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Michael Freeman On Composition

Michael Freeman

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Fifty years after the publication of the hugely influential bestseller The Photographer's Eye, Michael Freeman returns with fresh ideas that reflect on the way the medium has evolved in the 21st century

Composition is the single most powerful tool in a photographer's armoury. Unconstrained by any outside influence, it can be a pure expression of individuality, and this is what makes it so important. Freeman details both why and how composition works, from perception to visual imagination, including many practical compositional templates - varying from the Walk-in to the Frame Break to the Fibonacci Point - ready to be applied to a range of camera situations.

- All-new content from the master of photography guides
- Concise and easy-to-follow format clearly explains the vital ingredients of composition
- Real-life examples of composition in practice ably demonstrate the key elements
- Unique visuals and illustrations cut through the jargon and make the subject simple

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Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career.

Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographers has been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.

Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.

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