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Ideal Read Before the Trip of a Lifetime
on December 10, 2008
Long-time travel shooters may well be familiar with many of the techniques Krist discusses in this book, but where I think it shines is at the overview level. Among other things, he talks about packing light for maximum impact, RAW workflow, archiving, lighting (both flash and ambient) and things like how to approach people for photography on location.
One of his key approaches is choosing minimum gear for maximum impact on the road. This, for instance, is of great value to me on my upcoming trip to Central America. Old shooters with bad backs (and young shooters who *will* one day develop bad backs) will both benefit form this advice. I am transitioning from the latter to the former, FWIW.
It is an excellent overview for people who had long travelled with their film cameras but are a little overwhelmed on how to approach the 10,000-slides-of-the-Grand-Canyon problem with digital. He spends a chapter on organizing and sharing photos in the digital age. (Thankfully, hard drives now take up far less space than did boxes of chromes.)
If you have been shooting travel for the last 30 years (like Bob has) the travel shooting techniques will be a refresher course, but a look into his modern workflow and approach more than justifies the ridiculously low price of this book.
If you are just starting out on your journey as a travel photographer, this book will serve as en excellent guidepost. It is a shame to invest so much time and effort into the trip of a lifetime and have your photos suffer for not having had this kind of overall advice.
And that is the main value of this book -- it is the ideal "Survey of Travel Photography" course. It is systemic, and up to the minute. It will not turn you into a travel photography rock star. That part is up to you. But it will absolutely keep you from doing something photographically stupid on a major excursion and regretting it later.
Which to me, was far more important.