Recommended Books for Photographers

Creativity and composition

The books below has been picked by the editor of DPanswers as the best books about creativity and composition.

Developing “the photograhic eye” takes skill, insight and practice. In this brilliant book photographer Michael Freeman imparts the rules of design and composition like no other photographer. Then he goes on to challenge those rules in chapters focusing on the intents and processes of creative photography. While my reading of Freeman's book probably has left me short of acquiring “the eye”, it as at least made me a more aware of the elements of design and the process that goes into capturing a better image than before.
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Using examples from his own portfolio, photographer Bryan Peterson deconstructs creativity for photographers. He details the basic techniques that went into taking a particular photo, and also provides insights on how to improve upon it. He also tells readers how to avoid the visual pitfalls that can lead to dull, uninventive photographs. This revised edition features the latest information on digital photography and post-processing. Learning to See Creatively is a well-written guide for photographers looking for a fresh perspective on creativity, colour and composition.
To become a good landscape photographer it is more important to develope a personal response to nature, than to have a large budget for travel and equipment. In this book, written for beginner landscape photographers, Shaw explains how to use and control the basic tools of photography: Camera, lenses, filters, and exposure, and how to be creative with the use of light, composition and colour. Throughout the book, the emphasis is clearly on landscape photography. This distinguishes this book from many other introductory books. The book is from 1994 and some of the material about film and equipment is now dated, but the part's about creativity and composition is as relevant today as it was in 1994.
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