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Landscape Photography: Four Seasons [Hardcover]

Chris Gatcum
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September 15, 2011 0240817850 978-0240817859 1

Landscape photography is one of the medium's most popular areas. New technology and techniques have made it possible to interpret the landscape in exciting new ways, and a host of amateur and professional photographers are rising to the challenge. Each volume in this set of four seasonally-themed books is small enough to go anywhere with you, and offers a wealth of tips and tricks alongside stunning contemporary landscape images from a selection of today's best photographers. Here's an idea of what you can learn:

Spring - Everything about the natural environment is changing at lightning pace, from the blossoming flowers and trees to the weather itself. The tips, tricks, and location ideas in these pages will help you get every shot perfect, and take advantage of the extended "magic hours" after dawn and before dusk.

Summer - Full sun is perfect for the beach, but challenging for photographers. The advice in this book will help you bring out every detail in brightly lit scenes and the accompanying dark shadows. It's a great opportunity for contemporary HDR work, or dramatic, high-contrast compositions.

Fall - Traditionally known as the most beautiful season of the year, but with everyone competing to catch the reddening leaves how can you make sure your pictures stand head and shoulders above the rest? This volume is packed with tips on composing with color and ensuring that your camera captures every tone perfectly.

Winter - Covering everything you need to shoot breath-taking winter scenes, from protecting your equipment from the elements, to understanding how and when to override your camera's built-in metering. Winter is also the season that responds best to black and white, giving you another set of options in the field and the digital darkroom alike.

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Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Chris Gatcum, Author of Landscape Photography: Four Seasons
Chris Gatcum

Dear Amazon Readers:

Whether it’s hot or cold, wet or dry, or any combination of these (and other climatic conditions), each of the four seasons is unique. This strongly affects landscape photography, as the distinctive nature of a season creates its own issues that need to be addressed. It may be the physical appearance of the land that changes as snow covers the ground or the leaves turn fiery in fall, or the mood conveyed by bright sunshine versus heavy skies, but your approach to photographing the landscape must change also. This could mean that you determine your exposures in a slightly different way, make a fundamental change in what--and when--you photograph, or there may be different requirements in what you put in your camera bag and what you leave out.

With Landscape Photography: The Four Seasons, my intention was simple: to address each of the seasons as a unique photographic challenge, rather than relegating them to a footnote in landscape photography as a whole. From essential kit to technical considerations, I hope that the outcome is a comprehensive volume that will present novice photographers with the problems--and the solutions--they are likely to encounter when it comes to photographing outdoors, regardless of the time of year.

--Chris Gatcum

Landscape Photography: Four Seasons
Spring: For many photographers, spring marks the ideal opportunity to get out in the landscape. Capturing the essence of a season is all about exploring the changes in the landscape that occur at particular times of the year, but the start of spring is one of the most challenging--and often subdued--seasons for landscape photography.
Landscape Photography: Four Seasons
Summer: Typified by long, warm days and bright, sunny skies, summer is the season when the weather is kinder to us, and heading outdoors becomes a pleasure rather than a chore. It’s this natural desire to be outside that makes summer the perfect time to get out and about with your camera.
Landscape Photography: Four Seasons
Fall: What makes this season special ? It’s a simple question that all landscape photographers should ask themselves, but in fall the answer is relatively straightforward: color. Although every season marks a change in the natural world, fall is perhaps the most visibly obvious, as the lush greens of summer give way to barren winter landscapes in a fanfare of color.

Landscape Photography: Four Seasons
Winter: Snow. It’s common in some places and perhaps unheard of in others, but regardless of where you live, it is somehow intrinsically embedded in our collective psyche as a sure sign that winter is upon us. If you don’t believe me, simply type “winter” into your internet search engine and take a look at the pictures associated with it--almost all of them will contain a snowy element.


