Gestalt is a German word that refers to the “essence or shape of an entity’s complete form”. The Gestalt Theories of Perception were first put forth in the early 1920’s. Research reveals a complex and detailed collection of fascinating experiments, hypotheses, and ideas. The field is very broad – but we’re going to focus on some of the very basic concepts that can be applied to art in general – and photography in particular.
This has been one of our most popular eBooks. In it, we discuss a variety of basic gestalt concepts, including:
- Strategies for separating objects of interest from the background in an image,
- Ideas for using individual objects to lead the eye of the viewer,
- Suggestions for increasing the impact of your images,
- … and much more!
The Gestalt principles discussed in this eBook are a natural extension of the basic compositional rules of photography. Perception: The Gestalt Principles and How our Brains Interpret What We See is an essential addition to the complete photographer’s library.