Composition has ratings and 18 reviews. Random said: Somewhat torn on this book. I feel for something which claims to focus on composition, it spends. Laurie Excell is the author of Composition ( avg rating, ratings, 18 reviews, published ), Wildlife Photography ( avg rating, 19 ratings. In this book, author and professional photographer Laurie Excell starts with the basics of composition—such as the popular rule of thirds—and.

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I particularly loved ; I have been shooting for a while. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Rafael Cacilhas rated it liked it Dec 11, These will include a chapter of step-by-step examples that highlight lautie compositional technique used to get just the right shot; a new chapter on black-and-white photography; and a chapter on what to do after the shot—enhancing and editing the images in post-processing.

The chapter on sports photography is a good insight on the author’s composition thinking process. I feel for something which claims to focus on composition, compodition spends too much time talking about large amounts of expensive photography equipment. Antonio Pontes rated it really liked it Oct 22, While ISO, aperture, depth of field, etc have a part to play in photography, the author spends a lot of time on these subjects and not very much dealing with lines, form, color, compositioon, point of view, and other elements of true composition.

Apr 09, Kristina rated it really liked it. Want to Read saving…. Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

Jul 16, Larraine rated it really liked it. It’s a great beginning book. I would say that this is excel, good book for Beginner and Intermediate photographers, but if you are fairly experienced and want something on artistic development look elsewhere. I Know I finished this a while ago Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. While it took me a long while to read, this is because it does a really good job of providing a set of exercises at the end of each chapter.


Get unlimited day access to over 30, books about UX design, leadership, project management, teams, agile development, analytics, core programming, and so much more. They are alluded to, but we’re never really told what they are. Contributing photographers, John Batdorff, David Brommer, Rick Rickman, compositioj Steve Simon, provide unique perspectives on black and white, sports, art history, and other subjects related to composition.

Most of what is written here are things I do pretty much every day. Open Preview See a Problem? Publishers of technology books, eBooks, and videos for creative people. Nonetheless, Compositiin learned a lot and will read it again sometime in the laufie when I have more experience and composituon deeper understanding of photography.

I question her “full-frame” claim in a couple of images, so expect a different result if you shoot with one, but overall Chapters are good discussions about composition.

I think the thng I enjoyed the most was the chapters by other photographers like Steve Simon and John Batdorff and their takes on composition. If you’re looking for basic instruction in photography, the first four chapters can be useful. Each chapter has homework assignments to help you practice what you studied in the chapter.

This is an excellent book for the someone who has gone beyond the basics. Does cover some technical elements but really focuses on composition. Trav Olson rated it liked it Jul 15, Other Things You Might Like. Mar 29, Jessica Nguyen rated it really liked it. Keep taking awesome pictures and enjoy! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Ian Maclean rated it liked it May 30, Particularly suited lauroe aspiring nature photographers. Iit’s what I call ” rather technical”! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.


The author mentions that sometimes its ok to break the rules, but we’re never really told what the rules are other than don’t stick the horizon in the middle of the picture and other than a couple example pictures, we never really learn anything about when and why it is a good idea to break the rules.

Laurie Excell (Author of Composition)

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Kindle Editionpages. In this specific case, composition is a subject that can be used and explored with any equipment, be it the simple camera of your phone to professional grade DSLRs. I guess I have a specific void I’m working to fill when it comes to composition and this book didn’t cover it for me.

Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots, 2nd Edition

I don’t get to go to really exciting lauriw for some of the shots shown here, but there are plenty of examples of good shots taken at places like parks and wheat fields. There is a lot of technical points in the book that are important for beginners and intermediates to know about how their camera’s work. Author has clear concise style with excellent photos to illustrate each point.

We customize your eBook by discreetly watermarking it with your name, making it uniquely yours. Jan 06, Jennifer Fitzgerald-Walker rated it really liked it. This book is packed with good photography information. As an amateur, I should be able to walk away with more than I managed to get. Oddly focused on aperture priority to me, blurry background is SO wedding photobut otherwise nice and contains some good tips for the just-starting-out.