"Neatly wrapped in an exterior case, Landscape Photography: The Four Seasons, comprises four individual books, each depicting one of the four seasons. The books can be read in the case or be taken out by simply sliding away the back cover. Renowned photography author Chris Gatcum has delivered a stunning finish on this set and the design and layout is certainly innovative. Each book has been broken down into three main categories and then further sub-categorised so you can easily source the information you're looking for. They all follow a similar formula; however, the content in each is unique and relevant to the particular time of year Chris is talking about. Tips regarding equipment, shooting and other miscellaneous advice are all included in an easy-to-follow layout. With Christmas just around the corner this is the perfect gift for any enthusiastic landscape photographer, or just a great treat for your coffee table."--Digital Photographer Magazine

"Long before it's time to actually fire the camera, landscape photography requires you to make all kinds of considerations. The more thoughtful you are about a shoot beforehand, the more likely it is you're going to walk away with images that you really like. Not least among those considerations is the time of year. Colorful fall foliage, icy tree branches, summer sunsets and budding flowers demand different approaches. To that end, UK-based photographer Chris Gatcum's new book Landscape Photography: The Four Seasons (Focal Press, 2011)-actually four mini-books in one-addresses the unique photographic challenges of each season."

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 4 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240817850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240817859
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Chris Gatcum has been involved in photography for over two decades, working as a photographer, journalist, and author. Like many aspiring photographers, his career started at college where a degree course taught him a wide range of skills and technologies, covering both studio and location work, large format photography through to the then-emerging digital technology, and, of course, Photoshop.

He went on to work as a set-builder on a number of high-end advertising campaigns and as a photographer and retoucher, before joining the UK's longest-standing photography magazine, Amateur Photographer, as technical writer. Magazines led to books, and the rest--as the cliché goes--is history...

Chris' books include Camera Creative (published as Creative Digital Photography: 52 Weekend Projects in the UK), Light & Shoot: 50 Fashion Photos, and Landscape Photography: The Four Seasons.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Book, Interesting Design, Not Enough Substance December 5, 2011
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Photography is one of my favorite hobbies and I am very passionate about taking good photographs and appreciating others' photographic work. I consider myself to be an advanced beginner, and am always looking into more ways to improve my photography skills and advance my knowledge.

Landscapes are one of my favorite subjects, and this set of short guides to seasonal aspects of landscape photography is a neat collection to have for anyone who wants to learn more about it. Landscapes are notoriously hard to photograph well, and in order to get the best results need to align - the weather, environment, exposure, framing, etc. Beginners can be overwhelmed with this profusion of specialized knowledge, but if you are willing to invest just a bit of your time then you can really make a huge difference when it comes to quality of the shots that you take.

Each season has its own characteristics and specific features that need to be considered for landscape photography. This collection dedicates one whole small booklet to all four of the seasons. This is helpful when you just want to learn about the photographic techniques that are relevant at the time of year when you are taking shots. The booklets are rather small - about sixty small-format pages each, half of which are just photographs. Nonetheless, if you are just starting in landscape photography you will find a lot of useful information and tips in here. Even advanced beginners and intermediate-level photographers will find a few useful things in here that they may not have been familiar with.

One of the main issues that I have with this collection is the repetitiveness of various topics across all four books (such as the introductory equipment chapters), as well as within the booklets themselves.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Attractive package, but not much content. November 29, 2011
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What looks like a hard bound book when you first pick it up is actually a hard-bound portfolio containing four tiny 5"x8" booklets, each roughly 60 pages in length. (That's not very many pages, but then more than half the thickness of this package is taken up by the covers.) The books themselves are divided up among the seasons, with one volume for Winter, one for Spring and so forth. While each of the booklets does have a section devoted to a particular season, there's also a bit of general information distributed through the various volumes.

