Photography and the Art of Seeing

Photography and the Art of Seeing

A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and Digital Photography

Book - 2004
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The classic book on photography and visual perception updated and expanded to include both digital and film photography features practical techniques and exercises to develop an awareness of subject and personal direction.

A practical and inspiring guide.

This Third Edition familiarizes readers with the traditional principles of composition and visual design. The jargon-free text provides practical techniques and innovative exercises for breaking with traditional concepts of design to enable the photographer to develop a keen awareness of subject matter and a personal direction.

Topics include:

  • Barriers to seeing
  • Learning to observe: rethinking the familiar
  • Learning to imagine: abstracting and selecting
  • Learning to express: Subject matter and the photographer
  • Elements and principles of visual design and more.

This edition of Photography and the Art of Seeing is updated to include technical guidelines adapted for both digital and film photographers and includes photographs from Freeman Patterson's personal collection. Extended captions include valuable technical information and personal commentary reflective of the superb craftsmanship and stunning photography from one of the most highly acclaimed and celebrated photographers worldwide.

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Key Porter Books, 2004
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9781552636145
Branch Call Number: 771 PAT
Characteristics: 156 p. :,col. ill. ;,21 cm.


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Ham625 Jul 15, 2015

Among the best photography book I have read. The author does not talk about cameras, lenses, films or other hardware. He talks about capturing a subject in a picture. This may be a hard book to read for those who think the next SuperDuper mega-expensive camera with 68GP will make them a better photographer.

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