The Quintessence of Photography

The Quintessence of Photography: Understanding Composition is the most precisely written reference book for anyone who is longing to step into the latitude of the true aesthetic world of photography. No matter how much you think you know about photography, you will learn new insights in this book.

The Complete Guide.
This book can be used as a reference guide for
the novice to professional and serious amateur or
as a supportive textbook for photographic study,
as it is the complete guide to understanding composition.

Author: Nasrul Eam
Photographs by Nasrul Eam
First Published | February 4, 2009
Second Revised Edition | March 11, 2011
Pages | 125 pages

The Quintessence of Photography
When one makes a composition, there are countless possibilities, one needs to learn how to make certain decisions creatively with accuracy. The Quintessence of Photography is designed for helping one to do exactly that.

triumph of a successful framing
Think about that fraction of
second when you press the shutter
but also the moment before; it
is the knowledge and wisdom
followed by an expression of
success. The triumph of
perfect framing is a frame
that tells its story and beyond.
This book helps you capture the
very frame that expresses the
most decisive moments of life.

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The Quintessence of Photography
To hunt for the perfect frame one needs skill and knowledge, to capture the moment as an artistic one. This well-organized book contains everything one would want to know about composition. It provides compositional building blocks to develop one’s artistic vision.

Front Cover
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Chapter One
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The Quintessence of Photography
Throughout the history of human
civilization, many created beauty
out of life. From Leonardo Da Vinci
to Pablo Picasso, from Vincent Van
Gogh to Ansel Adams, all created art
in unique ways, because they opened
their mind’s eye and artistic vision
to the moments they wanted to
capture. In each of its pages, this
book takes you around the panoramic
world of photography and its art;
from core science to beautiful
aesthetic worlds, from classical
notions to cutting edge technology,
and so much more.

The Quintessence of Photography

An award-winning web designer and worked as an art director for many years, Nasrul Eam left advertising to pursue a career as a photographer, photography writer, and instructor. He has a unique eye for observing nature and the lifestyle of people. Eam’s passion for photography, designing, writing, and art is absorbing and illuminating in a remarkable way. Besides The Quintessence of Photography: Understanding Composition, Nasrul wrote books like The Essence of Close-up Photography, for developing basic photography vocabulary, while teaching one to do close-up photography artistically, Illuminating Nature: Moments in Reflection with more vivid examples for nature and wildlife photography, and The Happy Children of the Third World, for touching the meaning of life to its core…
Learn more about the author, Nasrul Eam.


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  1. Willard
    Willard says:

    This book, Quintessence of Photography covers almost everything. Though many things in this book are quite advanced, but after reading the book i feel like an professional photographer. There are so many valuable information I got from this book. This is my best photography book ever.

  2. Kerry
    Kerry says:

    I have author’s other book The Essence of Close-Up Photography. This is my second book that I just purchased from Light & Composition and already I came to know so much. Nasrul is an awesome photographer and author.

  3. Rodolfo
    Rodolfo says:

    Great book and photography, excellent job. I am an avid traveler and author of world destinations. I highly recommend this too.

  4. Tim Whelan
    Tim Whelan says:

    This book is written very well, and has photographers of every experience, style, and age that will give you huge knowledge. I bought it two days ago; and I found this is absolutely one of the best books on photography I have ever come across. The photographs are gorgeous than most photography books. Its photography lessons are worth the price alone.

  5. William
    William says:

    I bought this book based on the reviews on Light & Composition, thinking this will help my composition. Yes they are right; I can tell you that this book is one of the best you can find on the market. I have been doing photography for years and this book gave me tons of new ideas in just few pages. I can highly recommend this book both to amateur and advanced amateur photographers.

  6. Isabella
    Isabella says:

    Over the years I have purchased many photography books from Kelby, Freeman, Tom, David, but Quintessence of Photography by Nasrul is my favorite. This book is a perfect blend of simplicity and artistry. It has information on almost everything. The difference between those books and this is, the author cuts through the clutter and goes right to the subject with clarity. Every page is nicely illustrated with nice photo example. I highly recommend this book!

  7. Adrian K
    Adrian K says:

    I always wanted to learn composition, and found this book extremely helpful. It helped me open my eyes. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a photography book to learn. If you don’t read this book, you will be missing out on some very good insight!

  8. Trey R.
    Trey R. says:

    This book goes well beyond the basics of photography, very inspiring, and very thought provoking. If you enjoy thinking about photography and thinking about the creative process behind doing it well then Quintessence of Photography is a pleasure to read, and re-read. The images are gorgeous for the creative journey of photography.

  9. Anuar Patrick
    Anuar Patrick says:

    Quintessence of Photography is a quality book, plus the author tries to help you take the next step. As a mid-level photographer, I know how to take a photo technically good but always wondering what to photograph and why, this is the book that clears. I have photography books including Joe McNally’s and Scott Kelby’s, but I still find so many new things to learn from Quintessence of Photography. I highly recommend this book.

  10. Justine Evans
    Justine Evans says:

    From over 100 books on my ipad, this one I would identify the most. When I took up photography around a year ago, I did a course in an exclusive school and read a number of books on the subject, and learned how to take photograph. What Nasrul gave me though was the soul to my photograph. Nasrul teaches technique but he gives the essence of photography, and the name Quintessence of Photography is perfect for that. This book is a must for photographers of all levels, amateurs, enthusiasts and beyond. Yes, I do recommend it.

  11. Kiera Gillies
    Kiera Gillies says:

    This is the definitive work for learning photography. If you are intimidated by the technical side of photography, buy this book, this will teach you how to master them. I would definitely recommend it.

  12. Amanda Wade
    Amanda Wade says:

    Lessons given in this book are amazing. Summaries at the end of each chapter make it worthwhile. My first photography book that I have actually read from start to finish without even putting it down.

  13. Christina Mandia
    Christina Mandia says:

    I absolutely loved this book! The author’s openness is refreshing, and the writing is engaging and accessible that fills your heart up. This book is all about composition; it makes me want to actually use my camera. For those who had no previous formal education in art of any sort, including photography, this is the best book for them. Many times, I just blindly apply whatever I had learned from this book, and got beautiful composition.

  14. Sandino
    Sandino says:

    My close friend, who is a professional photographer recommended me this book. It is really a good read. It has everything, from basics to very advance, and very well presented with lots of examples. Writing is very clear with complete narrative. I recommend this “The Quintessence of Photography” to All.

  15. Duval
    Duval says:

    I purchased this book for my son this summer along his new camera. He loves this book. I think he has improved a lot after reading this. I read two chapter of it and it’s an excellent book on composition. I’ve been shooting for more than a decades, and found it very helpful too. It is a creative book, one of the best books we have!

  16. Nila Mehta
    Nila Mehta says:

    This is a very good book on composition. Things I read keep telling me inside my mind, and I find often I am using these techniques for my composition, more and more every day. I believe It will helps you to improve your skill, as it opened my mind to see the world with an artistic eye, allowed me to do better composition, I feel this happened because of the Nasrul’s great writing style.

  17. Marlo M Stanfield
    Marlo M Stanfield says:

    I don’t really review books but this book is so great that in fact this one is the most inspiring photography books I have ever read. Nasrul’s narrative is easy to read and understand. Highly recommended!

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