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2nd Edition

Design Principles for Photography

ISBN 9781350001299
Published February 6, 2020 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

In an age over-saturated with photographic imagery, Design Principles for Photography demonstrates how design awareness can add a new level of depth to your images. By adapting and experimenting with the tried and tested techniques used by graphic designers every day, you can add dynamism and impact to your imagery, whatever the style or genre - something that today's editors, curators and publishers are all crying out for.The second edition includes examples of unsuccessful compositions, annotated images highlighting key techniques and an expanded glossary. There’s also a new section on movements in photography and their reflection in composition, including modernism, expressionism, and surrealism and interviews with international practitioners discussing how they’ve included design principles in their work. Featured topics: Basic design theory; the use of space; positional decisions; the elements of design; line; shape or form; space; texture; light; colour; pattern; rhythm; contrast; scale and proportion; abstraction; movement and flow; containment; emphasis and emotion; justaposition; incongruity; mood and emotion.

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Basic Design Theory2. The Elements of Design3. First Design Principles4. Depth and Scale5. Movement and Flow6. Emphasis And Emotion7. Putting It All TogetherFurther ResourcesIndex

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Jeremy Webb, Distance Learning Tutor, UK Distance Learning & Publishing, UK. Jeremy is a photographer and tutor with 30 years' experience. His work with 'light painting' has been featured in the British Journal of Photography, as well as numerous published portfolios and websites.


Webb offers a beautifully designed and very useful introduction to the creative composition of a photograph ... Provides readers with authoritative principles and superb photographic examples ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels, all libraries. - CHOICE (of the first edition)