Sunday, October 25, 2015

Review: Learning to See Creatively by Bryan Peterson

25428891Completely revised and updated throughout, Bryan Peterson's classic guide to creativity helps photographers visualize their work, and the world, in a whole new light by developing their photographic vision.

     Fully revised with 100 percent new photography, this best-selling guide takes a radical approach to creativity by explaining how it is not just an inherent ability but a skill that can be learned and applied. Using inventive photos from his own stunning portfolio, author and veteran photographer Bryan Peterson deconstructs creativity for photographers. He details the basic techniques that go into not only taking a particular photo, but also provides insights on how to improve upon it--helping readers avoid the visual pitfalls and technical dead ends that can lead to dull, uninventive photographs. This revised edition features a complete section on color as a design element and all new photographs to illustrate Peterson's points. Learning to See Creatively is the definitive reference for any photographer looking for a fresh perspective on their work.  

Well-written, accessible and helpful. Learning to See Creatively is a great book for both new and experienced photographers. I think beginners could gain more knowledge by reading this book in a few hours than you would in hours of reading tips onlineIt is clear and simple. As a photography student, it opened my mind to different thinking and approaches. I enjoyed all the beautiful photos and plan to incorporate much of the information into my own work.

I would recommend it to any aspiring photographers, or anyone who just wants to learn more about creative photography.

*I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Bryan Peterson
Bryan Peterson is a professional photographer, internationally known instructor, and founder of, The Perfect Picture School of Photography. He is also the best-selling author of Understanding Exposure, Learning to See Creatively,Understanding Shutter Speed, Understanding Close-Up Photography, Understanding Digital Photography, Beyond Portraiture, and, most recently, Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide. His easy-to-understand writing and teaching style breaks down the complex and often confusing aspects of photography, translating them into what his students routinely describe as "aha" moments. In addition, he has been a commercial photographer for over 30 years, shooting annual reports for many Fortune 500 companies, and his trademark use of color and strong, graphic composition have garnered him many photographic awards, including the New York Art Director's Gold Award and honors from Communication Arts and Print magazine. He currently splits his time between Chicago and France.

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