Saturday 7 September 2013

Book ~ "Digital Landscape Photography" (2009) John Gerlach and Barbara Gerlach

From Goodreads ~ Photographing landscape with a film camera is different than with a digital camera. There are several books on the market that cover landscape photography but few of them are specifically for the digital photographer. This book is what you are looking for! 

Digital Landscape Photography covers:
  • equipment such as accessories and lenses
  • exposure from shutter speed and other common mistakes
  • shooting
  • light and its importance
  • composing your perfect photo
  • printing
  • a special section on specific subjects such as waterfalls and sunrises

Digital Landscape Photography, written by experts that have been shooting outdoors for decades, is a fresh look at current ways to shoot landscapes by making the most of digital format.

I have three cameras ... a Canon point-and-shoot that is usually in my purse, a Nikon D5100 DSLR along with some lenses, and a Nikon CoolPix (that's in between the two) that I use often.  Needless to say, I take a lot of pictures.  Gord and I took some classes last year to learn how to (1) use our cameras in other than auto mode and (2) take photographs, not just pictures.

I'm still an amateur and like reading photography books to see what professionals take pictures of and how they do it.I like taking pictures of landscapes so this book caught my eye.

The chapters are:
  1. Landscapes are Everywhere
  2. Cameras and Accessories
  3. Choosing and Using Lenses
  4. Mastering Exposure
  5. Techniques for Sharp Images
  6. Light on the Landscape
  7. Composing Pleasing Images
  8. Special Subjects
  9. High Dynamic Range Images
  10. Panoramas

There is a resources section at the end of the book for equipment, tours and workshops, books, websites, cameras and accessories, etc.

I thought this was a good book for intermediate to advanced photographers.  I understood most of what was discussed, though.  It's written with a lot of detail and I found some of the stuff I didn't know still went over my head.  There seemed to be some repetition ... so they'd talk about something in one chapter and then repeat it in another.

There are lots of beautiful pictures ... it would have been nice to know the ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, focal length, etc. of them so I can go out and try to replicate as practice.

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