On visualisation

Bruce Percy has published another eBook that I have been privileged to proof-read, so I know it’s good!  Click here and you’ll see the first volume on visualisation.  Volume 2 is still to come.

Tree in Edinburgh

Tree in Edinburgh

Bruce discusses ways of thinking and seeing images in advance of squeezing the shutter, at the moment the shutter goes, and afterwards.  It’s tremendously helpful to someone like me when thinking about how I see what I think I want to photograph.  For example, whilst I like this image a lot, I might have tried to take it quite differently after reading the book: despite being heavily cropped, it’s still quite ‘busy’, and although I obviously can’t cut all the bushes and trees down round about it (I’m no Michael Fatali, in all senses of the phrase!), I might have tried harder to reframe it in some other way.  Fortunately, because it was taken on black and white print film (Ilford Delta 100, if you’re interested!), scanning it at a high resolution allows it to be cropped down to a smaller size whilst still being large enough to produce substantial prints.  Something useful can therefore still emerge from the original concept I had when visualising the tree.

Bruce’s book deals with all these issues and many more in his usual lucid and engaging way – highly recommended.

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  1. Michael Marten Post author

    Ken Rockwell raves about Bruce’s book (in an entry of 7.6.2010 at http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/00-new-today.htm):

    “I just finished reading Bruce’s latest eBook, and it’s a winner.

    You can see how great an artist is Bruce Percy at his gallery. Bruce knows how to shoot, which is why what he has to say has such value.

    Bruce’s latest work covers many of the things about which I’ve been meaning to write, such as visualization, luminance, interpretation, aspect ratios, motion, voice, engagement, anticipation, isolation, extraction, seeing in 2-D instead of 3-D, and just as important, the many barriers people face in getting to the great images they intended.

    Unlike so many books written mostly to confuse us and impress us about how smart the author must be, Bruce’s eBook explains all these crazy concepts clearly. It’s as if your best friend is suddenly one of the world’s best photographic artists, and is giving you the clear, inside scoop in simple English so you can understand it all.

    Bruce’s “The Visual Sense” is a masterpiece at showing and explaining clearly how to take better nature and landscape pictures. It’s a book I wish I had written!

    Bruce has created another fantastic, well written and well illustrated eBook. As it sinks in, I think Bruce just wrote one of the best books I’ve ever read about photography. How about that!”

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