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

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"Patterson's superb color shots, as well as his explanation of his unique approach to picture-taking, are sure to inspire you to explore fresh avenues in your own photography."
-- The Globe and Mail

The second book in Freeman Patterson's internationally acclaimed series of instructional books on photography and visual design, Photography and the Art of Seeing has now been updated and expanded to include technical guidelines adapted for both ...

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Overview

"Patterson's superb color shots, as well as his explanation of his unique approach to picture-taking, are sure to inspire you to explore fresh avenues in your own photography."
-- The Globe and Mail

The second book in Freeman Patterson's internationally acclaimed series of instructional books on photography and visual design, Photography and the Art of Seeing has now been 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.

Photography and the Art of Seeing also offers a workshop for all visual artists that includes lessons on the fundamentals of perception and overcoming obstacles in their work.

This edition features several never-before-published photographs from Freeman Patterson's personal collection and extended captions that include valuable technical information and personal commentary.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
Garry Black Photography (GarryBlack.com)
This book covers visual design, it will help you to "see" and photograph the world around you.
— Garry Black
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554079803
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 534,654
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Freeman Patterson has published twelve books and won numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association. Freeman lives at Shamper's Bluff, New Brunswick, an ecological reserve of over 200 acres, which he recently donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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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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