November 15, 2011

Book Review: Beyond Thirds by Andrew S. Gibson

Ever look at photos your friend took with his iPhone and wonder why they look substantially better than yours?  They just suck you in and have you guessing what apps he used to make them so awesome.  You think, maybe he took those photos with his Nikon D7000 and imported them on his iPhone for some Instagram action.

Maybe he did; but probably not.

The truth is, no app will make your photos more compelling.  Great photos can be made with any camera as long as you have good subject matter and interesting composition.  Enter Andrew S. Gibson's new e-book, Beyond Thirds.

Composition is the only aspect of a photograph that cannot be changed in post production.  Because of this, it is extremely important to get it right in the camera.  Composition includes subject placement, choice of optics, perspective, leading lines, space, focal points, the list goes on.  Gibson explains, "It’s one of the things that separates good photographers from the less skilled, and master photographers from the merely good."

Do you want to be a good photographer or do you want to be a great photographer?  I'll assume the latter.

Let Gibson show you shapes in images, let Gibson preach about the dynamic image, let Gibson teach you how to see better compositions.

At 38 pages long, Beyond Thirds is a quick read stuffed with useful information.  You will be taking better photographs by the time you finish that Starbucks latte and pumpkin scone.

Craft & Vision e-Books retail for $5 and are instantly available for download in PDF format.
Purchase Beyond Thirds for only $4 by using coupon code "BT4" or save 20% off 5 e-books or more with coupon code "BT20". Sale ends Nov. 19, 2011 at Midnight PST.

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