Photography and the Art of Seeing: A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and Digital Photography / Edition 3

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Overview

A practical and inspiring guide.

This Third Edition familiarizes readers with the traditional principles of composition and visual design. The jargon-free text provides practical techniques and innovative exercises for breaking with traditional concepts of design to enable the photographer to develop a keen awareness of subject matter and a personal direction.

Topics include:

  • Barriers to seeing
  • Learning to observe: rethinking the familiar
  • Learning to imagine: abstracting and selecting
  • Learning to express: Subject matter and the photographer
  • Elements and principles of visual design and more.

This edition of Photography and the Art of Seeing is updated to include technical guidelines adapted for both digital and film photographers and includes photographs from Freeman Patterson's personal collection. Extended captions include valuable technical information and personal commentary reflective of the superb craftsmanship and stunning photography from one of the most highly acclaimed and celebrated photographers worldwide.

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Editorial Reviews

Garry Black Photography (GarryBlack.com)
This book covers visual design, it will help you to "see" and photograph the world around you.
— Garry Black
Garry Black Photography (GarryBlack.com) - Garry Black
I don't think you can go wrong with any of Freeman's books.... This book covers visual design, it will help you to "see" and photograph the world around you.
Nature Photographers Online Magazine
Photography and the Art of Seeing by Freeman Patterson is a super new book for beginners and advanced photographers alike. It is easy to push a button and take a picture, but it is a lot more difficult to "make" a creative image, and this well written book will take you through the steps of the thinking and doing that part of it. The book not only includes beautiful images, but also technical info on what it takes to create such images, no matter if you are using film or digital cameras.
Photo News - Jenny Montgomery
Patterson gives guidelines to help photographers improve their visual thinking and develop their imaginations, emphasizing what he calls "good seeing." ...Patterson gives personal examples from his experiences, along with exercises on learning how to observe... He also covers effective expression, abstract thinking and principles of visual design. For anyone wanting to move away from some tired visual habits, the exercises and topics of this book should encourage experimentation and a new way of observing.
PhotoNews - Ginette Lapointed
Updated and expanded to include technical guidelines adapted for both digital and film photographers. The jargon-free text provides techniques and innovative exercises for breaking with traditional concepts of design, enabling the photographer to develop a keen awareness of subject matter and a direction for composing the picture. It also offers a workshop for all visual artists that includes lesson on the fundamental of perception and overcoming obstacles in their work. This edition features several never-before-published photographs...and extended captions that include valuable technical information and personal commentary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552636145
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books
  • Publication date: 10/2/2004
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Freeman Patterson began to work in photography in 1965. He co-founded the Namaqualand Photographic Workshops in southern Africa and has given numerous workshops in the United States, Israel, England, New Zealand, and Australia. He has published eleven books and has written for many national magazines. In 2001, Patterson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the third edition 7
Barriers to Seeing 9
Learning to Observe 25
Thinking sideways 27
Thinking sideways
Exercises in thinking sideways
Chance
Exercises in chance
Familiar things
Exercises in seeing familiar things
Being flexible
Relaxed attentiveness 38
Relaxed attentiveness
Exercises in relaxed attentiveness
Learning to Imagine 55
Imagining 56
The mind's eye
Exercising your imagination
Abstracting and selecting 61
Abstracting and selecting
Exercises in abstracting and selecting
Learning to Express 65
The challenge of expression 66
Expression
Exercises in expression
Expression in subject matter
Subject matter and you
Unique properties of photography 85
How a camera sees space 89
Thinking about visual design 103
Elements of visual design: Tone 105
Light
Light and line
Light and shape
Light and texture
Light and perspective
Perspective and other variables
Elements of visual design: Colour 113
Colour and emotion
Colour and time
Colour as a thing-in-itself
Colour and composition
Principles of visual design 119
Dynamic simplicity
Achieving dynamic simplicity: dominance, balance, proportion, pattern and rhythm, deformation
Working with visual design 125
Centre of interest
Base
Filling the picture space
Frames and windows
Lack of perspective
Amputation
True colour
Correct exposure
Symbolism
Photography and the Art of Seeing 145
Acknowledgements 155
About the author 156
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    Great!

    Photographer here! This is an amazing book to get people started! It really helped me!

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