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Basics Photography: Composition is a very specific, yet very important, area of photography. Without good composition, the viewer can find images uninteresting or just plain confusing.
The Basics photography series is always a good place to start when you are coming in to photography for the first time. As it says, the book is basic enough for anyone to follow, yet comprehensive enough so that everything important is covered.
Starting at the very beginning, the book explains why composition is so important, with images the display why this is. You can definitely learn a lot form this book, and the techniques used to frame images properly are given in an easy to understand grid form that can be applied immediately to any photos you wish to take.
It then goes on to the various aspects of composition, formal elements, organising your space and time in the image, right through to your own images and how they can be made original. The final chapter looks at how composition can be applied in the real world, proving that it can and should be used in everyday images, not just particularly artistic ones. Whatever your image, using correct composition will improve it no end, as you will soon learn from this informative and straight to the point book.
As can be expected from a book on composition, the book is well designed and pleasing to the eye. Everything mentioned is backed up with a photographic example so that the reader can see for themselves the improved effect that composition has on photos.
The only fault, and it is a small one, is that not all the photos have the technical information about how they were taken available. This is not a huge problem, but if a particular photo grabs your attention, it is nice to know how and with what settings it was taken. Most of the photos do have this information, though, along with a short paragraph on how and why the photo was composed so to help readers fully understand the image.
Overall, this book is an extremely reliable and easy to learn from guide for those wanting to improve their composition skills. Packed full of glossy full-page and even double spread photos, it is a feast for the creative eye.