a personal style

Forweword by Tony Sweet

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933952222
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 369
  • Sales rank: 473,300
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alain Briot is one of the leading contemporary landscape photographers. Originally from Paris, France, he attended the Academie Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris where he studied drawing and oil painting. Briot began studying photography in 1980. Currently living in Arizona, his favorite photographic locations are in the southwestern United States.

Briot's goal is to create the most exciting photographs possible. His equipment, be it cameras, software, etc., is chosen for the ability to make this possible.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1: About Composition

The Differences Between What We See and What the Camera Sees

Chapter 2: Learning to See Like a Camera

Chapter 3: The Eye and the Camera

New Rules of Composition

Chapter 4: Composing with Light

Chapter 5: Composing with Color

Chapter 6: Composing in Black and White

Chapter 7: Important Elements of a Strong Composition

The Creative Process

Chapter 8: Finding Inspiration

Chapter 9: Exercising Creativity

Chapter 10: Developing Your Vision

Chapter 11: Achieving Your Personal Style

You and Your Audience

Chapter 12: Just Say Yes

Chapter 13: Of Audiences and Bestsellers

Chapter 14: The Numbering Affair

The Relationship Between the Technical and Artistic Aspects of Photography

Chapter 15: Technical and Creative Field Checklist for Fine Art Photography

Chapter 16: Image Maladies

Chapter 17: Memories of What I Have Seen

Chapter 18: Conclusion

Prologue

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    Every one needs a good Editor now and then.

    Alain Briot is a very good photographer and, at least in his first book, "Mastering Landscape Photography", a solid writer. However, in this book what he really needed was a great Editor. Too many times he says the same thing three times in three consecutive paragraphs. And too many times it feels like he is still working out his idea on the page, rather presenting us a thought through concept. This undermines his points over and over again. Compounding that error, though a longer book than his first, there is less here to chew on. My advice is to get "Mastering Landscape Photography" and skip this one.

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