The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos

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Overview

Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs.

Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design - first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures.

Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer's Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs. The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Beautifully presented with generous and helpful color illustrations, this book is a very affordable addition to the library of the serious photographer."—Canadian Camera (Feb. 08)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240809342
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 122,925
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture, and Asian art. He is particularly well known for his expertise in special effects. He has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian magazine for many years, and has worked for Time-Life Books and Reader's Digest. Michael is the author of more than 40 photographic books, including the hugely successful Complete Guide to Digital Photography and The Photographer's Eye. For his photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. He is also responsible for the distance-learning courses on photography at the UK's Open College of the Arts.

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Table of Contents

The Image Frame; Design Basics; Graphic Elements; Composing with Color; Using Design

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

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    The Photographer¿s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos, Michael Freeman. Right, I¿ve been trying to write this review for a week now, and failing miserably. Although the subtitle is ¿Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos,¿ most of the concepts presented seem to be just as applicable to film photography as digital. Although Freeman mentions some of the adjustments that can be made with digital post-processing, the only one covered in any depth is cropping, as the focus of ¿The Photographer¿s Eye¿ is in composition and design during the actual picture-taking process. Likewise, while the effect of the actual cameras is discussed - as in the height/width ratio of the frame, effect of wide-angle vs. telephoto lenses on depth of field, etc. - the technical aspects of photography are not covered. The primary focus of the book is on the artistic aspects of photography - the effect of different types or shapes of line on how your eye moves around the picture, light and color as it affects mood, etc. Each concept is covered on a pair of well-illustrated facing pages, with a few more complex topics meriting two or three spreads. Although I found some of the examples a little weak 'see page photo of Y on page X, and there are *5* photos of Y there, none of which quite match the description', I could follow the point, and they all made sense. Although there are more illustrations than text, it took me quite a while to go through it. I think because there is just so much information packed into ¿The Photographer¿s Eye,¿ that going through more than a few topics at a time would lead to information-overload. Overall, it is a very good book, and I would recommend it to anyone, photographer or not, who wanted to learn more about composition and artistic design.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

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    A Little Too Technical

    Although this book has a ton of information on designing a photograph, it was a little too technical for my taste. In my opinion, this book is geared more towards advanced photographers, or those who have taken at least some college courses in photography. I do consider myself to be quite intelligent, but some of the topics coverd in this book went way over my head - as I am basically a self-taught, amature photographer. I plan on revisiting the book in another year or two, after I have gained more knowledge, to see if it makes more sense at that time.

    So, if you have a good handle on the technical side of photography, then this book is an excellent addition. If you're a beginner, this book might be a little too technical.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    DO NOT BUY ON NOOK

    Within the first 20 pages four photographs were missing. The text had potential, but I'm not sure that a book on photographic composition with missing pictures is that helpful. On the plus side, B & N agreed to give me a refund. I'll update if I don't get my money. I may buy print edition.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2010

    An abstract treatment

    This is a very useful book. However, the book is not particularly easy to read. This probably due to the artistic nature of the subject matter covering abstract, intangible concepts like the dynamic properties of graphic elements, etc. I found that if read carefully (more than once if necessary) the book does offer a great deal on insight. It's helped me recognize potential shots in a sea of graphically confusing details.

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