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Die Fotoschule in Bildern. Bildgestaltung

On more than 300 pages, Die Fotoschule in Bildern. Bildgestaltung (in German) explains and illustrates the principles of photographic composition and related topics like lines, shapes, framing and space, as well as the conscious use of light, color, time and movement as well as black and white. The book also addresses the question of finding subjects and approaches to photographing them. It contains more than 300 photographs and many stories and helpful tips about the daily work of a photojournalist.  


Press reviews of Die Fotoschule in Bildern. Bildgestaltung (translated):

Rarely have I gotten as engrossed while reviewing a book as I have with this book by Harald Franzen. The editors say: “Thoroughly recommendable!” — because you never stop learning! – TecNews4U

Very interesting and recommendable not only for beginning photographers. — DigitalPHOTO Photoshop

Recommended by the editors!  – PCgo 

This book is among the most interesting reads that deal with photography and optimal photographic composition. [...] The many photos alone will already enchant some readers because they are simply perfect and even thrilling. Here, you find countless photos that make you reflect, smile, as well as marvel. Naturally, the photographic subject matter, which is chosen from all areas of life, is interesting. To capture those photos, the photographer needs a good and trained eye and take his photos from the right angle. In order to achieve that, the book offers many ideas and concepts. The author explains these suggestions, tips and ideas in this book in an easy way so that everything is easily comprehendible, even for the photographic novice. — Spielemagazin


Fotografieren in Berlin und Potsdam

“Photo text book and Berlin travel guide all in one” is how one reader described my book Fotografieren in Berlin und Potsdam in his review and that sums it up pretty well. On almost 400 pages, the reader-photographer discovers the famous and the more hidden fascinating places in Germany’s capital. Be it at Alexanderplatz, in the Korean garden in Marzahn, the Chapel of Reconciliation in the former death strip of the Berlin Wall or the crazy-looking subway stations of the U7, there is always something new to discover and capture photographically. Aside from stories and history there are practical photographic tips and many photos to inspire readers to embark on their very own exploration of historic, modern, crazy, green, dilapidated or simply fun Berlin.

Press reviews of Fotografieren in Berlin und Potsdam (translated):

An extraordinary book for all those who want to explore Berlin and Potsdam photographically without having to forego the most important information. A book that offers a lot of Inspiration and tips that you won’t find in a “normal” travel guide but still provides the most important details of a travel guide. Put simply: the perfect photo-travel guide for Berlin and Potsdam, suitable for any kind of photographer! –

The seven tours are ingenious. They provide the photographier with short, logical paths from one photographic event to the next. – Photoshop Weblog

The author demonstrates that by choosing an innovative point of view, you can present well-known subjects in a refreshingly different way. Even insiders who know Berlin well will draw plenty of inspiration from this book. –