Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition

Acclaimed by critics and customers alike, Visual Flow will teach you how to see the world in ways you never before imagined. An artistic tour de force spanning several centuries and different artistic media, this 287 page in-depth eBook unlocks the composition secrets of the great masters, giving you the keys to create compelling and artistic photographs that will stand out from the crowd. We were able to arrange a markdown for our readers which has now ended, sorry about that, stay tuned to see what’s next.

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Mastering the Art of Photography Composition

What makes a great photograph? Is there any one aspect of the process which separates the merely good from the truly magnificent? Many candidates immediately spring to mind, such as subject matter, light, mood, and moment.

One aspect clearly rises above the rest, and is the thread which ties all of these other qualities together. Composition, the artistic arrangement and placement of visual elements within the picture frame, is to me the most difficult aspect of the art of photography to master, and also the most important.

The 287 page-long eBook includes:

  • Six chapters discussing shapes, depth, perspective, and other composition essentials.
  • Analysis of composition masterpieces by great painting masters.
  • In-depth discussion of dozens of styles of composition to make compelling and powerful photographs.
  • Useful “Top Lessons” recaps for each of the six chapters.
  • Analysis of hundreds of amazing photographs taken by Ian Plant and George Stocking over their decades as landscape photographers.

Composition creates synergy which elevates art above mere expression; it can transform even the vulgar into the sublime.


Although the importance of the emotion evoked by a photograph’s subject matter and mood cannot be underestimated, likewise the primal visual response evoked by a skillful composition cannot be ignored or forgotten. Composition commands the viewer’s eye. Mood, light, and other intangibles are all important as well, but without solid composition they all become much less effective. Combined with a masterful composition, everything becomes a transcendent visual symphony which the eye cannot escape.

About the Author: Ian Plant is a full-time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. He has been photographing our natural world for almost twenty years. His photographs have appeared in a number of books, calendars, and magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Le Monde de la Photo, Nature Photographers Online Magazine, National Parks, Common Ground, Blue Ridge Country, Adirondack Life, and Chesapeake Life, among others. Ian has sold images to a wide range of corporate and environmental clients, including Apple, National Geographic, REI, Southern Environmental Law Center, National Parks Conservation Association, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Humane Society, and Tamron.

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Composition, above all, is your way of making others see what you can see. A snapshot shows the world what your camera sees, but when you create a composition, you show the world what you see. And that, as it turns out, is entirely the point.

“Ian Plant has done the best job I have seen in explaining the secrets of good composition.” —Landscape Photography Magazine

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One Comment

  1. Tony C says:

    After being burned more times than i care to remember, I am very leery of buying anything regarding photography courses or other media without being able to examine it. This book was no exception. However, I am pleased that I bought it.

    Visual Flow is written in a very accessible style and is unlike many run-of-the-mill books on various aspects of photography. Ian Plant really put some thought into this book to make it very readable and very informative. There are numerous examples to illustrate the concepts and I’m especially impressed with the use of paintings of the old masters to make points relevant to composition.

    I highly recommend this book and, no, I am not Mr. Plant’s father. In fact, I don’t even know him.

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