Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style

ISBN-10: 1933952229
ISBN-13: 9781933952222
Edition: 2009
Authors: Alain Briot
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Book details

List price: $53.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Publication date: 9/7/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 351
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.244

Alain Briot is one of today's leading contemporary landscape photographers. Originally from Paris, France, he attended the Academie Nationale des Beaux Arts where he studied drawing and oil painting from 1977 to 1980. Briot then began his study of photography at the American Center in Paris. After visiting the American Southwest, Briot became enthralled with the artistic potential this landscape afforded and in 1986 he relocated to the U.S. He began his study of photography at Northern Arizona University, earning his Bachelor's Degree in 1990 and his Master's Degree in Visual Communication in 1992. From 1995 to 2002, Briot lived at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, in the heart of the Navajo Nation. Living there allowed him to become intimately familiar with Native American arts and culture, which is evident in the frames and matting designs he uses. Briot's goal is to create the most exciting and beautiful photographs possible. His equipment-be it cameras, software, etc.-is chosen for the ability to make this possible. Alain Briot is a columnist on the highly respected Luminous Landscape website, and is a popular teacher of photography workshops. He currently lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Natalie. Learn more about Alain at www.beautiful-landscape.com.

Foreword
Preface
About Composition
Art, Facts, and Landscape Photography
The Differences Between Composing Factual and Artistic Photographs
Photography is Not Dead
The Differences Between What We See and What the Camera Sees
Learning to See Like a Camera
Of Cameras and Art
Good Cameras Equal Good Photographs
A Matter of Filters
Modifying What the Camera Captures
Differences in Print Quality
It's the Print, Silly
I Should Have Known
The Artist and His Tools
It's Only a Matter of Time
The Eye and the Camera
The Difference Between Photography and Reality
Two Categories of Differences
What the Camera Captures that the Eye Never Sees
The Soul of Photography
Conclusion
New Rules of Composition
Composing with Light
Essential Elements
Light and Composition
Finding the Best Light
Finding Sunrise and Sunset Times
Using Natural Light
Changing Light Quality
Skill Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
Composing with Color
Color Vision
The Three Variables of Color
The Munsell Color System
Controlling Color in Photoshop
Color Balance
Color Palette
Saturation
Color Seeing Aides
Taking Notes in the Field
Composing with Color: Examples
Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
Composing in Black and White
Introduction
Black and White Is Color with One Variable
Seeing the World without Color
Black and White and Art
Black and White and Manipulation
Color vs. Black and White
Seeing in Black and White
Examples of Composing in Black and White
Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
Important Elements of a Strong Composition
Introduction
Strong Compositions Checklist
Example 1-Superimposing Objects: Monument Valley
Example 2-Creating Visual Metaphors: Manzanar Monument
Example 3-Leading Lines: Sand Dunes at Sunrise
Example 4-Near-Far Compositions: Near-Far Compositions: Brown's Hole, Dinosaur National Monument
Example 5-Near-Far Compositions: Vertical and Horizontal
Example 6-Careful Cropping Between Objects: Navajoland Cloudscape
Example 7-Cropping and Borders: Escalante Canyon
The Creative Process
Finding Inspiration
Introduction
Inspiration, Creativity, Vision, and Personal Style
Location as a Source of Inspiration
The Muses
A Lifestyle
Remoteness as Source of Inspiration
New Equipment, Supplies, and Software: New Possibilities
Mood as a Source of Inspiration
Become an Expert
External and Internal Inspiration
Inspiration Is Asking Why not How
Repeat Visits to Favorite Places for Inspiration
Memories of What I Have Seen and Experienced
Skills Enhancement Exercises: How to Invite the Muses and Bring Out Your Creativity
Conclusion
Exercising Creativity
Introduction
The Difference Between Inspiration and Creativity
Do Not Delay Creativity
We All Have the Potential to Be Creative
Liberating Our Creativity
Fear of Failure
Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone
Overcoming Creative Fear
Fear of Critique
Everything Has Already Been Done
Nobody Cares About Your Work
Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
Developing Your Vision
Introduction
What Is Vision?
Making Your Vision Reality
Critical Thinking
Going Back
Your Personality
Making Your Vision Reality
Doing the Work
Do Not Lose Your Vision Reality
Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
Achieving Your Personal Style
Introduction
What is a Personal Style?
Finding Your Own Way of Seeing
Style Develops through Work
Your Personal Style Filter
Show Your Personal Style throughout Your Work
The Coherence of a Style
Projects, Goals, and Deadlines
Expect Ebb and Flow
Unlearning the Rules
Changing the Rules
Be Bold and Audacious
Don't Sell Your Soul
Don't Worry about Creating Masterpieces
Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone
Don't Try to Please Everyone
Expect Detractors
Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
You and Your Audience
Just Say Yes
Introduction
A Little Bit of History
The Art of Saying Yes
Drama
Technique Is Meant to Be Seen
Audience
In Closing
Of Audiences and Bestsellers
Introduction
Who Is Your Audience?
The Concept of Audience
Selling Out
Artists Seek a Response from and a Dialogue with the Audience
Of Bestsellers and Art
How to Create a Bestseller
Start a Discussion with Your Audience
How to Find an Audience
Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
The Numbering Affair
Introduction
Manipulation and Art
A Short History of Numbering in Photography
Of Quality and Quantity
The Problem
The Conflict
The Art Show Conundrum
To Limit or Not to Limit?
Conclusion
The Relationship Between the Technical and Artistic Aspects of Photography
Technical and Creative Field Checklist for Fine Art Photography
Introduction
A Few Notes about this Checklist
Field Checklist
Image Maladies
Introduction
Heavily Cropping Images
Images Affected by Edge Maladies
Globally Oversaturated Images
Locally Oversaturated Images
Images with a Global Color Cast
Images with a Local Color Cast
Images without Black and White Points
Images without a Gray Point
Images with Clipped Black and White Points
Images with Too Much Global Contrast
Images without Enough Global Contrast
Images with Too Much Local Contrast
Images Converted (or Saved) to a Small Color Space
Image Density
Land and Sky
A Challenging Endeavor
Skills Enhancement Exercises
Conclusion
Memories of What I Have Seen
Introduction
Reality?
Five Senses
Conclusion
Conclusion
Art and Technique
The Creative and Critical Modes
Vision and Composition
Your Journey
Briot Workshops
A New Beginning
Prologue

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