I often credit Bryan Peterson’s book Understanding Exposure with helping me understand how to use my first D-SLR camera and eventually take the leap into our wedding and portrait photography business.
In Learning to See Creatively Peterson teaches you to “see” the image and improve your photography skills. He compares and shows what techniques will help to create a dynamic image.
The book has 5 sections. The first, Expanding Your Vision covers how we see, human vision vs. camera vision, and lens choice. Next, Elements of Design covers what makes a striking image, and explanations of line, shape, form, texture, pattern, and color. The third section covers Composition (such as the rule of thirds, breaking the rules, horizontal vs. vertical), while the next section explores the Magic of Light. Finally, the last section covers some Photoshop how-tos.
The photos in the book are large and I appreciate the long captions explaining how and why he took a particular image. I also like how he doesn’t just show the final photo, but also the “behind the scenes photo” as well. I find the book very approachable and helpful in techniques and design concepts.
I’ve owned the previous edition of Learning to See Creatively, and I think this edition would be helpful to those who are just venturing into photography or looking for some inspiration or different ideas. It makes a good companion piece to Understanding Exposure.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.