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The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos


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The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: Lighting and Composition Secrets from the Masters Preface - MCS Acknowledgements How to use this book to create amazing photos Part One: Recipes for ____ (final number) composition techniques, with examples of each. They could be used on their own or combine them Definition of Composition: It is how you arrange your subject within the frame of your camera. 1. Framing: Putting an edge around it. 2. Framing: Placing it in the frame of the camera 3. Landscape and portrait. Angles 4. Flat angle (head on) 5. High Angle looking down 6. Low angle looking u 7. Side angle 8. Points of thirds. 9. Use geometry 10. Leading lines 11. Diagonal 12. Symmetry 13. Viewpoint 14. Punctuation points 15. Gestures. (Examples from Composition Made Easy) 16. Steelyard 17. L 18. Grouped Mass 19. Three spot 20. Silhouette 21. Tunnel 22. Pattern 23. Golden mean 24. S curve 25. O 26. U 27. Diagonal line 28. Triangle 29. Cross 30. Radiating line 31. Balance scale 32. Emotions in composition: Mood lines search for other composition references Part Two: Recipes for Natural Light 1. Observe light sources. 2. Seeing as your camera does. 3. Color temperature and WB 4. Sunlight at different times of day. 5. Golden hours 6. Direct sunlight 7. Shade 8. Overcast, cloudy. 9. Blue hour 10. Reflected light (sand, windows, walls, etc.) 11. Vermeer lighting. 12. Rembrandt lighting 13. Light from inside the frame. 14. Motherwell 15. Bouncing light. 16. Using reflectors. 17. Contrast. 18. Exposing for highlights. 19. Leave mystery with lack of detail in darks. Envoy: Putting these skills together to tell your stories: Share them with #AYPClub and read AYP. (Glossary shouldn't be needed since text will define and index also not needed.)

About the Author

Marc Silber is the author of the number-one bestselling book Advancing Your Photography, an award-winning professional video producer, photographer, and photography educator who has been successfully working in the field for decades. Marc combines his passion for the visual art of photography with his love of life. He started out learning darkroom skills and the basics of photography at the legendary Peninsula School in Menlo Park, CA in the '60s, and moved on to hone his skills to professional standards at the famed San Francisco Art Institute, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in art and photography in the United States. Since then, Marc has been an dedicated educator; he began his teaching career at the age of nineteen at the National Outdoor Leadership School, teaching mountaineering. When teaching a life-or-death subject such as mountaineering, one learns how to make sure the students understand the material; when Marc moved into teaching photography in workshops all over the country, he became renowned as an engaging and helpful speaker and coach, as his greatest joy comes from helping others. Most recently, Marc has embraced the digital age with a highly popular YouTube show also named Advancing Your Photography, which has won several Telly Awards and other recognition for his work there. This new book on composition, The Secrets to Taking Amazing Photos, is a distillation of all the pro tips and wisdom from his YouTube series, coupled with his research of the master artists in a format you can take with you and refer to constantly when you are out creating your photographs.


"The popularity and accessibility of photography are at an all-time high, but within the masses of image makers are those looking for a deeper understanding of the process of photography itself. There are those looking for the unique, the original and the knowledge required to craft remarkable moments. Marc Silber's The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos details and describes the compositional building blocks of successful photographs. Great photography requires commitment, education, practice and even luck. Silber's book is a roadmap to the starting line." Daniel Milnor, photographer
"Once again, with this book, The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos, Marc Silber proves to be a wonderful and worthwhile compendium of photographic knowledge, tips, tricks, survival skills, and historical perspective. This book is a go-to collection of lucid composition strategies and tools for any photographer who is striving and seeking to up their game in the fast pace endeavor known as digital photography. Joe McNally, internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer

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