Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture, then to organise the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the critical skills in making photographs.
Since its first publication in 2007, The Photographer’s Eye has established itself as the essential work on this subject, and a key book for modern photographers, with hundreds of thousands of copies sold. It explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design and, crucially, also covers digital possibilities like stitching and HDR.
In keeping with the book’s purpose – to expand the possibilities of the medium without compromising the photographer’s vision – this edition has been completely remastered to celebrate its tenth anniversary. All-new digital reproduction, not available when the book first came out, gives the author’s photography a fresh new look, while retaining the know-how that has given a generation of photographers new purpose.
Table of Contents
1. The image frame
2. Design basics
3. Graphic & photographic elements
4. Composing with light and color
In his long and distinguished career, photographer and author Michael Freeman has concentrated principally on documentary travel reportage, and has been published in dozens of major publications worldwide, including Time-Life, GEO and Smithsonian magazine, for whom he has shot dozens of feature stories across the globe over the course of a three-decade relationship. Much of his work has focused on Asia, beginning in the early days with Thailand, and expanding throughout Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Japan and China. His most recent book of documentary reportage is Tea Horse Road, tracing the ancient trade route that began in the 7th century between southwest China and Tibet.
His numerous books teaching the craft of photography have sold over four million copies, and been translated into 27 languages. The Photographer’s Eye is his bestselling volume, and has become the definitive work on photographic composition and design.