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Composition – From Snapshots to Great Shots
by Laurie Excell
SBN-10: 0-321-74132-3, SBN-13: 978-0-321-74132-5
$24.99 US, $29.99 CN
This is an odd “how to” book that purports to teach the amateur photographer the skill of arranging shapes and elements in a scene to create better pictures. The book is a collection of essays by wildlife photographer Laurie Excell and four other professional photographers. Based on the mission described in the introduction and the level of information in subsequent chapters, the book is clearly aimed at the amateur or hobbyist. What makes it odd is that it seems to quickly lose sight of its intended audience.
We talked to some nearby exhibitors. They confirm the preliminary estimates made by the organizers of PhotoPlus Expo that there could be as nearly as much visitors on the show as last year (27,000). Nevertheless they also reported that sales were noticeable lower. Some blamed the slowing economy, some supposed the absence of Apple (that had a booth last year) had its impact.