Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Learning to See Creatively by Bryan Peterson

Learning to See Creatively- Design, Color, and Composition in Photography by Bryan Peterson is newly revised in this third edition.  This is the perfect book for beginner and professional photographers to bring new life to their photography.  Not only for photographers, this book will provide insight for anyone who just wants to challenge and refresh their perspective on the world. As one would expect there are a variety of high quality photographs representing various photography styles and themes including action, still life, nature and abstract.  Color, composition and other aspects of photography are addressed making this a good introductory guidebook on the basics of photography.  There is even a chapter on photo-shopping photos for a surreal effect. Whether one prefers traditional photography or has a digital camera or even a camera phone-  this book would make a great gift for anyone who loves photography.

One change that I feel the author should consider is the cover photograph.  It is too abstract and uninspiring. I do not feel the photograph is a good  quality representation to draw in the reader to purchase the book. The abstract image of a street sign and traffic light are reflected by a puddle- yet the image looks grainy and blurred. It makes the book appear dated. Considering this is the cover of a photography book, I was a bit underwhelmed and would have expected a more impressive cover art and design to be depicted. If one takes the time to get past the cover design, then the reader will find this book informative and engaging.  Nevertheless I can not help but feel many possible readers will pass this book up simply because they are not engaged by the cover.  As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Amphoto books, an imprint of Watson- Guptill Publications,  for the purpose of writing this review.

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