The Essence of Photography, 2nd Edition
Seeing and Creativity
In this fully revised and greatly expanded second edition of The Essence of Photography, world-renowned photographer and teacher Bruce Barnbaum draws upon 50 years of experience and observation to teach the art of photographic seeing and creativity.
There is a lot more to photography than simply picking up a camera, pointing it toward something, and tripping the shutter. Achieving a great photograph requires thought and preparation, an understanding of the photographic process, and a firm grasp of how light and composition affect a photo. There must be personal involvement and personal expression. There must be experimentation, with the recognition that only a small percentage of experiments end successfully.
In this revised and expanded second edition of The Essence of Photography, best-selling author and world-renowned photographer and teacher Bruce Barnbaum explores these seldom-discussed issues by drawing upon his personal experiences and observations from 50 years of photographing and teaching. In addition to photographs, Bruce also uses painting, music, and writing, as well as the sciences and even business, to provide pertinent examples of creative thinking. These examples serve as stepping stones that will lead you to your own heightened ability to see and be creative.
Creativity is a topic that is almost wholly ignored in formal education because most instructors think that it cannot be taught or learned. To the contrary, Bruce has proven that photographic seeing and creativity can be taught, learned, and improved. This book expands on the ideas that are central to Bruce’s method of teaching photography, which he has used in workshops for the past 50 years.
Included in the book are in-depth discussions on the following topics:
- • Defining your own unique rhythm and approach as a photographer
- • How to translate the scene in front of you to the final photograph
- • The differences and similarities between how an amateur and a professional approach photography
- • The differences between realism and abstraction, and the possibilities and limitations of each
- • Learning to expand your own seeing and creativity through classes, workshops, and associating with other photographers
- • Why the rules of composition should be ignored
- • How to follow your passion
- • When to listen to the critics and when to ignore them
The book is richly illustrated with well over 100 photographs taken by Bruce as well as other photographers.
Seeing and creativity are difficult to teach, but not impossible. This very different, perhaps groundbreaking book is sure to inspire photographers of all skill levels—from beginners to seasoned professionals—to think deeply about the issues involved in creating successful photographs.