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Why You Like This Photo

The science of perception

By Brian Dilg

  • Hardback
  • £12.99

Combining science and photography, Brian Dilg explores the reasons behind Why You Like This Photo.

Combining science and photography, Brian Dilg explores the reasons behind Why You Like This Photo.

What you see is very different from what you think you see...

There's a lot going on behind the scenes when you like a photograph. Maybe something is tricking your brain into believing a static image is alive with motion. But how? Or maybe you're being drawn in by a rich, high-contrast subject. But what's so great about really black blacks and really white whites? And if the composition is subverting your expectations, where did those expectations come from in the first place?

To answer these questions, international award-winning cinematographer Brian Dilg blends photographic fundamentals like exposure, focus, and composition with the latest developments in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and evolutionary biology, in a thrilling exploration of how a photo works, how your brain perceives it, and why you like the result.

Biographical Notes

Brian Dilg is a photographer, filmmaker, writer, and educator. Founding chair of the Photography department of New York Film Academy, he has also served as a spokesperson for Canon, for whom he created a series of photography tutorials.

He has been involved in photography since childhood, growing up in the darkroom under the tutelage of his father and grandfather, both avid amateur photographers. His work has since been exhibited and collected worldwide, and published in the New York Times, Time Out, the Village Voice, and on book covers for Simon and Schuster, Hyperion, Doubleday, and others.

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  • ISBN: 9781781573747
  • Publication date: 25 Oct 2018
  • Page count: 160
  • Imprint: Ilex Press
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