Capture the Magic by renowned nature photographer, Jack Dykinga, is a joy to read. The book puts forth the premise that photography is a form of communication. In order to effectively communicate, the photographer needs to understand the constructs of the language. What to include in the image can be as important as what to leave out. Using words and images, the book does an excellent job of illustrating the concept.
I liked this book very much. The photographs are outstanding. Using comparison images of the same subject matter makes it easy to understand. Working the elements of light, framing and others can mean the difference between a good image and a great one. This book will certainly have me thinking more about the images I produce. There are chapters on light, framing, juxtaposition, and more explaining how each of these elements contribute to the creation of an image. It is quite fascinating to see how small changes in the mechanics of taking the picture can have profound results on the final image. It can mean the difference between a mediocre image and a great one.
I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in making better images and anyone who enjoys nature photography. Learn more about this book at Capture the Magic, by Jack Dykinga, O’Reilly Media
Disclosure: I received a free ebook copy for review purposes.