"Ian Plant has done the best job I have seen in
explaining the secrets of good composition."
Mastering the Art
Ian Plant (with George Stocking)
not what you see, but what you make others see." —Edgar
What makes a great photograph? Is
there any one aspect of the process which separates the
merely good from the truly magnificent?
immediately spring to mind, such as subject matter, light,
mood, and moment. But one aspect rises above the rest, and
it is the thread which ties all of
these other qualities together. Composition—the artistic
arrangement and placement of visual elements within the
picture frame—is the most difficult aspect of the art of
photography to master, and also the most important.
emotion evoked by a photograph’s subject matter and mood
cannot be underestimated—but the primal visual
response evoked by a skillful composition cannot be ignored
or forgotten. A
snapshot shows the world what your camera sees, but when you
create a composition, you show the world what
The 288 page-long Visual Flow
Six chapters discussing shapes,
depth, perspective, and many other composition
Analysis of composition masterpieces by
the great painting masters including Rembrandt and Vermeer.
In-depth discussion of dozens of
styles of composition which will allow you to make
compelling and powerful photographs.
Useful "Top Lessons" recaps for
each of the six chapters.
Analysis of hundreds of amazing
photographs taken by
Ian Plant and George Stocking over their decades as
Visual Flow: Mastering the
Art of Composition is an artistic tour de force,
spanning several centuries and different artistic media in
its quest to reveal the composition secrets of the great
masters. The book focuses on nature photography
composition—but the techniques discussed apply to other
types of photography, and more broadly to all
two-dimensional visual art. Artists of all types will find this book
288 page PDF
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Also included is an anniversary
The Visual Flow Companion, Volume 1, which contains:
Explanation of the compositions of nineteen of Ian's favorite images
from the last year.
Compositional analysis of
images by fellow Dreamscapes bloggers George
Stocking, Kurt Budlinger, and Richard Bernabe.
In-depth discussion of
masterpieces by Rembrandt and Singer-Sargent.
If you’re going to look for a book about
composition, finding one by authors with as much
compositional flair as Ian Plant and George Stocking is
going to be hard to beat. The standard of photography is
very high indeed and most people would be happy to own a
book based on the images alone. With the inclusion of
the very well considered text it makes this a fantastic
springboard for a journey into the further understanding
and use of composition in landscape photography. Highly
Should you buy [Visual Flow]?
. . . I
certainly believe so. It will make you think. It will
teach you about the most important aspect of
photography, composition. You will be a better
photographer if you take on-board all the advice given
in this book. . . . Ian Plant has done the best job I
have seen in explaining the secrets of good composition.
Visual Flow: Mastering the Art
of Composition is an ambitious eBook that delves deeply into
what could be the most important aspect of photography:
composition. While just reading any book won’t make you a
master of composition, this volume presents a lot
interesting ideas, and fresh ways of thinking about this
subject that will help any photographer make better
compositions. The overall content is exceptional.”
Flow is one of the most comprehensive e-books I've ever read
on the topic of composition. In fact, I would say this book
might completely revitalize your photography. That's how
good it is. If you're stuck in a creative rut and you need
something to really supercharge your creative juices, then
Dan Bailey Photo.com:
Visual Flow is an incredible and
comprehensive manual on composition from someone who I
consider to be a modern day master of landscape and
outdoor photography. . . . Each chapter presents an
enormous amount of visual and written information. In
breaking down each image, Ian discusses the specific
elements that help bring each photo alive. He often uses
visual notation and colored marks on the shot to help
illustrate his points. I think that this is a nice
touch, because not only does it show you more exactly
what he’s talking about, it indicates that Ian made the
extra effort to bring you in depth information. . . .
Treat you and your photography to a special favor and
check out Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of
Composition . . . it’s without a doubt one of
the biggest and best photography eBooks available today,
if not the very best.
Visual Flow is an ebook by
Ian Plant and George Stocking that needed to be written
for a long time. If there is a better or more
comprehensive source solely dedicated to composition for
landscape photography, I haven’t seen it.
I just wanted to say
that you may have written the best book on composition that
exists. Gorgeous photos and very well written.
I want to thank you for your
recent e-book Visual Flow - it is a
great and inspiring work for me. Although I have been
preoccupied with image composition since the age of
about fifteen (now I am in my late forties), I have
never read such a comprehensive and convincing
elaboration before. Peter
I've read everything I can get my hands on regarding
composition in the last two years and this book blows
them all away.
the Author: Ian Plant
is a frequent contributor to and blogger for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, a Contributing Editor to
Popular Photography Magazine, and a monthly columnist for
Landscape Photography Magazine. Ian’s work also
appears in many other books, calendars, ad campaigns,
and magazines available worldwide. For more on Ian and his
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