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Landscape Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots 1st Edition

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About the Author

Rob Sheppard is a photographer, author, naturalist and nature photographer, editor and videographer. He has written and photographed many books and magazine articles but what is most important to him about them is knowing that he has helped people become better photographers and gain a better connection to nature. Rob is a Fellow with the North American Nature Photography Association, and many people also know him as the long-time, previous editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine. Some of the books he has done: Landscape Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, Macro Photography: From Snapshot to Great Shot, The Magic of Digital Nature Photography, National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography, and Reports from the Field (an iBook). His website is at joyofnatureandphotography.com, blog at natureandphotography.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (May 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032182377X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321823779
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I try to read all of Rob Sheppard's books. I find him to be a very approachable author. By that, I mean he does not make me feel like I have to spend thousands of dollars to get a decent picture. One of the best parts of this book is the description of his gear. While I often read books and blogs where the author recommends I spend a mint, Rob Sheppard's gear is so humble it really makes photography seem more a product of the photographer than his wallet. He also knows what he is talking about in terms of getting good landscape photographs. This is the first book I have read in this 'Snapshot to Great Shot' series and I am sure I will read a few more. The wildlife and exposure editions seem like they will be interesting to me. I like the format with an image or two closely analyzed as an example of each topic. So, I recommend this book highly and, if you like it, find and read more of Rob Sheppard's work.
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I took a number of classes at Hennepin Technical Institute from Rob Sheppard when he was in Minnesota and loved his instructional method. This book furthers his wonderful instructional ability, being easy to understand and relate to in my own world. It is a refresher and new learning experience. Love the 'assignments' at the end of each chapter. Great book.
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This book, like those in Peachpit’s “From Snapshots to Great Shots” series, is geared to the beginner. It contains relatively basic information on equipment (i.e., importance of tripod in landscape photography, overviews of types of digital camera and formats, etc.), composition (i.e., rule of two-thirds, etc.), exposure and depth-of-field. Any photographer over and above the beginner would have heard everything mentioned with regard to these a million times over. Thus the book, for anyone over and above the beginner would not find too much value in the book.

A few important facts that also need to be mentioned about this book is that it covers a few topics that are rarely touched upon by books on landscape photography. One such topic, rather surprisingly, is how to make use of the sky. Few books on landscape photography touch upon this. The book also has chapters geared to using HDR photography specifically in situations geared to landscape photography, black and white landscape photography and computer fine tuning specifically geared to landscape photography. Very few books geared toward the beginning landscape photographer cover these topics.

The book does have one problem and that is that it does not emphasize (or even state for that matter) the very important fact that early sunsets and sunrises produce lighting that tends to be, in general, fantastic for landscape photographers. No examples or discussion is provided of using lighting during these so important photogenic parts of the day.

In short, a very good book that the beginning photographer in the field would find of quite some value but that more experienced photographers would not. Hence four star for the beginner and two for the experienced.
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I am very new to photography and everyone told me that it didn't matter what camera you have if you don't know how to compose a picture. After reading through this book, I spent a week in Colorado. So far, everyone has been impressed with the landscape pictures I got. I can tell a huge difference in the way I look at an area to photograph after reading this book. I still have a long way to go but this book will get you off to a great start.
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This is a good book for the beginner. It covers the basics quite well. I agree with practically everything in the book. However, I learned very little. I have done a fair amount of landscape photography and was hoping for some new insights.
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No matter the experience level, there's always something you can learn, and that's true here too. Straightforward, brief, but good insights, the illustrations are captioned with settings info and his discussion of white balance and HDR are important for anyone who is either uncomfortable, or unfamiliar with, either subject. Not a pro level guide certainly, but useful information for those who want to improve their landscape photography.
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I liked aspects of the book. But at times it became rather repetitive. I am an advanced amateur, but I never read many books. Now I'm starting and seeing what I can learn from others. At the start of the book, Ron talks so much about how you should take photos at dawn, dusk, the golden hour etc etc. That is all well and good but that is discouraging for people who cant photograph at those times. In my head I knew that you could use black and white as an alternative during harsh parts of the day, and in chapter 8 that same exact concept is mentioned. What I did like is the encouragement to photograph what is close to you so you can have the reflexes to actually score good shots when you do go on vacation. So perhaps this is getting a bad wrap because it is aimed at the less experienced but I feel the sections on photo processing could have been left out. Sometimes I just felt like the book was dragging on.
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I'm re-reading this book again. Its both a refresher and a reference. It presents the material in non-techie language. The examples are real-world with lots of tips of what to look for and how to deal with what you find - all in simple to understand descriptions. This is one of only a few books that I"m very happy I purchased. Its one of my PRIMARY guides as I hopefully continue to improve my photography hobby! (I have already recommended this book to several others.)
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