The photographers eye by Michael Freeman
This book focuses on design as the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. Simply put the book shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great photographs with a traditional approach to composition and design. But also recognises that in the digital age the image seen through the viewfinder can be very different to the final result.
It approaches the subject from a very thoughtful perspective. While the book covers the basic elements;lines, shapes, dynamic tension, balance. It also talks at length about more emotionally-related issues such as the search for order, reactive thought, etc. These are the concepts that more experienced photographers (and artists) find themselves confronting once they have a solid feel for design elements and construction.
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. This book has to be ‘the book’ so far for me on the reading material for the course. To think that Michael had trouble selling the concept of this book to the publishers astonishes me.
If you are wondering which book to read next or first, this has to be top of your list…