Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Final Release Date: August 2009
Pages: 369

Alain Briot states that, "The personality of the photographer must be present in the image for an artistic photograph to have value." And in this book he sets out to teach the things that are essential in achieving this goal.

Following his successful first book, Mastering Landscape Photography, Briot goes beyond the conventional rules of composition and takes on a fresh, new approach to teaching the art of photography. Based upon his personal experiences as an artist, teacher, and photographer, he opens new doors to the reader-doors leading to new ways of seeing and composing images.

Briot approaches fine art photography as being a combination of art and technique. In this new book he addresses both of these by presenting artistic and technical information. On the artistic side, Briot introduces artistic concepts that have been rarely, if ever, associated with photography. On the technical side, he presents numerous tools that can help you learn how to create better photographs and provides technical solutions to common photographic problems.

The author practices photography as a fine art. What matters most to him is how photography can be used to express feelings and emotions. For Briot, a good photograph must be both artistically inspired and technically excellent. To have just one of these two elements is not enough for a fine art photograph to be successful.

Topics include:- How to compose with color, with black and white, and with light- Why you need to consider your audience while composing a photograph- Recreate the emotions you felt when you captured your photographs- How the elements of color-hue, contrast, and saturation-work in your images- How to control the elements that have a visual effect in your photographs- How to draw upon your personal way of seeing and then share your vision- How to diagnose image maladies and apply the proper remedies- How to define a color palette for a specific photograph- How to use compositional elements to develop a personal style

Forweword by Tony Sweet

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    This Rocky Nook book by author Alain Briot is a must read for professionals or semi-pros who have all of their film and/or digital camera technical abilities under good control. Beginners would be better served to first read Briot's also excellent previous book "Mastering Landscape Photography." The main emphasis in both books is primarily landscape photography.

    Several sections are devoted in great detail to the differences between what we see and what the camera sees. The difference between photography and reality is very important to learn. From my personal art experience, various art teachers in the past insisted their students never use photographs as reference material. Digital cameras and photo management software are now making it a new situation.

    New Rules of Composition are contained in 147 pages of this 350 page book. Extensive information is given about composing with light, in color, or in black and white. Important elements of a strong composition are covered in great detail.
    The Creative Process is the strong part of the book followed by a chapter about Personal Style. Of much interest to those wishing to sell their work is the section about Audiences and Bestsellers. A very valuable chapter near the end deals with Image Maladies and how to correct them. This checklist is the most technical part of the book and deals a lot with Photoshop and Lightroom software settings.
    One fault I found with the book is the extremely small font size through it all, not good for older folks with trifocal glasses. In spite of this serious fault I stayed with it until the end and enjoyed every word of every chapter. (There are quite a few typos also.)

    Almost every one of the 14 chapters ends with Skills Enhancement Exercises and a Conclusion. These are like mini-workshops, which could be very valuable to anyone with the dedication and perseverance to complete all of them. If becoming a really proficient fine arts photographer is your goal then this book is for you.

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