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Product Details

  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (August 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898869749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898869743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,811,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


A great all-in-one reference (and an interesting read with some great photographs). -- Digital Photographer

A must-have reference in this age of digital [photography] if you're shooting any outdoors subjects from sailfish to sunsets. -- Florida Today

If a person takes [these] lessons...into the field, odds are good [they] will come home with better shots. -- Idaho Statesman

[F]ew...photographers are getting the most out of their high-tech gear. [This book] is a new guide book that can help." -- Roanoke Times

About the Author

James Martin has written for Outdoor Photographer magazine and has seventeen books to his credit, most illustrated with his photos. He is represented by Getty Images and ImageState.

More About the Author

James Martin has written and photographed professionally since 1989 with articles and photographs appearing in Sports Illustrated, Summit, Smithsonian, Outside, Backpacker, Climbing, Outdoor and Travel Photography, Boys' Life, Ranger Rick, Outdoor Photographer, Destination, Blue, Audubon, and Rock & Ice.

He wrote Digital Photography Outdoors, 2nd edition (Mountaineer Books). He recently completed Planet Ice, a survey of ice that elucidates the relationship between climate and ice, and the action of ice on the landscape. In the course of shooting he hiked to Everest Base Camp, soloed across the Andes, climbed Kilimanjaro and the mountains of the moon, visited Greenland twice, and led trips to Antarctica. See

He wrote Masters of Disguise: the natural history of chameleons, the first comprehensive book on chameleons in English. Sasquatch Press published a series of his coffee table books on the mountains of the West, including The North Cascades Crest, Mount Rainier, and Sierra. Extreme Alpinism (Mountaineer Press), written and photographed with Mark Twight, concerns techniques for climbing and surviving the most difficult mountains. The book won the Outdoor Retailer Award and the Banff Mountain Festival Award in 1999.

He has written books for children on natural history, including Hiding Out: camouflage in the wild and Dragons in the Trees (both published by Crown), each declared an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teacher's Association and distinguished as Selectors' Choices. They were also Booklist Editor's Choices, American Library Association Best Book selections, and ALA Notable Books for Children. Dragons in the Trees was named the 1992 Outstanding Nature Book for children by the John Burroughs Association and a recommended book for children by the Children's Literature Center of the Library of Congress. Crown published Living Fossils and Frogs in 1997.

Getty Images represents his photography. His travels led him to Africa, Madagascar, Antarctica, Europe, Borneo, Indonesia, and S.E. Asia. He leads photography tours around the world for Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris. He currently acts as executive director of Art Wolfe Inc. Over the last three decades he has hiked thousands of miles and climbed extensively.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
With every passing year, digital cameras are becoming more 'user friendly', more popular, more effective, and more versatile. Now in a thoroughly updated and significantly expanded second edition, James Martin's "Digital Photography Outdoors" continues to be the premier instructional manual and guide for the use of digital cameras in taking memorable and dramatic photographs in the field. Still providing novice digital photographers with a comprehensive and basic grounding in how a digital camera works, special considerations for its use and maintenance in the field, and how to select the best equipment and most useful accessories for capturing outdoor action and then storing those images safely, this new edition goes on to provide up-to-date information on the latest changes in Photoshop (CS3 version) and an illustrative description of the latest equipment options. Profusely illustrated throughout in full color, "Digital Photography Outdoors" provides digital camera users with a wealth of invaluable tips on photographing outdoor subjects in all manner of field conditions. Superbly organized and presented, practical and portable, "Digital Photography Outdoors" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, professional, and community library Photography instructional reference collections.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Guimarans Serrano on August 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
Very interesting book with several useful tips. It is focused in the "digital darkroom" processes and it becomes an interesting handbook while working with image processing software. Moreover, it gives some advices on photographic techniques specially oriented to digital cameras and their particular performance.
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By Basia on January 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm surprised that this book has so few reviews. I picked it up in one of Utah national park's visitor centers and loved it. It is better, in my opinion, then the books by Scott Kelby, which I bought based on reviews on Amazon.

I found James Martin's book well written and well organized. It provides a clear guide to the basic rules of photography, such as light, shutter speeds, aperture, and composition. It also gives lots of insight into the standard photographer's equipment: types of lenses, filters, tripods, photo editing software. Martin also provides friendly guidelines for photographing specific objects (water, slot canyons, mountains, cities, people etc.).

I really appreciated the chapters dedicated to post-production process. A good chunk of the book goes over rules of processing the photographs and provides very helpful and easy to follow advice on using Photoshop features (with screen shots) and organizing photographer's work flow.

Overall it is a solid book targeted at DSLR beginners.
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