What makes an image work? What is it that makes a photograph captivating and evocative? We immediately recognize a beautiful image, but it is much more difficult for us, as photographers, to recognize a scene with potential and to compose it in a manner which results in a powerful image.
All works of visual art, such as drawings, paintings and photographs, can be analyzed in terms of key visual elements and the way they interplay, in other words, the principles of aesthetics. In this extensive educational book, I discuss in detail, together with illustrated examples, the art of composition and the principles of aesthetics. In particular, I explain the psychology behind aesthetics and image design, also known as visual thinking, which will enable and empower you to express your photographic vision powerfully and effectively.
The Formal Elements of an Image
Shape and Pattern
Color (including color theory)
Negative and Positive Space
Visual Dynamics of an Image
Dominance and Dominant Features
Repetition and Rhythm
Visual Flow and Eye Path
Unity vs Variety
An Interlude on Composition
Other important concepts for constructing an image
Light and Composition