Mastering Composition: A Photographer’s Guide to Seeing

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Mastering Composition ebook by Andrew S. Gibson

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My latest ebook is released today.

A few years ago I decided to become more conscious about the composition of my images. I’ve always had a good eye for a photo, and the ability to compose according to feel. But I realised that I could make my make my images more interesting if I could deepen my understanding of composition. I set about reading and learning more about design and the result was Beyond Thirds, a short ebook about photographic composition released by Craft & Vision.

Along with The Evocative Image it’s my favourite title that I’ve written for Craft & Vision. Naturally, the learning process didn’t stop once I’d written it and I’ve been studying and absorbing more about the art of composition ever since. Now it’s time for a longer, better ebook that goes much deeper into the principles of composition than is possible in a short volume.

The result is my latest ebook, Mastering Composition: A Photographer’s Guide to Seeing. Published today, it takes you you on a journey beyond the rule of thirds and explores all the principles of composition you need to understand in order to create beautifully designed and emotive photos.

It’s presented in 20 easy to digest lessons and includes two case studies with renown photographers Betina La Plante and Michael Diblicek. It’s beautifully illustrated throughout with some of my favourite photos, including some of my most recent work.

Mastering Composition: A Photographer’s Guide to Seeing is written for you:

  • It explores the principles of composition that master photographers and artists have used for centuries to create beautiful images.
  • It’s easy to read. The pages are laid out and beautifully illustrated, making it easier for you to learn.
  • It’s very practical. You can treat each chapter as a creative exercise and go out and put it into practice.
  • It has depth and will become an invaluable reference guide you’ll return to again and again as your understanding of composition deepens.

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What you will learn

  • Why you can’t rely on the rule of thirds to create powerfully composed photos.
  • How learning to see in black and white will make you a better photographer.
  • How to create the illusion of depth in your images.
  • How to use juxtaposition and contrast to add interest to your photos.
  • How gestalt theory and the principles of visual weight work together.
  • Why simplification is the key to creating stronger images (and becoming a better photographer).
  • How to use tonal contrast as the basis for successful composition.
  • How the focal length of the lens you use affects composition.
  • How to use line to make your photos stronger.
  • Why the human element is such an important part of successful composition.
  • How to capture gesture and moment.

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Photo gallery

Here are some spreads from Mastering Composition: A Photographer’s Guide to Seeing.

Mastering Composition ebook spreads

Mastering Composition ebook spreads

Mastering Composition ebook spreads

Mastering Composition ebook spreads

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