The Quintessence of Photography

Written by Nasrul Eam
$29

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. 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.

To hunt for the perfect frame one needs skill and knowledge, to capture the moment as an artistic one. This book helps you capture the very frame that expresses the most decisive moments of life. This well-organized book contains everything one would want to know about composition; it provides compositional building blocks to develop one’s artistic vision. This book has been used as a reference guide for both the amateur and professional, and as a textbook for photographic study, as it is the complete guide to understanding composition.

Publication Details
Publisher: Light & Composition University Press
Author: Nasrul Eam
Photographs by Nasrul Eam
Edition: First Edition
First Published: February 4, 2009
Second Revised Edition: March 11, 2011
Pages: 125 pages
Format: Native PDF
Size: 20.038 MB

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Get to Know the Author

Nasrul Eam
Editor-in-Chief
Light & Composition

Nasrul has been setting new standards as an author, photographer, editor, educator, and art director for more than a decade. Currently Editor-in-Chief at Light & Composition, Head of Department of Art and Photography, and Language and Linguistics at Light & Composition University, Nasrul started his professional career in 2000. He wrote books such as The Quintessence of Photography: Understanding Composition, for developing artistic vision, and The Essence of Close-up Photography, for developing the basics of photographic vocabulary and exploring close-up photography with an artistic touch. His other books are Illuminating Nature, volume 1 and 2, with vivid examples of nature and wildlife photography, The Happy Children of the Third World, which touches on the meaning of life, to its core, and Mastering Food Photography. Understanding the Building Blocks of English Language, and Understanding the Structure of English Language, are two of his well-known books, which have been used in English language learning programs, in different countries around the world. Nasrul has published over 100 articles on various aspects of art, photography, language, linguistics, religion, and science.

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Kombizz Kashani
Kombizz Kashani
3 years ago

What a beautiful and informative book for those who wanted to feel the first hand experience. It would be nice for everybody to read and perhaps learn.

Maarten
Maarten
4 years ago

I loved everything about this book. I thought the content was absolutely excellent and it taught me so much. I have now read this book twice and am about to embark on a third close, in depth study so that I can extract every last bit of knowledge from it and apply it to my own photography.

Regards
Maarten Roes-Francken

Amanda Wade
Amanda Wade
10 years ago

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.

Kiera Gillies
Kiera Gillies
10 years ago

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.

Justine Evans
Justine Evans
11 years ago

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.

Christina Mandia
Christina Mandia
10 years ago

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.

Marlo M Stanfield
Marlo M Stanfield
9 years ago

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!

Anuar Patrick
Anuar Patrick
11 years ago

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.

Adrian K
Adrian K
11 years ago

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!

Trey R.
Trey R.
11 years ago

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.

Nila Mehta
Nila Mehta
9 years ago

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.

Duval
Duval
9 years ago

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!

Sandino
Sandino
9 years ago

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.

Isabella
Isabella
11 years ago

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!

William
William
11 years ago

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.

Tim Whelan
Tim Whelan
11 years ago

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.

Rodolfo
Rodolfo
11 years ago

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

Kerry
Kerry
11 years ago

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.

Willard
Willard
11 years ago

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.