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Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition
by Ian Plant (with George Stocking)
Composition is the most important aspect of photography you can master. A snapshot shows the world what your camera sees, but when you create a composition, you show the world what you see. Ian's critically-acclaimed book unlocks the composition secrets of the great masters.
Master the Art of Composition
What makes a great photograph? Is there any one aspect of the process which separates the merely good from the truly magnificent? Many candidates immediately spring to mind, such as subject matter, light, mood, and moment. But one aspect rises above the rest, and it is the thread which ties all of these other qualities together.
Composition—the artistic arrangement and placement of visual elements within the picture frame—is the most difficult aspect of the art of photography to master, and also the most important. The emotion evoked by a photograph’s subject matter and mood cannot be underestimated—but the primal visual response evoked by a skillful composition cannot be ignored or forgotten. A snapshot shows the world what your camera sees, but when you create a composition, you show the world what you see.
Think in terms of creating “visual flow”
Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition is an artistic tour de force, spanning several centuries and different artistic media in its quest to reveal the composition secrets of the great masters. The book focuses on nature photography composition but the techniques discussed apply to other types of photography, and more broadly to all two-dimensional visual art. Artists of all types will find this book invaluable.
An eBook Like No Other
Visual Flow is an incredible and comprehensive manual on composition from someone who I consider to be a modern day master of landscape and outdoor photography. Each chapter presents an enormous amount of visual and written information. In breaking down each image, Ian discusses the specific elements that help bring each photo alive.
He often uses visual notation and colored marks on the shot to help illustrate his points. I think that this is a nice touch, because not only does it show you more exactly what he’s talking about, it indicates that Ian made the extra effort to bring you in depth information. Treat you and your photography to a special favor and check out Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition, it’s without a doubt one of the biggest and best photography eBooks available today, if not the very best.
Ian Plant is a frequent contributor to and blogger for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, a Contributing Editor to Popular Photography Magazine, and a monthly columnist for Landscape Photography Magazine. Ian’s work also appears in many other books, calendars, ad campaigns, and magazines available worldwide.
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