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Bro.Luke
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« on: April 12, 2007, 11:21:15 PM »
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Hi,

I love books! I've been perusing the book shelves and see there are a few new titles that address landscape photography, the how-to type, dealing with the approach to the art.

Some are pretty basic and quickly dissolve into rehashing PS techniques. One caught my attention and I may go back for: National Audubon Society Guide to Landscape Photography by Tim Fitzharris. I was kind of put off by the "Audobon Society" title and expected a rather glossy Time/Life over view but on reflection several points have piqued my interest.

Other I'm interested in (BTW if you've not noticed I'm rather new at the landscape game having been more of and abstract/street/product photographer for the duration-I have no recomendations only questions     )

Mastering Landscape Photography: The Luminous Landscape Essays by Alain Briot

Capturing the Light: An Inspirational and Instructional Guide to Landscape Photography by Peter Watson.

Any opinions?

I'm taking the approach of a DSLR shooter. I have assemble a modest arsenal of equipment that will allow me to express my vision and am looking for inspiration and how to combine the digital science with the art of the landscape photo and even painting! that has a rich and varied history.

Thanks,

Bro.Luke
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LoisWakeman
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2007, 05:31:52 AM »
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A good old standby (and I do mean old) is John Hedgecoe's classic Practical Landscape Photography - based on film and written in the late 1980s, but much of what he says is still applicable. Workmanlike and amply illustrated with examples.

I am sure there are better books now in print that others can recommend - this one is only available second-hand now.
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2007, 12:06:35 PM »
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I have Fitzharris' older National Audobon book on Nature Photography and it was a good read. I've also found his book on National Park photography useful. I like his work. I doubt I'll pick up the new Landscape book though, simply because at this point I've read so many of the "how-to" type books that I don't think a new one would cover anything I haven't seen before.

As for the Briot book, unless it adds something new I believe those essays are still available on the LL website aren't they?
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2007, 01:47:11 AM »
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I enjoyed "Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography" by Brenda Tharp, published by Amphoto Books. It's more about creativity and expression rather than technicalities, and that makes it very worthwhile.

If you do want an overview of the technicalities, John Shaw's "Nature Photography Field Guide" is worth considering, also published by Amphoto Books. I bought both at Amazon. If you get both, you have a fairly comprehensive and informative read to look forward to!


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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2007, 03:26:29 PM »
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Hi,

I love books! I've been perusing the book shelves and see there are a few new titles that address landscape photography, the how-to type, dealing with the approach to the art.

Some are pretty basic and quickly dissolve into rehashing PS techniques. One caught my attention and I may go back for: National Audubon Society Guide to Landscape Photography by Tim Fitzharris. I was kind of put off by the "Audobon Society" title and expected a rather glossy Time/Life over view but on reflection several points have piqued my interest.
Bro.Luke
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I've run into the same "rehash of PS techniques" problem (and "rehash of camera usage" too) when looking at books, and recently spent several hours in a bookstore checking out the photo books and noting which ones were more than just the rehashes.  There's no lack of interesting-looking books, but there's way more junk (Sturgeon's Law applies:) What I ended up with was:

    *  Braash: "Photographing the Patterns of Nature"
    * Phtographer's Guide to Light
    * Step-be-Step Composition Techniques
    * Th Complete Guide to Night & Low-light Photography
    * The World' Top Photographers Landscape
    * Digital Photography Fine Print Workshop
    * AmPhoto? Understanding Exposure
    * Close-up & Macro: A Photographers Guide
    * Photographing the World Around Us
    * Shooting & Selling Your Photos
    * Photo Portfolio Success
    * Best Business Practices for Photographers
    * National Audobon Society Guide to Nature Photography

(obviously the list has more than just nature photography books, as there's much for me to learn in many areas)

-Lars
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