Wednesday, February 23, 2011

eBook Review - Creative Landscape Photograhy by Guy Tal

Back on December 12 I posted about my expanding library of books on photography.  In addition to my collection of printed books, I've download several "ebooks" as well.  First a little explanation for those of you who aren't familiar with ebooks.   An ebook is a digital version of a book.  It's not printed but is downloaded to an electronic device for reading.   There are a number of different formats for readers such as the Kindle, iPAD, and Nook.  Since I don't have any of those, I download mine in Adobe PDF format, which can be read on all those ereaders as well as a Mac or Windows PC. 

One of the ebooks I've got in my library is Creative Landscape Photography by Guy Tal.   Guy is a naturalist, photographer, author and one of the Staff on Nature Photographers Magazine.  I look forward to the days when Guy posts new photos on that site.  They are always interesting, inspiring, and beautiful.

I recommend this book and you can buy it directly by clicking the link at top right corner of this web page or at the end of this post.   In the spirit of full disclosure, I must tell youI get a couple bucks for each copy sold through my site.

This evening I have been enjoying sitting on the couch and re-reading this book on my laptop.  I downloaded it back in December 2010, long before I became an affiliate seller of the book.  I would recommend this book, even if I wasn't making a fortune, $2 at a time.   At 86 pages, this is the longest ebook I own.  In addition the the Introduction, it's divided in seven sections -- The Creative Process, Concept, Visualization, Composition, Capture, Processing and Presentation.

The first four are focused on the art of landscape photography.   In the Introduction, Guy says "creative photography is about the expression of subjective ideas, emotions, and sensibilities through the unique beauty of natural elements and using the medium of photography".  In the Concept chapter he does a good job of explaining the importance of Awareness and Knowledge and how to convey Emotion the strong role Imagination plays in photography.

The last three chapters contain more how to type information you might find in any digital photography book, including the camera, the lens, exposure, reading a histogram, color balance and stitching pano photos. 

This book came out of Guy's photography workshops and includes four exercises designed to get you out taking photos and thinking about the photos your are taking.   The exercises are short, usually one page, an assignment and a half dozen questions.   You can spend as much or as little time with the exercises as you want.   You'll get the most benefit by actually stopping and doing them.  

Spring is almost here and I'm re-reading this book to get inspired, recharged, and reminded of those things I need to practice as I head out into God's creation to capture the gift of beauty that's waiting for us.

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