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Take Your Photography to the Next Level

Book Description

This book is for the photographer who strives to achieve a higher level of results in their work. Take Your Photography to the Next Level is based on a series of essays originally featured on the popular Luminous Landscape website. Barr tackles some of the rarely discussed, yet essential aspects of successful photography. Here is where photographers will learn what is needed in order to grow in their creativity, as well as gain a deeper understanding of their craft.

With a foreward by Michael Reichmann.

Topics include:

  • Creativity
  • Dealing with disappointment
  • Developing an "eye"
  • Making stronger images
  • What photographs well
  • Where to go looking for the best photographic subjects
  • How to approach subject material
  • A great image is just around the corner
  • Dealing with failure
  • Mind games
  • Becoming a self-aware photographer
  • Framing, cropping, & manipulating prints to create mood and transmit your message
  • Table of Contents

    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Table of Contents
    5. Foreword
    6. Introduction
      1. Elbow Canyon
      2. Ice 1
    7. 1 Seeing
      1. On Reading Photographs
        1. 1. Center of Interest
        2. 2. What is the Image About?
        3. 3. What is the Photograph About at a Deeper Level?
        4. 4. What are the Parts of the Image and How do they Relate?
        5. 5. Tonalities
        6. 6. Emotional Impact
        7. 7. Flaws
        8. Reading My Photographs
        9. What is the Photograph About?
        10. What is the Photograph About at a Deeper Level?
        11. What are the Parts of the Image and How Do They Relate?
        12. Tonalities
        13. Negative Space
        14. Balance
        15. Framing
        16. Emotional Impact
        17. Flaws
      2. Is Beauty Essential to Great Photographs?
      3. Elements of a Great Photograph
      4. What Photographs Well?
      5. Photographing Clichés
      6. It’s Been Done Before
      7. Noticing Subject Matter
      8. Machinery
      9. ADM Mill
    8. 2 Finding Images
      1. Working the Scene—Part 1
      2. Working the Scene—Part 2
      3. The Poison of Preconceived Ideas
      4. Finding Inspiration—Interest Comes First
      5. Rules for Looking
      6. Seeing Fatigue
      7. There’s Nothing Here to Photograph
      8. Where Should You Point the Camera?
      9. Canyon 2
      10. Rust Rings
    9. 3 Composing
      1. Sketching to Make Photographs
      2. Complicated doesn’t Cut It
      3. Does an Image Need a Center of Interest?
      4. How Close to Perfect is Needed?
      5. Decisions and Compromises
      6. Your Options
      7. Where Should You Point the Camera?
      8. Framing Your Images
      9. The Art and Religion of Cropping
      10. To Crop or Not to Crop, That is the Question
      11. Formats and Aspect Ratios
      12. What About Cropping Both Ways?
      13. Back To Framing
      14. Framing Assistants
      15. What Edges Can Do For Your Images
      16. Working on Edges
        1. Corners and What To Do With Them
        2. Example Images—Composing Corners and Edges
      17. Cropping For Good
      18. Summary
      19. Center Street
      20. Diagonal Sunbeam
    10. 4 Assessing Images
      1. Initial Disappointment
      2. Selecting Images for Presentation
      3. More on Picking Our Best Work
      4. Image Deficiencies
        1. Top Ten Reasons Why Images Fail
      5. Burned Stump
      6. Tree Reflection
    11. 5 Mind Games
      1. Stuck in a Rut
      2. Dealing with Slumps
      3. Twelve Ways to Challenge Yourself
      4. Career, Family, and Photography
      5. Dealing With Disappointment
        1. Cognitive Therapy
      6. Photographic Flops
      7. Equipment Envy
      8. How Good the Equipment?
      9. Money
      10. Statistics and the Odds of Success
      11. On Negative Thinking
      12. Looking for Perfection—The Price of Experimenting
      13. Wet Shale
      14. Windshield
    12. 6 Take Your Photography to the Next Level
      1. Introduction
      2. Part 1—Finding Your Level
        1. Measuring Print Quality
        2. Identifying Your Technical Level
          1. Technical Level 1
          2. Technical Level 2
          3. Technical Level 3
          4. Technical Level 4
          5. Technical Level 5
          6. Technical Level 6
        3. Identifying Your Aesthetic Level
          1. Aesthetic Level A
          2. Aesthetic Level B
          3. Aesthetic Level C
          4. Aesthetic Level D
          5. Aesthetic Level E
          6. Aesthetic Level F
          7. Aesthetic Level G
        4. Finding Your Level
      3. Part 2—Getting Help to Assess Your Level
        1. Assessing Your Technical and Aesthetic Skills
          1. Technical Levels
          2. Aesthetic Levels
        2. Self-Assessment
        3. Getting Help
        4. The Worst Kind of Feedback
        5. Obtaining Feedback
        6. But I don’t Know Anyone
        7. How to Translate Feedback into Levels
        8. Listening to Your Fellow Participants’ Critiques
        9. The Virtual Workshop
        10. Conclusion
      4. Part 3—Moving On, Making Better Images
        1. The Differences Between Levels
          1. Technical Level 1 to 2
          2. Technical Level 2 to 3
          3. Technical Level 3 to 4
          4. Technical Level 4 to 5
          5. Technical Level 5
        2. Aesthetic Skills
          1. Aesthetic Level A
          2. Aesthetic Level B
          3. Aesthetic Level C
          4. Aesthetic Level D
          5. Aesthetic Level E
          6. Aesthetic Level F
      5. Windowpane
    13. My Equipment and Techniques
    14. Epilogue
    15. Print Offer
    16. Print Offer Order Form