Learning to Photograph - Volume 2
Visual Concepts and Composition
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Released: August 2013
Pages: 256

The two volumes of the Learning to Photograph series give students and interested amateur photographers essential information about technique and design as well as an understanding of the big concepts of photography. Beginning and advanced photographers alike will find the content instructive, thoroughly explained, and effectively illustrated, making this book a useful resource for readers to develop their own craft.

This second volume addresses the topics of visual design and composition. The authors describe various methods of visual design and how you can use these methods effectively. You will learn which techniques to use to design your images while at the same time training your photographic eye. You will develop the ability to support the message of your subject purposefully, hone your photographic style, and analyze your own work and the work of others competently.

The striking images and informational graphics not only illustrate the concepts at hand, but also make the lessons visually pleasing and offer useful examples for readers to mimic in their own work.

Topics include:

  • Visual perception
  • Composition, shapes, and lines
  • Managing light
  • Color and its effects
  • Sharpness, blur, and movement
  • The interplay of visual design elements
  • Image analysis and evaluation
The previous volume in the Learning to Photograph series addresses cameras, equipment, and basic photographic techniques.
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A great follow up to the first volume

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    The second volume of "Learning to Photograph" by rockynook is a great follow up book to the first one. It focuses on topics like composition, shapes and line within the image, point of view, working with light and black and white photography among other subjects.

    I found the book well written and easy to follow along. With gorgeous photographic examples of each concept and good illustrative diagrams where needed to help visual learners like myself.

    Because the second book is more conceptual I would recommend that beginner or intermediate photographers avoid skipping the first book as it lays out the foundations for this next volume.

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