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Books on Photographic and Painting Composition

I like reading books on composition, not only in the context of photography, but also, and perhaps more inportantly, in the context of painting and drawing. I think photographers can learn a great deal from the way the old masters chose their viewpoints and set the canvas for a particular painting. Here is a list of books I currently have (alphabetically in Authors' name):

BOOK TITLE AUTHOR
The Simple Secret to Better Painting Greg Albert (2003)
Criticizing Photographs Terry Barrett (2000)
Closeup - Creative Techniques for Successful Macrophotgraphy John Brackenbury (2004)
Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity and Personal Style Alain Briot (2009)
Practical Composition in Photography Axel Bruck
Photographic Composition Ben Clements and David Rosenfeld (1979)
The Complete Guide to Close-up & Macro Photography Paul Harcourt Davies (2000)
Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers Alan L. Detrick
More Joy of Photography - 100 Techniques for More Creative Photographs Editors of Eastman Kodak Company (1981)
Eisenstaedt Remembrances Alfred Eisenstaedt, Barbara Baker Burrows, Bryan Holme, and Doris C. O'Neil (1999)
Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots Laurie Excell, John Batdorff, David Brommer, Rick Rickman, Steve Simon (2011)
Principles of Composition in Photography Andreas Feininger (1979)
Composition Photo Workshop Blue Fier (2007)
Practical Photography John Freeman (2002)
The Photographer's Guide to Composition John Freeman (2004)
The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos Michael Freeman (2007)
The A-Z Creative Digital Photography Lee Frost (1998)
Photographic Composition Tom Grill and Mark Scanlon (1990)
Tao of Photography Philippe L. Gross and S. I. Shapiro (2001)
Composition Digital Field Guide Alan Hess (2010)
Photography - the Art of composition Bert Krages (2005)
Macrophotography - Learning from a Master Gilles Martin and Ronan Laoec (2003)
The Art of Photo Composition Bob Pace (1987)
Photography of Natural Things Freeman Patterson (2004)
Photography and the Art of Seeing Freeman Patterson (2004)
Pictoral Composition - An Introduction Henry Rankin Poore (1967)
Dynamic Composition William F. Powell
Closeups in Nature John Shaw (1987)
Landscape Photography John Shaw (1994)
Designing a Photograph Bill Smith (2001)
Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography Brenda Tharp (2010)
Capture the Beauty in Nature Time-Life Book from Kodak (1983)
Working the Light: A Photography Masterclass Charlie Waite, Joe Cornish, David Ward, Eddie Ephraums (Editor) (2006)
Developing Vision & Style: A Landscape Photography Masterclass Charlie Waite, Joe Cornish, David Ward, Eddie Ephraums (Editor) (2007)
Landscape Within: Insights and Inspirations for Photographers David Ward (2004)
The Acrylic Painter's Book of Styles and Techniques Rachel Rubin Wolf (1997)
Photographic Composition: A Visual Guide Richard D. Zakia and David A. Page (2011)


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