A&P Can someone recommend a book on composition?

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  1. GregFarz78

    GregFarz78 New Member

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    I'm still struggling with composition of a shot, any personal recommendations theres so many books out there to choose from :dunno:

    no e-books want something I can read on the train.
     
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    tenxia OT Supporter

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    try searching "composition" in amazon, and then see which is highly rated.
     
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    GregFarz78 New Member

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    I did theres tons of them :hs: was hoping one of the local pros here can suggest one
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Why don't you just keep shooting? That's the best help you're gonna get. It's one thing learning techniques from a book, but if you need help beyond that you're fucked if you can't figure it out yourself. That's like asking Van Gogh exactly how to paint like him. There is exact formula man, sorry. Learn your own style and composition.
     
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    Books help as a guide. Nothing wrong with him asking for a guide.
     
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    why go to medical school just go out and start doing surgery on people learn on the job :hsugh:
     
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    correct, and if you're a book person, this may help. but some of the best experience you can get is to just keep shooting. shoot the same subject over and over from different angles, distances, different lens, etc., and see which one works best for you.

    OP, don't worry about what anyone on this site thinks about your photos if you like them yourself. There is no one way to shoot...find your style and stick with it.
     
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    tenxia OT Supporter

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    this is true. I sometimes get hung up on what ppl think of what I shoot, if it's good enough for THEM...I forget to think of whether I like it or not.

    But a book definitely helps me get ideas.
     
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    I should've said this in my first post I know it takes lots of practice but books are a nice guide to get my brain thinking the right way
     
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    I take note of simple and effective criticism, especially when I request it but I don't rely on it as a means of making myself a better photographer. I take it all with a grain of salt and understand people have their different styles and preferences.

    What I actually look for is anyone who agrees with my own criticism and I usually focus on that alone.
     
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    I guess what you're looking for is just a photography book because im not seeing how a composition book will help. I could be wrong though...

    I picked up popular photography last month and just looking at different photos in their contest and such has given me ideas of what to shoot next...and it made me realize I should probably look at getting some ND filters!
     
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    Meat Popsicle What's that smell? OT Supporter

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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    "Photography and the art of seeing" is a good one.
     

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