Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style

Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style

O’Reilly has released a new book from Alain Briot, Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style.  The new book is listed at $44.95 on the publisher’s site; however, it can be had for $29.67 at

More details in the press release below.

Santa Barbara, CA—Leading contemporary landscape photographer Alain Briot states, “The personality of the photographer must be present in the image for an artistic photograph to have value.” And in Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style (Rocky Nook, $44.95 USD), Briot sets out to teach what is essential in achieving this goal.

Following his successful first book, Mastering Landscape Photography, Briot goes beyond the conventional rules of composition and takes on a fresh, new approach to teaching the art of photography. Based on his personal experiences as an artist, teacher, and photographer, he opens new doors to the reader—doors leading to new ways of seeing and composing images.

Briot approaches fine art photography as being a combination of art and technique, and in this book he addresses both. On the artistic side, Briot introduces artistic concepts that have been rarely, if ever, associated with photography. On the technical side, he presents numerous tools that can help you learn to create better photographs and he provides technical solutions to common photographic problems.

Briot also practices photography as a fine art. What matters most to him is how photography can be used to express feelings and emotions. For Briot, a good photograph must be both artistically inspired and technically excellent. To have just one of these two elements is not enough for a fine art photograph to be successful.

Topics include:

  • How to compose with color, with black and white, and with light
  • Why you need to consider your audience while composing a photograph
  • Why you should recreate the emotions you felt when you captured your photographs
  • How the elements of color—hue, contrast, and saturation—work in your images
  • How to control the elements that have a visual effect in your photographs
  • How to draw upon your personal way of seeing and then share your vision
  • How to diagnose image maladies and apply the proper remedies
  • How to define a color palette for a specific photograph
  • How to use compositional elements to develop a personal style

Foreword by Tony Sweet.