The Library: part two

While the power was out recently, I pulled a few books off the shelves of my library and re-visited a few favorites.  It’s amazing how much reading one will do when there are no distractions — no phone, no TV, no computer.

The book I want to share with you in this post is “The Photographer’s Eye” by Michael Freeman:


(image credit: Tower Books)

A little background on what originally attracted me to this book, which I discovered in my favorite Border’s bookstore (located in Fairview Heights, Ill.)….

(This store, which houses a fantastic selection of photography books, is approximately half way between my home in Paducah and my father’s home in Western Illinois.  As I make my frequent visits to visit my father, I nearly always stop to visit this store.  It’s a great place for me to stretch my legs while traveling while also feeding my photography book habit.   But, I digress…..)

There are many, many books published about photography techniques — exposure, close up and macro, flash, etc. However, not having formal art training, I found myself wanting to learn more about art concepts and their relationship to digital photography.  As I perused the contents of “The Photographer’s Eye,”  I found concepts such as placement, dividing the frame, tension, figure and ground, rhythm, visual weight, color in composition, simple or complex, clear or ambiguous, juxtapositon, etc.

I feel like I intuitivly knew many of the concepts found in the book, but enjoyed reading specific information about the various concepts as well as viewing artful examples (both photographic and graphic) of the concepts.

From, a professional review:

“Beautifully presented with genrous and helpful color illustrations, this book is a very affordable addition to the library of the serious photographer.”
-Candian Camera (Feb. 08)

Book Description

Product Description
Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs.
Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design – first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures.
The Photographer’s Eye shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs. The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder.

*Covers both traditional in-camera composition and the new opportunities for picture-making made possible by digital imaging editing
*Shows how to explore situations and locations in order to find the best possible photographic possibilities
*Uses clear examples from real photographic assignments, with schematic illustrations of how and why the pictures work

About the Author
Michael Freeman is a renowned international photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture, and Asian art. He is particularly well known for his expertise in special effects. He has been a leading photographer for the Smithsonian magazine for many years, and has worked for Time-Life Books and Reader’s Digest. Michael is the author of more than 20 photographic books, including the hugely successful Complete Guide to Digital Photography and The Photographer’s Eye.

So, as you think about your next addition to your personal library, you might want to think about Michael Freeman’s “The Photographer’s Eye.”  Just a suggestion from Sue….

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4 Responses to The Library: part two

  1. Bo says:

    I have this book in my library – always has been a favorite.

  2. suehenryphotography says:

    Nice to know that, Bo. 🙂

  3. Julie McLeod says:

    I requested that one at our local library not too long ago and after a long wait, I forgot to pick it up. Now I have to put my name on the list again. Glad to know its worth the wait!

  4. JRP says:

    *sigh* I wish i had more time to read.

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