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The Basics of Image Design

Before we present the various ways that photographers can utilize visual design to influence their photographs, it makes sense to go over some photographic design basics. This will be helpful for understanding the larger concepts of image design.

In Learning to Photograph: Volume 1, we introduced the fundamental process of photography and the factors that influence the resulting image, with a clear emphasis on the technology at hand. A similar introduction from the perspective of image design will show methods photographers can use, and what they can consider when trying to create a desired effect. It’s important to know how images are perceived, but also to be familiar with the mechanisms that affect viewers. We ...

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