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Cropping & Composition

Clever cropping can suggest new interpretations of familiar themes, or be used to heighten emotions. It can help to establish an alternative view of a subject by removing vital parts of the photograph’s context, leading to a wider interpretation of the scene. Photographers often look for patterns or rhythms in the camera’s view finder that they can emphasise through their composition. Designers must also look at the overall relationship of the images on the cover to other images and the text, in order to create the correct overall effect. A good photographic composition can tell encapsulate an idea behind a book in a single shot, telling a thousand words with one picture.
  • Let’s Decorate Together

    Double-entendre is created on this book cover by the clever cropping of the photograph. Without the combination of title and photograph, this book would loose its cheeky reference and fall back into being a normal decorating manual. Having a double meaning to a cover image can make it stand out from the crowd.

  • Your Book of Bridges

    This cover uses repeated rhythms to create a visual link between photographs of bridges. Photographers often look for rhythms and patterns within the picture frame and for book covers this idea is extend further. Carefully selecting photographs and echoing pictorial devices in this way brings the cover together.

  • An Encyclopaedia of London

    The idea of London old and new is captured in this photograph. New London, in the form of the BT Tower, is viewed through a section of an old London wall. The simple but clever composition of this photograph shows you don’t always need elaborate illustration to encapsulate the idea behind the book. Whatever image gets the message across works best.

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