Author and internationally known photographer Jack Dykinga uses a teach-by-example approach to share the art of creating interesting, well-composed images. He examines problems that often get in the way of producing great photographs, and discusses solutions. He provides examples of powerful images, juxtaposed against flawed images, to teach the finer points of creating successful compositions. His images illustrate the importance of training the eye to exclude the extraneous. Other topics covered include light and shadow, lens choice, framing, negative space, illusion, and many more.
Dykinga encourages us to use photography to communicate: “Photography is a marvelous language that crosses linguistic borders as a universal, powerful, and direct communication. As photographers, we see something we find interesting and simply want to share it.” Readers will discover innovative ways to create stimulating and powerful compositions to better communicate their intended artistic messages.
Each of Dykinga's photographs inspires creativity, while perfectly demonstrating the concepts being discussed. Filled with stunning, large-format images throughout, this book is sure to motivate, teach, and excite photographers of all skill levels.
Jack Dykinga’s photographic style blends fine art photography and documentary photojournalism. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for Feature Photography, and contributs to Arizona Highways and National Geographic magazines. He has published nine wilderness advocacy books, including Frog Mountain Blues, The Sonoran Desert, and Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley. Jack's other books include Large Format Nature Photography, a guide to color landscape photography, ARIZONA, a compellation of Dykinga’s best Arizona images, and IMAGES: Jack Dykinga’s Grand Canyon.
Dykinga’s photographs have been displayed at the Center for Creative Photography and the Museum of Northern Arizona. They were also featured along with the work of Ansel Adams in an Arizona Highways retrospective at the Phoenix Art Museum. In 2010, the Int'l League of Conservation Photographers selected Jack’s image, Stone Canyon, as one of the 40 best nature photographs of all time (shown on page 153). He also received the Outstanding Photographer of the Year Award from the Nature Photographers of North America in 2011. Outdoor Photography magazine recently named Jack one of the 40 most influential nature photographers.
Jack has joined teams of celebrated photographers from all over the world to highlight potential environmental degradation.
He and his wife, Margaret, live in Tucson, Arizona.