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Written by fine-art photographer Angela Faris Belt, The Elements of Photography aims to help photographers improve their skills, learn new techniques and better understand their craft by combining their creative vision with technical accuracy. Using four basic elements – framing, focus, shutter speeds and the physical media, it also features professional portfolios and suggested exercises at the end of each chapter encouraging the reader to create their own portfolio.
Elements of Photography is A5 size, has 360 pages and includes the following chapters:
Chapter 1 – Framing and Borders
Chapter 2 – Using Multiple Frames
Chapter 3 – Shutter Speeds: Time and Motion
Chapter 4 – Materials and Processes: The Aggregate Image
Illustrated throughout with examples, the book features several artists portfolio inserts from professional photographers such as Angie Buckley for inspirational purpose, in fact, I would say about half the book is taken up in this manner. These are not purely photographs however and include a summary statement from the artist about how the shots came to be taken and why.
The fact that the book's author is a professional educator is evident here and the book is well-written and explained in an easy to understand manner. Suitable for beginners but also those who want to improve their photography or refresh on certain aspects, the book starts with the very basics in each chapter progressing on to a more technical discussion later in the chapter. It may however be too basic for the more professional photographer.