Capture the Magic

Capture the Magic

Train your Eye, Improve your Photographic Composition

Book - 2014
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Explains how to create interesting, well-composed photographic images, covering such topics as light and shadow, lens choice, framing, and negative space.

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Author Dykinga won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 1971; in addition to his work as a wilderness advocate, he is a contributor to National Geographic. In this color guide to photographic composition, he juxtaposes successful examples against less successful compositions for comparison. On every page, the author's large-format color photos of spectacular natural areas illustrate advice on design, lines, framing, light, illusion, negative space, and feeling and voice in images. The author also emphasizes the importance of returning to the same spot multiple times to really understand a place. The book includes notes on the author's equipment and gives technical information for every image. Distributed in the US by O'Reilly Media. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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This book uses a structured approach to teach the art of creating interesting, well-composed images. It provides solutions to problems that often get in the way of producing great photographs and emphasizes the importance of training the eye to exclude the extraneous. Examples of strong images are juxtaposed against flawed images, illustrating how to create a successful composition. Topics covered include light and shadow, lens choice, framing, negative space, and many more.

In this book, author Jack Dykinga encourages us to look at photography as a way to communicate. Dykinga says, "Photography is a marvelous language that crosses linguistic borders as a universal, powerful, and direct communication. As photographers, we see something we find interesting and simply want to share it." Readers will learn new ways to create interesting and powerful compositions that communicate their intended messages.

Filled with beautiful color images throughout, the book is sure to inspire, teach, and motivate photographers of all levels.

Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA : Rocky Nook Inc., 2014
Edition: 1st edition
ISBN: 9781937538354
Branch Call Number: 770.1 D991c 2014
Characteristics: 182 pages ; 26 cm


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