Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “composition

Dynamic Duo

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I actually found out that my friends Darwin Wiggett & Samantha Chrysanthou had released two new eBooks on oopoomoo.com back in March, I’m finally getting around to reviewing both of them. Although, ostensibly the books are aimed at a beginner audience, Composition Basics and Learning to See are valuable for more experienced photographers as well.

Composition Basics gets into detail on tone and color, under the heading of Primary Elements. Secondary Elements covers Line, Shape, Texture, Pattern and Perspective. They also cover Weight and Tension, both concepts that I need to work with more. Visual mapping is something new to me as well. I haven’t gotten as far as actually marking up copies of my images, but that might be next. In workshops that I’ve taken with Sam and Darwin, I’ve been lectured on Pokies, Blobs and Mergies (you’ll find out). Examples is something of a study in exploration. How you could get past viewing an icon and find more.

Learning to See is more of a companion book to Composition Basics. I see it as “get over yourself, shut up and shoot”. It’s full of Self-Assignments; which I will get around to eventually. Learning to See is a much harder book to describe. You’ll want to read it with a notebook nearby to jot down ideas from Self-Assignments to complete in the field. If you’ve ever thought about “your own style” this is a book you should study thoroughly

Composition Basics is for sale at $15 and Learning to See is $10. The best deal is to buy both eBooks at the same time for $20 and save yourself $5. They are a must have in the library of anyone learning photography. A dynamic duo of photographic education from a dynamic duo of authors.

In the best light…

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Is It Art?

Bullets Over Sheet Metal

I was wandering about on the prairies one day and happened upon a an abandoned vehicle in the corner of a field. The rusting hulk was upside down over a rock and looked like it had been shot at many times over a number of years. The paint is worn through the many layers down to the metal. Trying to compose some order from the mess was a large job and kept me at the site for nearly an hour. As usual, I was on my way somewhere and had to get going. I made the images a number of years ago but am only now getting around to doing the processing.

In the best light…


Late Summer Flowers

Pink Lily

While visiting friends, I wandered their flower gardens and found a number of fine specimens. (more…)