Bryan Peterson's Understanding Composition Field Guide from Amphoto Books written by Bryan F. Peterson teaches you how to see and photograph images with impact.
What makes an image amazing? Believe it or not, it is not about the content. What makes a photo compelling is the arrangement of that content-in other words, its composition. The right composition gives your images impact and emotion; the wrong one leaves them flat. In this handy, take-anywhere guide, renowned photographer, instructor, and bestselling author Bryan Peterson frees amateur photographers from the prejudices of what is "beautiful" or "ugly" so that they can instead focus on color, line, light, and pattern. Get the tools you need to show your distinct voice and point of view in every image you shoot. With this guide in your camera bag, you'll be equipped not only to "see" beautiful images but to successfully shoot them each and every time.
Table of Contents:
1: Learning to See: Mining the Mundane
2: The Role of Aperture and Shutter Speed
3: Filling the Frame: Two Steps from a Compelling Composition
4: Choosing Your Background
5: Using the Empty Canvas
6: Adding Interest in the Foreground
7: Creating Contrast
8: The Golden Section, the Rule of Thirds, and the Rule of Visual Weight
9: Horizontal versus Vertical
10: Framing with a Frame
11: Sweating the Small Stuff
12: Mining Images to Find the Mother Lode
13: Capturing the Decisive Moment
14: When to Break the Rules
About the Author: Bryan Peterson is a professional photographer, internationally known instructor, and the bestselling author of Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition; Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide; Understanding Flash Photography; Understanding Shutter Speed; Understanding Close-Up Photography; Learning to See Creatively; Understanding Digital Photography; and Beyond Portraiture. He is also the founder of the online photography school The Perfect Picture School of Photography (ppsop.com). Bryan lives in Chicago.