Best Photography Composition Books

1. The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos

by Michael Freeman

Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. 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. Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design - first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second…»

2. Composition Photo Workshop

by Blue Fier

The hands-on instruction that digital photographers need to compose great shots Introducing readers to the basic elements of design, this full-color guide shows photographers step by step how to frame great compositions before they take the shot. Instructions, advice, examples, and assignments cover all types of photography.»

3. Photographing the World Around You: A Visual Design Workshop for Film and Digital Photography

by Freeman Patterson

See the world in a fresh light. In its Second Edition -- inspired by the participants of Patterson's workshops from North America to South Africa to the UK, Australia and New Zealand -- of this classic text, Freeman Patterson offers readers valuable information on the essential building blocks of visual design, including: - Light - Shape - Line - Texture - Perspective. The book provides clear and concise instructions on putting these building blocks…»

4. Photographic Composition

by Tom Grill, Mark Scanlon

Effective image design, a key ingredient in successful photographs, is a skill that any serious photographer must learn and master. In Photographic Composition, award-winning photographers Tom Grill and Mark Scanlon demonstrate a modern, clear, and easily understandable approach to composing great photographs. Combining straightforward text with instructive yet compelling images, they succeed in making composition not only learnable but enjoyable. This…»

5. Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques

by Harold Davis

Product Description Sometimes you get the best results by breaking the rules, but first you have to know what the rules are! In this indispensable photography guide, renowned photographer Harold Davis first walks you through the recommended guidelines for composing great shots with your DSLR camera-and then shows you how to break free, build your own unique style, and compose beautiful images with confidence. Provides practical composition basics as well…»

6. The Photograph: Composition and Color Design

by Harald Mante

Harald Mante, one of the most distinguished teachers of the photographic arts in Germany and an internationally recognized master of photography, brings his teaching to us in the English language for the first time in more than 30 years. In The Photograph Mante explains the elements that are essential to achieving the highest level of visual design in photographs. This book is geared toward the serious intermediate and advanced photographer who strives to…»

7. Basics Photography: Composition

by David Präkel

Second to lighting, composition is the key ingredient for the creation of a successful photograph. Whatever other technical skill is involved, if the formal organization of an image is lacking, there is little to hold the interest of the viewer. But what makes a winning composition? Is it about following the rules-or about breaking them? Basics Photography: Composition is divided into six core chapters that cover everything the beginner needs to know to…»

8. Color, Light & Composition: A Photographer's Guide

by Sue Bishop

This visually stunning book focuses on the three most important factors required to create good photographs: colour, light and composition. Today's digital cameras offer the user the opportunity to capture images that are correctly exposed and focused time after time; however, this technology is next to useless without an understanding of the processes involved in capturing an image that is pleasing to the eye as well as technically correct. This book will…»

9. Photography: The Art of Composition

by Bert Krages

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, photographic composition has been taught mostly by applying the principles from the field of graphic design. But the factor that distinguishes the work of master photographers is their ability to see and describe scenes visually. In his newly published book, Photography The Art of Composition, Bert Krages introduces a radically different approach that applies modern cognitive science to show photographers how…»

10. Understanding Composition: The Complete Photographer's Guide

by Steve Mulligan

While some photographers have an innate genius for composing an image, itâÄôs also a skill that anyone can learn. Acclaimed photographer Steve Mulligan reveals the ideas, techniques, and equipment that underlie good composition, with the aim of helping readers develop their own personal vision. With magnificent color and black-and-white photos illustrating his points, Mulligan discusses such key ideas as viewpoint, framing, symmetry, light, and the rule of…»

11. Capturing Mood, Ambience & Dramatic Effects: The Dynamic Language of Digital Photography

by Joseph R. Meehan

Photographers who need help getting in the mood and expanding their creative potential will find the guidance theyâÄôve been seeking in this beautiful reference book. Using his most breathtaking work as examples, photographer Joseph Meehan demonstrates how to take photos that go beyond mere representation to make a statement, convey a feeling, or capture an emotional atmosphere. This is a must-have how-to for all photographers wishing to imbue their images…»

12. Master Composition Guide for Digital Photographers

by Ernst Wildi

This handbook explains how minor placement and color adjustments can enhanceâÄîor ruinâÄîimages.»

13. Principles of Design Through Photography

by Deepak John Mathew

Principles of Design Through Photography is an investigation of how a particular principle of design is used in a composition, and how that composition will, in turn, help the photographer convey an effective message to the viewer. Viewers have become so accustomed to looking at what a photograph depicts that they often neglect its composition and aesthetic value in favour of its informative value. Each composition aims to give a visual experience of the…»

14. Step-by-Step Composition Techniques for Digital Photographers

by Ernst Wildi

This series of step-by-step guides acquaints amateur digital photographers with the full spectrum of techniques and technology they need to attain the professional edge in digital imaging. The manuals offer a clear, no-nonsense approach to teaching basic skills, such as understanding the basic functions of the digital camera and how to arrange a photograph artistically, while more experienced photographers will profit from the guides that focus on complex…»