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Composition in Photography – by Thorsten Overgaard

Composition in Photography – by Thorsten Overgaard

The complete title of the book is Composition in Photography: The Photographer as Storyteller. I'm in a phase of my photography when you want me to buy a book of your's, just put “storyteller” in the title and wait a couple of minutes until I send money towards you.

Unlike other books I’ve read on the subject of composition, it is not a reference manual (or imitation of such.) Thorsten is quite frank from the very first pages that the purpose of the book is to inspire and share his experiences and techniques, rather than analyze the work of photographers as a gallery curator or an art critic would. I find that most approachable and practical way to teach someone something. Think about it like working with a vastly experienced co-worker and mentor, rather than sitting in a class. I love how hands-on and laid back Thorsten's witting style is.

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The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: 83 Composition Tools from the Masters – by Marc Silver

The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: 83 Composition Tools from the Masters – by Marc Silver

This book is a reference, not a textbook. Which makes it quite dull read on compositions but does provide a wide variety of examples — impressive 83 of them. That amount of samples covers quite a range of photographs, but I was not impressed with example photos. Some of the composition diagrams felt like analysis rather than construction techniques. I found it strange as the book is supposed to teach you quick thinking of constructing an image while the environment is changing and you are holding a camera.

What I liked about the book is lots of references to other exciting materials—especially cinematography textbooks. Overall, given how short and easy to read this book is, I'd say read it, but make sure to ignore western cultural stereotypes from the late 20th century.

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It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War – by Lynsey Addario

It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War – by Lynsey Addario

It is not easy reading. It is disturbing in many ways. Nor it is a photo essay or guide on how to be a journalist or war photographer. This book is an autobiography of a person who's is obsessed with her work and sense of justice — someone who'll chase news and truth even when her life is at stake. I mentioned this is not a photojournalists handbook, but I'd recommend anyone interested in photography to read this book, because no matter what kind of photography you do if you are seriously thinking about this career, you should know that taking photos is only part of the equation.

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