There are countless lessons to be learned in order to create great photographs. That’s the reason that PhotographyTricks exists, after all. But, no matter how much you learn; no matter how thoroughly you master this craft, creating great work is really all about the fundamentals.
Richard Bernabe is a master of his craft. Here’s an intro from his official bio:
Richard Bernabe is an internationally renowned landscape, wildlife, and travel photographer and author from the United States. His passion for adventure has been the driving force behind his life’s quest to capture the moods and character of the world’s most amazing places, from Africa to the Amazon to the Arctic and countless places in between.
His editorial clients include The National Geographic Society, Audobon, The Sierra Club, National Parks, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, and many others. Corporate clients include Canon, Patagonia, Orvis, REI, Apple, Microsoft, American Express, and more.
He consistently produces images of stunning beauty and power. He has produced a free e-book: Creative Composition: 10 Easy Pieces, containing advice on fundamental ideas to improve photographs, and illustrated with his own supreme examples of those ideas.
This is the kind of book that every photographer should own and refer to again and again. It is the perfect balance between quick, actionable ideas and the right depth of information.
Each idea is explained at a level that is easy to grasp and remember, but in-depth enough to understand the whys and hows of each. These ideas are things that should stick in your mind if you want to make better, more powerful, more creative images. They aren’t specific ideas about what to shoot, or how to get an exact look—not the kind of thing that will make your pictures all look the same, and date them a few years down the road when fads have come and gone. There are no Photoshop filters here.
This book contains 10 concepts that will allow readers to go out and really make better photos. The ideas are simple, but allow for infinite variation. Simple isn’t always easy, however, and Bernabe isn’t promising a magic bullet.
So, can you really call fundamental concepts for creativity “easy”? In Bernabe’s own words:
Ten easy pieces to creative photography. Skeptical? Well, if you’re not you should be.
First of all, anything as elusive and fleeting as creativity should never be easy. Creativity is not easy and it never should be.
The fact that it is so rare is powerful proof to how difficult it really is. No, this book and this book alone will not make you a creative photographer overnight, so let’s just get that out of the way right now.
What I do offer here are ten easy pieces that might allow you to make more creative decisions with your camera.
These ideas are basic things to build upon — for example; how to see the shapes within a landscape rather than the actual physical objects within the scene — that can be endlessly applied and adapted. This short, simple book is a solid foundation on which to build a creative body of work.
Richard Bernabe gives some invaluable information in this book. Amazingly, he’s giving it away. Download it here.