Photography is the number 1 hobby worldwide – we have all read this statistic and still we welcome new photographers into the fold every day. With so many images and books flooding print media and the internet a photographer must have sound technical knowledge, a creative approach to making images and stay open to new approaches.
This book is a great resource for honing one’s skills in seeing the world uniquely. To be different one often has to break the rules. In life, photography and in art rules are made to be broken. Breaking with convention generates a response, good or bad – a response is the ultimate goal.
Photographers are highly visual. This book delivers! Unique, captivating pictures are presented with short captions to introduce new concepts, suggestions for changing direction and best of all, breaking with conventional restrictions.
Each chapter covers a specific topic. Technical information is reviewed in “Exposure” which moves seamlessly into the comprehensive sections of “Composition” and “Advanced Composition Techniques”. “Photography Concepts”, “Lighting” and “Rules of the Digital Darkroom” complete this book.
As each “rule” is introduced it is followed by “break the rule. ” Great example are “The Rule: Keep the horizon straight” which is immediately followed with “Break the Rule: Wonky horizons” or The Rule: Don’t crop heads” versus “Break the Rule: Crop heads & move in close.” This concept carries on throughout the book. It is always supported by fitting examples in image and with short captions.
I picked this book up at the local book store last week, a completely impulsive purchase. I am not sure I would have ordered it without flipping through it from front to back. Every time I hold it in my hand I cannot put it down. Every page has a wealth of information, ideas and tricks I am yearning to try. This book has secured a place on my “favorites” shelf.
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