The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography: Learn to Master Composition, Color, and Design

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Master composition and design to take your photos from okay to wow  
 
You already own the most important photography tool—your creative eye. With this book, you’ll learn how classic design and composition principles can be applied to a wide range of photographic situations to create images with impact. Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager, both veteran photographers and experienced instructors, share time-tested design guidelines, composition techniques, even tips on when to break the rules, that will transform the way you make photographs.


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About the author

JIM MIOTKE is a professional photographer and an online photo course instructor with BetterPhoto.com, an online resource for photographers that he founded and runs. He is the author of the bestselling The BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Photography, as well as The BetterPhoto Guide to Nature Photography and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Children.
 
KERRY DRAGER is a widely published photographer-writer and the content manager of BetterPhoto.com. The author of Scenic Photography 101, his images have appeared in numerous magazines and publications.


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Publisher
Amphoto Books
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Published on
Oct 18, 2011
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9780817425005
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Language
English
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Genres
Photography / Reference
Photography / Techniques / Color
Photography / Techniques / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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