The Essence of Photography: Seeing and Creativity

The Essence of Photography Book Front Cover
The Essence of Photography Book Front Cover

The Essence of Photography: Seeing and Creativity

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The Essence of Photography won the German Photo book award for best educational book!

Released by Rocky Nook, this new and unique book centers on how you can become more creative as a photographer.

An essential book for your library and your photographic improvement, it will improve your skills of seeing and of producing new, different, and high quality work with lasting meaning. This book is a fabulous follow-up to Bruce’s highly acclaimed textbook, “The Art of Photography.”

Bruce’s newest book can be a great gift for yourself or for any friend you have who is interested in photography. You can order now directly from Bruce to get a signed copy of the book as soon as it is available. See the box to your left for details.

Bruce Barnbaum's The Essence of Photography draws on Bruce’s decades of experience in producing his own personal work, his years of producing commercial work, and his decades of teaching workshops to give you insights into how to produce a creative mindset ending up in producing truly good photographs. Picking up a camera and shooting does not make you a photographer any more than picking up a pencil and writing makes you a writer. You have to work at both, and this book helps you do it with photography.

When you say you “have a good eye” do you mean that you can recognize a beautiful scene (which virtually anyone can do), or do you mean you recognize exceptionally good lighting, good relationships of forms within the scene, particularly advantageous conditions, and so many other imponderables that can make a photograph something special? Do you recognize the difference between the scene in front of your eye and camera, and the image you can produce, using the scene as a starting point for your expression? This book explains the differences, and tells you how to go beyond “capturing the scene” to making your statement about how you feel about the scene.

The book contains eight chapters filled with great insights, and illustrated with over 100 photographs in color and black and white, mostly by Bruce, but also by other photographers Bruce has known as mentors, co-instructors, colleagues, and students. There is nothing superficial about this book. After digesting it, there will be nothing superficial about your photography.

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You can order a personally signed copy of The Essence of Photography…Seeing and Creativity  for $39.95, plus shipping. Shipping is $10.00 anywhere in the US (If you live in the State of Washington, please add $4.50 sales tax.) and $40.00 in Canada. Beyond those two nations, please inquire about shipping costs. Thus, the total cost is $49.95 within the US, but $54.45 in the State of Washington); $79.95 ($US) in Canada. Beyond those two nations, I cannot determine the total cost until the destination is known.

To obtain a personally signed copy of The Art of Photography…A Personal Approach to Artistic Expression you can email Bruce directly at: or phone him at (360) 691-4105. Both Visa or MasterCard credit cards are accepted. Or you can send a check by standard mail for the full amount to Bruce Barnbaum, with the check made out to Bruce Barnbaum and sent to:

P.O.Box 1791
Granite Falls, WA 98252

Be sure to include your home or shipping address and your Email or phone contact info.