Book Review: Mastering Composition

There are many books about composition on the market already so any new contender really needs to stand out. This book by Richard Garvey-Williams makes the bold claim that it is the ‘definitive’ guide for photographers. Is this indeed the best and only one you will need? David Hay has the review

The book has an attractive layout with a good mix of text and photographs. Grey boxes are used to separate out tips and more detailed descriptions of certain subjects. The print quality is up to the usual standard with finely screened images reproduced with good colour registration. Most of the photographs in the book were taken by the author himself but he has also included some photographs by Mark Shuttleworth, presumably to fill in the gaps in his own catalogue. The author makes the point that the photographs used in the book were chosen mainly to illustrate the points in the text and this is certainly true. He ‘hopes that you will enjoy’ his photographs but also ‘hopes that you will find fault with many as you develop a critical ...

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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