Friday, November 13, 2015

Review: Learning to See Creatively by Bryan Peterson

Bryan Peterson provides an easy read with plenty of helpful tips in "Learning to See Creatively." Although the technical chapters on lens choice and Photoshop could use more detail, I greatly appreciated Peterson's layout and organization. Peterson gives short introductions and then uses multiple example photos - each with one poorly-executed picture and one well-executed picture - with detailed descriptions.

I was not necessarily impressed with all of the photos (especially the front cover image), but they were all good examples for their sections, I did see a few that caught my attention, and Peterson's photo class and photo excursion stories were interesting. Tips cover everything from texture to lighting. Peterson's opinions on rearranging subjects were hard to justify. Although I understand his reasoning, coming from a Journalism background I felt his discussion on this topic needed more clarification between artistic photos and real-life photos. Overall, Peterson's instructions and exercises are great material for photographers of any experience level.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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