This book provides photographers with the foundation to craft more compelling photos from concept all the way through to creation and distribution, on the path to making a living.

Based on real-life practice and experience, former National Geographic and White House visual editor, Mike Davis, takes readers on a journey starting with addressing the motivation behind an image and how this determines the rest of the creative process. He goes on to articulate best technical practices to create the narrative through photo composition and what to do with your work after the photos are completed. Each section offers exercises for applied learning and a series of appendices cover assignments structures, a compilation of critical words and concepts, a comprehensive resource guide of organizations, competitions, grants, collectives and agencies, book publishers and printers, and more.

This is an ideal resource for students and practitioners alike to gain a more informed understanding of photographic expression and learn how to effectively execute these visions.

chapter Section 1|21 pages

Why Do We Make Pictures?

chapter Section 2|40 pages

Photography's Means of Expression

chapter Section 3|36 pages

You Make Photographs Engaging

chapter Section 4|19 pages

How to Select and Sequence Your Photos

chapter Section 5|31 pages

Creating Visual Narratives

chapter Section 6|42 pages

What It Takes to Make a Living

chapter |1 pages


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