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Digital SLR Photography All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Robert Correll

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Chapter 3: Deconstructing Design

In This Chapter

arrow.png Working with foregrounds and backgrounds

arrow.png Designing with patterns, shapes, and shadows

arrow.png Using light and color

arrow.png Developing your timing

I continually ask myself how I can take better photos. The answer almost always comes down to design, combined with the proper framing.

Good design is a fundamentally important aspect of photography. Without it, photos just sort of sit there and do nothing. With good design, something leaps out and grabs your attention. You notice something about photos that are well designed, even if you don’t realize why. Design refers to the elements that are in the photo, not necessarily how they’re arranged. (Their arrangement is what I call framing, or composition, which is in the next chapter.)

I want to show you how the right combination of elements makes a photograph work. In this chapter I explain why each photo is successful from a design standpoint. I also want to move design from out of your subconscious. After you get a sense of how to design a scene by reading this chapter, you can move to framing, which ...

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