Flicking through the pages of most popular photography magazines you might get the impression that theres only one rule of importance; the rule of thirds. Indeed it appears that some will judge the merit of a photograph based almost solely on this. Rarely do you hear discussion about visual weight; balance; negative space; depth and so on. Author and professional photographer Richard Garvey Williams argues that success lies in a combination of four elements; an impactful subject; dynamic composition; effective use of lighting; and; perhaps the most crucial; ability to invoke an emotional response in the viewer. Citing examples gleaned from a study of history; the author analyses the concepts; rules and guidelines that define successful composition in photography and offers practical guidance to achieving great results. In clear; concise and jargon free text he also considers the role of tone and colour in good composition; and offers invaluable tips and the tools to help the photographer take control of the creative process. The book is illustrated with examples of the author's own beautiful nature photography; along with diagrams and notation to explain techniques most clearly. A final chapter in this definitive guide for all serious photographers discusses photography and its relationship to art before offering a considered conclusion to the exploration of this fascinating topic.
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