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Albrecht Rissler - Photographic Composition: Principles of Image Design 1st Edition

Albrecht Rissler - Photographic Composition: Principles of Image Design 1st Edition
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All fine artists share a common goal: to combine individual elements into a convincing, cohesive whole that tells a story or expresses an intention. Photography is especially suited to this pursuit because the photographer can create multiple, distinct images of a single subject using a variety of design techniques. The display on a digital camera instantly shows the arrangement of elements in an image, allowing the photographer to make changes and refine their creation as they work.

Albrecht Rissler believes that a firm understanding of image design is as important as having an observant eye or having the technical knowledge to operate a camera. Photographic Composition presents the most important concepts of image design and offers 250 beautiful photographs to illustrate these concepts. By applying these concepts to your own work, you will greatly improve your photographic eye and your ability to compose an ideal image.
This book's impressive images are in black-and-white, intentionally removing the distraction of color and making it easy to focus on compositional elements and form. With this book, photographers as well as all visual artists will learn how to infuse their own images with excitement, develop and hone their visual language, and express their personal artistic aesthetic.

Topics include:

⦁ The effect of various aspect ratios
⦁ Perspective and composition
⦁ Form and contrast
⦁ Proportion and harmony
⦁ Symmetry and asymmetry
⦁ Brightness and darkness
⦁ Structures and textures
⦁ The "perfect moment"


Why compose? 2
The Playing Field 4
Value Added 6

The Image Area 8
Serene, Neutral, Charged, Proud 10
Harmony 12
Up or Down ? 14

Diagonals 16
Squared Away 18
Heavenly Beaches 20
A Touch of Drama 22
Death of a Giant 24
Coming or Going? 26
Surfers and Insects 28
Star Shapes 30
Forked 32
Breaking the Rules 34

Perspectives 36
Central 38
Field Practice 40
Finding a View 42
Atmospheric Perspective 44
Eye Level 46
Hit the Deck! 48
A Change of Perspectives 50
A Question of Standpoint 52
Pars Pro Toto 54
Changing Places 56Lattices 58
Obstructing the View 60
Onlookers 62
Look Through! 66
Themes 68
Before and Behind 70

Cropping 72
Extreme Crops 74
Fascination Tree 82
Beyond the Picture 84
Busting Out 86
Symmetry 88
Asymmetry 90
A Comparison 92
Figure/Ground 94
Positive/Negative 96

Contrast 100
The Big Picture 102
Opposites 104
Contrasting Shapes 106
Conspicious Contrast 108
Bull's Eye 112
Walkway 114

Light and Shadow 116
Let the Light In 118
Ice-Cold Warmth 120
Shadow Begets Light 122
Backlight 124
A Subtle Difference 126
Light Spaces 128Early Birds 130
All Weather 132
Multiplicity 134
Nighthawks 136
The Dark Side of Light 138
Reflections 142

Sharpness and Blur 144
Chance and Intention 146
Stillness and Movement 148
Static and Dynamic 150
Options 152
Experiments 154
Texture 156
A Universe 158
Moving and Stationary 162
Closeup 164
Macrocosm 166

The Right Moment 168
On the Lookout 170
Windfall 172
Reflexes 174
Dialogue 176
Pairs 178
Eyes Peeled 180

Thanks 182
The Author 184

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (October 19, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937538567
ISBN-13: 978-1937538569
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