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The Art of the Photograph by Art Wolfe and Rob Sheppard is an inspirational book all about how you can create stronger compositions in your images by becoming familiar with a few essential habits for making the process easier.
The book begins with Art Wolfe telling the story of his life, and how he started off by painting, which can help you to visualise compositions that work better in photography. He explains that it's important to put your own slant on an image, whilst still drawing from those that inspire you.
Art discusses discovering your subject, and then constructing the image, using good composition to turn a chaotic image into something more orderly. Covered is how the camera and the lens can make a big difference to the overall image, the effect that a wide lens will have on the image, how a shallow aperture can be used effectively, and how to work with extremely long exposures.
Each chapter has a section of questions you should ask yourself to make sure you are getting the most out of the images you take. This a really handy tool as it makes you stop and think about whether the information you have just read has had a chance to sink in, and gets you to consider images you take more, which is the fundamental idea behind this book.
The book looks at elements of design and how lines should be used in images along with the advantages of working in colour or black and white, plus creative solutions to common photographic problems.
At the end of the book you'll find the 10 deadly sins of composition, to help you understand what won't work. Art also reveals what's in his camera bag, as well as talking through his workflow.
Overall, The Art of the Photograph is full of beautiful images from Art, and is very good at explaining how composition is key to achieve stronger looking images.