For instance: "Summer" contains three sections, one of which devotes 18 pages to "Summer Creativity"- except it's not really about Summer. There are two pages devoted to Summer photography comprising a total of roughly 200 words. The rest of the section covers panoramas, photo stitching, infrared photography, the Lens Baby, and a brief look at using graduated color filters. The other volumes are similar: A bit of season specific advice, some general photography advice, and a bit on gadgets and special effects.

In effect, what we have here is a set of four tiny coffee table books. It's an attractive package, but there's precious little information and the photos are extremely small. Experienced photographers will find nothing of use, and beginners would be far better served with a volume like Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques or John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide, an update of a classic work.
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I'm not a photography whiz by any means, but I do enjoy taking photos. My husband, on the other hand, has a great deal of experience- he's taken years of classes, has all sorts of equipment, and reluctantly gave up all his darkroom equipment when his DSLR became his newest fascination. So I was hoping there'd be something in "The Four Seasons" for both of us. And there was. But probably more for me, as a complete novice.

Physically, this is a beautiful book- it's actually four smaller books, packaged in a slipcase that folds out.

Each of the four small books covers one season. Included are BEAUTIFUL landscape photos, and a trove of information- everything from the basics (cameras, basic gear such as tripods, etc.) to the more advanced is covered. However, if you are a super-seasoned photographer, the information covered in these books will most likely be old hat to you. While the author touches on a broad variety of concepts across the four books, there isn't deep detail about anything, it's sort of a jumping point to go and do more research. Beyond photography, other considerations are discussed: environmental factors to prepare for, clothing, accessories, etc. It's really a beginning manual for landscape photography.

I could really spend hours both reading *and* looking at these books. The photography included is stunning. It was so beautiful that I wished they had included a larger size book of JUST the photos (companion book or follow up?)

Anyway, this probably isn't for the advanced and technical photographers out there, but for someone starting out, or looking to get more "serious" with their DSLR cameras and photography, this is a GREAT book. It would also be a thoughtful gift for budding photographers, or anyone interested in photography or landscapes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the format, lots of helpful ideas
The presentation of these books is wonderful in my opinion. Where I live, each season is different and I have regretfully resorted to putting my Canon 40D camera on the auto... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jadecat
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Intro to Photography
When I ordered this book I thought I was getting a book of landscape photography technique. But it turn out more like a introduction to basic photography techniques. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tony T. Kao
2.0 out of 5 stars No clear audience and lacking in content and originality
In reading through these "books" I expected much more specific tips on capturing the essence of each season. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Brian R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Seeing the seasons through a photographer's eyes....
I enjoy photography but am a novice on all the fancy stuff (read, not really too proficient on anything technical). Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by Colleen M. Schneider
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and digestible
Most photography books that I see are either filled with impossible pictures or filled with impossible details about how to use somebody else's camera.

This one isn't. Read more
Published on May 17, 2012 by L. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Suggest this as more of a coffee table book than a learning tool
As others have mentioned, this book is actually comprised of 4 small books inside. I really like this idea, since it makes the book as a whole fit nicely on a shelf or on a table,... Read more
Published on April 30, 2012 by Angela Streiff
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good tips but constrained by the concept
"Landscape Photography: Four Seasons" is an interesting concept: four small (4.5" x 7.25") books combined into a larger folding hard case, each devoted to tips for landscape... Read more
Published on April 25, 2012 by Margaret Picky
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun packaging, but should have been a coffee table book
I was intrigued by the cover of this "book" because I've also tried to photograph the same trees in all weather, times of day and seasons. Read more
Published on April 24, 2012 by Lisa Kearns
3.0 out of 5 stars Coffee Table Book/s
This is an attractive package - an outer cover opens to reveal four small self-contained books that can be individually removed and perused. Each book covers a specific season. Read more
Published on April 23, 2012 by Dr. Stuart Gitlow
3.0 out of 5 stars For Beginners Only
"Landscape Photography: Four Seasons" is a cleverly packaged set of four books, each covering one of the four seasons. Read more
Published on April 23, 2012 by C. Hill
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