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The Photographer's Eye



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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. Features *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

Table of Contents

The Image Framep. 8
Frame dynamicsp. 10
Frame shapep. 12
Stitching and extendingp. 18
Croppingp. 20
Filling the framep. 22
Placementp. 24
Dividing the framep. 26
Horizonp. 28
Frames within framesp. 30
Design Basicsp. 32
Contrastp. 34
Gestalt perceptionp. 38
Balancep. 40
Dynamic tensionp. 44
Figure and groundp. 46
Rhythmp. 48
Pattern, texture, manyp. 50
Perspective and depthp. 52
Visual weightp. 58
Looking and interestp. 60
Content, weak & strongp. 62
Graphic & Photographic Elementsp. 64
A single pointp. 66
Several pointsp. 70
Horizontal linesp. 72
Vertical linesp. 74
Diagonal linesp. 76
Curvesp. 80
Eye-linesp. 82
Trianglesp. 84
Circles and rectanglesp. 88
Vectorsp. 90
Focusp. 94
Motionp. 96
Momentp. 98
Opticsp. 100
Exposurep. 106
Composing with Light and Colorp. 108
Chiaroscuro and keyp. 110
Color in compositionp. 114
Color relationshipsp. 118
Muted colorsp. 122
Black and whitep. 126
Intentp. 128
Conventional or challengingp. 130
Reactive or plannedp. 134
Documentary or expressivep. 136
Simple or complexp. 138
Clear or ambiguousp. 140
Delayp. 144
Style and fashionp. 146
Processp. 150
The search for orderp. 152
Huntingp. 156
Case study: Japanese monkp. 160
Repertoirep. 162
Reactionp. 164
Anticipationp. 166
Explorationp. 168
Returnp. 172
Constructionp. 174
Juxtapositionp. 178
Photographs togetherp. 180
Post-productionp. 184
Syntaxp. 186
Indexp. 188
Acknowledgments & Bibliographyp. 192
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