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See It: Photographic Composition Using Visual Intensity

1st Edition

By Ellen Anon, Josh Anon


272 pages

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A good image is more than just acceptable exposure and sharp focus -- two components that photography instruction concentrates on. A fascinating subject doesn't necessarily result in a good image, and likewise, it's possible to create an outstanding image of a mundane subject. So how do you know the difference? Perhaps you've read a lot of material on how to use your camera, how to manage images, and/or how to make adjustments using different software programs. What usually is not covered is what needs to be done beyond obvious exposure, noise, and sharpening issues so that you can intuitively recognize the difference between a good and bad image, and most importantly, why. That's where this book comes in. Rather than wasting time blindly trying one approach or another until something seems right, the quality of your imagery and the speed of your workflow will both vastly improve once you are able to articulate why you prefer one image to another. Expert authors Josh and Ellen Anon have spent years perfecting their visual-intensity based approach to composition, and in this gorgeous, full color guide, they'll share their techniques with you so that your overall photographic experience, both in terms of time investment and quality of output, will become a much more satisfying one.

Table of Contents

Learning to See with Visual Intensity; Light and Perception; Lines, Shapes and Texture; Color; Framing; Light; Visual Storytelling; Putting It Together; Going Beyond With Creative Camera Techniques; Improving Visual Intensity With Digital Manipulation; Going Beyond With Creative Digital Techniques

About the Authors

Ellen Anon is a freelance photographer and writer who specializes in expressive photography. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and while practicing as a psychologist, began working part time in photography co-leading workshops, writing articles, editing and authoring books and gradually evolved into a full time professional photographer in the mid 1990's. Her images, based on nature, are sometimes realistic and sometimes abstract but always designed to elicit emotional reactions from the viewer. They are included in collections in several countries and have been showcased in galleries, used in numerous publications (including Sierra Club's "Mother Earth" and Inner Reflections calendars), as well as stock. She is one of the co-authors of Photoshop CS5 for Nature Photographers: A Workshop in a Book, (Sybex 2010) and Aperture 3: Portable Genius (Wiley 2010). She leads both photographic and Photoshop or Aperture oriented workshops and is a featured speaker at various events, and she also creates video training materials. She is an active member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and an instructor for their high school scholarship program and is also a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). Ellen is on Apple's Aperture Advisory Panel and is also part of Nik Software's Team Nik and the SanDisk Extreme Team.
Josh Anon is a professional nature photographer. He holds a BS in computer science from Northwestern University. After graduating, Josh started working at Pixar Animation Studios, where he has worked on The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, Toy Story 3, and more. Currently, he is a cinematographer, and his past positions have included rendering optimization, Linux and Mac software development, and crowds simulation. His images, represented by the prestigious Jaynes Gallery, have appeared in a variety of galleries, calendars, and other publications, including the San Diego Natural History museum, Nature's Best, Photo Media, The Kiteboarder, and more. Josh is the co-author of a number of books, including Aperture 3 Portable Genius (Anon and Anon, Wiley 2010) and Photoshop CS5 for Nature Photographers (Anon and Anon, Sybex 2010). Josh also writes software for Lightbox Software, including Lightbox, one of the first professional-quality image management programs for Mac OS X. More recently he has focused on iPhone development, especially an animation tool called FlipBook. With his computer science and artistic background, Josh has a unique perspective on the digital world and frequently consults and lectures about digital imaging, including at the NECCC (New England Camera Club Council) annual meeting and BetterPhoto summit. He's written for O'Reilly's Digital Media blog, taught for BetterPhoto, and currently teaches for the Panasonic Digital Photo Academy. He's also a co-founder of a new, online e-publishing site/knowledge base for photography, DSLRU.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Digital (see also COMPUTERS / Digital Media / Photography)